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Iowa Public Radio
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Midday Host

Post Date:Dec 20, 2021Type:Full time
Start Date:Salary:
Location: United States - Iowa - Iowa City Job Reference:
Job Description:

Iowa Public Radio is looking for a host with great news judgment, a conversational on-air style and a desire to contribute to a vibrant news operation.  You’ll help to retain and grow the midday audience, doing continuity breaks during national shows, anchoring three newscasts daily and peer editing and filing stories for use during newscasts as time allows.

You’ll also be one of the backup hosts for morning and afternoon newsmagazines, as well as our two daily talk shows Talk of Iowa and River to River.

You’ll join a great team of hosts and reporters in three other cities, covering everything from state government, to agriculture, health, Latino affairs…and every four years a bunch of people who want to be president. You’ll work in the same location as the talk show team, which has a reputation for throwing the best IPR holiday party of the year.

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.

Iowa City is the home of the University of Iowa.  It regularly shows up on those “best places to live” lists, and has a lot to offer culturally, with great restaurants and Big Ten sports.  Eastern Iowa has some of the state’s prettiest state parks for hiking and camping.  You’d be an hour from the Mississippi River, two hours from Des Moines, and three hours from Chicago.

If you care about good journalism, ethics and diversity, enjoy connecting with an audience on the air, and want to be part of a great and supportive team, we’d love to hear from you.

• $40,000 - $45,000

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


Please submit application materials to  Inquiries may be sent to

For full consideration, applications must include the following:
1. A detailed resume.
2. Sample(s) of your work including: 

• Demo containing one newscast (2:00-5:00) that you produced and delivered.  If you have one, we’d love to hear a sample of a two-way you did with a program host or reporter, or an interview you’ve conducted for a podcast or other audio production.  Please upload the demo to Soundcloud or another hosting site and send us the links.
• Writing samples (3) that include spot news.

3. Names and contact information, including email addresses, for three work references, including at least one supervisory reference.
Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, January 24, 2022.  

Iowa Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

• Three years of experience in reporting/hosting; internship and podcast experience will be considered;
• Conversational and engaging on air presence. Ability to hit time posts, effectively forward promote content and work with direction and coaching;
• Ability to work collaboratively across locations;
• Experience operating a variety of broadcast equipment, comfortable running an audio board during on air shift, familiarity with digital editing (e.g. Adobe Audition) and automation systems; and
• Familiarity with IPR’s programming and belief in our mission and familiarity and appreciation of public radio news style.

• Five years full-time experience as a public radio reporter or host;
• Firm foundation in journalism ethics, news gathering, and reporting techniques; and
• Familiarity/experience with social media and its use as part of the broadcast media and writing for the web.

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Contact Information
Iowa Public Radio
2111 Grand Ave. Ste. 100
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

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