News Anchor

Job Locations US-OR-Bend
TDS Telecom


In your role as the Zolo Media News Anchor you'll operate two broadcast television stations in Bend, OR:  KOHD-TV ABC and KBNZ-TV CBS. This position must be a trained, news professional who can harness their creativity to tell original, interesting stories that matter to our viewers.The News Anchor must possess imagination, originality and an on-air personality that is both credible and sincere. The position must be able to conduct investigative interviews, analyze and interpret public events, and develop editorial insight that will help tell stories that our viewers want to know and need to know in Central Oregon. As the News Anchor you must have the knowledge and skill to span a broad variety of topics to include current events, history, education, business, social trends, people, community service and other elements uniquely local to Central Oregon. You'll also collaborate with reporters and on-air talent to tell stories from the studio or from the field.


Zolo Media provides targeted advertising solutions through a combination of local originated content, local broadcast television stations, and on BendBroadband and Crestview cable television networks. Zolo Creative Services offers award-winning video production for television spot production. Visit or


Zolo Broadcasting LLC and Zolo Media are part of TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom), which is based in Madison, Wis. Combined, the companies employ more than 3,000 people and are subsidiaries of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, broadband, video, and voice as well as hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million connections nationwide through its businesses, UScellular, TDS Telecom, and OneNeck IT Solutions. Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. has been named to several Forbes lists, including America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Visit


  • Anchor (either solo or as a co-anchor) any newscasts as needed which includes reading the prompter, cross-talking with Meteorologists and reporters, interviewing live guests on-set or via live shots, and being able to adjust to and adlib live breaking news situations.
  • Research, develop and write stories for the daily news broadcast.  Exercise editorial judgement to ensure quality live daily content. Also, to include:
  • Writing and producing concise, accurate copy and adhering to strict deadlines.
  • Produce broadcasts within newsroom software for air as assigned. May include:
    •  Arranging news stories as they will appear on-air.
    • Timing the flow of content during live on-air broadcasts
    • Writing/editing/formatting news stories for broadcast
    • Coordinating with reporters to ensure stories are inserted into broadcasts in a timely and appropriate manner
  • Research prepare and interview people in a wide range of different fields and circumstances.  May also include the following:
    • Building contacts to maintain a flow of news, for example, police and emergency services, local council, community groups, health trusts, press officers from a variety of organizations, the general public, etc.;
    • Seeking out and investigating stories via your contacts, press releases and other media;
    • Attending press conferences and asking questions;
    • Attending a variety of events, such as council meetings, sporting events, talent contests, etc.;
    • Answering the phones and reacting to topical stories that matter to our viewers; and,
    • Working closely with the broadcast team, photographers, editors and producers
  • Recording/editing interviews using technical camera, recording and computer equipment
  • 'Live’ online reporting or real-time social media blogging when covering important events.
  • Emcee events and/or make public appearances for Zolo Media as assigned.


Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) -OR- 4+ years professional work experience
  • 5+ years’ experience of ‘On-Camera’ storytelling

Other Qualifications

  • Able to professionally interact with customers and co-workers via strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Reliable and motivated to promptly fulfill obligations; able to work independently without supervision.
  • Able to analyze situations, use logic to address issues and pay careful attention to details.
  • Demonstrated writing and editorial judgement experience.
  • Familiar with newsroom producing software
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office & Apple computers, understand and able to troubleshoot computers preferred; Basic understanding of broadcast cameras and how to operate them.
  • Basic non-linear editing skills.  Final Cut, Adobe Premier, Avid, or similar.
  • Able to work evenings and weekends as a part of a regular schedule and/or dictated by business needs
  • Strong work ethic with an emphasis on team commitment.
  • Valid driver’s license with satisfactory driving record (supplied by applicant)
  • Successful criminal background check
  • Final applicants are required to take and satisfactorily pass a pre-employment drug test within 48 hours of notification.


As a part of your total compensation, #TDS provides a comprehensive, competitive benefit package. This benefit plan addresses both the immediate and long-term needs that you and your family may have. For an overview of what we have to offer for full-time employees including vacation, health benefits, and retirement options, please click here.


At TDS, we embrace Equal Employment Opportunity by valuing our differences and consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by law. To learn about our diversity & inclusion philosophy and culture, click here!


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