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About Chicago Public Media

Chicago Public Media 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, and Vocalo Radio, Chicago’s Urban Alternative, (91.1 FM in Chicago, everywhere), which serves a multicultural audience through an urban alternative music and culture format. 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 and Making Oprah, and Motive.

Metro Reporter, Audio

Chicago Public Media, home to WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR news station, is looking for a versatile, experienced reporter to join its audio news team, one who can hit the ground running early in the day with limited direction and deliver well-sourced, thoughtful, distinctive reporting on a daily basis. We’re looking for a curious, aggressive and skillful writer who is equally adept at both quick-turn breaking news articles and developing in-depth features.

This position falls within our audio news team and requires someone who can focus on audio storytelling and be smart in thinking about the story first through the lens of our broadcast audience. This team player is responsible for reporting at a pace that serves the daily habits of a loyal and engaged broadcast audience. This reporter will also provide smart news briefings and analysis for our radio/smart speaker newscasts from time to time.

While the position is general assignment, this reporter will be able to develop a focused sub beat, while  also working with audio news editors to ensure we’re providing a holistic look at the news of the day. The ideal candidate is a resourceful journalist who can spot trends and make sharp connections with seemingly straightforward news stories, providing insight that gives our audience the context they need to have a deeper understanding of the news. We are looking for a reporter who has a keen eye for reporting that is distinctive from the competition and has a good nose for scoops. 


  • Ability to write and produce stories at a daily pace on a wide range of topics with skill, accuracy and insight
  • Ability to handle breaking news under deadline pressure while balancing enterprise stories
  • Demonstrated passion for news and a delight in unearthing scoops, advancing stories, or identifying creative angles when covering key stories in Chicago’s daily news cycle
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with editors, producers and reporters across the newsroom in service of shared excellence
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to cultivate strong relationships with colleagues and sources.
  • Strong audio skills

Working at Chicago Public Media

At Chicago Public Media, we care deeply about our employees as we know attracting, developing and growing talent is key to our success and enhancing our impact.  Our culture is one where collaboration, ideas, and innovation are encouraged.  We value colleagues who will enhance our culture by bringing new ideas, diverse experiences and talents to our dynamic workplace.

Chicago Public Media’s dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion is reflective across our brands, WBEZ 91.5 FM and Vocalo 91.1 FM, in our staff and in our work.  We are fully focused on equality of opportunity and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, experience and all other fascinating characteristics that make us different.

At Chicago Public Media we believe dedication to a great workplace includes supporting our employees and their families. As a result, we provide a broad and generous benefits package for you at hire and in the years to come. Our benefits include:

  •  6 weeks fully paid family leave
  •  12 weeks paid maternity leave
  •  High quality Medical, Dental, and Vision plans at an affordable cost
  •  A  403(b)retirement plan with a company match

 Generous paid time off, including starting with 3 weeks’ vacation and 4 personal days

Due to current COVID restrictions, you must be able to work remotely at your own designated location with Internet access and you must be willing and able to work at our Navy Pier offices, if needed. Right now, most of our staff is working remotely.

The essential functions described above are not all-inclusive and may change periodically to meet the needs of Chicago Public Media (CPM). The information contained in this job description is not intended to create any contractual or other legal commitment. Chicago Public Media may change the content or format of this job at any time in its sole and exclusive discretion without notice.

Chicago Public Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we actively seek and welcome people from all backgrounds, orientations, and life experiences to join our team. 

Job Location: 
Chicago, IL
United States
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Full time
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