Senior Editor for Innovation, News and Information
As Senior Editor for Innovation, Paul Conley oversees departmental training and innovation cultivation. He also oversees Capital Public Radio's award-winning documentary unit The View From Here.
Conley started at Capital Public Radio as a part-time jazz announcer in 1987, filling in for jazz music director Gary Vercelli. He was hired as a full-time announcer in 1991, then moved into the news department in 2001, becomming CPR's first Arts Editor and Senior Producer. Conley was promoted to the position of Senior Editor for Innovation in 2013.
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 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 greats Erroll Garner, George Shearing, Gerald Wilson, George Avakian, Kenny Burrell, Paul Desmond, Mel Tormé, Zoot Sims, 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.