WHQR Seeking News Director - 2016

Jul 26, 2016

Rachel Lewis Hilburn will be our host for All Things Considered, weekdays 4:00 - 6:30 pm.

Update in response to inquiries: Rachel Lewis Hilburn is not leaving the station. She is moving to a new role as the local host of All Things Considered, in addition to continuing on CoastLine. Opportunity: The News Director of WHQR Public Radio is head of the News Department and will supervise the station’s news coverage in all media. Together with the Program Manager and Station Manager, the News Director will determine News Department policy in light of the station’s overall mission, and ensure that news offerings reflect the highest standards of audio production, journalistic ethics and public service using NPR’s best practices as a model. The News Director will produce original stories for the station, assign stories to others and work with newsmagazine and talk show hosts on story selection and delivery. By coaching, diligent supervision and hands-on examples, he or she will ensure that WHQR's standards of content and integrated NPR-style reporting are met. The position requires excellent interviewing skills, conversational on-air delivery and the ability to host newsmagazines or talks shows when regular hosts are absent.


  • Produce, edit and report newscast and feature material that meet time, quality and accuracy standards
  • Research topics, generate ideas, report, write and produce news spot and feature stories for air and online under the supervision of the Program Manager
  • Conduct planning meetings with newsroom staff
  • Guide story development and treatment
  • Edit and assign staff and intern reporters
  • Work within a team environment
  • Make public appearances at events promoting WHQR radio or its outreach activities as assigned
  • Develop and maintain a shared list of contacts
  • Develop local news programming and enterprise stories
  • Participate in planning sessions for CoastLine, WHQR’s local talk show
  • Serve as a backup host for newsmagazines and CoastLine when regular hosts are absent
  • Direct development and maintenance of applicable web, podcast and social media-based news content
  • Participate in on-air fundraising and makes special public appearances as assigned by the Program Manager
  • Perform other related duties as assigned
  • Work within station editorial policy as articulated by the Station Manager in consultation with the Board of the Friends of Public Radio, Inc.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in broadcast journalism
  • Experience in radio production, preferably in a public media environment
  • Demonstrated skills in interviewing, audio editing software, and writing for broadcast
  • Good people skills, with previous supervisory experience desirable
  • Strong sense of ethical standards and the value of public service media
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as news stories require


This is a full-time, exempt salaried position with benefits as determined for WHQR employees by Board policy. WHQR/Friends of Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To apply, send electronic versions of cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for 3 references to: ccallison@whqr.org.

Application review to begin August 1, 2016. Open until filled.