Job Description:

WXPR News Director

WXPR Public Radio, an award-winning NPR affiliate station in Rhinelander, WI, seeks a News Director to join our team. We are looking for the right candidate to help build the future of WXPR news, with an emphasis on thoughtful, audio-rich, in-depth reporting.  

Role Summary:

As the News Director, you would be responsible for the planning, production and presentation of news on WXPR.

This is a full-time exempt position. The News Director reports to the General Manager and works in cooperation with station staff to support the station mission.


WXPR is an independent, community-licensed public radio station founded in 1983 and operated by White Pine Community Broadcasting, Inc. From studios at 28 North Stevens Street in downtown Rhinelander, Wisconsin, WXPR can be heard at 91.7fm in a 70 mile radius of Rhinelander, with extended service to Ironwood, Michigan via translator at 100.9fm, and through a shared transmitter in Wausau, Wisconsin at 91.9fm WXPW. Scores of volunteer on-air hosts produce and deliver 70 hours of unique music programming per week. In addition, WXPR is an NPR affiliate that airs national news and produces its own local news.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the journalistic integrity of all station activities and platforms
  • Responsible for developing story ideas, tracking issues and events, scheduling stories and scheduling time for interviewing, writing and editing
  • Serve as a primary editor to ensure news reports are produced in an effective, timely and responsible manner
  • Assist with news programming decisions and news operations
  • Maintain quarterly online Public File
  • Act as a proactive liaison to various internal and external constituencies to advance the station’s news programming.
  • Anchor NPR’s Morning Edition and/or All Things Considered
  • Produce various features, special programs and news forums
  • Participate in station events and fundraising activities
  • Attend news events and breaking news
  • Make timely and effective decisions in situations requiring prompt attention. Act as a primary leader during crisis response.


About You:


  • Self-motivated, organized, good time-management skills, and ability to perform assigned duties with little supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to work through difficult and stressful situations
  • Experience with Adobe Audition or other digital audio editing software
  • Demonstrated understanding of digital and social media
  • NPR style anchoring and voicing skills
  • Ability to produce NPR quality features and spot news
  • Ability to operate digital audio broadcast equipment, including ENCO and similar systems.
  • Experience operating a broadcast board
  • Strong broadcast writing and reporting skills
  • Proficiency as a photographer is a plus
  • A four-year degree in journalism, and/or a minimum two years full-time professional experience in journalism, preferably in a multi-platform news environment.




  • Paid Holidays, vacation, and sick leave.
  • Retirement plan
  • Health, Life, and Disability Insurance
Job Location: 
Rhinelander, WI
United States
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Job Type: 
Full time
Send Application Materials To: 

Please send a work sample, cover letter and resume to WXPR General Manager Jessie Dick: or WXPR 28N Stevens Street Rhinelander, WI 54501.

Please detail how you heard about the job.

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(715) 362-6000