Dean Cappello is the Chief Content Officer and Senior Vice President of Programming at WNYC/New York Public Radio. He is the chief executive responsible for the production and development of local, national, broadcast, online, mobile, and live event content for 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.
Cappello manages an integrated multiplatform editorial and management team and was also part of the team that launched programming in the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at NYPR. Under his leadership, WNYC has launched the nationally-acclaimed program Radiolab; the national news-analysis program The Takeaway; Freakonomics Radio with Stephen Dubner; Here’s the Thing hosted by Alec Baldwin; Radio Rookies, a series that gives teenagers the training to create their own radio stories; as well as Studio 360’s award-winning American Icons series and the politics website itsafreecountry.org. He has also overseen the relaunch of On the Media and Soundcheck, and steered the development of New Jersey Public Radio. During his tenure, WNYC has been honored with countless awards, most notably seven 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.