Job Description:

Title : News Producer, News, PBS News Weekend
Status  : Full Time, Exempt
Reports to:  Executive Producer, Weekend 


As the Lead News Producer for our Weekend broadcast, you’ll be an integral part of our team. Working with the Executive Producer, Senior Producer and anchor, you will help decide what stories we report on. You will write copy and prepare any graphics or video elements that go along with that story. You will pitch stories that could be included in the news summary, and work with a correspondent, production assistant and an editor. You will also produce day-of-air tape packages. You’ll assist other producers when needed and work with more junior producing staff to mentor and teach them. You will be encouraged to develop future segments for the broadcast and will produce them from pitch to air, including field shoots as needed and gathering other media elements. You will coordinate breaking news with the digital Weekend team to ensure multi-platform coverage is well coordinated.


  • Perform related special projects or other duties as assigned.


  • Experience covering news, foreign and domestic, and ideally, also politics at a national level.
  • Experience writing news copy.
  • Ability to multi-task and juggle multiple deadlines; experience working in a fast-paced environment with responsibilities that can change quickly.
  • Ability to develop story ideas into well organized pitches, plan shooting and other elements and work to deliver the story to air in coordination with senior management, correspondent and broadcast editor.
  • Excellent organizational, project planning and follow-through, presentation and time management skills.
  • Availability to work a non-standard or extended work schedule as news requires.  


  • Minimum three (3) years’ experience producing original news content with preferred experience at a national outlet.
  • College degree.
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience.


WETA and NewsHour Productions are Washington, DC established media and news organizations.  We are a largely local workforce based out of the Campbell Place office in Arlington, VA.  WETA and NewsHour Productions value employee flexibility when possible.  Most positions based in our Arlington, VA office will be onsite or hybrid, depending upon the role.


WETA and its subsidiary NewsHour Productions LLC serve local and national public media audiences by producing and distributing content of intellectual integrity and cultural merit. Through broadcast, digital and community services, the organization offers compelling, diverse programming on five television channels, including primary channel WETA PBS, and on WETA Classical, the exclusive home for classical music in the nation’s capital; produces a portfolio of national television productions, including PBS NewsHour, recognized globally for bringing balanced, in-depth news coverage to all Americans; creates impactful documentaries with longtime production partners Ken Burns and Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; features a variety of content offerings on, WETA Passport, the PBS Video App and the WETA Classical App; and serves communities near and far with education and engagement initiatives that contribute to the company’s mission of public service.


WETA/NewsHour Productions is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. Fostering a culture of mutual respect is a top priority and something we take very seriously. 
Employment at WETA/NewsHour Productions is based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, age, ethnicity or ethnic origin, religion or belief, sex (including pregnancy), physical, mental or sensory ability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. We are also committed to demonstrating fair and equitable systems, practices, and processes related to how we recruit, develop, retain, promote, reward, compensate, and terminate talent.
We know that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is fundamental to the success of our business and our people, and we will continue to recognize it as part of our guiding principles.

Job Location: 
Arlington, VA
United States
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Job Type: 
Full time
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