Managing Editor, Music and Arts
In his position as Managing Editor, Music and Arts, Paul Conley has come full-circle at Capital Public Radio. Paul started as a music host in 1987. He moved into the news department in 2001 to serve as our first Arts Editor. Later came a transition to Senior Producer, News and Information, then Senior Editor For Innovation.
Now Paul oversees CapRadio's music formats on our terrestrial broadcast stations and digital streams, in conjunction with the Chief Content Officer. Paul works with and edits music hosts, reporters and digital staff as they create music/arts content for distribution across our digital and terrestrial platforms.
Paul helped develop and continues to work with CapRadio’s award-winning documentary unit The View From Here, which has explored such topics as food insecurity, family caregiving, the high school dropout crisis and autism through the intimate lens of first-person storytelling.
In 2006, Paul co-produced Dina's Diary, featuring Carmichael resident Dina Howard and her emotional journey through a year of breast cancer treatment. The powerful program continues to air on radio stations across the country.
From 1996 to 2002 Paul wrote and produced ten one-hour documentaries for "Jazz Profiles," the NPR series hosted by singer Nancy Wilson. Paul profiled Erroll Garner, George Shearing, Gerald Wilson, George Avakian, Kenny Burrell, Paul Desmond, Mel Tormé, Zoot Sims and Quincy Jones. His profile of Bobby Hutcherson earned him a Peabody Award in 2001.
Shorter NPR features Paul has produced include stories on The Monterey Jazz Festival, Dave Brubeck and Ansel Adams, Moby Grape, Eric von Essen, and composer Avner Dorman’s collaboration with the Stockton Symphony.