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Pat McMahon

Updated Oct 15, 2013 - 8:25 am


I've already decided whom I'm going to vote for. No, not for president of the United States; that's small stuff compared to the responsibility this respected leader has embraced.

My vote goes to Malala Yousafzai, and while she surprisingly didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize, I'm suggesting she be named Queen of the World.

Last week, as a guest on "The Daily Show" in an extended interview with Jon Stewart, she reminded me why I admire her. This 16-year-old Pakistani survivor of a Taliban bullet is such an eloquent and inspiring spokesperson for women, education and humanity in general, I can only stand in awe of her courageous commitment and pray she is kept safe from those who openly admit they plan her assassination.

She has told the United Nations General Assembly how the Taliban runs her home district of Swat with terror and bloodshed and has politely been critical of the U.S.'s use of drones while visiting the Obamas in the White House. She also has written a book, "I Am Malala."

All this and she's just 16. She says she wants to be prime minister of Pakistan so she can be the doctor of the whole country.

Malala, God bless you. But please save some of that healing for the rest of the world, won't you?

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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