Alison Scholly is the Chief Operating Officer of Chicago Public Media, a non-profit institution that operates WBEZ Chicago 91.5FM, one of the country’s premiere public media institutions; Vocalo.org (89.5FM, 90.7FM 91.1FM) a start-up music station featuring hip hop and independent music; as well as national shows This American Life and Sound Opinions. Since joining Chicago Public Media in 2010, she has been instrumental in expanding the programming, sales, marketing and technical operations for these important news and information providers – deploying her extensive experience in newsroom and digital media management to accelerate the growth of one of the most celebrated public radio stations in the U.S. Scholly is currently overseeing the expansion of Vocalo as an “urban alternative” music format directed at the next generation of public media.
Prior to joining Chicago Public Media, Scholly served in leadership roles at the Tribune Company for 14 years, culminating 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 five-year tenure, and traffic expanded exponentially, reaching 27 percent of the Chicago online market and 5.1 million monthly unique visitors nationwide.