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WXPR Reporter

Role Summary:

WXPR Public Radio, an award-winning NPR affiliate station in Rhinelander, WI, is seeking a journalism-focused broadcast professional to serve as a general assignment reporter in northern Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator and passionate about how news contributes to and informs our region. They are curious, rigorous, enthusiastic, and kind. The reporter will conduct breaking news coverage as needed, and will produce short readers, spots and feature-length pieces. They will also be versed in repackaging broadcast content for digital platforms. WXPR is especially interested in a candidate with an interest in local government and politics and/or environmental reporting.

This is a full-time exempt position. The Reporter reports to the News Director and works with the General Manager to support the station mission.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Work with the WXPR news staff to report, write and produce newscasts, spots and features for Morning Edition and All Things Considered
  • Work with News Director on developing story ideas, tracking issues and events
  • Work with and produces features and commentaries done by community reporters
  • Utilize social media applications to disseminate news to and engage the WXPR audience
  •  Attend news events and breaking news 
  • Participate in station events and fundraising activities
  • Fill in as host as needed on Morning Edition and All Things Considered
  • Operate broadcast board, ENCO automation systems and editing systems 


  • A passion for the mission of public radio
  • Self-motivated, organized, good time-management skills, and ability to perform assigned duties with little supervision
  • A commitment to ethical, accurate journalism
  • Demonstrated ability to work through difficult and stressful situations
  • Experience with Adobe Audition or other digital audio editing software
  • Demonstrated understanding of digital and social media 
  • NPR style anchoring and voicing skills
  • Ability to produce NPR quality features and spot news
  • Ability to operate digital audio broadcast equipment, including ENCO and similar systems
  • Experience operating a broadcast board
  • Strong broadcast writing and reporting skills
  • Reliable transportation
  • A four-year degree in journalism, and/or a minimum two years full-time professional experience in journalism, preferably in a multi-platform news environment

Life in Northern Wisconsin:

The WXPR listening area is in rural northcentral Wisconsin. We cover seven counties in Wisconsin and the Ironwood area in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Tourism is one of the main economic drivers in the area. The region is home to large portions of public land including the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest and the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest. There’s no shortage of outdoor recreation like skiing, hiking, kayaking, and snowmobiling. The area is also home to three tribal reservations.


Retirement plan, health, life, and disability insurance, paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave.

Starting salary of $40,000. The position will remain open until filled.

Please send a work sample, cover letter and resume to WXPR General Manager Jessie Dick: jessie@wxpr.org.

WXPR 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, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, sex, or age.