Story Editor

New York City, NY
Full Time

Story Editor 

TED is looking for a Story Editor to play a vital role in creating original podcasts for TED. The Story Editor has a keen grasp of all aspects of audio storytelling, and will be responsible for editing a wide variety of original TED shows across a range of formats and disciplines. This person understands pace, structure, character development, and what makes something “an idea worth spreading.” This individual has demonstrated measurable success in crafting podcasts from beginning to end, works well with teams and creatives, loves problem solving, and has a strong ear for what works well in audio.

While broadly known for its global conferences and signature TED Talk videos, TED is also one of the top podcast publishers in the world, garnering over 420 million downloads annually. Our programs are listened to in over 190 countries and our shows have been consistently ranked by Apple Podcasts as "most downloaded" of the year. In a world with over 700,000 podcasts (and growing), we've maintained this position over the years and have successfully launched new original shows that have found traction with both audiences and partners. TED’s award-winning portfolio of leading audio series include the TED Radio Hour (with NPR), TED Talks Daily, The TED Interview, WorkLife with Adam Grant, Far Flung with Saleem Reshamwala, Am I Normal? with Mona Chalabi, Body Stuff with Jen Gunter, and many more. 


  • At least three to five years of experience in audio or relevant editorial experience
  • A background in journalism or storytelling
  • An ability to listen to raw tape, and identify the perfect details, the need-to-know plot points, and the need-to-hear moments that make a compelling story
  • Experience in fact checking
  • Deep knowledge and interest in media and culture
  • An eye for detail and self-direction
  • Experience as a manager is a plus
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders and an enthusiasm for collaboration


  • Work across several original TED podcasts including but not limited to: The TED Interview, TED Radio Hour, ReThinking, How to Be a Better Human, TED Business, TED Culture, TED Health
  • Work closely with host and production team to develop strong episode ideas and structures, helping to shape the editorial angle
  • Review treatments, outlines, scripts and provide and synthesize internal feedback for production team
  • Listen to audio cuts and mixes and provide and synthesize internal feedback for production team
  • Participate in development work for new podcasts
  • Other responsibilities as needed  


  • General: Office environment
  • Physical: Repetitive movement of wrists, hands, and/or fingers
  • Mental/Visual: Concentrated mental and/or visual attention; work involves performing tasks to very close accuracy and quality specifications
  • Machines, Tools, Equipment, Electronic Devices, Computer Software: Ability to use common office equipment such as telephone, computer and copier
  • Computer programs to include MS Office, Mac programs, Google Docs, functional related databases

Location: NYC preferred, can be based elsewhere



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