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Paul Conley

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.

    Stories by Paul Conley

  • Falling In Love Supreme: How Jazz Found Paul Conley

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

    Our current Senior Editor for Innovation, Paul Conley, was a jazz host in a former life. As part of our series, "Falling In Love Supreme," Conley retraces his steps to the moment he discovered his love for jazz.

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    Trombone Shorty Giveaway

    Monday, August 11, 2014

    Paul Conley explains why "gumbo" is the word to describe Trombone Shorty. See for yourself when you enter to win tickets to Trombone Shorty live on August 21st.

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    After Steering Stockton Symphony Through Tough Times CEO Kenworthy Stepping Down

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    After serving as CEO of the Stockton Symphony for six years, Jane Kenworthy is resigning. She came to Stockton at the height of the Great Recession and managed to keep the artistically acclaimed symphony solvent through turbulent financial times.

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    Dave Brubeck: A Famous Jazz Dad Who Never Lost His Family Focus

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

    Famed jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck accomplished a great deal during his long and productive career. But one of the jobs he cherished most was being a dad.

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    Regina Carter's Jazz Success Didn't Come Easy

    Friday, May 30, 2014

    Jazz violinists are a rare breed. Stephane Grappelli and Jean-Luc Ponty are among the few who achieved star status. Almost as rare in the male-dominated world of jazz are female instrumentalists. But Regina Carter has broken through on both fronts.

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    Jazzman Anton Schwartz: Math, Music And A Career At The Crossroads

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    Native New Yorker Anton Schwartz came to the west coast in pursuit of a PhD in artificial intelligence at Stanford University. Then his life took a detour and the already accomplished jazz musician put away his slide rule and picked up his saxophone.

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    Jazzman Anton Schwartz: Math, Music And A Career At The Crossroads

    Tuesday, March 04, 2014

    Native New Yorker Anton Schwartz came to the west coast in pursuit of a PhD in artificial intelligence at Stanford University. Then his life took a detour and the already accomplished jazz musician put away his slide rule and picked up his saxophone.