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Co-Host, Today, Explained

Job ID: 6133
Job Views: 919
Location: Washington, DC, , United States
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Job Category: Other
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 09.02.2021

Job Description

At Today, Explained, we make a documentary every day and now we’re looking for a co-host to join the team and share hosting duties with founding host Sean Rameswaram. You won’t just be sitting down and reading questions; you’ll be the co-pilot of a news show that takes chances, breaks ground, and helps people deepen their understanding of the news. You’ll host shows several days a week or even for weeks at a time based on the needs and ambitions of Today, Explained

Vox is a user’s guide to the news produced by the reporters and subject issue experts who know it best and Today, Explained – our flagship podcast – is an audio expression of that mission: a daily news explainer that is both relentlessly reported and ground-breaking in its sonics and storytelling. 

Ideally, the co-host will also be an adept producer who can work closely with the team to conceptualize episodes, propose story and guest ideas, review interview preps, conduct interviews and edit drafts. You’ll also take on guiding the show editorially, conceptualizing series, live events and reported features. Every episode of the show is a creative, narrative-driven story that explains what’s happening in our world. The co-host will guide the team in making the best episodes about the most important stories, from pitch to publish. 

We’re looking for a voracious consumer of news, a passionate storyteller with a sense of showmanship. This isn’t a stodgy news show, and we’re not looking to put anyone to sleep. Our co-host will keep things compelling at all times because Today, Explained makes you care about the news.

The right candidate for this position knows what makes a good story, and knows how to tell it. You know the playbook, but are ready to tear it up if that’s what an episode demands. You’re delighted by the idea of innovating on foundational news formats like the standard two-way, and have a demonstrated knack for taking unexpected approaches to curiosity-driven stories.

This role will report to the Editorial Director, News Audio at Vox. We have audio studios in New York and DC and most of the team is based in DC, but we will consider remote applicants for this position. 

What you’ll be doing:

  • Explain the news of the day clearly and respectfully — never underestimating the audience’s intelligence or overestimating their information
  • Propose and green light story ideas
  • Conduct interviews
  • Guide producers in the editing process 
  • Review drafts of episodes 
  • Conceptualize series and live events 
  • Occasional original reporting
  • Represent the show online and IRL 

What you’ll bring:

  • Significant experience hosting news programming
  • Significant experience reporting news 
  • Demonstrated ability to make inventive audio storytelling
  • Experience scripting and editing compelling, curiosity-driven stories or segments
  • A track record of developing stories that draw on diverse perspectives/source lists
  • A passion for explanatory journalism
  • Creativity and a desire to push the boundaries and be innovative
  • Familiarity in audio mixing in ProTools is a plus

*This role is a part of the Vox Media Union, represented by the Writers Guild of America, East

Job Requirements

About working at Vox Media:

This is a permanent, full-time position with excellent benefits—including flexible hours and generous parental leave. Vox Media strives to provide comprehensive healthcare options for our employees and to ensure that our healthcare and other benefits are LGBTQ-inclusive. You'll be joining a group of focused, hard-working, creative people who are passionate about doing work that's challenging and fun—and who strive to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

Vox Media is committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and everyone is encouraged to apply. Vox Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law.


As the leading independent modern media company, Vox Media ignites conversations and influences culture. Across digital, podcasts, TV, streaming, live events, and print, we tell stories that affect our audience's daily lives and entertain as much as they inform.

Our portfolio features influential and respected editorial properties including Vox, New York Magazine, The Verge, The Cut, Eater, Vulture, The Strategist, Polygon, SB Nation, Intelligencer, Curbed, Grub Street, and Recode. Off-platform, the Vox Media Podcast Network offers one of the largest collections of popular podcasts, and Vox Media Studios produces and distributes the award-winning nonfiction shows. Powered by innovative technology that scales quality, the Chorus publishing platform and Concert advertising marketplace answer the always-changing needs of modern audiences, creators and marketers.

Vox Media has been named one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies in Media,” an Inc. “Company of the Year,” Digiday’s “Best Company for Parents,” and one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.

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