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Morning Edition Host

Iowa Public Radio

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

You’ll join a great team of reporters across Iowa covering topics ranging from state government, to agriculture, health, the environment….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 its political and state government reporting partnerships, and we’re part of NPR’s Midwest Newsroom, which focuses on enterprise and investigative reporting.

This is an exciting time to be at IPR. We plan to add several people to our newsroom this year, covering politics, agriculture and climate, Latino communities, as well as editorial support.

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, 80/35, and many other concerts. Like to bike? Check out the few hundred miles of connected bike trails that will take you from downtown, through the suburbs, and into the countryside.

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




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


• 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 on-air hosting, newscasting, or interviewing in a live environment.

• Strong broadcast writing skills.

• Strong knowledge of and adherence to journalism ethics.

• Experience using digital audio editing packages, such as Adobe Audition.

• This position requires the employee to have a valid, state-issued driver’s license and reliable transportation.


• Experience hosting news magazines in public media.

• Experience in reporting for public radio.


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For full consideration, applications must include the following:

1. Cover letter with narrative describing your applicable experience. Include contact information for at least three (3) professional references at the bottom of the letter.

2. Resume in Microsoft Word or PDF.

3. Sample(s) of your work including:

a. Word or PDF: Writing samples of a newscast script and a newscast spot;

b. Five Audio files: (Upload to our applicant tracking system or include links to SoundCloud in your cover letter)

i. One newscast.

ii. Two continuity/program breaks that include at least one example of forward promotion.

iii. For a bonus, if you have a Two-way (interview) you produced with a station reporter or newsmaker. This is not required, but will help.

iv. 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 March 18th, 2024. Employment is contingent upon the successful outcome of a background check.

Our values:

• Integrity: We maintain the highest standards of journalism, providing trustworthy and relevant content with meaningful context.

• Curiosity: We serve an inquisitive audience by asking questions, seeking knowledge, and exploring new ideas.

• Belonging: We strive to reflect Iowa’s cultural complexity by offering a supportive, equitable space for individuals and communities to tell the stories unique to their lived experiences.

• Respect: We create a culture of respect for our audience, sources, and staff.

• Innovation: We support creativity and embrace new ways of serving our audience.

Our Commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity

Iowa Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin or sex is prohibited. If you believe you have been a victim of discrimination, please notify the appropriate local, state or federal agency.

Expdate 3/18/2024

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