Alison Cuddy is Program Director at the Chicago Humanities Festival. Previously she was a journalist, whose work has appeared on NPR and the BBC. Most recently she spent nearly more than ten years at WBEZ, Chicago Public Media, where she was the arts and culture reporter and host of the award-winning daily program Eight Forty-Eight. Currently, she co-hosts Strange Brews, a podcast about the culture of craft beer.
Alison joined the staff of WBEZ in August 2001 as associate producer for the nationally-syndicated program Odyssey. In addition to the daily program, Alison produced Odyssey’s live national specials, including the two-hour "Dissent and Democracy" and "Wealth and Politics" which broadcast from Memphis, Tennessee. She also programmed the show’s Film Forum Friday segment.
Prior to joining WBEZ, Alison worked in the Immigration Department of ThoughtWorks, Inc. in Chicago, and was an adjunct professor at DePaul University as well as a teaching fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.F.A. in Cinema Studies from Concordia University in Montréal.