KETR

Mark Haslett

News Director

Mark Haslett has served at KETR since 2013. Since then, the station's news operation has enjoyed a increase in listener engagement and audience metrics, as well recognition in the Texas AP Broadcasters awards. Before coming to Northeast Texas, Haslett worked for High Plains Public Radio in Amarillo, where he worked as News Director and later as Director of Programming. His work has been broadcast on KERA, KCUR and other public radio stations, as well as the NPR Newscast. Haslett has also worked as an editor and reporter in both news and sports 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 (now-defunct) WRBC-AM in Jackson, Miss.

Haslett's other professional interests include teaching and massage therapy. He is a graduate student in the Department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce and has taught English as a Foreign Language in Campeche, Mexico. Haslett earned a B.A. in English from Tufts University in Medofrd, Mass. He is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and is a graduate of  The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Austin.

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The man who suffered a gunshot wound to the head during a March 26 altercation in Commerce died on March 28, according to the Commerce Police Department.

Severe storms in the region injured one man and damaged multiple homes in Rockwall on March 29.
KETR

In Rockwall, one person suffered non-life-threatening injuries and about half a dozen houses suffered major structural damage as a result of severe storms that swept across the region during the early-morning hours of Wednesday.

A Mount Pleasant school district employee and a truck driver died as a result of a multi-vehicle accident that happened late Thursday night in Titus County.

Interstate 30 is scheduled to be closed at Rockwall from 10:30 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 11 to 6 a.m. on Sun., Feb. 12.
City of Rockwall

If you plan taking Interstate 30 through Rockwall later this week, better allow yourself some extra time if your journey could happen late at night or in the early morning.

The Texas Department of Transportation has planned a complete reconstruction of the intersection of FM 3549 and I-30. In Rockwall, FM 3549 is known as Stodghill Road north of I-30 and Corporate Crossing south of I-30. The overhaul will involve destruction of the FM 3549 bridge over I-30 and the eventual construction of an I-30 overpass above FM 3549.

The site of Monday's oil pipeline spill in Collin County.
Photo by Mark Haslett, KETR

A construction accident in northeastern Collin County Monday spewed at least 1,400 barrels of crude oil. Cleanup efforts Tuesday were still underway at the site on State Highway 121, between Trenton and Melissa, just outside the unincorporated town of Desert.

A&M-Commerce professor Jennifer Glidden and student Malik Heard discuss Heard's upcoming performance at the Jack Finney Concert Hall on campus.
Mark Haslett

Texas A&M University-Commerce music student Malik Heard will be performing tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Finney Concert Hall on campus. Heard received national attention as a finalist on the television program "The Voice."

David Bowie
NPR

David Bowie died on this date last year. Here are 40 songs for remembering him today. This isn’t a best-of list. Just 40 tunes from the man who fell onto our plane so unexpectedly and whose departure was just as amazing as his arrival.

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A spokesperson for U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, who represents Northeast Texas in Congress, said on Wednesday that he voted against proposed changes to the Office of Congressional Ethics in the secret House Republican Conference vote on Monday.

Ed Rubin visited Texas A&M University-Commerce in November 2016.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Vanderbilt University legal scholar Edward Rubin spoke at Texas A&M University-Commerce in November as part of the Sam Rayburn Speaker Series hosted by the Office of the President at A&M-Commerce. During his visit, Rubin stopped by KETR to discuss his new book, "Soul, Self and Society," with KETR News Director Mark Haslett.

Ovie Urevbu and the Lions will travel to Allendale, Mich., for next week's game against Grand Valley State University on Nov. 26.
Alissa Silva

Texas A&M University-Commerce defeated Colorado Mesa University 34-23 in a first-round NCAA Division II football playoff game at Memorial Stadium in Commerce on Nov. 19. The victory sends the Lions to a second-round game against Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., on Nov. 26. Kickoff will be at noon with pregame coverage on KETR beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Lions To Host Colorado Mesa In NCAA Playoffs

Nov 18, 2016
The Lions won the Lone Star Conference championship for the third consecutive season.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team is headed to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the second consecutive season. And this year, the Lions are hosting a first-round game. A&M-Commerce will kick off against Colorado Mesa University at 2 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Pregame coverage on KETR will begin at 1:30 p.m. 

A sign indicating polling station in Commerce on Nov. 8, 2016.
Mark Haslett

An unprecedented local turnout on election day saw Hunt County voters saying yes to more than $24 million in bonds to pay for transportation improvement projects and resulted in an extremely close race to elect a new Hunt County Constable.

The United States flag waves on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016.
Mark Haslett

In an election that featured unusually high voter turnout throughout Northeast Texas, voters rejected a ballot measure that would have expanded Paris Junior College's district to include all of Lamar and Delta Counties as well as parts of Fannin, Hopkins, Hunt and Red River Counties. Voters in Fannin County gave a thumbs-up to a proposed restoration of the county courthouse in Bonham. As of publication time, Hunt County totals, except for the numbers from the PJC measure, remain unavailable.

A&M-Commerce is coming off of a dominant 36-0 victory over West Texas A&M on Oct. 29.
Kristen Taylor

The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team moved up to no. 4 in the NCAA Division II Regional Rankings for Super Region Four that were released on Oct. 31.

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