Senior Editor, News

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


Capital Public Radio is looking for a full-time Senior News Editor to join its award-winning and fast-growing team. As one of CapRadio’s newsroom leaders, the Senior News Editor wears several hats:

  • helps assign, oversee and edit daily news coverage for broadcast, digital and other platforms
  • edits feature stories and enterprise projects, and works with reporters to develop concepts
  • collaborates on “big picture” goals and special projects, such as election coverage and podcasts
  • is an essential player when it comes to team-building and developing reporter skills
  • occasionally gets in the trenches and delivers daily news stories, two-way interviews and features; anchors CapRadio newscasts; and makes appearances on CapRadio “talk” programs such as Insight

We are looking for an experienced journalist with clear-headed news judgment and several years of editorial experience. Instincts for what distinguishes a “public radio story” are essential.

Relationships matter, and the Senior News Editor needs to be someone who supports CapRadio staff via meetings and one-on-one check-ins.

The ideal candidate will have a background working in radio and with audio-editing software. But this is not a requirement: We’re focused on building a diverse and inclusive team, so if you’re excited about this position but may not meet all of the qualifications, we encourage you to apply.

A passion for NPR and public-service journalism is a must.

Salary And Benefits

The salary range for this position is $70,000 to $75,000. 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: $70,000 to $75,000
DURATION: Permanent
WORK SETTING: Office, Varies


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Duties And Responsibilities
  • assigns and edits daily radio news stories
  • plans, develops and edits feature-length radio stories
  • plans, develops and edits content for digital and other platforms
  • works closely with the Managing Editor on big-picture projects
  • helps oversee CapRadio’s partnership with dozens of California public radio stations
  • occasionally delivers daily and feature stories, including two-way interviews, digital content and appearances on CapRadio and NPR “talk” programs
  • collaborates and communicates with NPR and other national outlets as needed
  • participates in on-air fundraising and other CapRadio fundraising activities
  • conducts newsroom meetings when the Managing Editor is absent
  • other newsroom duties as assigned
Skills And Experience
  • college degree, preferably in journalism, or equivalent experience
  • several years of newsroom experience, preferably as an editor (radio/audio experience a plus)
  • a passion for public radio news and programming
  • high-level news judgment




Submit a cover letter, resume and link to three editing samples to You can address your cover letter to Managing Editor Nick Miller.

In addition, please include responses to the following:

  • Choose a CapRadio 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 a crucial issue in Northern California and describe how you would assign a reporter to cover it in a unique way (150 words)

Capital Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer.