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Investigative Reporter

Application Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2020

St. Louis Public Radio, an NPR member station, is looking for an experienced investigative reporter because the St. Louis Region is a great place to dig up stories and hold the powerful to account.

Consider the area’s recent history: 

The city recently spent two years considering if the airport should go under private management. It did all this with almost no public meetings and refused to FOIA requests to release documents. That effort died. St. Louis is next to a county (also called St. Louis) that has 88 cities, many of which have depended on fines and parking tickets for their revenues. What’s more, the former county executive is currently in jail on corruption charges. The city and county are in a state in which the former governor stepped down after months of allegations of misusing campaign funds and possible sexual abuse. 

The investigative reporter will work on their own investigative pieces, both short-term and long-term. They'll also work collaboratively with other newsroom members as needed on larger projects or to suggest the best ways to dig up information. 


The ideal candidate must have at least five years experience in a newsroom and have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or a relevant subject. What’s more, the ideal candidate is:

  • Fluent at using sources, documents, computer-assisted reporting and other journalistic tools to develop, report, write and produce exclusive, impactful stories and investigative projects.
  • Flexible and has experience working collaboratively within a newsroom.
  • Someone who possesses excellent writing skills with an ability to think creatively about telling stories for the web.
  • Excellent at juggling long-term work with quick-turn projects as driven by the news cycle.
  • Knowledgeable at conceptualizing and applying data visualization techniques.
  • Able to meet deadlines, respond to editing and adapt to new work situations, people, ideas, procedures and organizational structures.
  • Passionate about upholding solid journalism ethics and has a track record of making sound decisions.

Successful candidates will exhibit maturity, reliability, composure and stability under pressure. 

If you already have audio skills and are able to code, that’s fantastic, but it’s not a requirement for the job. However, a passion for audio storytelling is a must.

In your cover letter please pitch us an investigative story you think our audience would want to know about. Please address the following questions in fewer than five sentences:

  • Describe the issue. 
  • Why is it relevant to our audience?
  • How would you investigate the story?
  • What tools would you use?

St. Louis Public Radio is a service of the University of Missouri - St. Louis. In order to be considered for this position, you must visit UMSL's employment site and complete an online application. Job ID: 31325.

NOTE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Salary range: $48,000 - $65,000 annually