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Producer I/II, Morning Edition

Company: National Public Radio
Location: Washington
Posted on: June 13, 2021

Job Description:


A thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization, NPR produces award-winning news, information, and music programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public radio stations across the nation. The NPR audience values information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility - and our employees do too. We are innovators and leaders in diverse fields, from journalism and digital media to IT and development. Every day, our employees and member stations touch the lives of millions worldwide.

Across our organization, we're building a workplace where collaboration is essential, diverse voices are heard, and inclusion is the key to our success.

Morning Edition and Up First seeks an experienced production journalist to play a leading role running the flagship morning show, and to help shape the show's coverage of news and feature stories. The Producer will develop and produce timely, original content for Morning Edition - for broadcast and online. The successful candidate must be available to rotate into a variety of shifts, including overnight, swing and dayside, in service of the live broadcast of Morning Edition. They will work closely with Morning Edition Managers to determine coverage for the live morning show.


  • Produces high-quality audio for program broadcast
  • Makes key programming decisions in conjunction with the Morning Edition Management team.
  • Initiates, plans and produces program material for next day and future shows
  • Edits tape and writes copy with minimal supervision and direction
  • Must be comfortable in the studio setting, and able to direct hosts during a live broadcast.
  • Ensures that all program elements begin and end as scheduled, and meet the standard of audio production.
  • Instructs, mentors and helps manage workflow of junior production staff.
  • Must be flexible to work overnight and early morning shifts as required.


EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent work experience.


  • At least six years of experience as a reporter, editor, or producer.
  • Strong audio production expertise.
  • Experience working on a live daily news show, producing live and breaking coverage.
  • Experience directing hosts during a live broadcast program.
  • At least two years of editorial decision-making experience.
  • Ability and willingness to work evening, overnight and early morning hours.
  • Experience assigning staff, especially under deadline pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to generate and execute complex creative ideas, to assimilate and organize large amounts of information.
  • Proven ability to consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system.
  • Ability and willingness to relocate. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations. Severance provisions of the SAG-AFTRA collective bargaining agreement will apply should you choose not to accept a transfer.


  • Producer I- Experience line producing a live broadcast, overseeing the production elements of a program.
  • Producer II - Experience line producing a live broadcast, working in a leadership role overseeing the production elements of a program.
  • Experience managing others.
  • Expertise in writing, copy-editing and headline writing under breaking news conditions.
  • Experience in the field: planning, executing and producing stories while traveling with reporters or hosts.
  • Experience producing complex, layered music pieces.

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.

NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development.

NPR 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, religion, sex or national origin.

Want more NPR? Explore the stories behind the stories on our NPR Extra blog. Get social with NPR Extra on Facebook and following @NPRExtra and #NPRLife on Twitter and Instagram. Find more career opportunities at NPR.org/careers and on Twitter at @NPRJobs.

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