Senior Producer, News
Paul Conley began his tenure at Capital Public Radio as a jazz
announcer in 1987, filling in for Capital Public Radio's jazz
music director Gary Vercelli. Also during the late eighties, Conley
worked at commercial radio station KJOY in his native
Stockton. He joined CPR as a full-time announcer in
1991. Conley moved into the news department in 2001 and became
CPR's first arts editor. He now serves as senior producer for
news and information.
In 2006, Conley co-produced "Dina's Diary," featuring
Carmichael resident Dina Howard and her emotional journey through a
year of breast cancer treatment. The one-hour first-person
documentary won awards from the Associated Press and the Public
Radio News Directors Association and was carried by several radio
stations across the country.
From 1996 to 2002, Conley wrote and produced
ten one-hour documentaries for "Jazz Profiles," the award-winning
National Public Radio series hosted by singer Nancy Wilson.
Through interviews and music he told the stories of jazz
, George Shearing, Gerald Wilson, George Avakian,
, Bobby Hutcherson, and Quincy Jones.
The Hutcherson show was part of the 2001 Jazz
Profiles season, which earned Conley a Peabody Award.
Shorter features Conley has produced for NPR include stories on
The Monterey Jazz Festival,
Dave Brubeck and Ansel Adams,
Moby Grape, and
Eric von Essen.
Conley enjoys playing tennis, golf and jazz piano. He
co-composed the "Insight" theme, along with Sacramento-based
musician/educator Joe Gilman.