Michael Caputo is an analyst working on the Public Insight Journalism project at Minnesota Public Radio:

Caputo has 18 years of experience in daily newsrooms in radio, television and newspapers, mainly as a political reporter.  He has written Web and newspaper political columns, covered national Democratic and Republican conventions, hosted talk shows, debates and forums and produced election specials.  Most recently, he was news director for public TV station WXXI in Rochester, N.Y., where he hosted and edited a weekly news show and also reported stories for WXXI radio.  Michael became interested in tapping public insight while working at the newspaper and working with its “Voice of the Voter” project, which involved bringing citizens into political coverage. At WXXI, he helped lead a cross-media collaboration as part of MacNeil/Lehrer’s “By the People” project, which held citizen forums around the country. His skill using databases to support his reporting will be valuable to PIJ. 

Michael Caputo /
Analyst, Public Insight Journalism /
651-290-1081 /


Caputo works with Michael Skoler, who is a previous Journalism That Matters session collaborator. For an overview of Public Insight Journalism, view Skoler’s presentation at the Media Giraffe Project summit at UMass Amherst June 30, 2006: