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 holds a master's degree from 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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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.

Students who've already completed some college are earning a degree in Organizational Leadership at an average cost of less than $4,500.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

As ever-increasing tuition rates at many colleges and universities are putting a college education out of reach for some, Texas A&M University-Commerce is developing a program that has helped students earn a degree at a cost comparable to a single year at some schools.

Lions fans enjoy the aftermath of a 36-0 victory over West Texas A&M.
Mark Haslett

The game was college football and not the World Series, but the Texas A&M University-Commerce defense threw a shutout and the Lions celebrated Homecoming with a 36-0 victory over West Texas A&M University at Memorial Stadium in Commerce on Oct. 29. A&M Commerce, ranked no. 8 nationally going into Saturday's action, improved its NCAA Division II and Lone Star Conference record to 7-1 and 5-1, while Buffaloes fell to 5-4, 4-3 in the LSC.

Texas A&M University-Commerce's Affordable Baccalaureate program is the first competency-based bachelor-level degree from a public institution in Texas.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Early voting will continue through Nov. 4.

Early voting for the Nov. 8 elections began on Oct. 24 and will continue through Nov. 4.

Jessica Brannon-Wranosky, Allison Faber and Nancy Baker spoke at the "Texas Women in Politics" forum on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce on Oct. 18.
Mark Haslett

So, you think you know your Texas women's history?

Pop quiz: When did Texas women get the right to serve on a jury? Why was Texas the only Southern state to ratify, without later rescinding, the proposed federal Equal Rights Amendment?

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.