Job Description:

About WHYY


WHYY serves the Philadelphia region with trusted journalism, eye-opening storytelling and intimate local arts programming. Our curiosity and commitment to this community is what drives our programming. It’s also what drives our hiring.


Below you’ll find an employment opportunity in the fast-paced setting of the Philadelphia region’s leading public media provider. The award-winning professional staff of WHYY sets the bar high in television, radio and online. Whether it’s preparing a program to air or a behind-the-scenes role in support, all positions are vital to continuing—and growing—our impact in our community.


WHYY offers a voice to those not heard, a platform to share everyone’s stories, a foundation to empower early and lifelong learners and a trusted space for unbiased news. Learn more about our Social Responsibility Program. It’s how we live.


About the Role


The Delaware Politics Reporter is an enterprising journalist who focuses their coverage on politics, government and issues impacting citizens in the First State. The reporter will produce enterprise and investigative stories that delve deeper into people, issues and practices that impact Delawareans and the government institutions that govern them. The successful candidate must be capable of uncovering behind-the-scenes dealings, recognizing trends, providing analysis and developing a contact list of traditional and non-traditional diverse sources. The journalist in this position reports authoritatively and without partisanship. We seek someone who is audience-focused, multimedia savvy, and intent on contributing to the organizational effort to cultivate new audiences. Reports will primarily appear, but are not limited to, the web and broadcast. The Delaware Politics Reporter will be based in WHYY’s Wilmington’s office, will report throughout the state of Delaware on stories, and regularly report from the statehouse in Dover. Expectation is the story output will be range per the political calendar, such as at least two stories per week during the legislative session.


The Delaware Politics Reporter produces journalism content that publishes across distribution channels, such as radio, website, social media, magazine programming and/or podcasting with demonstrated excellence to the craft of journalism. The Delaware Politics Reporter develops a robust source file that propels the reporter’s explanatory news reporting and is capable of independently developing their stories, unpacking complex topics and working with data. The reporter is a self-starter and skilled journalist who excels at storytelling, pitching, writing and constructing narratives. The multiplatform reporter may report special features for use on broadcast, programs and digital platforms. The candidate meets assigned deadlines, and understands the value of content distribution across multiple platforms and their story pitches reflect that effort. They are adept at connecting with audiences via community building and/or creating content that piques audience interest and consumption. The reporter has the ability to develop storylines that serve a broad range of both existing and underserved audiences.



  • Produce authoritative reporting and journalism on the politics beat that includes government, public officials and adjacent topics and systems.

  • Pitch stories that are explanatory, investigative and/or enterprising.

  • Research, report and write stories that demonstrate journalistic excellence for all broadcast and website platforms.

  • Pitch in-depth and impactful story ideas at news and planning meetings.

  • Develop and write news and feature stories that have impact. Conduct interviews with a range of sources.

  • Perform editing and voice work to prepare for production of an audio piece.

  • Coordinate and co-produce special projects.

  • Cultivate new contacts with sources and newsmakers that reflect the diversity across the Philadelphia region. .

  • Work collaboratively with other reporters and news department staff and share information and story ideas.

  • Participate in community events and panels as assigned and related to newsgathering and community issues.

  • Produce general assignment reporting as needed.

  • Prepare and write stories for publishing on the website.

  • Take still photos and videos for web use as applicable.

  • Advanced knowledge of the Associated Press Style.

  • Be available to work nights and/or weekends as news breaks on the beat and/or per the news cycle, if breaking or major news happens. Be able to fill in on general assignments per department scheduling needs.

  • Meet short and long-term deadlines as assigned.

  • Use social media to cultivate contacts and promote work.

  • Maintain regular and predictable attendance.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education: A college degree in journalism or equivalent is required.


Experience: Minimum five years of experience as a journalist. Radio experience preferred, but candidate will be trained if needed.


Communication Skills: Excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently in a deadline driven environment is required. The position holder must be able to work with a diverse group of people and have the ability to interview well. The position holder must maintain high on air standards and keep mistakes from reaching the air. The candidate must be able to work well with those inside and outside of WHYY. Position holder must have an outstanding persuasive ability for the purpose of getting people to divulge information. Must follow the WHYY Employee Handbook.


Technical Skills: Experience with Microsoft Office software is required and ability to use website search and be trained on content management systems and tools, such as Airtable. Knowledge of audio editing software and equipment (AudioVault, iNews, e-filing from the field, voicing spots from the editing booth, etc) is preferred.


License or Certification: A valid driver’s license is required and access to a personal vehicle for transportation. Reporter must use economical transportation options to and from assignments, such as: use of their own vehicle and submit for mileage reimbursement and/or use of public transportation.


*This position is represented by SAG-AFTRA.


*This is a grant funded position. 


*All WHYY employees are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Proof will be required upon hiring

Job Location: 
Philadelphia, PA
United States
Job Category: 
Job Type: 
Full time