Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: N0048 / Host Reporter
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 10

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Hosts National Public Radio (NPR) news shows and local broadcasts. Provides continuity, promos and underwriting, weather reports, and newscasts for broadcast and online publication. Also responsible for writing, voicing, and editing stories about newsworthy topics for broadcast and online publication. This position is equally split between hosting and reporting duties.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Hosts, produces, and engineers NPR news magazine shows. Interviews guests and/or screens phone calls for KUNM's call-in show Let's Talk New Mexico.
  2. Receives assignments and evaluates leads and tips to pitch original and timely news stories. Produces and delivers content for broadcast, web, and social media.
  3. Organizes material, determines framing, and writes features, two-ways, spots, and cut-and-copies according to departmental editorial style and format standards.
  4. Gathers and verifies factual information regarding news stories through interviews, observation, and research.
  5. Compiles, writes, and prioritizes news stories from other outlets. Researches, writes, and delivers live weather reports. Produces and hosts KUNM fundraisers, including on-air pitches and the production and organization of pre-recorded content.
  6. Oversees and anchors NPR live special coverage.
  7. Provides training to KUNM staff and/or student employees on hosting NPR magazine shows, recording equipment, scripting and filing process, content management system, field reporting, interviews, and other procedures and skills, as assigned.
  8. Troubleshoots technical issues in coordination with relevant departments and staff. Ensures NPR broadcasts and KUNM content are aired as scheduled.
  9. Opens and/or closes KUNM newsroom. Monitors for any security issues and notifies relevant UNM staff as needed.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Successful completion of at least 60 college-level credit hours; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to develop and deliver live radio broadcasts.
  • Ability to write and produce broadcast-quality audio and digital news stories.
  • Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment while maintaining accuracy.
  • Knowledge of journalistic principles, ethics, standards, and techniques.
  • Familiarity with audio storytelling and audio editing.
  • Ability to accurately determine newsworthiness.
  • Skill in the use of journalistic research, methods, and techniques.
  • Analytical, investigative, and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 04/20/2024