Steve Capus is the executive producer of the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” and executive editor of CBS News. He joined CBS News in July 2014. Under his leadership, the “CBS Evening News” scored its best ratings in 10 years for the 2015-2016 television season.
In his role as executive editor of CBS News, Capus’ multi-platform expertise, as well as his decades of newsgathering and production experience, provides a key resource to the entire news division. Capus also brings his extensive management and award-winning journalism experience to the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” as executive producer.
With Capus at the helm, the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” has been honored with seven prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards, two Emmys, a Peabody Award, and a George Polk Award. The broadcast also finished the 2015-2016 television season by adding more viewers than its competitors.
Capus has added longer, in-depth segments to the broadcast and spearheaded the development of special news series with a focus on investigative journalism, feature storytelling and original reporting. One such project is the Emmy Award-winning “Challenge Academy” series, which followed high school dropouts trying to turn their lives around.
Capus also managed and executive produced CBS News’ presidential debates in Iowa and South Carolina for Campaign 2016 and led CBS News’ special coverage of the 2016 presidential election.
Prior to joining CBS News, Capus was Executive in Residence at IESE Business School, where he was involved in numerous business and innovative educational programs, a role that he continues to perform.
Previously, Capus spent nearly eight years as President of NBC News and four years as Executive Producer of “NBC Nightly News.”
At NBC, he had oversight of the network’s news broadcasts, newsgathering, talent management, MSNBC, NBCNews.com digital and mobile properties and syndicated programming. Also at NBC, Capus managed or helped produce “The News With Brian Williams,” “Today,” “NBC News at Sunrise,” “NBC Nightside” and special programming.
Capus’ tenure at NBC News was marked by years of robust ratings and equally notable success on a business level. He also expanded the news division’s reach through new programming and business initiatives. Capus served on The Weather Channel board of directors and the NBC/Microsoft joint venture board, which governed MSNBC.com, and NBC News digital and mobile properties. He later helped negotiate an agreement to buy out Microsoft’s stake in the joint venture. In addition, Capus launched specialty websites targeted toward black and Latino audiences and created and established the NBC News Education Nation and NBC News Learn properties.
Earlier in his career, Capus worked at Philadelphia’s WCAU (then a CBS station) and at KYW-TV. He also worked for newspapers and radio stations in the Philadelphia area.
Under his leadership, NBC News was honored six years in a row with the esteemed Edward R. Murrow award for Overall Excellence in the network news category.
Capus is the recipient of many distinguished awards, such as the Edward R. Murrow Award, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, several Emmy Awards and the National Association of Black Journalists’ Ida B. Wells Award.
Capus graduated from Temple University in 1986 and serves on the Board of Visitors at the Temple University School of Media and Communication. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Newseum Board of Trustees in Washington, D.C.