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Final Word: I won't listen to Newtown 911 tapes

The Newtown 911 tapes were released Wednesday.

The school workers who called 911 that awful day last December have asked that the recordings NOT be made public, but a judge in Newtown decided he couldn't keep them under wraps any longer.

Various news organizations have rushed to issue their opinions on whether or not the tapes will be aired on their networks. It's been a very self-serving discussion, especially on CNN, where anchors went out of their way to say that they would take a listen and then decide "policy." In other words, decide if there is any newsworthiness to the audio.

Some say it's a way to determine the quality and speed of the response by local law enforcement. Was anyone questioning that Sandy Hook police didn't respond fast enough?

The families of the 6 and 7 year olds who were murdered that day also asked that the calls not be aired. Can you imagine if your 6 year old had been shot a year ago next week, how it would feel to hear these calls today?

Merry Christmas.

Look, there's nothing in the audio of the call that you couldn't glean from a transcript. No one is questioning the response time of the police or the Sandy Hook staff. The shooter killed himself and his enabling mother, so there's no need for a prosecution.

What are we gaining here? I'm not sure we gain anything.

I won't be listening. As hard as it will be, I will look away, turn the volume down and try to focus elsewhere.

As far as I am concerned, the Sandy Hook parents suffered the greatest loss possible that day in December. There's no need to listen to the calls for help from the people who tried hard to save their beautiful first graders, and could not.

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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