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New Yahoo CEO deserves a chance

On Tuesday's show, Chuck and I talked about Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's new CEO.

Chuck thought Yahoo should wait til Marissa had her baby to announce her hiring. He reasoned that she doesn't know how she will react to having her first child, and after delivering and caring for a newborn, she might not be up for the task.

He's right. She might not be. But I believe she deserves the chance to find out.

She has proven herself to be intelligent and hard-working, resourceful and energetic. I have no doubt that if anyone could take on such a life change and enormous new job at the same time and be a success, she could.

And if her name was William Mayer, and it was William's wife having the child, no one would question either the ability of the new hire or the company's wisdom in making it.

For that reason alone, she deserves the opportunity.

It's going to be hard, and she will have more wrinkles, less sleep and a closet full of work-appropriate stretch pants when it's all over, but I am betting she is up for the task.

Good luck Marissa, and congratulations Yahoo for your courage and confidence in your new hire.

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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