Sports Anchor

Date Posted: 1/13/2020

Job Description


Anchoring sports in Phoenix is unlike any other sports position in the country. Phoenix has teams in all four major sports, two Pac-12 college teams, and big time events like the Super Bowl, The Final Four and the NCAA College Football Playoff Games. Add in the fact we are also the home of 16 MLB Spring Training Camps, a major party of a golf tournament in the Waste Management Phoenix Open and beginning this year the finale of the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race.

We need a Sports Anchor who can share the excitement and emotion of these sports stories.

We want sports journalists who can create unique elements for all platforms through memorable writing, photography, and editing. At  12 News, we’re looking for more than the highlights; we want perspectives, analysis, and insider storytelling on all things sports. We want to transform the way local sportscasts are covered.  Our Sports programming includes a weekly Sunday night sports show called “12 Sports Tonight,” the Valley’s pre-eminent High School Football program, “Friday Night Fever” that will be entering its 31st year, and the Emmy and AP Award winning “Cardinals Locker Room” that is the highest rated locally produced program in Arizona. 

We’re seeking an independent, innovative storyteller who can shoot, write, edit, report, anchor, and produce memorable content across all platforms.  

In this role, you will:

  • Develop story ideas, write, shoot and edit for TV, website, apps, Twitter, Facebook and other platforms
  • Produce sports content that stands out from the norm
  • Write in an exciting, captivating, and authentic manner.
  • Use the latest editing and photography tools to tell great stories.
  • Develop original content through social listening and independent sources.
  • Develop sources and build relationships that allow you to break stories and create enterprise content
  • Have a strong, active social media presence
  • Own sports news across all platforms, collaborating with TV producers and digital editors, including Facebook, Lives, digital articles, video packages.
  • Flexibility to cover day parts that tie topically to sport events, including weekends
  • Perform other tasks as required by Sports Executive Producer

Job Requirements


  • BA/BS in journalism, communications or related field
  • 5-7 years of experience
  • Experience in photojournalism, editing, and content management systems
  • Understanding of the tenants of professional journalism
  • A portfolio with examples of strong breaking news sports reporting and anchoring
  • Ability to generate creative, engaging, content, both live and recorded
  • Strong social media skills, including an active news hound presence on Twitter and Facebook
  • Knowledge of ENPS, Edius and graphics a plus
  • Organizational skills and the ability to work under constant time pressure deadlines
  • Ability to calmly handle live, breaking news situations and changing events

KPNX 12News offers a competitive benefits package including health, dental, vision, EAP, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, holiday, paid time off, and 401(k). No phone calls, please. Due to the volume of resumes received, we are unable to provide updates on the status of individual applications.



TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is a media company innovating in the digital age. Our purpose is to serve the greater good of our communities - through empowering stories, impactful investigations and innovative marketing services.

As one of the most geographically diverse broadcasters in the U.S., TEGNA is a best-in-class operator with 62 television stations (including those serviced by TEGNA) and four radio stations in 51 markets from coast to coast. We are the largest owner of Big Four affiliates in the top 25 markets and reach 41.7 million television households, or 39 percent of all TV households nationwide. Each month, TEGNA reaches 50 million adults across our digital platforms. Across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, TEGNA stations have over 31 million social followers.

TEGNA produces trusted, impactful and innovative content across platforms. We tell stories that matter, are an advocate for those in need and help bring positive change to our communities. Our award-winning journalists have been recognized with numerous national honors including Edward R. Murrow, Alfred I. duPont, George Foster Peabody, George Polk, Walter Cronkite and Emmy awards.

TEGNA also owns leading multicast networks, Justice Network and Quest, which offer unique ad-supported programming. Justice Network is focused on the popular true-crime, mystery and investigation genre, while Quest features factual-entertainment programs such as science, history, and adventure-reality series.

TEGNA also provides local and national partners custom, targeted and innovative campaigns through TEGNA Marketing Solutions (TMS). TMS is a one-stop shop that helps businesses thrive through an unmatched suite of services and solutions that reach consumers across television, email, social and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, including Premion, TEGNA’s OTT advertising service.

In everything we do, we are driven by our strongly held values and our stated purpose to serve the greater good of our communities.

TEGNA Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We encourage and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, enrollment in college or vocational school, political affiliation, veteran status or genetic information.

Job Snapshot

About Us

12 News (KPNX-TV) is the NBC affiliate in Phoenix and is owned by TEGNA, a national media company where you want to work. We know, because we work here. Reaching more than 2.2 million people each week, we lead the Valley and the state in coverage of the news, issues and events that are important to you and your family. TEGNA Media your typical media company. It’s a fast-paced culture offering extensive growth opportunities that plays to your strengths and fosters your talent.

It’s where reporters, producers, salespeople, storytellers, marketing gurus, digital experts and number crunchers all feel at home, and where the Valley’s most creative personalities feel inspired. Frankly? We know we’re successful because of our people, and we know the importance of keeping them happy. That being said, let’s talk perks.