Job Description:

Who We Are:

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public media network whose mission is to strengthen the civic and cultural bonds that unite Southern California's diverse communities by providing the highest quality news and information service on air at 89.3 KPCC, online at and through KPCC In Person. Since our founding in 1999, SCPR has been a fast growing, innovative, multi-platform public service newsroom. Every day, our staff helps audiences catch up on the latest headlines, solve the complexities of life in Southern California, and connect curious communities to one another.


Position Summary:

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR), the home of KPCC, LAist and LAist Studios, is looking for a senior editor who can manage a team of reporters and bring innovative ideas to our daily and long-term work. Our newsroom is at a critical turning point as we challenge ourselves to think differently about how we define what is news and how we serve our audience, both on the radio and digital platforms. For example, we're committed to a focus on civics and democracy, instead of a traditional politics beat.


We’ll need an experienced editor skilled in supervising multimedia work, including audio content for our daily news broadcasts and digital content for our web site. The Senior Editor thinks strategically about guiding reporters to produce content unique to Los Angeles and that reflects our commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.


This senior editor will also shape and lead editorial efforts of major enterprise reports, ensuring all work is held to the highest editorial standards. They will look for innovative ways to engage audience around special projects throughout the reporting process and lead internal and external collaboration.


The senior editor should offer a track record of reporting, writing and editing in-depth enterprise or long form narrative stories and excellent communication and organizational skills.


This is a full-time position. Some weekend work will be required. Experience in covering or overseeing health care issues is preferred but not required.



The salary for this opportunity will be no less than $106,914 annualized. Exact salary determined by experience and education related to the role, organizational compensation structure and internal equity.


Position Responsibility: 

  • Assign and edit daily stories, special projects, and other content for accuracy, fairness and inclusivity across broadcast and digital platforms
  • Provide clear guidance, feedback and supervision to assigned staff 
  • Ensure that grant-funded projects and positions meet their deliverables
  • Participate in training sessions for the KPCC/LAist newsroom.
  • Work with the digital team to make data-informed decisions
  • Encourage creativity and high standards
  • Work with direct reports to develop short- and long-term goals
  • Work with engagement team to diversify sources and establish new relationships with readers, listeners, and other stakeholders
  • Represent KPCC/LAist at public events
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Five years reporting or editing experience, with two years’ editing or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of two years supervisory experience. 


Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Experience in maintaining high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of accuracy and fairness. 
  • Experience assigning stories and editing copy
  • Experience with digital audio editing systems. 
  • Experience with digital news production and presentation. 
  • Strong writing, editing, and radio production skills essential.
  • Knowledge of radio, digital, and print style.
  • Ability to make decisions on deadline, direct coverage and communicate effectively with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Ability to effectively execute multiple assignments on deadline.
  • Leadership and personnel skills and ability to develop high-performing teams.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Editing skills: has an understanding of need for interpretative reporting on complex issues.
  • Ability to develop complex story ideas that provide analysis and add context.
  • Ability to recognize and act on opportunities for tapping audience expertise and other news resources.
  • Ability to use non-traditional approaches, including use of Public Insight Journalism and other community engagement tools/methods, crowdsourcing and digital newsgathering techniques.
  • Well-established contacts and knowledge of the journalism community.
  • Commitment to public service journalism.
  • Communicate effectively and cordially with colleagues across platforms.
  • Juggle multiple projects and deadlines.


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Fluency in Spanish or other languages commonly used in southern California
  • Experience reporting in Los Angeles
  • Background in or familiarity with health care issues
  • Ability to consistently work well with others and to inspire and lead the staff.


Reporting To This Position:        Reporters


Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Physical Demands: 
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
    • Required to move about in the community
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.  
  • Working Conditions: 
    • Moderate noise level


Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. 

Job Location: 
Pasadena, CA
United States
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Full time
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