Turn tragedy into service: A broadcast pioneer who smashed through glass ceilings in Chicago radio and television, Dee suffered a horrific ordeal. In 1971, she was kidnapped, shot in the head twice and left for dead. Recovering, despite the odds, she was back on the air within a year. Dee also became a community activist and helped draft the nation's first victims' bill of rights lawâ€”a model for other states. Says Merri Dee: "When you get an opportunity to do something special outside of what you do every day and accept it, you can make a difference."