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A thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization, NPR produces award-winning news, information, and music programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public radio stations across the nation. The NPR audience values information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility – and our employees do too. We are innovators and leaders in diverse fields, from journalism and digital media to IT and development. Every day, our employees and member stations touch the lives of millions worldwide. 

Love NPR? Love breaking news? Love great storytelling? Want to be part of the journalistic team putting on Weekend All Things Considered?  Weekend All Things Considered is NPR’s influential, agenda-setting weekend evening news magazine. As Editor, you will play a key role in developing timely, original program content for Weekend All Things Considered. The Editor writes and edits scripts for broadcast and updates breaking news. The Editor will also plan and manage large packages, projects and initiatives such as series and host field trips. The Editor also provides support for the host in preparing for interviews, and editorial guidance and mentoring for production staff.  


  • Tracks ongoing flow of news and recommends specific stories and areas of coverage, generating assignments for self and others.
  • Assists in program/coverage planning.
  • Conceptualizes, writes and edits news and feature content, for on-air and online.
  • Responsible for editorial integrity and quality of air product, ensuring that all materials on air and online meet NPR standards and practices.
  • Works with Digital Media to ensure the program is pro-active in developing creative Web content.
  • Maintains internal relationships with other members of the program staff and contributors and with other NPR program and desk staffs.
  • Ability to maintain internal and external relationships with stakeholders, sources, freelancers and experts, member station news staff and journalists from other media.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including possibility of newsroom rotations to support other NPR news magazines, newscast unit, news gathering desks, programming or other editorial teams as required.


Education:  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university or equivalent required. 

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to organize and disseminate information and to coordinate news coverage.
  • A broad range of general news knowledge.
  • Demonstrated writing ability.
  • Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously and under deadline pressure.
  • Ability to work quickly, accurately, and efficiently under deadline pressure.
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally.
  • Proven ability to consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system.
  • Ability to relocate. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations. Severance provisions of the AFTRA collective bargaining agreement will apply should you choose not to accept a transfer.

Skills for Editor I:

  • At least four years of experience as a reporter, editor, or producer.
  • Demonstrated ability to edit news copy.
  • At least one year of experience in editorial decision-making.

Skills for Editor II:

  • At least six years of experience as a reporter, editor, or producer.
  • Thorough knowledge and demonstrated skill in news-writing techniques.
  • Considerable skill in feature and copy editing.
  • A minimum of two years of experience in editorial decision-making.
  • Understanding of journalistic ethics.

Skills for Editor III:

  • At least eight years of experience as a reporter, editor, or producer
  • Expertise in editing series, special projects and long-term features.
  • Experience in editorial decision making with demonstrated ability to exercise solid, independent news judgment.
  • Experience maintaining high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of objectivity, balance and fairness.
  • Skill in oral presentation.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience working in and/or knowledge of public radio and the public radio system.
  • Expertise in editing shows under breaking news conditions.
  • Broadcast experience.
  • Knowledge of audio production.
  • Experience editing on digital audio workstations
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Attention to Detail
  • Resilience
  • Results Driven
  • Managerial Courage
  • Manages Complexity

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.

NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development.

NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirmatively seeks to hire veterans and people with disabilities.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

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Job Location: 
Washington, DC
United States
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Full time
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