I haven't met her yet, but there's a new boss running the show around here.
Alison Scholly, 41, former vice president and general manager of Tribune Interactive, has been named chief operating officer of Chicago Public Radio, parent company of WBEZ-FM (91.5), Vocalo.org and the blog site you're reading now. Her appointment, which was announced today, is effective June 1.
In the newly created position, Scholly will report to Torey Malatia, who continues as president and CEO of Chicago Public Radio (or more correctly, Chicago Public Media -- its new corporate name, thank you.) While Scholly focuses on day-to-day operations, Malatia will remain‚ in charge of strategic direction, strategic partnerships, fundraising and philanthropy efforts. He also will continue to be the company's chief spokesperson. In a statement announcing the appointment, Malatia said:
"Alison understands media, especially interactive, and knows how to find efficiencies while enhancing meaningful service.‚ Her passion is to guarantee that we are on the forefront of serving our constituencies with the most sought-after experiences on-air, on-line, and on mobile devices."
During 14 years with Tribune Co., Scholly held a variety of roles, including development of new interactive products and websites, such as chicagotribune.com, metromix.com and ChicagoSports.com. A former editor of metromix, she holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology and communications from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
I'm also told she once worked as an intern at CBS Radio adult rock WXRT-FM (93.1). So I'm sure we'll get along just fine.