Correspondent and Anchor, PBS NewsHour West

PBS NewsHour
  • Location
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Mar 08

Position description

The PBS NewsHour is opening a new bureau outside of its headquarters in Washington DC to serve as a western-based reporting hub and a production center for an updated nightly broadcast. The new “PBS NewsHour West” team will emphasize reporting on news and feature stories especially from the western part of the country, contributing to the national broadcast and its associated digital platforms. It will also lead an updated nightly broadcast for the Pacific Time zone feeds with late breaking news and developments.

We are seeking a talented, hard-working, ambitious team to launch this bureau later this year. The anchor/correspondent will be the face of the PBS NewsHour West broadcast, and a regular contributor to the national program and its associated social and digital presence.

This role will be based at PBS NewsHour West’s new home in Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona state University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


  • Anchoring parts or all of the nightly western feed of the broadcast, as news updates and developments require.
  • Reporting taped packages and conducting live and/or pre-recorded in-studio and remote interviews for broadcast.
  • Reporting from the field on a wide variety of stories, on short and long-term reporting trips, sometimes with very little notice.
  • Developing story ideas, taking story assignments and executing them with integrity and flair, in collaboration with team members and senior management.
  • Tracking news developments and collaborating with all newsroom-planning efforts.
  • Contribute to a wide variety of online coverage projects, which might include social media, podcasts, slideshows, and more.
  • Perform related special projects or other duties as assigned.


  • Experience reporting for broadcast on news with national and international significance, including politics and elections, as well as feature, character driven stories and the arts. Experience with national outlets preferred.
  • Creative vision, voice and impeccable editorial integrity are paramount in this role.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced newsroom setting, adjust smoothly to changing assignments under deadline pressure, and collaborate positively and enthusiastically with a small team.
  • Excellent organizational, project planning and follow-through, presentation and time management skills.  Flexible and able to handle multiple tasks.
  • Availability to work a non-standard or extended work schedule and travel, at times with little or no notice.
  • Experience shooting and/or editing (Adobe Premiere, Final Cut or Avid) are a plus.
  • Experience teaching or working with journalism students or interns is a plus.


  • Minimum of 5-10 years of reporting experience on camera, preferably for a national news outlet, with an emphasis on hard news. Preference for experience covering campaigns and politics.
  • College degree in journalism, political science, or related field.
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience.

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