Politics Reporter

Department: Content
Status:  Full Time; Exempt
End Date: Open Until Filled


Apart from Washington, D.C., the most important place in American policy and politics right now might well be Sacramento. The decisions made by elected officials in this City of Trees affect far more than California’s 40 million people.

Capital Public Radio is offering an opportunity to cover the Golden State’s government and politics — including its “Super Tuesday” presidential primary in March and next year’s election — as a full-time Politics Reporter on its award-winning and fast-growing team.

This reporter will be one of CapRadio’s lead journalists covering the state Capitol, including the governor’s office, lawmakers and the legislative session.

The position requires a nimble journalist who is adept at cultivating sources and identifying what matters in a quick-moving political environment.

Good news judgment and instincts for what makes a “public radio story” — including how CapRadio can distinguish its political reporting from other California outlets — is essential.

We are looking for a journalist who is patient, listens and collaborates on projects.

We’re focused on building diverse and inclusive team. Even if you may not meet all of the qualifications, but are excited about this position, we encourage you to apply.

Salary And Benefits

The salary range for this position is $60,000 to $65,000. We offer:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, chiropractic and acupuncture insurance
  • Long-Term Disability and Group Life Insurance
  • Paid holidays
  • Flexible Vacation
  • Retirement plan with employer matching
  • Flexible spending plan for health and dependent care



SALARY: 60,000-65,000
DURATION: Permanent
WORK SETTING: Office, Varies


Human Resources


Duties and Responsibilities
  • Delivers daily spot radio news stories
  • Produces feature length audio and digital stories
  • Writes and creates daily and special content for digital
  • Files radio stories for a statewide audience via CapRadio’s partnership network with dozens of California public radio stations
  • Appears on CapRadio and NPR talk shows
  • Files spot stories, features and digital articles for NPR and other national outlets
  • Participates in on-air fundraising and other CapRadio fundraising activities
Skills and Experience
  • College degree, preferably in journalism, or equivalent experience
  • Strong news judgment
  • Newsroom experience, preferably two years. Background in public radio or working with audio-editing software preferred
  • A passion for public radio news and programming.




Submit a cover letter, resume and link to three work samples to careers@capradio.org. You can address your cover letter to the hiring manager for this position, Nick Miller, Senior Editor of News and Features.

In addition, please include responses to the following:

  • Choose a CapRadio politics audio story from the past six months and explain how it succeeds and where it falls short (less than 150 words)
  • Tell us about one of your favorite radio/podcast programs (less than 150 words)
  • Identify an issue at the state Capitol and describe how you would report on it in a unique way (150 words)

Capital Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer.