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The Fight for Control of the Huntsman Cancer Institute

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Wednesday, we’re talking about a volatile dispute roiling the University of Utah. The school’s president, David Pershing, and University Health Care Director Vivian Lee last week dismissed Mary Beckerle from her position as CEO and director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. That brought the ire of John Huntsman Sr., the billionaire businessman who helped found the research center. He said Lee and Pershing should be removed from their posts for their actions. Beckerle has since been reinstated, but the story continues to play out.

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Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.