Producer, National Affairs

PBS NewsHour
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 21

Position description

As a National Affairs Producer, you’ll help lead a team of producers on daily segments and longer-term projects as needed, manage and plan production and delivery of high quality, innovative content. You’ll tell stories on a wide variety of topics for both television and online. You’ll drive the story idea generation; research and interviews, acquire, screen, and log footage; write copy and scripts; and facilitate/assist with studio production among other duties.



You’ll get to know your team and the wider organization, and how each group functions independently as well as part of the whole. You’ll establish key relationships with your peers, while being exposed to executives through participation in editorial planning meetings. You’ll contribute to a variety of stories, from features, to politics for the broadcast and online starting on day one. You’ll have a number of stories skillfully produced and aired.



You are regularly contributing to both features and in-depth news reporting. You bring a vibrancy and terrific ideas to pitch meetings. Your demonstrated passion for knowing the ideal way to produce content and ability to seamlessly jump from project to project will enable you to flourish.  You’ve developed trust with executive leadership. You have grown your own skills and those of junior producers, and can point to evidence in the team’s improved reporting.



  • Ability to shoot and edit using non-linear editing programs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in national news production management for daily, 24/7 or weekly television and digital outlets.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in field and studio production of news.
  • A collaborative attitude, especially under deadline pressure.


  • Comprehensive and competitive medical, dental, and vision insurance plans
  • Generous 403(B) employer match
  • Holiday and paid leave programs
  • Tuition reimbursement



With roots in public service journalism beginning in 1973, the PBS NewsHour today is on a mission to bring balanced, in-depth news coverage to all. Innovative and fast-paced, life at the NewsHour is focused on collaboration, trust, and above all, enterprising important, considered news. NewsHour is unique in that the team is small and tight-knit, and must accomplish what no other daily news organization does: be the gold-standard of reporting for a nightly, hour-long broadcast, and to crucial digital platforms.

You’ll enjoy working at the NewsHour if you enjoy contributing to meaningful reporting, working on small teams in which your ideas are not just valued but vital, and pushing yourself to grow your skills every day.

We know there are great candidates who may have skills we haven’t thought about.   If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We also encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people, veterans and people with disabilities. 


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