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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 273673-AS
Work type: Partial Remote, Staff-Full Time
Department:PUB MEDIA/WPR
Location: Madison
Categories: Production

Job Summary:

Wisconsin Public Radio is hiring a midday host/news producer. This person will write and produce hourly newscasts providing timely information for WPR's radio audiences from 10 am to 2 pm and serve as first-line fill-in host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered. This position will also serve as a producer for WPR's daily morning news podcast. That will include host two-ways and other news content as needed.

WPR's news department seeks to empower Wisconsin's communities through rigorous reporting that provides context, holds public officials accountable, and sheds clarifying light on complex topics. Our goal is to keep the audience abreast of the most significant news of the day, provide unique and insightful information, and represent Wisconsin's diverse communities. We value diversity and inclusivity. We want to reflect communities across Wisconsin in our coverage and staffing. We encourage journalists from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to apply. This position is based in Madison with the option for a hybrid schedule and reports to the News Director.

Responsibilities: Contributes to preparation and editorial decision-making, hosts programs, and participates in promotional appearances in support of high quality programming production.
  • 45% Delivers on-air content for various platforms that may include facilitating on-air conversations and/or providing informational content for audiences
  • 30% Develops and contributes content that may include interviewing sources, programming music, writing stories and completing other necessary production tasks as assigned to create content
  • 10% Maintains familiarity with studio equipment and applicable technology for production and/or broadcast
  • 5% May represent the unit at public events, participating in promotional, community, and fundraising events as necessary
  • 5% Serves as a resource for questions and projects
  • 5% Tests and operates studio broadcasting technology and equipment
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, English or related field preferred.


-Full-time professional experience working in daily news.
-Experience voicing live or recorded broadcast news content.
-Experience operating radio studio equipment and software (i.e. NewsBoss, WideOrbit, Adobe Audition, ProTools.)
-Experience producing news interviews or stories.
-Excellent broadcast writing skills.
-Proven ability to work in both independent and collaborative settings.
-Demonstrated organizational skills, ability to work within tight deadlines and manage competing responsibilities.
-Demonstrated knowledge of journalism ethics, newsgathering and reporting techniques.

-Experience working in public media.
-Experience writing and producing for online platforms.
-Experience hosting live newscasts.
-Knowledge and understanding of Wisconsin news, culture, issues, and personalities

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $55,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Salary will be dependent on experience and qualifications.

Additional Information:

Expected hiring range for the Midday Host/News Producer is in the mid-50s to high 50's. Actual pay will depend on experience and qualifications.

The person in this position will be required to comply with the Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff of Wisconsin Public Radio and Television located here:, in addition to the UW-Madison code of ethics.

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

How to Apply:

Apply online at by 3 weeks from the posting date.

The following must be received for your application to be complete: 1) Resume; 2) A cover letter describing how your experience relates to the listed required and preferred job qualifications; 3) Three samples of voiced broadcast news content; 4) Three broadcast scripts you have written. These may or may not match the audio samples; 5) A list of at least three professional references with titles, emails, and phone numbers (include at least one supervisory reference). Note that references will not be contacted without your prior knowledge.

Questions? Contact Kate O'Connor, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI, 53706; 608-262-5221;


Kate Crawford
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Program Host(PB005)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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