KYUK’s mission is to serve the rural Alaska and Alaska Native population of our region and respond to issues that affect the people of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
About the job:
KYUK is seeking a News Reporter to cover Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. We’re looking for a curious, enterprising reporter who’s excited to live in this unique region and dig deep into its stories. Travel in small planes and river boats will be required.
The News Reporter will be responsible for producing multiple news stories per week, hosting newscasts and special programs, and uploading content to the station’s website and social media. Alaska reporting experience and Yup’ik proficiency is preferred but not required. We encourage people from nontraditional backgrounds to apply.
Even though the News Reporter position is general assignment, the reporter will work with the News Director and Managing Editors to develop a beat, or coverage area, that aligns with the reporter’s skills and interests as well as the goals and mission of KYUK.
The job averages 40 hours per week with some evening and weekend work. KYUK recognizes that we are humans and not journalism machines. If you work 45 hours one week, you should expect to work 35 hours the next week.
This position reports to the News Director.
KYUK is an NPR-member public radio station, broadcasting in English and Yup’ik. In 2021, KYUK celebrated 50 years on the air. KYUK is the nation’s oldest Native owned public radio station, serving approximately 22,000 predominately Yup’ik listeners across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The region is home to 56 Alaska Native tribes and spans an area about the size of Illinois. The region is not connected to North America’s road system and is only accessible by plane or ship.
KYUK airs three daily, local newscasts in English and Yup’ik.
KYUK’s news pillars include local politics, criminal justice, health care, subsistence hunting and fishing, climate change, natural resources, education, tribal issues, Yup’ik culture, and sled dog racing.
KYUK’s newsroom consists of one News Director, two part-time Editors, two News Reporters, and one Website Copy Editor. We closely collaborate with colleagues in our Multimedia Department and Radio Programming Department. KYUK partners with the Alaska Public Radio Network, sharing news content and collegial support with public radio station across the state. We also collaborate on reporting with the state’s largest newspaper Anchorage Daily News. We have a history of special collaborations with national outlets such as the Washington Post.
KYUK stories air regularly on the statewide, daily news program Alaska News Nightly and frequently on NPR and National Native News.
KYUK has a decorated history. Since 2019 KYUK was awarded a National Edward R. Murrow Award, a National Associated Press Award, four Regional Murrow Awards, five Society of Professional Journalists awards and thirty Press Club Awards, including Best Comprehensive Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic out of all media outlets in Alaska.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary range: $54,000 to $68,500 annually
The News Reporter position is a salaried position with health care benefits, paid sick leave, and paid vacation leave. KYUK matches 5% of 403(b) retirement contributions. KYUK observes 17 work holidays throughout the year.
Moving assistance and short-term housing assistance provided.
KYUK is willing to entertain temporary options from 3- 12 months.
Send resume, cover letter, three references, and three work samples that you reported or edited to KYUK General Manager Shane Iverson (he/him) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The position is open until filled.