Alison Cuddy

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Alison Cuddy is a former host of Chicago Public Radio’s (WBEZ 91.5 FM) "Eight Forty-Eight" weekday news magazine show.[1] She currently serves as the artistic director for the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Life and career[edit]

On Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ 91.5 FM),[2] Cuddy became solo host of "Eight Forty-Eight" on August 1, 2010,[3] and was replaced by Tony Sarabia in January 2012.[4] She has been named among “the most powerful women in Chicago journalism” by local media journalist Robert Feder of Timeout Chicago magazine.[5] Before becoming solo host for "Eight Forty-Eight", Cuddy was co-host with Richard Steele for two years.[6]

Jason Marck directs "Eight Forty-Eight".[7] Cuddy secured her first radio position in 2001 as assistant producer of "Odyssey", also a Chicago Public Radio program. She eventually produced "Odyssey" and "Chicago Matters", another WBEZ production.

Before radio, Cuddy worked in the immigration department for an IT firm (ThoughtWorks, Inc.) in Chicago. Cuddy also taught at DePaul University in Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh.[8]

Since 2017, Cuddy has been the artistic director of the Chicago Humanities Festival.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Her age is undisclosed. She stated “I’m sensitive about revealing everything to the audience...I want the way people relate to me to be on the basis of the job, which is not necessarily about who I am.”[11] She may be in an exclusive relationship, but does not clearly say so.[12]

Education[edit]

Cuddy holds a B.F.A. in cinema studies from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[13] She has also earned an M.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh.[14]

Residence[edit]

Cuddy hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She is a current resident of Chicago, Illinois, living in the Lake View neighborhood.[14]

Criticism[edit]

Criticism of her vocal quality started when she became the solo host of "Eight Forty-Eight".[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WBEZ's Alison Cuddy". Timeout Chicago. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  2. ^ "Eight Forty-Eight, WBEZ". WBEZ.org. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
  3. ^ "Alison Cuddy to fly solo as host of Eight Forty-Eight". Timeout Chicago Magazine. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  4. ^ "Chicago Public Radio's WBEZ adds local programs". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  5. ^ Feder, Robert. "Most powerful women in Chicago journalism". tumblr.com. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  6. ^ "Eight Forty-Eight". WBEZ.org. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  7. ^ "About Eight Forty-Eight". WBEZ.org. Archived from the original on 2011-09-04. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  8. ^ "Alison Cuddy, WBEZ". WBEZ.org. Archived from the original on November 12, 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2010.
  9. ^ "Profile - Bio - Chicago Humanities Festival". chicagohumanities.org. Archived from the original on 2018-03-27. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  10. ^ Johnson, Steve. "Alison Cuddy promoted to Chicago Humanities Festival artistic director".
  11. ^ "WBEZ's Alison Cuddy". Timeout Chicago Magazine. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  12. ^ "WBEZ's Alison Cuddy". Timeout Chicago Magazine. Retrieved July 22, 2010.
  13. ^ "Alumni in the news". Concordia University. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  14. ^ a b "About Alison Cuddy". WBEZ.org. Archived from the original on November 12, 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  15. ^ Feder, Robert. "Blog". Timeout Chicago. Retrieved July 22, 2011.