Join the award-winning KHNS News Team!

KHNS is looking for a Senior Reporter to join us in Haines. Complete description below. Contact us at and with resume and audio sample.


KHNS Radio is looking for an enthusiastic and adventurous Senior Reporter/Editor to join its newsroom in Haines, Alaska.

KHNS is a public radio station in the Alaska Public Radio Network (APRN) that serves the communities of northern Southeast Alaska.

Here’s what we’re after; someone with solid reporting chops, looking for a mid-level career opportunity. We are a well-regarded news department and our stories routinely air on statewide news broadcasts. But we serve our local communities first. That means attending local government meetings, covering school activities and local environmental issues. It also includes interviewing the governor or our U.S. senators when they come to town. We’re looking for someone who can dissect complicated cultural stories and controversial politics in their reporting.

You won’t be bored. We do serious reporting but don’t take ourselves too seriously.

You will be working in a collaborative, two-person newsroom. We want you to take the lead, with top-notch editing skills and solid news judgement. But we’re also looking for someone who is open to learning about local issues from your office mate who has been here longer than you!

Various levels of experience will be considered, but applicants with a strong background in daily or weekly reporting, editing skills and radio production will be given preference.

The Senior Reporter is responsible for ensuring the journalistic integrity of KHNS, including completeness, fairness and balance.

Required Duties and Responsibilities

  • Report and produce daily newscast in collaboration with one other reporter; report directly to the General Manager
  • Assign stories and serve as the primary editor for the news department
  • Assist in maintaining the news department’s website and social media presence
  • Serve as a back-up host for the local morning news program
  • Travel when necessary to cover news, that means you need reliable transportation
  • Provide content for other stations in the regional Coast Alaska and statewide APRN networks as appropriate
  • Produce and broadcast live breaking news coverage and talk shows when necessary
  • Participate in station’s fundraising activities as needed

KHNS has a small staff that works closely together. This job requires a high level of self-motivation and the ability to work independently and under the pressure of daily deadlines. The successful candidate needs a strong knowledge of newsroom operations; radio production experience is preferred but not required for the right candidate. Excellent written, verbal, and computer skills are essential. Working knowledge of Alaska, regional and local issues is preferred.

Required Experience

Bachelor’s degree in journalism, broadcasting or related field and at least two years of continuous reporting experience.

Salary and Benefits

Competitive salary starting at $39,000, based on experience. Health and Dental benefits paid by KHNS and includes annual and sick leave as set forth in the Lynn Canal Personnel Policy book.

Did we pique your interest?

Send a letter of interest, resume, writing and mp3 audio sample (or links to work examples online) with references to and to Friday, August 31, 2018.

Are you interested but still not sure if you want to work at a tiny public radio station?

KHNS is part of one of the best statewide public radio networks in the country. It’s a small station, but we cover big issues including mining, fishing, resources management, the arts and government. We are a 30-plus year old station broadcasting to three communities (and online) in Southeast Alaska. We have a dedicated base of volunteers and supporters. Our news department provides the only daily source of news in our area.

Do you want to work at a tiny public radio station but you’re not sure if you want to live in Haines, Alaska?

We’ll cut right to it: Haines is beautiful. It’s a coastal community, surrounded by towering mountains. Haines is known as the “Adventure Capital of Alaska.” It offers endless opportunities for hiking, backpacking, fishing and boating. Our winters are not as scary as you might think, especially if you like skiing, sledding and pond hockey. We have a local coffee roaster, a brewery and distillery.

If you have a sense of adventure, a commitment to community journalism and a desire to work in public media, we want to hear from you.