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The New York Times seeks a researcher, The Ezra Klein Show

December 13, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

The Ezra Klein Show is hiring a researcher. You are an information omnivore, with a grounding in politics, policy, and economics, who is passionate about the podcast, gets excited about big ideas, has strong research abilities, and enjoys working in a fast-paced environment. You  will be intensely focused on researching and synthesizing the work of guests on the show, as well as preparing questions and conversational approaches for the interview.


  • Perform in-depthresearch for interview prep, including reading books, articles and academic papers and conducting reporting calls with sources
  • Compileresearch into prep documents that synthesize key themes and suggest possible directions for the interview, including a list of questions
  • Listen to episode tapings and suggest additional questions
  • Come up with episode ideas, sourcing potential guests and participating in pitch meetings
  • Edit transcripts of interviews so that the final episodes are clear and compelling, with a natural conversational flow
  • Work with the fact-checker and audio engineer to ensure final episodes are free of errors
  • Draft headlines and show copy for the Times site and podcast platforms

Basic Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of experience in aresearch-focused role in a profession like journalism, academia, politics, or think tank preferred
  • Deep familiarity with The Ezra Klein Show
  • Intellectual omnivore with deep knowledge of subjects the show covers, especially politics and policy, and curiosity to explore other topics
  • Adept with sifting through and synthesizing large troves of information
  • A sharp editorial sense about who would be a good guest, and the kinds of topics, angles, and questions that will be interesting to listeners
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Collaborative spirit is a must

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience compiling research
  • Familiarity with writing for the voice
  • Comfortable taking and giving feedback
  • Enjoys working in a fast-paced production environment

To apply, please submit a cover letter with an explanation of why you’re a good fit for the role, and three recommendations for guests we should have on the show (Note: We aren’t looking for the most well-known people, like Elon Musk or Joe Biden. We’re looking for people who are interesting and might not be on the show’s current radar.)

Note: No applications will be considered without a cover letter.

This position is represented by the NewsGuild of NY.

The annual base pay salary for this role is between $93,531.88 and $95,000.00.

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