Job Description:

Coastal Desk Reporters

WRKF Baton Rouge Public Radio WWNO New Orleans Public Radio and are looking for two experienced reporters to anchor our Coastal Desk and continue our award-winning coverage of Louisiana’s environmental issues. 


In South Louisiana — and along its vulnerable coastline — the effects of climate change are playing out in real-time: from increasingly powerful storms to the slow but steady loss of land from rising sea-levels. These positions will report on some of the most important environmental stories of our time. We’re hoping to put one of the reporter positions in Houma and the other in either New Orleans or Baton Rouge. 


Position Summary: The Coastal Desk Reporters will tackle the science, economics, politics and cultural issues of coastal dynamics in Southeast Louisiana in their coverage. This includes reporting developments for daily news, as well as larger trends, history, projections and context for feature stories and series. The reporters will file two versions of their stories: an online story for and a script for radio. You should also be available for live and pre-recorded on-air interviews.

The reporters stay up-to-date on regional stories, as well as national stories that may be localized. You research, cultivate sources, pitch, produce and upload stories for daily newscasts, as well as longer features.

Both reporters should also be digitally savvy. One of your main weekly responsibilities will be to put together a Coastal Desk newsletter, sent out in partnership with The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate. You use social media to promote stories and advance your coastal beats, are capable of taking photos for online stories and can shoot video. 

You’ll work with the News Director and other staff to plan long-term coverage for WRKF and WWNO. Occasionally, you will make public appearances to represent WRKF and WWNO, take part in topical panel discussions and do some on-air fundraising.


But most importantly, these reporters are passionate about reporting impactful environmental stories that cover our diverse communities in southeast Louisiana. Here’s what we’re looking for:


  • Bachelor's Degree, or 8 years of professional experience may be substituted for a degree

  • At least 1 year of reporting or anchoring experience required

  • Demonstrated ability to research, write, and report news stories, both daily spot news and longer features

  • Experience with posting news stories to a website and social media

  • Take photos/shoot video 

  • Knowledge of general assignment reporting; and an ability to work flexible hours, including occasional evening and weekend hours



  • Advanced Degree; three or more years of reporting experience

  • Experience with radio production/editing and on-air reporting is preferred, but these skills can be learned on the job

  • Previous experience covering coastal or environmental issues is a plus

  • Has managed or put together newsletters for a newsroom or other organization

  • Knowledge of Louisiana/Gulf States area

Reporter will have the choice to be based in New Orleans or Baton Rouge

Job Location: 
Baton Rouge , LA
United States
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Job Type: 
Full time
Send Application Materials To: 

Candidates who are interested should send News Director Patrick Madden and Digital Editor Katelyn Umholtz a resume, cover letter, at least 3 references and no more than 7 examples of their work to AND with the subject line “Coastal Reporter Position Search.”

First review will be November 24, 2021. Positions open until filled.


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