Correspondent, National Security


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Identifies and reports stories on national security issues and counter-terrorism for all NPR News programs.  Responds to breaking news, initiates and develops short-term news and feature stories and in-depth enterprise and investigative reports. Files news spots for NPR newscast and reports for Digital Media. Will involve some travel.

Essential Duties Include

Develops ideas/proposals for reports and programs.

  • Conceives, proposes, plans, and researches ideas for stories and program segments.
  • Develops news sources and keeps associated files.
  • Takes assignments from supervisors on the desk.
  • Participates in news department and desk planning for coverage.
  • Develops material for web, including original reporting, writing and production.

Gathers information and materials for reports and programs.

  • Gathers materials on tape and otherwise, through interviews, press conferences, and direct coverage of events. This may involve travel on short term notice
  • Advises editors on technical support required, as necessary.

Prepares and presents reports and program segments.

  • In consultation with editors and producers, organizes, edits and produces reports and program segments including introductory and continuity material.           
  • Covers breaking news with live coverage and two-ways with program hosts.
  • Provides guidance to program hosts and producers as needed.
  • 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.

Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Prepares and presents special reports, series, documentaries, and program segments examining important subjects in depth.
  • Under the supervision of a producer, anchors or assists in presenting live coverage of hearings, major news conferences, and other broadcast events.
  • Does investigative reporting, including the generation of ideas and development of plans for such reporting.
  • Travels for breaking news coverage and to produce a variety of major stories, features, and program segments for various NPR programs.
  • Possesses and uses extensive broadcast production skills in the preparation of program materials and segments.


Education:   Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.



  • At least six years’ experience in journalism, preferably with experience in broadcast journalism.
  • Experience working on deadline and working independently.
  • Experience in long-form journalism.
  • Demonstrated expertise at developing a major journalism specialty.
  • Excellence in analysis and interpretation.
  • Demonstrated experience and success breaking news, developing sources and original, enterprise reporting.

Additional Requirements for Reporter/Correspondent:

  • Experience producing stories on national news issues.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Understanding that reporter may be reassigned after defined period of time.
  • Ability to relocate.
  • Ability and willingness to work varied shifts.
  • Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions.
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure. Must be able to report breaking stories for both newscasts, major programs, and Digital Media.
  • Proven ability to work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system.


  • At least four years’ background in radio broadcasting.
  • Demonstrated experience producing stories on national security issues.
  • Experience in use of microphones, recorders and telecommunication equipment.
  • Demonstrated expertise in all aspects of broadcast journalism – reporting, voicing, editing, producing full radio pieces, live interviews, use of microphones, recorders, computers and telecommunication transmissions via ISDN lines, satellite phones and/or Internet.
  • Ability 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.

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