Position Description

Anchor (Part Time)
Location Chicago, Navy Pier
Job Code 306
# of Openings 1
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About Chicago Public Media
Chicago Public Media is one of the largest and most respected public media organizations in the country.  The organization has a legacy of innovative program development having launched such iconic shows as This American Life, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me…,Nerdette, Making Oprah and the ground-breaking podcast Serial.  With an unparalleled reputation for creativity and innovation across all platforms, Chicago Public Media provides substantive news and insights, thoughtful conversation and meaningful connections to its diverse audiences throughout the Chicago area, as well as nationally and globally.

Chicago Public Media engages with its listeners and users across multiple platforms, including broadcast radio, digital streaming, and mobile apps.  Its flagship station, WBEZ-Chicago (91.5 FM) is Chicagoland’s premier media hub for high-quality, fact-based journalism and engaging, entertaining audio programs and podcasts.  WBEZ’s website, wbez.org, and its newly launched mobile app allows listeners to fully control their experience through its groundbreaking rePlayer functionality and on-demand platform. WBEZ’s sister service, Vocalo Radio (91.1 FM, vocalo.org), targets a multicultural audience through an urban alternative format. 


Part Time Anchor - Job Summary

WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago, one of the largest, most decorated, aggressively creative, and journalistically ambitious public radio stations in the country, is seeking a  permanent part time anchor to join our award-winning news and on-air team in Chicago. This anchor will substitute for regular anchors as time off is scheduled and as operational needs  arise.  We are seeking a warm and friendly on-air presence to assist with the execution of its live broadcasts across days and dayparts, including weekends, middays, and AM/PM drive time. This is a great permanent part time role  that is dependent on a flexible and adaptive on air talent.

The anchor is a vital part of our connection to our listening audience and acts as the final gatekeeper for our on-air product. Therefore, the ideal candidate must have an engaging and natural on-air style, excellent news judgement, a thirst for accurate, timely news coverage, strong technical skills, meticulous attention to detail and accuracy, and the ability to write quickly and compellingly for audio.

This position works closely with editors and producers to ensure that our content is fair, balanced and accurate. The Anchor must integrate network and WBEZ content seamlessly and use social media creatively and responsibly to extend our audience engagement.  Candidates should enjoy working independently and be comfortable adapting to changing schedules and technology.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Fill in for regular anchor shifts during their scheduled time off and as operational needs arise
  • Presenting on-air content including news, weather, time checks, traffic and credits
  • Writing, preparing and anchoring regular newscasts
  • Writing, reporting and recording newscast items, including interviews, spots and copy
  • Anchoring occasional special broadcasts, including coverage of live, breaking news 
  • Working closely with web team to ensure timely coverage and adept social media engagement
  • Mentoring and training back-up hosts
  • Participate in on-air fund-raising and represents WBEZ to the community
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills and Experience
Ability to  reliably work a flexible schedule (early mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays), filling-in for other anchor shifts as needed

  • Superb on-air presentation skills and demonstrated talent at live anchoringExperience preparing and delivering newscasts, including writing & editing for precision and accuracy
  • Must be proficient in live board operation, broadcast automation and digital audio editing, including Sony Vegas, Pro Tools or Adobe Audition 
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to track developing stories
  • Ability to work well with colleagues and thrive in a collaborative environment
  • Thoughtful, creative, energetic, collegial, calm under pressure and flexible
  • Knowledge of Chicago and Illinois issues. Anchors are expected to be informed in a wide range of topics beyond current events, including arts, culture, film, history, science and public policy
  • 3+ years of experience in a broadcast or digital newsroom environment; experience at a public radio station and familiarity with NPR programs is desirable. Prefer experience hosting Morning Edition or All Things Considered at a Public Radio Station
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent training and professional experience

In your cover letter, please include links (Soundcloud, YouTube, Tumblr, etc.) to air checks or other on-air work. CD’s or MP3’s will not be accepted. 

We have a company culture that encourages innovation. A PPO Health/Dental/Vision plan. We are located on Navy Pier, with great views of the city, and easy access via public transportation.
This job is located in Chicago, IL.

The essential functions described above are not all-inclusive and may change periodically to meet the needs of Chicago Public Media (CPM).  The information contained in this job description is not intended to create any contractual or other legal commitment.  Chicago Public Media may change the content or format of this job at any time in its sole and exclusive discretion without notice.


At Chicago Public Media, we are looking for people who are curious about the world and have an excitement for the mission of independent, nonprofit journalism. If it sounds like you would be a good fit for our team, apply today. 


Chicago Public Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer, an Affirmative Action Employer and actively seeks talented people from all backgrounds, orientations and walks of life.


This position is represented by SAG AFTRA.




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