WPR Seeks ATC Host

Jan 14, 2016

Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) seeks an engaging local host of NPR’s All Things Considered on its statewide network.

Duties include the preparation and production of live local newscasts, weather breaks and other continuity elements.  Additional duties include the production of feature pieces and interviews for use in All Things Considered and other programs as assigned. The successful candidate will join WPR’s award-winning team of journalists committed to outstanding statewide news coverage.  This position reports to the News Director; hours are Monday-Friday approximately 10:00 a.m. to 6:00pm.


  1. Produce, edit and announce live local newscasts during All Things Considered
  2. Voice all forward-promotion, weather forecasts, and other continuity elements throughout the program.
  3. Produce news reports, feature reports, and interviews as assigned for All Things Considered and other news programs. 
  4. Operate the studio master control board, digital production/editing facilities, and field reporting equipment.
  5. Actively participate in news staff planning meetings, contributing ideas for features, interviews, and news reports.
  6. Maintain the standards of journalistic ethics and excellence described in the WPR Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff: http://www.uwex.edu/bami/ethics.cfm.
  7. Participate in on-air fundraising and public appearances/promotional events as requested.
  8. Effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in work product and in organizational interactions, including communication and decision-making.
  9. Demonstrate respect for others in all workplace relationships and interactions.
  10. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Speak, read copy, and write copy in a conversational broadcast style.
  • Excellent voice quality, pronunciation, and on-air delivery.
  • Demonstrate sound news judgment in preparing source material for newscasts, using WPR reporter pieces and wire service reports.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to effectively engage listeners when preparing and presenting other program elements such as forward promotion materials.
  • Operate the studio master control board and digital production/editing equipment.
  • Contribute to WPR’s multimedia content.
  • Serve as an active and collaborative member of the WPR news team.


  1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Professional experience as a reporter or news program producer.
  3. Demonstrated familiarity with NPR news programming.
  4. Demonstrated ability to produce in-depth radio news features and interviews.
  5. Strong writing and editing skills.
  6. Strong organizational, research and communication skills.
  7. Demonstrated ability to produce consistent quality work under rigorous deadline pressure.
  8. Working knowledge of and adherence to journalistic standards and ethics.
  9. Demonstrated support of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.


  • Experience as a newsmagazine newscaster or host.


The range for this position starts at $32,102; we expect to pay in the $40,000-$52,000 range but actual pay will be dependent upon qualifications, experience, and official title.  UW-Extension offers a comprehensive benefits package.  More information is available at http://www.uwsa.edu/ohrwd/benefits/summaries/.


Apply online at www.careers.wisconsin.edu, to job #11359. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, for best consideration, please submit by February 5, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. PDF formatted files work best.    Please include the following:

  1. A detailed resume and cover letter describing how your experience compares to the job duties and qualifications for this position;
  2. Names and contact information, including email addresses, for three work references, including at least one supervisory reference; and
  3. Samples of your work either as MP3 files or as URLs: a) A local newscast (aircheck preferred) and  b) Samples of feature reporting and interviewing you’ve done. (One of each is fine).  Our online portal handles mp3 files best.

Should your application be advanced after initial screening, you will be asked to provide writing samples that include newscast/spot-length stories and a 3-5 feature-length script.

Direct inquiries and online support requests to:  Betsy Nelson, Wisconsin Public Radio, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI  53706, 608-262-5221, betsy.nelson@wpr.org

Before you get started with the online application process, we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs). To do so, paste the following URL into your browser. External applicants can also view the FAQs after accessing the online system by clicking on the "Help" link in the upper right corner.  https://helpdesk.wisc.edu/images/group61/21900/TAMFAQ_CandidateGateway.pdf


Prior to appointment to this position, a criminal records review will be conducted.  UW Extension complies with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act with regard to nondiscrimination on the basis of arrest and/or conviction record.

This document can be made available in alternative formats by calling the contact person.

The University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identities of “final candidates” must be revealed upon request.  According to the Attorney General, “final candidates” under Wisconsin law means the five candidates who are considered most qualified for the position. See Wis. Stat. Sec. 19.36(7)(a).

An offer of employment is contingent upon establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

As a unit within the University of Wisconsin Extension, WPR is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and no qualified applicant will be eliminated from consideration. We are committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion.  We want our staff and programming to reflect the rich culture and diversity of our state and actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.