Employment Opportunities

Hawai‘i Public Radio (HPR) is a locally-managed, community-funded nonprofit serving a statewide audience. We were named one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Hawaii by Hawaii Business magazine and Best Companies Group. HPR is an equal employment opportunity employer.

HPR Government/Public Affairs Reporter
Reports to HPR News Editor

Full-time, exempt position keeping normal Monday to Friday business office hours, with occasional weekend and evening work, as assigned or necessary for beat coverage. Typically works 40 to 45 hours per week.


Minimum three years journalism experience. Familiarity with public radio is essential, experience in public radio or other broadcasting outlet is helpful, as is familiarity with Hawai‘i government and politics. Professional presentation skills, including broadcast quality voice skills. We’re looking for a self-starter with a positive attitude who can work with colleagues in a spirit of aloha. This is not an entry-level position.  

Description of Position:

  1. Cover the way government touches the everyday lives of the people of Hawai‘i. This includes coverage of the state legislature, the Honolulu City Council, and other elected representatives, as well as elections.
  2. Pursue deeper stories of policy and its impact on residents across the state, including those that involve the state government bureaucracy.
  3.  Work will combine shorter on-air beat news pieces, longer features, and live appearances on news and talk programs, as well as digital media coverage.

Position Duties:

  1. Cover government-related news for on air and online platforms, including broadcast pieces of varying lengths, live appearances, and social media engagement.
  2. Help plan and execute political stories; including elections, political forums and related coverage.
  3. Write, produce, edit and present on-air stories during signature news magazine programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered as well as the local news-talk program The Conversation.
  4. Occasional work on series and other special projects.
  5. Participation in station events as needed, including the semi-annual pledge drive.
  6. Other duties as assigned   

Please send cover letter and resume by April 12, 2019 to bdorman@hawaiipublicradio.org or by mail to Hawai‘i Public Radio, 738 Kāheka St., Honolulu, HI 96814.  No phone calls please.  EEOE