Chicago Public Media (CPM) is one of the largest, most decorated, aggressively creative, and journalistically ambitious public radio organizations in the nation. We are home to WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR news station, Broadcasting at 91.5 FM, and Vocalo Radio, Chicago’s Urban Alternative music station at 91.1 FM. We are the birthplace of such celebrated programs as This American Life, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Sound Opinions, Curious City and most recently, a growing portfolio of podcasts that include Serial, the “Making” series, including Making Obama, Making Oprah and most recently Making Beyonce, and 16 Shots and Motive. WBEZ’s award-winning newsroom is growing in order to tackle the stories that matter most to our community. If you want to belong to an organization that inspires you, supports you, and challenges you, we encourage you to apply.
About the Job
WBEZ seeks an outstanding News Host to guide listeners through a dynamic mix of daily news, interviews, and continuity to create Morning Edition for Chicago. Morning Edition sets the pace of the daily news conversation – who and what to pay attention to, and what’s at stake. On the radio and on Smart Speakers, our Anchor/Host is a trusted morning companion helping Chicagoans make sense of the news, and understand what happened while they we’re sleeping as they get ready for their day.
We’re looking for a News Host to create a morning listening experience that’s dynamic, companionable, and curious about the why of a story. The best candidate will know how to make an audience feel welcome, guide them through a busy morning, and ask direct questions on their behalf, they will do all that behind the mic, at live events, and actively on social media.
Ideally, you’re steeped in Chicago news and the issues and people at the heart of America’s third largest city - or naturally curious about the Midwest. You must be able to converse and conduct interviews on a wide range of topics, from politics, science and business, to arts and culture. The ideal candidate will have a thirst for knowledge, an insatiable curiosity, and delight in discovery. You can wake up in the dark, work with a team, and always hit a post. You’re expected to dig in, look for fresh angles on stories and ideas, and keep the morning moving. A great on-air laugh is a plus, as is the maturity and confidence to bring your full self to each conversation and break during this newscast.
You will work collaboratively with the Program Director, show producers, and editors, and the Managing Editor of News to craft a lively, informative and interactive daily program. You will be comfortable using prep from the production team to prepare daily newscasts, interviews and continuity, and being active on social media.
Side by side with the WBEZ newsroom, you will help set the tone for Morning Edition in Chicago, fostering an ambitious, supportive and collaborative dynamic on-air and off. You should be driven to deliver the best audio experience for our listeners and thrive in a team environment.
Anchoring regular newscasts from 5a to 10a each weekday morning
Presenting on-air content including news, weather, time checks, traffic and credits
Anchoring occasional special broadcasts, including coverage of live, breaking news
Fill-in for other anchor shifts as needed (weekends or afternoon drive time)
Mentoring and training back-up hosts
Participate in on-air fundraising, as needed
Other duties as assigned
We expect the Anchor/host to be an outstanding multi-tasker, calm in the midst of deadlines and breaking deadlines, a reliable presence behind the mic and in the newsroom, and bring a sense of humor to their work with colleagues and on the air.
Skills and experience we are looking for:
Professional on-air presentation and demonstrated talent at live anchoring
Excellent writing, copy editing and communication skills
5+ years of journalism experience in a broadcast or digital newsroom environment
Must be able to operate a board
Digital audio editing skills using Sony Vegas, Pro Tools or Adobe Audition
Strong social media skills
Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to track developing stories and an eye on how stories could play out across the day
Proven story generation and interviewing skills required
Knowledge of Chicago and Illinois issues is a huge plus. Anchors are expected to be informed in a wide range of topics beyond current events, including arts, culture, film, history, science and public policy
To be considered, ALL candidates MUST include links to Audio Clips. Do so by providing links (Soundcloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) in an attachment during the on-line application process.
Your ideal demo should contain several clips that are:
At least 2 minutes in length; maximum length 10 minutes total.
Includes a clip that demonstrates your ability to anchor a newscast.
This position is a member of SAG AFTRA.
Working at Chicago Public Media
Our associates are in service of our mission. We bring together a community of about 150 full-time, part-time associates and an on-going cohort of interns at our newly renovated open and collaborative space at Navy Pier. We know it is imperative that our workplace reflects our community so we can, in turn, provide content that connects people. We are committed to having a workplace that thrives by creating a place of belonging where everyone can contribute their talents. If you share our passion for public service news and information, we encourage you to join our team.
Our workplace culture is one where collaboration, ideas, and innovation are encouraged. We are fully focused on equality of opportunity and believe deeply in inclusion of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, experience and all other characteristics that make us who we are.
Our Benefits and Life Programs
We are pleased to provide a wide range of benefits and programs to support our employees in their lives. Take a look at some of our offerings to our full-time associates and their eligible dependents
Health and Retirement Planning Programs
PPO, HSA and HMO health plans with Blue Cross Blue Shield
Dental plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield
Vision plan with EyeMed (free to all qualifying employees)
403(b) Retirement Savings Plan with matching contributions
Family & Life Programs
6-week paid parental leave
Generous time off policies
Short and Long Term Disability (company paid)
Pre-tax Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Pre-tax Dependent Care Account
EAP – Employee Assistance Programs
Company Paid Life and AD&D insurance
Voluntary Life and AD&D insurance
Travel Assist Program
Identity Theft Protection
On-site bike racks
Discounted Navy Pier parking
Discounts to many Navy Pier-based restaurant and vendors