Public Affairs Reporter

Colorado Public Radio Denver Metro, CO

Colorado Public Radio News is expanding and is looking for an experienced Public Affairs Reporter. The Public Affairs Reporter develops a beat that covers a range of government related stories from small town issues with big ramifications to elections, the state legislature and government agencies and policies. This person keeps the human interest factor high in their stories and deploys good investigative skills as needed. Stories will be published on all digital platforms and air in CPR news magazines, newscasts, Colorado Matters.

Essential responsibilities:

Identifies trends, pays attention to city hall and county commissioner agendas in communities across the state, develops sources and gets ahead of legislative issues before the General Assembly in January. All of this work leads to enterprise work that’s unique to CPR.

Researches, writes, reports, edits, and voices stories weekly for morning and afternoon news magazines.

Coordinates, writes and produces digital content with the features editor and digital team. This person is expected to take photographs on assignment, tweet from the field and provide explainer material to digital ahead of major developments on the beat.

Works with features editor to engage community members. Monitors Facebook groups, Reddit threads and other social media forums to see what conversations around government are percolating.

Participates in assigned fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off.

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Knowledge and competencies:

Identification with the mission and purpose of Colorado Public Radio.

Minimum of 5 years journalism experience at major news organization.

Experience covering public affairs beats.

Radio experience preferred but not required.

High-level writing and editing skills, demonstrated ability to identify key developments and distill complex matters.

Understanding and presence on social media for reporting and promoting stories as well as engaging with audience.

Able to work collaboratively, meet deadlines, juggle multiple tasks.

Position is based in Denver and requires working non-standard hours and some travel.

To apply, please email us your cover letter, resume, references and salary expectations to with "Public Affairs Reporter" in the subject line. Please also include links to samples of your work or projects you have led.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

No phone calls or drop ins please. Competitive salary and benefits.

Colorado Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer and encourages workplace diversity.

CPR News delivers insightful and impartial news from around the world, across the nation, and throughout Colorado, examining its relevance to our state and connecting it to our community. Online, we pay special attention to the Colorado part of that equation.

Colorado is a great place to live and work. Denver is known for its sunshine, world-renowned art museums, thriving performing and fine arts scene, terrific restaurants and more. The nearby Rocky Mountains are an incredible playground for world-class skiing, hiking, biking, hunting and fishing. As a dynamic news state, CPR News has covered the legalization of marijuana, gay marriage, oil and gas industry, arts and cultural issues and much more. All this in a growing newsroom with mountain views.

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