At WETA, we value the experiences and perspectives of a diverse workforce. We welcome, appreciate and respect the multiplicity of ways in which individuals identify by national origin, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and socioeconomic stratum. We strive to treat everyone fairly and provide access to the same opportunities and advancement for all. We strive to showcase meaningful representation of our different voices and perspectives in all aspects of the work we do. We want our workplace to reflect the diversity of our community, both locally and nationally.

We recognize that we must establish goals in order to measure progress and hold WETA accountable for the future we want.

Therefore, WETA is investing in a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan. The comprehensive plan, which began in 2020, includes training for the WETA leadership team and staff; reviewing and updating recruitment and hiring policies; providing more clarity about the advancement process (in both pay and title) for employees; providing listening sessions for our employees as a safe space for sharing, reflection, support, and learning; increasing diversity in the content we air on our station channels; embracing transparency through regular reporting of our own initiatives to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization; and creating our first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council (DEI) is made up of volunteer members of the staff. The council develops recommendations toward identifying and addressing systemic barriers, raises awareness about race/diversity/gender issues in the workplace, engages with leadership to prioritize DEI as a company value, and advises senior leaders on action steps.

WETA’s Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer leads our organizational initiatives, programs, and pathways. Our Director, DEI works with the VP HR & CDO to support our company-wide diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts and engage with the DEI Council.

DEI is not a trend or a project, it’s our continued, intentional commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values all contributors and provides opportunities for everyone to be heard, seen, and treated with respect, dignity, and fairness.

This is the pledge we make to ourselves, our employees, our viewers, our listeners, and our partners in the public media industry.

How Are We Doing?

At WETA, we recognize that we have work to do to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. WETA will be tracking and publishing our progress by reporting on the data below, among other factors, moving forward.

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Graphs and charts of employee diversity statistics

Job Openings

At WETA, we are committed to making concrete progress on our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds to join us and help make that change real. All positions currently available at WETA and the PBS NewsHour are listed below.

WETA

  • Associate Producer, Local Projects

    We’re looking to hire an Associate Producer for our Local Television team. In this role, you’ll participate in producing local programs and short stories focusing on the people, places, arts, and culture of the Greater Washington, DC area.

  • Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    The SVP & Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is a key member of the senior management team and partners with senior leaders to provide executive level management of annual and long term financial plans for WETA. The SVP/CFO will provide advice and counsel to the President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and work closely with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) on business operations, strategic planning and financial management.

  • Video Producer, Learning Media

    We’re looking to hire a Video Producer for our Learning Media department. Our goal is to improve lives – especially those of people living in underserved communities – by providing authoritative information in an accessible and compelling way. You’ll contribute to that mission with visually appealing and journalistically impeccable video content. As our Video Producer, you’ll be responsible for producing video interviews, promos, highlight reels, social media posts, and documentary stories for our six mission-driven websites, including ReadingRockets.org, ColorinColorado.org, and BrainLine.org.

PBS NewsHour

  • Associate Producer, News, PBS NewsHour (2)

    You’ll serve as an integral member of the News Unit, overseeing the daily production of video segments for use on-air and online. You’ll write and edit broadcast copy, objectively, and on deadline, for use in the PBS NewsHour’s daily video news summaries and select and edit incoming video images and interview clips to accompany those summaries.

  • Associate Production Controller, PBS NewsHour

    In this role, you’ll be integral in maintaining financial accountability for NewsHour Productions LLC, the PBS NewsHour operating budget and multiple grants incorporated into the PBS NewsHour, including any special event coverage. You’ll be verifying and coding invoices, expense reports, and cash advances and entering expenses/accruals into our accounting tracking database. You’ll laisse with the WETA Finance team and production vendors. As needed, we’ll look to you to provide data and/or financial reports.

  • Community Reporter, Digital (Oklahoma City, OK Area), PBS NewsHour

    The PBS NewsHour is hiring reporters as part of a new team created to improve and expand the quality and reach of our journalism. From climate change to institutional racism, from economic inequality to political polarization, PBS NewsHour’s Communities Initiative aims to establish ground-level reporting on local issues and bring vital local perspectives to our national coverage. Having experience reporting from and being knowledgeable about your community, you will bring attention to issues that are having a local impact before they gain national attention. Your stories will provide local perspectives, diversity, and sourcing on issues that are already part of the national conversation.

  • Deputy News Editor, Digital, PBS NewsHour

    As our Deputy News Editor, Digital, you’ll be a leader on breaking and day-of news coverage for our website. You’ll be tapped into breaking, develop, and trending news and, in coordination with the Senior News Editor, managing break news on our website and other platforms. You’ll be responsible for managing and coordinating a small team of reporters, their schedules, assignments, and deadlines.

  • Deputy Senior Producer, National Affairs, PBS NewsHour

    As our Deputy Sr Producer in the National Affairs unit, you’ll serve as the primary backup for the Senior Producer. You’ll assist in managing the NewsHour’s domestic editorial resources in the studio and support other production in the field.

  • Executive Assistant, PBS NewsHour

    As the Executive Assistant, you’ll provide on-going high-level, complex administrative support to the Executive Producer, PBS NewsHour General Manager, and VP, Operations. This can include, managing communications, invitations, travel and meetings; maintaining department files to include monthly financial statements, budgets and more; managing and maintaining long-range calendars and schedules. Additionally, you’ll serve as a lead staff point of contact for newsroom wide communications, initiatives and special projects. You’ll work with other departments in this role, to ensure the smooth operation of a busy newsroom and office.

  • Jim Lehrer Fellow, PBS NewsHour

    This one-year fellowship was created in honor of award-winning anchor, reporter, author, Jim Lehrer, co-founder of PBS NewsHour. The Fellow participates in the development and production of the PBS NewsHour. Primary responsibilities as assigned by Associate Broadcast Producer will be to: research national, international, and political news stories; gather editorial information and video elements; cover live events; generate story ideas; copy edit; assist with video editing; and produce broadcast and web content.

  • News Assistant, PBS NewsHour

    The News Assistant program is designed to give recent college graduates practical experience in a broadcast news setting. During their tenure, News Assistants are exposed to many aspects of producing a nightly television news program and may have the opportunity to rotate through any, or all of the following areas:

  • Producer, National Affairs, PBS NewsHour

    As a National Affairs Producer, you’ll help lead a team of producers on daily segments and longer-term projects as needed, manage and plan production and delivery of high quality, innovative content. You’ll tell stories on a wide variety of topics for both television and online. You’ll drive the story idea generation; research and interviews, acquire, screen, and log footage; write copy and scripts; and facilitate/assist with studio production among other duties.

  • Production Assistant, Marketing, PBS NewsHour

    As our Production Assistant, Marketing, you’ll manage our marketing assets (including brand and talent sizzle reels), promos, funding decks and presentations. You’ll have your hands in production work as well, from editing video to acquiring and logging footage to researching and fulfilling video requests. Looking for a position where you can be creative? We welcome new and creative ideas, based on what you’ve found through research of marketing trends and opportunities. You’ll work with a wide variety of staff - from our senior editorial team to our fundraising teams and other senior staff.

  • Production Assistant, News, PBS NewsHour

    Your role as our PA, News is integral in the coordination of many of the production elements involved with the broadcast and online broadcast. You’ll work with senior producers, producers, editors and other staff. You’ll also be responsible for a diverse range of writing, research, editing, production, and tracking services to support the <em>PBS NewsHour. </em>

  • Production Assistant, Politics

    As the Production Assistant for our politics beat, you’ll provide a diverse range of writing, research, editing production, and reporting services to support the nightly broadcast.

  • Production Controller, PBS NewsHour

    In this role, you’ll be integral in maintaining financial accountability for NewsHour Productions LLC, the PBS NewsHour operating budget and multiple grants incorporated into the PBS NewsHour, including any special event coverage. Monthly, you’ll provide updates on the operating budget and assigned projects/grants, basic forecasts and analysis. You’ll monitor the work of the Associate Production Controller, including delegating invoice processing as needed, and review data entry. You’ll bring a fresh perspective that will help us improve our efficiency and compliance.

  • Youth Media Producer, Student Reporting Labs

    We are seeking a talented and hard-working Youth Media Producer (YMP) who is passionate about video production, youth development, journalism, and creating opportunities for middle and high school students to produce meaningful content that inspires, educates, and informs. You’ll be responsible for managing a portfolio of 30 schools and working with teachers and students throughout the school year on the production of original youth-driven news stories. This is a unique challenge and opportunity to produce youth-focused stories about the major issues facing the country while coaching student journalists. You will also work with the Student Reporting Labs (SRL) team on special projects and content initiatives for young people in public media. This position is ideal for a talented media professional who is looking for an innovative team and the confidence and skills to contribute in meaningful ways, big and small.

WETA is an equal employment opportunity employer. WETA does not discriminate against employees or applications on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, medical condition, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal law.