Theresa Bettman

News Producer, Announcer, Host

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 loves working with KSMU and attributes her passion for NPR, and love of learning, to her father.

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Five years ago, this section of Joplin was littered with debris after an EF-5 tore through the city, killing 161 people. Today, the area known as “ground zero” at Cunningham Park has been rebuilt with many memorials, a children’s play area, and peaceful Butterfly Garden and overlook.

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This once popular road, as described by Troy Banzhaf, was equivalent to modern-day highways as it connected several states and was highly traveled. A portion of this road is also infamous in the role it played in a dark time in history. Banzhaf is the chief of interpretation at Pea Ridge National Military Park in Garfield, Arkansas. This site is best known for its Civil War history and the battle that occurred there in 1862.

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Neighbors from the surrounding Grant Beach neighborhood begin congregating inside the warm and festively decorated annex of the Fairbanks for a weekly community dinner.  What was once an elementary school, closed in 2007, continues to be restored in phases to a neighborhood hub.  Its mission is to connect families with needed services through the efforts of the Drew Lewis Foundation and its many partners. 

“We always come around to share food first—so it always begins with a dinner,” Blansit says.

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South Central Missouri residents will have a chance to share their concerns about health care this week.  On Wednesday, the Southern Ozarks Alliance for Rural Development (SOAR) will host a rural health meeting in Willow Springs.  Several speakers will share information and hear from area residents about their concerns including—Dr. Dalin Duitsman, director of Ozark Public Health Institute with Missouri State University, Chief of Rural Health in Missouri Ben Harvey, and several representatives of area health care providers.

Tour guide Vic Jagwani shares his experiences of Drury with Aliyah and her family.
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Classes at several area college and university campuses begin next week. For many attendees, their first impression of the school where they are now enrolled was through a campus tour. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann shares sounds of a recent tour at Drury University, where she accompanied a group of visitors.

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