Job Description:


Who We Are: 

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public media network whose mission is to strengthen the civic and cultural bonds that unite Southern California's diverse communities by providing the highest quality news and information service on air at 89.3 KPCC, online at and through KPCC In Person. Since our founding in 1999, SCPR has been a fast growing, innovative, multi-platform public service newsroom. Every day, our staff helps audiences catch up on the latest headlines, solve the complexities of life in Southern California, and connect curious communities to one another.


Position Summary:

California has long been at the center of both change and controversy when it comes to how the law is enforced. Southern California Public Radio — that’s 89.3 KPCC and our website, — is seeking a reporter who will be charged with developing a distinctive and unique look at policing and public safety.


This reporter will center coverage from the perspective of communities and what public safety means to them, with an emphasis on transparency and accountability.  While the reporter will cover law enforcement agencies, this is not a traditional police blotter beat. We’re looking for a reporter eager to examine what works, what doesn’t, and why. 


Experience gathering, analyzing and synthesizing data is a plus. The reporter will also be expected to be ready to cover major breaking news that involves law enforcement, and to appear as a regular expert guest on KPCC broadcasts. 


The reporter is based in Los Angeles and will work across KPCC and LAist platforms — broadcast, web/mobile, social media, and live events. The reporter will collaborate with colleagues on all platforms, offer ideas, and help shape coverage to serve and inform audiences effectively. Through high-quality coverage and community engagement, the reporter helps SCPR amplify issues and memorable stories in Southern California.



The pay rate for this opportunity will be no less than $36.89 per hour. Exact pay rate determined by experience and education related to the role, organizational compensation structure and internal equity.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Cover police and public safety, focused on the Los Angeles region.  
  • Identify themes, trends, and key players and develop specialized knowledge of subject matter.
  • Pitch, report, and produce daily and breaking news stories and feature stories on a tight deadline across the KPCC and LAist platforms.
  • Write, assemble, edit, and mix stories for air.
  • Join shows and events as a subject matter expert.
  • Work with editors to establish a  mission statement for the beat and set priorities and goals.
  • Work with editors and other desk reporters to set priorities and maintain ongoing and updated story lists.
  • Work closely with our engagement team to develop relationships with our audiences and build collaborations with stakeholders.
  • Bring and maintain audience focus to the beat. 
  • Other duties as assigned


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. 
  • Five years or more of reporting or professional journalism or applicable experience.


Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated radio reporting, digital news and production skills.  
  • Strong writing and reporting skills.  
  • Professional on-air delivery.
  • Ability to perform a variety of assignments well and completely.
  • Ability to use interviews, documents and public records, Internet tools and social media to gather information, report and tell stories
  • Proven familiarity with social media platforms and how audiences are using them
  • Commitment to learn and enact best journalism practices.
  • Experience in or familiarity with public radio news.  
  • Ability to use sound, when available, to create scenes that engage the listener and convey the emotion of the story
  • Ability to consistently produce timely and substantive reports on a tight deadline.
  • General and developing knowledge of beat
  • Fully competent in use of recording and production equipment or ready and willing to train and quickly become proficient.
  • Ability to work simultaneously on short and long-term projects
  • Ability to deliver stories with fully developed on-air style and originality in writing  
  • Compelling story teller
  • Ability to deliver analytical reporting
  • Capacity to report complex stories quickly - quick turnaround
  • Ability to develop stories with multiple interviews, scene changes, and strong knowledge of subject matter
  • Ability to deliver stories authoritatively, competently
  • Become and remain a member in good standing of SAG-AFTRA by the thirtieth (30th) day of employment


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred. Fluency in other languages is desirable.
  • Facility with data gathering and analysis


Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • May travel at times
  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to manage some work outside of standard office hours as needed.
  • Physical Demands: 
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
    • Required to move about in the community
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping
  • Working Conditions: 
    • Moderate noise level


Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply.