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All Things Considered Host

Post Date:May 12, 2021Type:Full time
Start Date:Salary:$46,502 - $65,103
Location: United States - Iowa - Des Moines Job Reference:
Job Description:

Iowa Public Radio is searching for a smart, energetic person with great news judgement to join our News team as the All Things Considered Host in our Des Moines newsroom.  You’ll not only be IPR’s voice of afternoon news, you’ll also help shape the program – interviewing reporters or newsmakers, producing spots, and occasionally producing pieces of your own.

You’ll join a great team of reporters in four cities covering everything from state government, to agriculture, to health, Latino affairs….and every four years a bunch of people who want to be president.

We’ve got a strong relationship with NPR:  We’ve been part of the political and state government reporting partnerships, and we’re part of NPR’s new Midwest Newsroom, which will focus on enterprise and investigative reporting.

What about Des Moines?  It regularly shows up on Top Ten lists of great places to live for recreation, low cost of living, and more.  Like to eat out?  Des Moines has a great selection of restaurants and brew pubs.  Music?  We’ve got music festivals like Hinterland, and a brand new amphitheater joining several existing outdoor music venues. Like to bike?  Check out the few hundred miles of connected bike trails that will take you from downtown, though the suburbs, and into the countryside.

If you’ve got strong news judgment, care about ethics and diversity, can handle several things at once and are committed to making great radio, we’d love to hear from you.


Please submit application materials to  Inquiries may be sent to

For full consideration, applications must include the following:

  1. Cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three (3) professional references.
  2. Sample(s) of your work including:
    1. Writing samples that include a newscast script and a newscast spot;
    2. Audio demo consisting of a newscast, two continuity/program breaks that include at least one example of forward promotion, and a two-way (interview) you produced with a station reporter or newsmaker.  Don’t have on-air clips?  You may produce original material for this application.  We can send you some guidelines for this.  We want to hear what you can do!  Please upload the demo to Soundcloud or another hosting site and send IPR the links. 

Applications must be received by 5 pm Monday, June 7, 2021.  Employment is contingent upon the successful outcome of a background check.

Iowa Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


3 years of experience as a reporter, producer, correspondent or other journalism-related role in a professional or college environment including internships;
1 year of experience of on-air hosting or newscasting, or hosting a podcast that regularly includes interviews:
Strong broadcast writing skills;
Strong knowledge of and adherence to journalism ethics; and
Experience using digital audio editing packages, such as Adobe Audition.

Experience hosting news magazines in public media; and
Experience in reporting for public radio.


Comprehensive benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, life, LTD, retirement plan, immediate accrual of vacation (16 hours monthly) and sick (12 hours monthly) time

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Contact Information
Iowa Public Radio
Kelly Edmister
2111 Grand Ave. Ste. 100
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States
Ph: 515-725-1707

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