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NPR's Business Desk is seeking a reporter to cover Wall Street. The ideal candidate should have a proven track record of covering markets, finance and banking. We are looking for an aggressive, well-sourced reporter who has the ability to cover breaking news, deliver scoops and also bring sharp insights about an industry that has such a profound impact on the world.
A strong candidate will have voice and personality, and employ creative storytelling to distill complex information into accessible stories with compelling characters. The person should have a keen awareness of the stock market's influence on the retirement accounts of millions of people, and also the bond market's role in setting the foundation for debt and homeownership and ultimately wealth creation in the country. The beat will pay special attention to racial and income inequality and Wall Street's hand in distribution of wealth.
New York is the financial heart of the world, full of larger-than-life personalities striking billion dollar deals. The candidate should be able to find and tell their stories. We have also seen a democratization in trading, with amateur investors on apps like Robinhood upending markets and the emergence of charismatic finance influencers on YouTube with legions of followers. All this is happening as the rise of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin reshape thinking about the fundamental nature of money. The pursuit of riches inevitably also leads to fraud and financial wrongdoing; the person we hire should also have an interest in digging through court documents and financial statements and report on white collar crime.
The work of NPR's Business Desk is featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, NPR.org, Here & Now, Up First, Consider This, Planet Money, Planet Money's Indicator and It's Been A Minute, among others.
The position is based in New York City and could involve travel for stories.
Education: Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent work experience.
• Minimum of 3- 10 years reporting experience.
• Knowledge of markets, finance and banking.
• Demonstrated ability to develop, report and write stories that matter to a diverse national audience.
• Ability to work for multiple platforms – audio, digital and social audiences.
• Works quickly under deadline pressure.
• Collaborate and work well with people of different backgrounds, demonstrating respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system.
• Familiarity with NPR member stations and public media system.
• Ability and willingness to relocate. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations. Severance provisions of the AFTRA collective bargaining agreement will apply should you choose not to accept a transfer.
• Develops, plans and reports news, features and major enterprise stories for audio and web or works on assignments from editors.
• Breaks and covers news as it happens, with authority and accuracy.
• Through story selection and reporting, helps NPR grow its audience among people of color.
• Participates in departmental news planning.
• Collaborates with editors and show producers to shape two-ways and speaks fluently and conversationally live on the air.
• Fulfills administrative obligations arising from assignments, such as filing prompt and accurate expense records and program information/ summaries; maintaining contact with editors and appropriate producers; keeping editors and appropriate producers informed about assignments.
All applications must include a resume, cover letter and clips of work to be considered.
NPR offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development.