Senior Reporter, Unhoused Communities

Southern California Public Radio - KPCC & LAist

Pasadena, California

Date Posted September 19, 2022
Industry Radio Jobs
Specialty Local News
Job Status Full-time
Salary No less than $36.89 per hour. Exact pay rate determined by experience and education related to the role, organizational compensation structure and internal equity.


Who We Are: 

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public media network whose mission is to strengthen the civic and cultural bonds that unite Southern California's diverse communities by providing the highest quality news and information service on air at 89.3 KPCC, online at and through KPCC In Person. Since our founding in 1999, SCPR has been a fast growing, innovative, multi-platform public service newsroom. Every day, our staff helps audiences catch up on the latest headlines, solve the complexities of life in Southern California, and connect curious communities to one another.


Position Summary:  

The population of unhoused people in Los Angeles County is equivalent to that of a small city. Tens of thousands of people are living on the streets, in tents, under freeways; thousands more use the piecemeal shelter system, couch surf, or live in cars, out of view. 


As with any population, their experiences are not monolithic. Yet the prevailing, stereotypical view of the unhoused depicts them as outcasts either unable or unwilling to secure permanent housing. And, as with any population, the reality is much more complex and nuanced.? 


The KPCC + LAist newsroom seeks a reporter who will shift the narrative from institutions and housing-secure Angelenos to the full, lived experiences of unhoused populations. The reporter will work with their editor to create a distinctive, original coverage plan that emphasizes principles of engaged journalism and diversity, equity, and inclusion, and seek solutions to one of our region’s most urgent and seemingly intractable issues.?? 


The reporter will create original features for radio, digital, and on demand, as well as reporting on daily news as needed. Experience in audio reporting is preferred but not required. We do ask that applicants have a willingness and aptitude to learn those skills, which include producing recorded stories and the ability to be interviewed live on air. We value creativity in style and approach, and are open to bold, experimental ideas.? 


We are seeking a journalist who will produce unique reporting that stands out in the crowd.? If that sounds like you, we encourage you to apply, even if you don’t tick off every box. 



The pay rate for this opportunity will be no less than $36.89 per hour. Exact pay rate determined by experience and education related to the role, organizational compensation structure and internal equity.


Position Responsibilities: 

  • Pitch, report and produce daily and breaking news stories and feature stories on news deadlines for radio, web and social media, using platforms as appropriate. 
  • Deliver enterprise coverage providing depth, context and compelling storytelling. 
  • Provide high-quality "live" reports with newscasts and talk shows, and participate in on-air interviews with hosts. 
  • Assemble, edit, and mix stories for air. 
  • Propose ideas, topics and guests for live and virtual events and participate as appropriate. 
  • Operate production and studio equipment. 
  •  Track and maintain beat sourcing to reflect the diverse populations of the Los Angeles region, initiate engaged journalism approaches including participating in SCPR-sponsored events.
  • Produce for our website,, with writing and photography (supplying additional audio, visual material, related Web resources). 
  • Serve as lead on special projects. 
  • Other duties as assigned, including occasional general assignment work. 


Required Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent. 
  • Five or more years of experience reporting or similar experience, including experience covering a beat. 


Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: 

  • Demonstrated reporting skills, digital news and production skills. 
  • Proven ability to identify and originate stories, report accurately and quickly and meet deadlines. 
  • Ability to deliver sophisticated analytical reporting. 
  • Ability to take complex detailed information and present it in easy-to-understand stories. 
  • Demonstrated capacity to use public documents, Internet research, social media, interviews and other reporting methods to report stories. 
  • Ability and willingness to use engagement tools. 
  • Strong fundamental writing, reporting and interviewing skills. 
  • Creativity in using web, radio and social media platforms to convey information, engage listeners and users and utilize the capacity of different platforms. 
  • Commitment to learn and enact best journalism practices. 
  • Familiarity with public radio news. 
  • Facility with source and beat development; subject-matter expertise a plus. 
  • Established, or able to master with minimum of training, ability to use sound to create scenes that engage the listener and convey the emotion of the story. 
  • Ability to work simultaneously on short and long-term projects. 
  • Ability to deliver stories with fully developed on-air style and originality in writing for broadcast and web. 
  • Ability to evaluate and analyze reporting and facts to frame stories with strong narrative lines or compelling findings, context and scope. 
  • Ability to develop stories with multiple interviews, scene changes, and strong knowledge of subject matter. 
  •  Become and remain a member in good standing of SAG-AFTRA by the thirtieth (30th) day of employment. 


Preferred Skills and Experience: 

  • Public radio experience. 
  • Fluency in Spanish or other languages commonly used in Southern California. 


Reporting to this Position:  None


Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to manage some work outside of standard office hours as needed.
  • Physical Demands: 
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
    • Required to move about in the community
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping
  • Working Conditions: 
    • Moderate noise level


Southern California Public Radio (KPCC/LAist/LAist Studios) is diverse in race, ethnicity, language, culture, social class, national origin, religious and political belief, age, ability, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation in addition to other markers protected by law.

At SCPR, we strive to create an inclusive environment where we all feel pride in who we are and what we do. We are encouraged to show up as we are – always embracing and recognizing that our diversity is what brings us together. Our fundamental commitment to diversity:

  • Enriches SCPR and provides an atmosphere in which all human potential is valued
  • Promotes learning through interactions among people of different backgrounds and many perspectives, and 
  • Enables the organization to prepare all employees to promote social responsibility, equity, freedom, and productive citizenship in a global society

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage you to apply.