Paul Conley

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 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.

Conley enjoys playing tennis, golf and jazz piano. He co-composed the "Insight" theme, along with Sacramento-based musician/educator Joe Gilman.