Mark Haslett

News Director

Mark Haslett comes to KETR having served at High Plains Public Radio in Amarillo, where he worked as News Director and later as Director of Programming. His work has been broadcast on National Public Radio, KERA, KCUR and other public radio stations. Haslett enjoys the privilege and responsibility of keeping communities well-informed. He has also worked as an editor and reporter at newspapers in the Southwest and Midwest. Haslett developed a passion for radio as a youth, when he helped his father, a program host at WRBC-AM in Jackson, Miss. He enjoys travel and has worked abroad in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Haslett is a graduate of Arlington High School and earned a B.A. in English from Tufts University in Medford, Mass.


Keystone XL Pipeline
8:54 am
Tue December 10, 2013

TransCanada moves oil into southern Keystone XL

The line must be filled with oil before becoming operative for commercial deliveries, the company said.
StateImpact Texas

After years of legal battles and construction delays, the Canadian corporation TransCanada has begun moving oil into the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. That portion of the pipeline pass throuigh Northeast Texas on its way from central Oklahoma to the Texas Gulf Coast.

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Winter Weather
5:42 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Tuesday's closures and delays

The effects of the recent ice storm are still evident throughout Northeast Texas.
Mark Haslett

A few schools around the area will be closed or delayed on Tuesday, due to electricity outages around the region, as well as ice on some roadways, trees blocking some roads and some areas without water service.


  • Anna ISD
  • Bonham ISD
  • Celeste ISD
  • Celina ISD
  • Howe ISD
  • Leonard ISD
  • S&S Consolidated ISD
  • Savoy ISD
  • Trenton ISD
  • Van Alsytne ISD
  • Wolfe City ISD

Two-hour delayed schedule:

Winter Weather
4:59 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Region recovering from storm

Dante Wade of Commerce took to his roof with a chainsaw to begin removal of the tree that crashed onto his roof and porch on Friday.
Mark Haslett

It’s been over 72 hours since the ice storm hit the region Friday morning, but Northeast Texas hasn’t quite recovered.

Electrical service crews, many from out of state, have been a common sight since the weekend, as workers have been laboring around the clock to restore electrical service to those who have been without power since Friday morning.

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High School Football
8:19 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Cooper, Leonard to kick off Monday

Texas High School Helmet Project

The high school football game between Cooper and Leonard will be played at 4:30 p.m. at Royse City.

The winner of the matchup between Cooper (13-0) and Leonard (10-3) will face the winner of today's game between Canadian (12-1) and Cisco (13-0). 

Follow us on Twitter @ketrsports for in-game score updates.

Winter Weather
6:13 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Monday's closures and delays

The region still bears the mark of Friday's ice storm.
Mark Haslett

Most of those who lost electrical service in Friday's ice storm have had power restored, but continued outages in some areas and icy driving conditions around the region mean that Monday will not be a business-as-usual day in Northeast Texas.

The following schools are closed on Monday:

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Winter Weather
4:46 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Shelters open across region

Downed power lines, like this one in Commerce, have left hundreds without electricty.
Mark Haslett

Friday's ice storm left hundreds of Northeast Texas residents without electricity. For those whose home relies on electricity for heat, the lack of power is more than a nuisance. With overnight low temperatures expected in the mid-teens, a couple of buildings in Northeast Texas have been opened to those seeking shelter from the cold.

In Commerce, the Emergency Management staff have opened First Baptist Church at 1401 Washington Street as a warming station from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, and then 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Sunday.

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Winter Weather
6:21 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Send your icy photos to

Cindy Roller

Send your "Winter Storm Cleon" pictures so we can share them with others around the region! Email your icy pics to

But please, don't drive to go get a photo.

Winter Weather
5:17 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Texans on ice? Walk like an Antarctican

It's not like these guys never fall down, but they stay up more often than not.

Big ice storms in Texas do happen, but not all that often. They're about as frequent as University of Alabama football losses. And, just like Bama fans when the Tide falters, Texans often aren't quite sure what to do when ice attacks.

One thing not to do is drive. doesn't matter if you're a commercial driver in a four-wheel-drive Subraru Outback with new snow tires. No amount of technology or skill can defy the laws of physics. Driving on ice is deadly.

The best thing to do, if you can, is to stay inside and let the mayhem occur without you.

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2:18 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Lions basketball game at Dallas Baptist rescheduled

Senior guard Kameron Price led the Lions against Dallas Baptist with 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals on Nov. 20.

The A&M-Commerce men's basketball game at Dallas Baptist University originally scheduled for Friday night has been rescheduled.

The Lions will play the game starting at 4 p.m. on Mon. Dec. 16 at Dallas Baptist.

A&M-Commerce defeated the Patriots 72-67 on Nov. 20 in Commerce in the first meeting this season between the two teams.

Winter Weather
2:05 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

University, junior college closed on Friday

Texas A&M University-Commerce has canceled classes and all events and non-essential services beginning 5 p.m. Thursday and continuing through Friday.

All A&M-Commerce off-campus events will also be canceled beginning 5 p.m. Thursday and continuing through Friday.

Paris Junior College will also close all facilities, including those in Greenville and Sulphur Springs, at 5 p.m. Thursday. Paris Junior College will remain closed through Friday, with all events canceled.