Kansas News Service, Political Reporter – KCUR, 68233

University of Missouri Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 19, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Broadcasting, Professional Fields, Journalism, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Legal Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time

Hiring Department

KCUR Public Radio

Job Description

KCUR 89.3 is seeking a Political Reporter to join the Kansas News Service, a reporting collaboration of public media stations throughout the Kansas. This is a chance explore a range of statewide stories in an organization that’s becoming increasingly important in the Kansas news universe.

In this position, the reporter will be covering campaigns and politics, producing in-depth features on power dynamics across the state, and playing a key role reporting on the Kansas Legislature for KNS.

We seek a reporter who is passionate about diving deep into issues and working collaboratively with talented reporters producing top-notch journalism. The ideal candidate will need to be able to identify, research, propose, write, report, record, voice and produces feature radio stories about Kansas politics for a statewide audience as a correspondent for the KSN. The political reporter would act as a supplemental reporter covering the Kansas Legislature while directing campaign and political coverage to establish KNS as a reliable, reasoned and thoughtful source of information about the power dynamics across Kansas.

The ability to work cooperatively with the managing editor, news editor, reporters and news directors across the collaborative defines the position. You’ll find the reporters eager to learn and to share their expertise on the issues that matter in Kansas. While the KSN aims to be nimble in producing breaking news, the emphasis is on enterprising stories that would otherwise go uncovered – or that other news organizations would tackle with less analysis. The reporter should possess a keen understanding of what makes public media journalism special, but also have ambitions to help drive public media forward.

KCUR 89.3 is the NPR affiliate in Kansas City and is an editorially-independent community service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. See www.kcur.org/jobs for information about KCUR and Kansas City.

Characteristic Duties
  • Produces a steady stream of radio features and companion online stories.
  • Regularly works on deadline to produce short radio spot stories and online stories for a general audience heard on public radio stations across Kansas and on their news websites and carried by commercial stations and newspapers or other online news sources.
  • Available for work on the KNS podcast and appearances on KNS partner talk shows.
  • Collaborates with KNS editors and reporting colleagues on investigative reporting and in-depth reporting projects.
  • Identifies and captures photographs.
  • Promotes own work and that of other KNS colleagues on social media.
  • Develops a wide-range of news sources within state government, political, activist and analytical organizations that inform the understanding of power dynamics in Kansas. Develop a steady pattern of sources of broad diversity in demographics and world views.
  • Participates in KCUR community engagement events, including preparation of materials both for and after events.
  • Participates in station fund drives.
  • Performs other job duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in journalism, communications, education or a related field.
  • Five to 10 years experience as a reporter for a news organization, radio experience a plus. Experience covering politics or a legislature are also plus.
  • Excellent writing skills, proven news judgment, and journalistic integrity.
  • A demonstrated ability to identify in-depth news stories with context and impact.
  • A demonstrated ability to develop a diverse selection of news sources from a differing demographic and political backgrounds.
  • A strong devotion to accuracy and journalistic ethics.
  • Ability to work on diverse projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment, often times collaborating with editors and reporting colleagues.
  • Experience in operating a variety of broadcast equipment including digital editing systems (e.g. Adobe Audition), field recording units, and other production equipment.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with both internal and external audiences.
  • Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
  • Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.
Full Time/Part Time

This is a full time, benefit-eligible position


$19.47 - $27.38/hr, to commensurate with qualifications, experience, and education.

Application Deadline

November 30, 2021

Application Instructions

Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.

Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

If you are experiencing technical problems, please call (800) 488-5288.


KCUR 89.3 is the NPR affiliate in Kansas City and is an editorially-independent community service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. See www.kcur.org/jobs for information about KCUR and Kansas City.


Preferably, this job will be based in the KNS Topeka office, but the reporter could work from the KCUR offices in Kansas City, Mo., or remotely elsewhere in Kansas. It will require spending significant time in Topeka.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:
UMKC Statement on Diversity

Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion .

Roos Advocate for Community Change

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Annual Report

Multicultural Student Affairs

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