Tony Marcano

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Tony Marcano has been a writer, editor, broadcast producer, and communications specialist for more than 30 years. Originally from The Bronx, N.Y., he began his career as a copy boy at The Daily News in New York and eventually became a reporter there.

After seven years at The News he moved to Southern California, where he joined the Orange County edition of the Los Angeles Times and later became editor of City Times, a weekly supplement created by The Times to cover central Los Angeles after the 1992 civil uprisings.

Marcano returned to New York five years later to work in various editing roles for the City Weekly and Metro sections of The New York Times. Once again returning to California, he was named ombudsman of the Sacramento Bee in 2003, and moved on to become Sunday/enterprise editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

He later moved to Washington, D.C., to join NPR, where he served as Senior Editor of Weekend Edition. On his return to Southern California, Marcano continued his public media career in a dual role for talk show host Tavis Smiley — he was the executive producer and editor of The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI), and senior producer at Tavis Smiley on PBS.

Prior to coming to KPCC, Marcano worked in the communications departments of two civil rights organizations: the ACLU of Southern California, and MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund).