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Show Host, Midday

Req #: 192503

Department: KUOW / PSPR

Job Location: Seattle Campus

Job Location Detail: U District

Posting Date: 07/14/2021

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: $7,500/month minimum salary

Union Position: Yes

Shift: First Shift


KUOW believes attracting and retaining diverse staff is crucial to serving our community and fulfilling our mission to create and serve a more informed public. Women, Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities and veterans are highly encouraged to apply.


The Show Host, Midday will lead a new weekday (Monday-Thursday) news show dedicated to the Puget Sound Region, which will launch this fall. This is a reimagining of KUOW’s flagship local program The Record.

As host of KUOW’s premiere local show, you will convene meaningful daily conversations that challenge, entertain and deepen connections with our region and the people who live in it. Your primary responsibility will be to research, write and deliver live and recorded stories, across formats – two-way interviews, field-based reporting, live events, etc.

Under the supervision of the Director of New Content and Innovation, you’ll propose, prepare and conduct interviews, originate reports; write and produce field segments; maintain current knowledge of local, national and international news; cultivate local, regional, national, and international sources. You’ll also coordinate closely with KUOW Community Engagement to invite community feedback and programming suggestions and to identify and address news and information needs of listeners. Serve as a public representative for KUOW, making public appearances on behalf of the station as assigned and interacting with the audience via social media platforms.


  • Propose, prepare and conduct interviews;
  • Originate reports; write and produce field segments;
  • Cultivate local, regional, national, and international sources, working in coordination with Community Engagement and KUOW News;
  • Maintain current knowledge of local, national and international news;
  • Work jointly with Supervising Producer and Director of New Content and Innovation on programming ideas and long-range editorial planning;
  • Provide input and feedback on selection of guests to ensure quality of interviewees;
  • Participate in regular review of program performance in consultation with Director of New Content and Innovation;
  • Develop and write online posts and articles;
  • Serve as a “first-responder” in breaking news situations that may require early morning, evening and/or weekend work;
  • Interact with audience via social media platforms;
  • Serve as public representative for KUOW, making public appearances on behalf of the station as assigned;
  • Perform other occasional on-air work including hosting and on-air fundraising;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree and five years professional broadcast experience or equivalent combination of education/experience, with a background in news and public affairs production management and on-air hosting, including specific position requirements relating to hosting, news writing, radio production and audio editing.
  • Knowledge of professional broadcast and journalistic standards and practices.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.