Oak Park native Torey Malatia resigns as CEO and President of Chicago Public Media

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

Torey Malatia, an Oak Park native, announced Friday via his company Chicago Public Media that he is resigning.

In a media statement Malatia and the chairman of the company's board shared their views.

"Throughout his career with Chicago Public Media, Malatia provided visionary, provocative and inspiring leadership. Malatia innovated in the programming realm and acted as an effective advocate of the organization in Chicago and in public radio nationally," chairman Steve Baird wrote in the release.

Below are Malatia's thoughts on his departure:

"It has been my honor to lead the transformation of what was a fine radio station (WBEZ 91.5-FM) into an internationally revered institution on the cutting edge of trans-platform in-depth journalism.

For 20 years I've kept Chicago Public Media planning and acting ever forward. We've led artistic and digital change nationally and internationally with the nation's most loved podcasts and broadcasts. Our audiences locally, nationally, and internationally number in the millions weekly," the statement continued."

Malatia, 61, began work as a program director for WBEZ radio and was promoted to station manager in the mid '90s. He also created the radio program "This American Life" and was a newspaper columnist prior to joining radio. He was born in Oak Park but now lives in Chicago.

"For me, having been given the unforgettable privilege of working with this brilliant staff and supportive board, marshaling the next wave of public service journalism is more than a choice; it is a calling

Although realizing the next innovation project must come for me now by leading another institution, I have eternal thanks and deep admiration for those many wonderful trustees and staff who have passionately supported our stunning successes, his statement reads."

Chicago Public Media's Board of Directors is launching a nationwide search to fill the CEO position at the public media institution, which is home to WBEZ 91.5FM, Vocalo 89.5FM and a range of acclaimed local and national productions.

Chicago Public Media Chief Operating Officer Alison Scholly will lead the organization, overseeing programming and operations, until the CEO position has been permanently filled.

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Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: July 28th, 2013 3:18 AM

Finally. Malatia has done immeasurable damage to WBEZ and to public radio. I stopped donating to WBEZ a decade ago and vowed I wouldn't start donating again until Malatia was fired. His deceptive launch of Vocalo has gone nowhere and dragged the stations down. I'm disappointed that he left under his own power, but he is gone, and I will have to start looking for room in my budget for money to donate in hope that the next person to lead the station will get rid of all the junk he's left behind.

Jill O'Mahony Stewart from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 27th, 2013 3:33 PM

Torey was a great leader for a great station. Will always associate him with WBEZ's success in a changing media marketplace. Good luck in future endeavors, Torey!

Jim Bowman from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 26th, 2013 7:05 PM

I try to stay abreast, but Chicago Public Media rang no bells for me. Finally I got it with mention of WBEZ. Never heard of Torey Malatia either. I am sure out of it.

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