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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


Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.

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