Michigan Radio is looking for a reporter to join our team | Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio is looking for a reporter to join our team

Jun 17, 2020

Stateside producer/director Mercedes Mejia at Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, Michigan.
Credit Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio, NPR’s largest member station in the state, is looking for a curious and thorough reporter to join our team.

You are someone who’s passionate about stories of interest to Michigan and beyond – whether those stories are written, told through audio, or shared through social media. We’re looking for someone with diverse sources, whose stories focus on what’s at stake for the people involved, someone who can help uncover the facts, and create connections that give meaning to our complex world.

The reporter will pitch and report their own stories, and work with their fellow reporters. We produce newscast spots, sound-rich features, long-form investigations, podcasts, and digital-only projects.

The Michigan Radio newsroom covers the big stories, but also tries to focus on what other news outlets have not. That could be an undercurrent in a big story or something entirely enterprise. We look for what our audience is missing or misunderstanding.

This reporter will work with other passionate journalists and editors who have produced projects like the Peabody-winning podcast Believed, and nationally recognized coverage of the Flint water crisis.

What happens here in Michigan is often a bellwether for the nation: from education challenges to clean drinking water; municipal bankruptcy to the uneven rebuilding of a great American city; manufacturing and international trade; the auto industry; legacy industrial pollution and the stewardship of the Great Lakes; and a major swing state in presidential elections.


  • Understand what makes a good story and be comfortable working on multiple platforms (broadcast, digital, podcast, photography, and treatments including sound-rich features, host/reporter 2-ways, print/digital) to tell those stories.
  • Have demonstrated storytelling capabilities and the ability to find and write your own enterprising stories.
  • Enjoy working with our audience and potential audiences, and participate in station and community events.
  • Perform all responsibilities in a manner consistent with Michigan Radio's high journalistic standards to ensure that accuracy and fairness are central characteristics of all content produced.
  • Work with a diverse team to meet required production deadlines.
  • Direct report to News Director.

Required Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience is required.
  • Experience working with audio recording equipment and editing software.

Desired Qualifications:

You will have experience with:

  • Filing public records requests and appeals
  • Writing concise, tight, evocative copy for the ear
  • Managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Filing for national networks

Salary Range: $40,000 - $70,000 depending on experience

Underfill Statement:

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

Michigan Radio EEO Statement:

Michigan Radio is committed to attracting and retaining a creative workforce filled with varied perspectives and experiences to enhance and continue our mission of producing trusted content to grow a diverse community of listeners.

We are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for people from all backgrounds, identities and ages.

University of Michigan EEO Statement:

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.

Additional Information:

This position will be located in Ann Arbor, or Detroit, or Grand Rapids metro areas depending upon applicant.

Application Deadline:

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as eight days after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

How to Apply:

Apply online at https://careers.umich.edu/ Enter 187003 in the Keyword. Follow online application instructions. You may also see this posting at www.michiganradio.org