KYUK is seeking a News Reporter to cover Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. We’re looking for a courageous, enterprising reporter who’s excited to live in this unique region and dig deep into its stories. Travel in small planes will be required.
KYUK is an NPR-member public radio and television station, broadcasting in English and Yup’ik, the Indigenous regional language. KYUK is the nation’s oldest Native owned radio station, and the nation’s only station hosting daily Indigenous language newscasts. We serve approximately 22,000 predominately Yup’ik listeners across the Delta, home to 56 Alaska Native communities, an area about the size of Oregon.
Our newsroom consists of a news director, three reporters, and a website copy editor, all overseen by two managing editors with over 80 years of combined journalism experience. We are also a member of Alaska’s Energy Desk, a collaboration spanning five Alaska public radio stations that covers energy and the environment across the state.
Our news pillars include local politics, criminal justice, subsistence hunting and fishing, climate change, natural resources, education, tribal issues, Yup’ik culture, and sled dog racing.
The news reporter will be responsible for producing daily stories, hosting newscasts and special programs, and uploading content to the station’s website and social media. Alaska reporting experience and Yup’ik proficiency is preferred but not required.
To learn more about working at KYUK:
- Read this Transom essay by KYUK News Director Anna Rose MacArthur about working as a KYUK news reporter.
- Read this article about KYUK’s Managing Editors and their decades of journalism.
To get an idea of our reporting, check out recent lists of our years’ top stories:
Here are some examples of our favorite coverage:
- A four-part series on how one law enforcement officer with no training works to save her village.
- How one of the world’s largest proposed gold mines could affect the subsistence-based community closest to the site
- A four-part series on how accelerated river erosion due to climate change is threatening a village school
- How the region’s dedication to sled dog racing cultivated one of Alaska’s rising mushing stars
Please send the following materials to KYUK News Director Anna Rose MacArthur at email@example.com:
- A resume
- A letter of interest explaining how your experience compares to the job duties, qualifications, functions and desirable functions for this position at this organization.
- Three references with email addresses and phone numbers
- Three samples of your work, preferably: a feature that you have edited and produced yourself, a spot, and a newscast demo
We will begin reviewing applications on Monday, February 25, 2019. The position is open until filled.