NPR seeks a tech reporter

September 12, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

The tech industry shapes our personal lives, society and democracy in a multitude of ways. Many of these giant companies are at a turning point – from internal upheavals to changes in ownership to outside pressure from regulators, the media and a more wary public.

NPR seeks a technology reporter/correspondent to dive into this fray, and with authority and clarity explain what goes on inside these companies to a diverse national audience. The ideal candidate has the stamina, sources and creativity to do enterprising work; the confidence to hold powerful institutions accountable, and the humanity to spot moments of wonder and humor on the beat.

This reporter will showcase the perspectives of powerful decision makers and people affected by their decisions, from users to gig workers to rank-and-file employees. The successful candidate won’t just report the news, but can step back and see how all the dots fit together. Ideally, you will be breaking and making news that major actors and institutions have to account for.

A love of storytelling is essential, as is a high metabolism for news. You will be a key member of a small but mighty team so you must be willing to collaborate and take direction. This is a fast-paced job, but one that offers the resources and space to do original reporting that makes a difference.

Your work and analysis will be featured on npr.org and NPR’s broadcast shows and podcasts, including All Things ConsideredMorning EditionPlanet Money and Up First.


  • Report stories online and on air as assigned
  • Develop news sources to get scoops and recognize big developments on the beat before others do
  • Engage with diverse sources
  • Work on enterprise stories with impact and quick-turnarounds for breaking news
  • Report and write with authority, accuracy and fairness.
  • Meticulously check facts
  • Provide live information and analysis on NPR shows
  • Perform other duties as assigned by your editor
  • Collaborate with other reporters across NPR’s newsroom
  • Travel
  • Fulfill administrative obligations arising from assignments, such as filing prompt and accurate expense reports.


WORK LOCATION: This is a remote permitted role. This role is based in the San Francisco Bay Area but the employee may choose to work on a remote basis from a location that NPR approves.


  • At least 4 years’ reporting experience covering technology or an adjacent industry. Strong knowledge of tech and how it relates to the broader culture and politics.
  • Demonstrated ability to pivot from breaking news to analysis to longer-form entrepreneurial reporting projects
  • Ability to explain tech jargon and dry business topics so people outside the tech world can understand their significance and enjoy
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to thrive in a daily, unpredictable news production environment.
  • Commitment to detailed research and fact checking
  • Proven ability and commitment to work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system
  • Commitment to learn and enact the best journalism practices
  • Ability and willingness to relocate. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations. Severance provisions of the SAG-AFTRA collective bargaining agreement will apply should you choose not to accept a transfer.
  • Cultivate and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
  • Cultivate and support an inclusive and equitable workplace culture


  • Experience reporting and producing audio journalism
  • Experience with data-driven journalism
  • Knowledge of public radio and the public radio system
  • Knowledge of AP style guidelines
  • Ability to do interviews in a language other than English

This position is covered under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with SAG-AFTRA. The minimum annualized salary for this position hired at eh reporter level is $102,500. The minimum annualized salary for this position hired at the correspondent level is $120,000.

To apply, go here.

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