Theresa received her undergraduate degree in sociology at MSU, and now continues her education at MSU pursuing a Master’s degree of Social Work. Theresa enjoys writing, drawing, reading, music, working with animals, and most of all spending time with her family. She wishes to use her experience, combined with her pursuit of education, to foster a sense of empowerment and social awareness in the community. Theresa says she loves working for KSMU and attributes her passion for NPR, and love of learning, to her father.
Sunday's shooting in Kansas City has reignited the conversation about anti-Semitism, hate crimes and how to prevent future incidents. Recent statistics released in an annual report from the Anti-Defamation League suggests that anti-Semitic incidents were down significantly nationwide. But is this a true reflection of societal changes? KSMU's Theresa Bettmann has this report.
With the busy hustle and bustle of modern-day life, many neighborhoods no longer experience the close-knit feel of days gone by. But one group of volunteers is trying to change that through what they call "the slow snowball effect." KSMU's Theresa Bettmann has more.
Sales tax levies were among the various ballot items before voters Tuesday. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann reports on results in Taney and Christian counties.
For those who have been itching to get outside and take a walk, you're in luck: Missouri State University's campus has just become the 35thsite of officially recognized walking trails in the Walk Springfield initiative. A kickoff celebration took place Wednesday as part of National Walking Day. KSMU's Theresa Bettmann attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and has this report.
It's a blustery, gray Spring afternoon when I arrive at Nixa High School. Boys and girls are dispersing to their locker rooms after track practice as I find my way to Coach Lance Brumley. He was recently honored as an Everyday Hero by the American Red Cross. Brumley coaches high school cross-country and track. He is one of several who were honored this month, and says he's been humbled by the experience. Here's a bit of his story:
For the second year in a row, Missouri State University is being honored with the Tree Campus USA award. As KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann reports, MSU is one of only five campuses throughout Missouri, and the only campus in Springfield to receive this award.
The Springfield-Branson National Airport is expanding its general aviation complex to make room for more private aircraft. KSMU's Theresa Bettmann reports about why this could be a boost for the local economy.
Beginning in 1976, the University of Missouri Extension has been recognizing a history in agriculture by honoring the state’s longtime family farms called Century Farms. KSMU's Theresa Bettmann has more on the special designation.
In the weeks since the kidnapping and murder of Hailey Owens, discussions on how to ensure the safety and security of neighborhoods have grown. KSMU's Theresa Bettmann has more on building stronger neighborhood communities.
Senator Claire McCaskill's bill aimed at curbing sexual assault in the military got a green light from Senators this week. KSMU's Theresa Bettmann has details.