Nashville Public Radio Seeks Political Reporter

May 30, 2018

Nashville Public Radio is seeking a reporter to lead its coverage of Tennessee politics.

We are a mid-sized newsroom that punches above its weight. Every day, we create robust morning and afternoon newscasts that often break stories and delve into major issues facing the Nashville area. We’re also regularly called upon by NPR to deepen its coverage of Tennessee through spots, features and on-the-ground expertise, and we produce several high-quality podcasts.

Now, we're looking for someone who can help us continue to grow by bringing creativity and variety to the political beat. We are not an organization that treats politics as a game. We do not let powerbrokers steer our coverage, nor do we believe in chasing gossip and innuendo. What we do believe in is a ground-up approach, which starts with understanding how trends and issues affect people in the state.

Our political reporter will be responsible for covering elections, and there are many in Tennessee this year. The state has open seats for governor and U.S. senator — with control of the Senate perhaps hanging in the balance — as well as vibrant races for the state legislature and local government. This reporter will explain to listeners why these elections matter and how they'll affect their lives.

Our reporter will also be responsible for covering Tennessee's state legislature and politics at large. Nashville is the hub of Tennessee politics, and our coverage helps set the conversation statewide. During session, this reporter will file spots, develop features and contribute to The Tri-Star State, a weekly political podcast carried statewide. He or she will be encouraged to contribute to NPR's stable of programming — an opportunity to tell Tennessee's story to the world — and expected to pitch in on breaking news, major reporting projects and pledge drives.

We're looking for candidates with diverse life experiences. At least three years in journalism is preferred, but we’re open to any candidate who can demonstrate strong communication skills, regardless of work history. A background in a community that’s been historically underrepresented in public media is a plus. Prior on-air experience is also a plus, but not required. A hunger to connect people to the news — and an knack for strong writing  — is essential.

Skills needed include:

  • Proven excellence in writing and reporting
  • Efficiency on deadline and the ability to work under pressure
  • The ability to juggle daily stories and long-term projects
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, both in collaborating with a diverse group of individuals and receiving constructive feedback, and
  • A thick skin and the ability to keep one's political views in check.

If this is you, please send to

  • A resume
  • A strong cover letter explaining why you're right for the position and what you'd bring to our coverage
  • A selection of personal reporting clips and
  • The contact info for at least three references.

Nashville is a dynamic place to live, but it is a car town, so this reporter does need reliable transportation. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, including health insurance and 401(k). Nashville Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer.