St. Louis Public Radio Seeks Environment & Science Reporter

Feb 22, 2016

St. Louis is rich with science and environmental stories. Where else will you find a landfill with an underground fire right next to a landfill contaminated with radioactive waste? Where else do you have debates over how best to manage coal ash ponds in an area prone to flooding? And where else can you find all of that in the same city where some of the most cutting edge scientific research is happening at three major universities?

St. Louis Public Radio is looking for an environment & science reporter to report, write and produce news stories for radio and web.

We're looking for a storyteller who isn't afraid to explore complicated stories and tell them coherently and in a way that lets people know why the information matters. We want a reporter who can see through PR spin and explain the issues accurately, honestly and creatively. The ideal candidate should also have a record of journalistic excellence, a passion for storytelling and enthusiasm for innovation.


The ideal candidate will:

  • Be able to identify relevant, environment and science-related stories, put them into context and explain them in an engaging manner
  • Have the capacity to understand issues relevant to the region.
  • Have a background in environmental issues and/or science and be familiar with trends and issues.
  • Be willing to experiment with multiple forms of storytelling, for the web, the radio and mobile.
  • Help foster community discussion around science and environmental issues that are impacting the region.

Minimum Requirements:

A Bachelor's degree in journalism, science or a related field. The candidate must have a minimum of two years reporting experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Successful previous public radio reporting and audio digital editing experience is desirable.

Application Instructions:

Audition CD or MP3 file of sample stories and published work also required for consideration; send labeled CD sample to: Shula Neuman, St. Louis Public Radio, 3651 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63108; or electronic samples Please include with your submission a cover letter outlining your qualifications and your ideas for how this job can best serve St. Louis area residents. For additional information, call: 314-516-7353.

Applicants must apply through UMSL. Job ID: 18895.

Apply here.