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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Midwestern State University rallied late to defeat Texas A&M University-Commerce 26-25 at Memorial Stadium in Commerce in a matchup of two teams ranked in the top 10 in NCAA Division II. The Lions (4-1, 3-1 Lone Star Conference) entered the game ranked no. 4 nationally, while Mustangs (5-0, 4-0) began play ranked no. 7.

Lions head football coach Colby Carthel.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce head football coach Colby Carthel spoke with KETR in advance of this week's big game against Midwestern State University.

Bestselling financial-literacy writer Rachel Cruze will speak on the campus of A&M-Commerce on Oct. 11. Cruze's newest book, Love Your Life, Not Theirs, describes ways to live happily within one's means.
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Bestselling author Rachel Cruze will be speaking on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce at 5:30 p.m. on Tue., Oct. 11 in Ferguson Hall. Cruz’s newest book, Love Your Life, Not Theirs, warns against the trap of spending beyond one’s means in response to social pressure to live a consumption-based lifestyle. Cruze, along with her father Dave Ramsey, is also the author of Smart Money, Smart Kids.

Paris Junior College is one of 50 two-year institutions of higher education in Texas.
Mark Haslett

Northeast Texas voters will decide in November whether the Paris Junior College taxing district should match the school's service region as defined by the State of Texas.

The term "riparian" refers to the areas near rivers and streams.
Texas Water Resources Institute

There's something special about the plants and animals that are found alongside naturally occurring bodies of water.

The East Texas War and Memory Project documents the lives of veterans and their loved ones.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

In this edition of North by Northeast, KETR's Mark Haslett speaks with Andrew Baker, a professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce about the East Texas War and Memory Project, which documents the personal stories of veterans from our military and their loved ones. 

Running back Richard Cooper and the Lions begin the 2016 season against U. of Faith.
lionathletics.com

There’s all kinds of good news today at Texas A&M University-Commerce. 

Weapons remain prohibited at Texas A&M University-Commerce Student Health Services.
Mark Haslett

The Texas "campus carry" law went into effect today. It might more accurately be called "campus concealed carry," as open display of firearms on Texas college campuses remains prohibited. Licensed handgun owners with a license to carry concealed handguns may now carry on campus - with exceptions.

Here's a rundown of how the law works at Texas A&M University-Commerce:

Prohibited areas

Campus Counseling Center

Children's Learning Center

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory, McFarland Science Building

Antipsychotic medications are often used to treat symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
NPR

One month ago on this program, we looked at the problem of widespread use of antipsychotic medications in Texas nursing homes. Texas currently leads the nation in the percentage of nursing home residents who’ve been prescribed antipsychotics. 

It's still possible that a Tipitina's "Music Office Co-op" could exist at the old A.L. Day school building.
Mark Haslett

There seems to be reason for cautious optimism about the Tipitina’s project in Commerce.

The Lions and Mustangs have dominated the Lone Star Conference in recent years.
lionathletics.com

Today we continue our 2016 season preview of Texas A&M University-Commerce football. Our guest is KETR’s Lions color commentator Brock Callaway. 

Running back Richard Cooper will be back for his senior season.
Daniel Kambel

The hottest week of the summer so far might not have too many people thinking about football. But, football season is closer than you might think. 

The Tipitina's Foundation operates "Music Office Co-Ops," like this one in Shreveport, that provide facilities for artists to record and produce audio.
Tipitina's Foundation

Whatever happened to Tipitina’s?

Wyman Williams
Mark Haslett

In Commerce, the condition of the streets is an ongoing issue. In some cases, the roadways are smooth and new, but on far too many blocks, potholes and other defects are a problem for those in city government, including new mayor Wyman Williams.

West Nile Virus can be spread to humans by infected mosquitoes.
NPR

Two mosquitoes captured in Commerce have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, a news release from the city said today. The virus was detected in the insects in Texas Department of State Health Services laboratories, to which cities routinely send samples for testing. 

No human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Commerce or elsewhere in Hunt County.

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