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Final Word: Fame isn't an excuse for stalking someone

I know, it's not the biggest story of the day, but Alec Baldwin's stalker has been found guilty and will go to jail for six months.

This is an extreme case of celebrity stalking, and for most people, it means nothing.

Most of us aren't famous and wont ever have someone follow us and seek contact with us every day. We don't have photographers jumping out from behind cars on the street and bushes in the park to take a picture of us and our kids.

Thank God. Can you imagine living like that?

I support the legislation Hollywood actresses have recently testified about concerning the paparazzi. They say they and their kids need better protection and I agree.

And for those of you who think that because they make their living by being famous, I ask you, "Why should their kids have to pay the price?"

You might love Alec Baldwin's work. You may hate it.You may find him intelligent and entertaining. You may think he is a total bore. But he doesn't deserve to be stalked at his gym, his kids school and his home.

The sad part is, putting this woman away won't fix what's wrong with her. She is delusional and craves fame. And she seems to think its okay to harass a celebrity to get there.

Who knows if she ever had a romantic relationship with Baldwin? I don't care if she did. He clearly doesn't want one now, and if you're the stalker, you can't change that.

Hiding in his doorways probably isn't your best bet either.

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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