Charlie Harger, News Director at KIRO 97.3 announced that KIRO is hiring. “Below is the post I just put on LinkedIn, describing what I’m looking for. And the link goes to the job posting. If you’re a dogged broadcast reporter who doesn’t tolerate BS, I want to hear from you.”
Who We Are
At Bonneville International, our purpose is to build up, connect, inform, and celebrate communities and families in the markets we serve. As an integrated media company, we provide content, advertising, and digital marketing solutions across 23 radio stations in Denver, Phoenix, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Seattle, along with the NBC Affiliate TV station, KSL-TV 5, in Salt Lake. We are responsible for lifting and inspiring with respect and giving voice to all the communities and clients we serve.
We believe that empowering our employees to share their ideas and experiences will fuel creativity, innovation, and inspiration. A diverse and inclusive workforce is crucial to our ability to create and deliver exceptional content, products, and services that represent our communities. We’re proud of our history and we want talented people to join us as we continue to grow!
To learn more about Bonneville and how our local media matters, visit: https://bonneville.com/
One of America’s top news radio stations is looking for its next legendary reporter.
If you’re experienced, hard-working, driven, and have a strong desire to share stories, we want to hear from you!
KIRO Radio news reporters are expected to be well-sourced, well-informed deliverers of original content and breaking news reporting, both on the radio and online, that is focused on the Puget Sound-area audience we serve. Our reporters are self-starters who are motivated to enterprise stories, maintain sources, and strive to set the agenda for news in the region.
Reporters have the ability to take a story and deliver it in short-form news copy, long-form features or discussions on talk shows which span the political spectrum, and in long-form AP-style web copy for MyNorthwest.com. Reporters also take photos and videos at events to feed social media platforms and MyNorthwest.com
Note: Work configurations are subject to change based on business needs and at company discretion.
This position is an onsite role that requires the employee to regularly work at our Seattle site.
What You Will Do:
Primary job duties will include, but are not limited to:
Enterprise news stories
Cultivate and maintain connections and sources
Develop topical areas of expertise
Concise, conversational and accurate on-air presentation in newscasts and on shows
Create objective news content that will be consumed by a broad and diverse audience on the radio and online
Write quickly, clearly and accurately for both newscasts, news/talk shows, and web
Seamlessly records and edits audio
Effectively use social media to present stories
Contribute stories to MyNorthwest.com in a timely manner
Work flexible hours, including weekends and holidays under deadlines
Available for breaking news coverage at all times of the day, including weekends and holidays
Effectively communicates story assignments and progress with manager(s), newsroom peers, and news/talk show producers/hosts
May at times be asked to serve as a fill in anchor and/or desk editor.
Skills and Experience We Are Looking For:
Proven experience writing for broadcast
Proven experience crafting and effectively delivering stories on-air
Naturally curious; aggressive in pursuit of information
Has a deep understanding of journalistic standards, ethics, and expectations
Quality on-air vocal presentation
Writes factual and compelling news copy
Computer-literate with the technical ability to operate studio equipment
Understands social media platforms and has the ability to contribute to various platforms
Is a self-starter who works well independently and in teams
Comfortable with navigating difficult conversations; ability to remain professional and persevere with interviewing subjects in potentially tense, high-stress situations.
Proven news judgment and expertise in local news
Ability to find, develop and deliver compelling news stories daily
Outstanding writing, editing, and production skills
Concise, compelling, and conversational broadcast writing skills and the ability to verbally deliver on-air newscasts
Proven ability to multi-task and communicate clearly and calmly in stressful situations
Experience delivering newscasts and reporting on-air
An in-house writing and broadcast audition under the direction of KIRO Radio will be required
Able to take direction/feedback and incorporate into work
Exhibits a thorough working knowledge and understanding of the Bonneville International Corporation’s “Investigative Reporting Guidelines” as well as Company Policy and FCC Rules and Regulations.
Maintain a positive and cooperative rapport with staff, management, clients, and audience.
Project an appropriate professional appearance and demeanor.
Four (4) year degree in journalism, communications, or commensurate work experience
Two (2) plus years commercial broadcast journalism/reporting experience or equivalent
Understands regional issues
Strong understanding of politics and legislative proceedings
Adept at writing and producing 30-40 second news stories,
Ability to remain objective and expand stories into longer conversations with liberal, moderate, and conservative talk show hosts
Video production and on-camera skills
Master of both formal and conversational broadcast tone
Receive, process, and maintain information through oral and/or written communication effectively.
Manual dexterity and fine motor skills to operate computer keys and general office equipment. Ability to work on a computer for prolonged periods of time.
Sit and/or stand for extended periods of time.
In breaking news situations, ability to walk up to two miles.
$24.05 – $43.27 an hour
Salary/Hourly rate to be determined by multiple factors including but not limited to evaluation of the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant along with internal equity and alignment with market data. The pay range provided here spans multiple levels of this job.
What We Offer You: Check Out Our Bonneville Benefits!
Employees at Bonneville can enjoy a broad offering of benefits, including:
Robust, affordable medical, dental and vision coverage with no wait period for enrollment
401(k) with Company match and Employer Discretionary Retirement Contribution (EDRC), both fully vested from day one
Paid leave for new parents under our Medical Maternity (8 weeks) and Parental Leave (8 weeks) benefits
Opportunities to apply for tuition reimbursement
Paid time off for vacation (120 hours accrued per year) and sick leave (80 hours accrued per year) in addition to 12 paid company holidays
Paid time off for volunteering (40 hours per year)
Employer-funded retirement account, fully vested from day one
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services
Access to an entire team of free financial planners
Matches on contributions to charitable organizations after one year of service
Continuous growth and development opportunities
Dynamic team culture that values teamwork, having fun, and collaboration
Bonneville is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. Minority/female/disability PWDNET/veteran are encouraged to apply.