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    Tuesday, January 6, 2009

    From the 'Rider's Desk'

    Good morning folks. Another day to fight the recession. today most of us will wake up and go to work, clock in, perform and clock out. If you love what you do, you will relish your performance, and try your best everyday to make it the performance of a lifetime. If you are apathetic about your gainful occupation, your performance today will have no import to your existence. If you detest your job, your performance will reflect that in turn, and reward you and your audience in kind.

    For those of us that fall in the latter two categories, if we have any ego or sense of our self, then we desire an escape to fulfill our dreams. That of being gainfully rewarded doing that which we 'love'.

    The question today is, how do we, while clocking in and clocking out daily, accomplish fulfilling our dreams, whilst we occupy most of our waking hours, fighting against it?

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    CNN - Sources: CNN's Gupta approached for surgeon general

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    Sources: CNN's Gupta approached for surgeon general

    The Obama transition team approached Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, about becoming U.S. surgeon general, according to sources inside the transition and at CNN.

    Gupta was in Chicago, Illinois, in November to meet with President-elect Barack Obama on the matter, sources said.

    Gupta has declined comment.

    The transition team is impressed with the combination of Gupta's past government experience, as a White House fellow in 1997 and a special adviser to then-first lady Hillary Clinton, along with his medical career as a neurosurgeon and his communication skills, the transition source said.

    Gupta is a member of the staff and faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He regularly performs surgery at Emory University Hospital and at Grady Memorial Hospital, where he serves as associate chief of neurosurgery.

    CNN released a statement saying, "Since first learning that Dr. Gupta was under consideration for the surgeon general position, CNN has made sure that his on-air reporting has been on health and wellness matters and not on health-care policy or any matters involving the new administration."

    Gupta joined CNN in 2001. As chief medical correspondent for the health and medical unit, he is a lead reporter on breaking medical news, provides regular health and medical updates for "American Morning," anchors the half-hour weekend medical affairs program "House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta" and reports for CNN documentaries. Based in Atlanta, Gupta also contributes health stories to, co-hosts "Accent Health" for Turner Private Networks, provides medical segments for the syndicated version of "ER" on TNT and writes a column for Time magazine. He also anchors the global health program "Vital Signs" for CNN International and is featured in a weekly podcast on health issues called "Paging Dr. Gupta."

    Just after joining CNN, Gupta became part of the team covering the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. Later that year, he led breaking news reporting on a series of anthrax attacks.

    In 2003, Gupta reported from Iraq and Kuwait as an embedded correspondent with the U.S. Navy's medical unit -- and worked alongside them, performing brain surgery five times.

    In addition, Gupta reported from Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the tsunami that swept the region in December 2004. He also helped cover the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2005.

    He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical Center.

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