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Stephen Capus

President & CEO, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Stephen Capus has served as RFE/RL’s President and CEO since January 1, 2024. Prior to his appointment, Capus offered strategic and managerial consultation to the President of RFE/RL and advised senior management on a number of projects related to the 24/7 Russian-language digital network Current Time, as well as the new Russian language multi-platform content offering Votvot.

In 2019 and 2020, he was the Senior Advisor to the CEO of the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM), making frequent visits to each of the networks overseen by USAGM. Capus led investigations of alleged editorial lapses; helped guide editorial reform measures; and represented USAGM during numerous meetings with Congressional committees and offices.

During a 20-year career with NBC that included a nearly 8-year tenure as President of NBC News, Capus directed overall editorial and management operations, had oversight of global news coverage, served on NBC’s corporate management committees under the ownership of General Electric and Comcast, and oversaw MSNBC cable/digital, serving on the MSNBC joint venture board with Microsoft. Capus has also been the executive producer of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, MSNBC’s The News with Brian Williams, and countless NBC News special reports.