About WRKF
89.3 WRKF is public radio for Louisiana's capital city. WRKF has informed and entertained Baton Rouge as the region's independent NPR affiliate since 1980. WRKF is a non-profit organization and serves its audience with support from underwriters and donors who value original coverage of Louisiana news and politics along with national and international news coverage from NPR.

WRKF features news and talk programming along with a diverse mix of music and cultural programs like "American Routes" with Nick Spitzer, theater of the mind programs like "This American Life" with Ira Glass, and variety programs like "Wait, Wait, Don't Me" with Peter Sagal. WRKF brings the BBC World Service to Baton Rouge every night. WRKF streams at wrkf.org, through the WRKF App, and on other digital platforms.

WRKF is an equal opportunity employer.

WRKF is hiring these positions. Details below.

"South Louisiana is a place rich with heritage and passionate people. The food, of course, is amazing. But so are the stories. If you’re serious about your journalism and want to make a real difference in people’s lives, this is the job for you."
— Russell Lewis, NPR Southern Bureau Chief (and former New Orleans resident).

WRKF/WWNO Education Reporter

Position Summary:

WRKF Baton Rouge / WWNO New Orleans seeks a reporter to cover Education in the region. Come live and work in one of the most culturally rich regions of the country.

The Education Reporter will tackle the education dynamics in New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana. This includes reporting developments for daily news, as well as larger trends, history, projections and context for feature stories and series. Research, cultivate sources, pitch, produce and upload stories for daily newscasts, as well as longer features. There is no shortage of stories - as ongoing developments in the New Orleans public education system are among the most active in the country. Reporter will also contribute toward digital presentation on WRKF and WWNO websites in addition to filing for newscast and features. Other focus areas as directed by News Director. The reporter is required to stay up-to-date on regional stories, as well as national stories that may be localized. Some general assignment reporting is required.

Reporter will also work with the News Director and other staff to plan long-term coverage for WRKF and WWNO, and be available to provide occasional fill-in hosting for programs and other reporters. Public appearances to represent WRKF/WWNO, on-air fundraising, and topical panel discussions are also part of the job!

The position would be based in New Orleans. Some regional travel is required.

Essential Duties:

Report daily spots and regular features on education in the greater Baton Rouge-New Orleans area


  • 4-year degree (journalism, communications desired)
  • 2-5 years of broadcast journalism experience


  • Reporting skills
  • Experience with Adobe Audition or other digital audio editing software
  • Experience with digital news publishing; knowledge of broadcast audio board and demonstrated interviewing and news reporting and writing skills
  • Ability to work on deadline
  • Sense of humor and ability to roll with the punches


Salary commensurate with experience. This position offers health, dental, and vision insurance, as well as retirement benefits, tuition assistance, vacation, holiday, and sick time accrual.

Application Procedure:

To apply, send or e-mail a cover letter, two writing samples, and resume to tegan@wwno.org with subject: Education Reporter Search.

Closing Date:

Open until filled; For best consideration, submit application no later than January 27, 2020.

The University of New Orleans is an Affirmative Action / Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women, ethnic minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

WRKF/WWNO Public Health Reporter

Position Summary:

WRKF Baton Rouge, along with partner station WWNO New Orleans, is seeking an enterprising journalist to join its regional newsroom as a Public Health Reporter.

We're looking for a reporter who isn't afraid to tackle one of the most pressing issues facing Louisiana and the Gulf South region: public health. This position will focus on key issues of health and healthcare, including disparities in access and outcomes for underserved communities; reproductive healthcare and maternal and infant mortality; and the overall intersection of policy, politics and public health.

We're also seeking a journalist who is patient, listens and enjoys collaborating on projects with other journalists. This position can be based in either New Orleans or Baton Rouge.

The WWNO/WRKF newsroom is growing and we're focused on building a diverse and inclusive team. If you are excited about this position, we encourage you to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Delivers daily spots for newscasts
  • Produces in-depth audio features and digital stories
  • Writes digital content for website and newsletter
  • Shoots pictures for digital content
  • Files spot stories, features and digital articles for NPR and other national outlets
  • Participates in on-air fundraising

Skills and Experience:

  • Newsroom experience, preferably two years. Background in public radio or working with audio-editing software preferred
  • Ability to write and produce stories for both on-air and online
  • A passion for storytelling and public radio


$45-$55k. This position is funded by a two-year grant, with the expectation that it will be renewed in the future.

Application Procedure:

Submit a cover letter, resume and link to three work samples to patrick@wwno.org. You can address your cover letter to the hiring manager of this position, Patrick Madden, Regional News Director for WRKF/WWNO.

Closing Date:

This position is open until filled, with first review February 27, 2020.

WRKF Baton Rouge and WWNO New Orleans Public Radio are equal opportunity employers.