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Dean Cappello is executive vice president and the chief content officer at WNYC/New York Public Radio. He is the chief executive responsible for the production and development of national, on-demand, broadcast, online, local, mobile, and live event content for the WNYC Studios, WNYC-FM, WNYC-AM, New Jersey Public Radio and wnyc.org. He has led WNYC’s content and programming division through a period of dramatic audience growth and creative success. Under Cappello’s leadership, WNYC’s monthly audience has grown to 20 million listeners.
Cappello manages an integrated multiplatform editorial and management team and was also part of the team that launched The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at NYPR. His portfolio includes the highly acclaimed programs and podcasts Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, The New Yorker Radio Hour, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin, On the Media, Death Sex + Money, 2 Dope Queens with Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, and Note to Self. In addition, WNYC’s news division is a leader in enterprise reporting, investigative journalism, and narrative long-form podcast projects.
During his tenure, WNYC has been honored with countless awards, most notably nine George Foster Peabody Awards and two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards. Prior to joining WNYC in 1997 as senior director for news and information, Cappello was senior producer of Monitor Radio's Midday Edition. He worked for many years as a producer and correspondent in India, Africa and Europe, creating documentaries and reports for NPR, the BBC, CBC and Monitor Radio. In 1991, he won the New York Radio Festival Grand Award for “Passages to India,” a 10-hour radio documentary series he co-produced.
Cappello graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA where he served as the youngest general manager for the highly regarded WERS FM.