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Paul Conley

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.

    Stories by Paul Conley

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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.