Under the supervision of the Desk Editor, the Host-Reporter conceives, develops, and shapes key news stories into broadcast and digital content as part of WAMU’s regional news coverage. He/she identifies and pitches story ideas, conducts interviews with diverse sources, and produces in-depth enterprise journalism that provides value to listeners within the designated coverage area. He/she also represents WAMU on-air regularly as a weekend host and primary fill-in anchor.
American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field. Master’s degree in journalism or related field preferred.
4+ years’ experience live hosting and reporting in an on-air capacity with experience building a beat and developing topical expertise
Excellent on-air communicator with a conversational, warm and inviting presentation and top-notch pronunciation and enunciation
High level of proficiency with operation of a digital broadcast board. Experience representing an organization at live events and speaking engagements
Top-notch writing, researching and reporting skills with ability to shift comfortably between writing radio scripts, online news articles, explainers, and longer pieces
Hands-on audio editing and multimedia production capabilities, particularly photo and video
Experience building audience connections using social media and mining social media platforms for story ideas, angles, and sources
Experience with one or more content management systems (ideally WordPress)
A global outlook, practical idealism, and a passion for public service define American University. American University is a private doctoral institution situated in a residential neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C. Our academic strengths are grounded in social responsibility and a commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity.