As Chief Operating Officer, Alison Scholly oversees the day-to-day operations of Chicago Public Media. She is responsible for all programming, sales, marketing and technical operations of WBEZ and Vocalo.
NOTE: A search for a new President and CEO of Chicago Public Media is underway. In the interim, Alison Scholly will serve in the primary leadership role at the organization until the position is filled.
A recent addition to Chicago Public Media, Alison has more than 15 years’ experience in building interactive media products. She is excited to help the station expand its influence in this rapidly changing media landscape.
Prior to joining Chicago Public Media in June 2010, Alison Scholly served as Vice President of Interactive for the Chicago Tribune Media Group, overseeing all of Chicago Tribune’s web and mobile products. In this role, she led Chicago Tribune’s interactive strategy and oversaw all interactive programming, operations, sales and new product development. Revenue tripled during her 5-year tenure, and traffic expanded exponentially, reaching 27 percent of the Chicago online market and 5.1 million monthly unique visitors nationwide.
Alison also served for three years as executive producer of Chicago Tribune Interactive, overseeing the programming and operations of chicagotribune.com, metromix.com and ChicagoSports.com. During this time, she refined the programming strategy of all three sites to focus on utility-driven news and entertainment content – while also launching reader reviews, blogs and other features to increase user engagement with Chicago Tribune’s online content.
In 1998-1999, Alison served as editor of Metromix.com, a groundbreaking local entertainment site targeting young, urban-minded Chicagoans, and as the editor of Digital City Chicago, one of the first “city guides” launched in Chicago. She is also a founding team member of RedEye, the highly successful daily newspaper targeted toward young urban commuters.
Alison received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and communications from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She is currently an adjunct lecturer at Medill, teaching graduate journalism students the business of media.
A native of Chicago, Alison currently resides in Bucktown with her husband, John Summy, and three children Josie, Bennett, and Cynthia.