Ted Capener is a retired broadcaster and host of PBS Utah’s “Civic Dialogue” and “Utah Conversations. He retired in 2020. He was inducted into the Utah Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame in June 2005.
Capener had a distinguished career as a broadcaster that began in 1958 Bonneville International Corporation’s KSL Radio in Salt Lake City. He served as chief of the Washington News Bureau for Bonneville International for more than nine years. While in Washington, he was a member of the Board of the Congressional Correspondents Association and the Chairman of the Freedom of Information Committee for the Radio and Television News Directors Association.
In 1983, he was named Bonneville’s senior vice president for news, public affairs, and research.
He started at what was then KUED in 1986 when he began hosting “Civic Dialogue.” The mission of the public-affairs program was to bring in-depth information about current issues to viewers of the public television station. In 2006, “Civic Dialogue” morphed into “Utah Conversations with Ted Capener.” He interviewed more than 250 guests with interesting stories from across Utah and beyond.
In addition to being recognized with numerous awards for journalism, Capener also served as Vice President for University Relations at the University of Utah from 1985 to 1999.
Capener was elected to the national PBS board of directors in 1986 and served four years as chairman. He was a member of the KUED Friend’s Board of Directors. He has served as a chairman of the Utah State Board of Education’s Commission on Educational Excellence, and chairman of KUED’s advisory board.
He is a past president of the Utah Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists, and in 1966 received the Quintus C. Wilson Sigma Delta Chi Achievement Awards as the outstanding alumnus of the University of Utah’s journalism department.
Capener is a native of Salt Lake City. He and his wife, Judith Pugh Capener, have three children.