Job Description: Anchor-Editor

This is a generic job description for an afternoon news anchor with script editing and some reporting responsibilities.


The Anchor/Editor works under the supervision of the News Director. The Anchor/Editor specializes in delivering live radio newscasts, writing copy for radio, prioritizing stories for air, and covering breaking news. The Anchor/Editor may be asked to appear as a guest on programs or host programs or appear in public on behalf of XXXX .


Anchoring/Editing: 65%

Stays atop daily local and national news via multiple sources. Maintains an afternoon air-shift (3:00-6:30 pm M-F). Selects and rewrites stories for air. Edits all scripts for accuracy, timeliness and proper usage. Arranges newscasts, billboards and other on-air content. Presents content live on-air in an authoritative and conversational manner that connects with local listeners. Operates a board, computers, recording machines, and other equipment as necessary. May provide breaking news coverage during air shift. Has role in helping manage news publication on website. Helps edit spot and feature copy of reporters.

Reporting: 25%

Provides reporting or other newsroom services prior to air shift [9:30-3:00].

Proactively participates in the creative cycle of story and program origination with other reporters and supervisors.

Administration and Other: 10%

Has a role in helping determine reporting assignments. Helps maintain news script and audio archive. Attends staff meetings and is responsible for appropriate record keeping, correspondence, phone calls, supplies and equipment and other duties as assigned. May appear in public. And is expected to assist during on-air fundraisers.


The Anchor/Editor adheres to deadlines and, in concert with appropriate staff, makes timely and effective decisions in situations requiring prompt attention. The Anchor/Editor works in close concert staff and under the supervision of the News Director, assisting in identifying, developing and creating content for broadcast.


A four-year degree or equivalent required.

Must have a minimum total of two years of on-air professional radio experience, preferably with one year in public radio. Must have one year of radio reporting experience – news gathering, writing, editing and production for short-form and long-form reports. Must have at least one year of live broadcast anchoring and/or hosting experience.

Must have strong expertise in voice delivery and writing for the ear. Will possess broad knowledge of local, regional, national and international political, legislative, economic, scientific, arts and cultural affairs. Demonstrated ability to work within a dynamic news environment. Knowledge of and adherence to high ethical standards. Must possess effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Skills required also include on-line research, word processing, digital audio editing, and operation of audio equipment and light office equipment. Must have excellent memory for details, be able to meet frequent absolute deadlines under stressful conditions, and deal effectively with multiple tasks simultaneously.