Veteran Tribune Company executive Alison Scholly has joined Chicago Public Media in the newly-created position of Chief Operating Officer, effective June 1, 2010. She will report directly to President and CEO Torey Malatia, who made the announcement today.
Scholly, 41, will be responsible for overseeing senior staff, managing day-to-day operations and maintaining the high standards of performance in all aspects of the organization.
Scholly brings to the organization a breadth of valuable digital media management experience gained over a 14-year period at the Tribune Company, a Fortune 500 company, starting in 1994. During that time, Scholly’s key roles and accomplishments include serving as executive producer of chicagotribune.com, responsible for all content and operations for seven years; general manager for Chicago Tribune’s interactive business, where she grew cash flow substantially for five years; editor of Metromix.com, and oversaw it for almost 10 years, guiding its expansion into print, broadcast and overall revenue growth; and founding team member of RedEye, the popular daily commuter newspaper. She most recently served as president of Chicago-based Leap Real Estate Systems, an online real estate marketing start-up.
“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,” said Malatia.
Scholly, who earned a Master's degree in Journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University and a Bachelor's of Science degree from Vanderbilt University, currently resides in the Bucktown neighborhood.