Theresa Bettman

News Producer, Announcer, Host

Theresa received her undergraduate degree in sociology at Missouri State University, as well as her  Master's degree in Social Work at MSU. Theresa enjoys writing, drawing, reading, music, working with animals, and most of all spending time with her family. She wishes to continue to use her experiences, 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.

Hurricane Sandy may have kept the New York Marathon runners from dashing through the streets of the Big Apple this month, but it didn't stop some of them from competing in a marathon. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more.

A spokesperson for Bass Pro Shops, Melissa Bondy, says organizers of the weekend's Outdoor Fitness Festival Bass Pro marathon received numerous calls from displaced New York racers asking if they could participate in their marathon. Bondy says there were eight confirmed New York participants in the Springfield marathon Sunday.

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Tuesday is Election Day. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann spoke with the Greene County Clerk on his predictions for voter turnout.

Greene County Clerk Richard Struckhoff told reporters he predicts voter turnout will be down from recent past presidential elections. Stuckhoff says he anticipates 65 to 70 percent of registered voters will cast their ballots. This is in contrast to four years ago, when as many as 71 percent voted.

Animal rescue organizations in Springfield are required to pay so-called "pull fees" for each animal they rescue from the Springfield-Greene County Animal Control, traditionally known as "the pound." KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more on this fee, and the teamwork between the players in this field.

It’s Homecoming week for Missouri State University. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more about what students, alumni and local residents are looking forward to.

Numerous events lead up to Saturday's big game, like the Homecoming Rockstar Competition, chili cook-off, and a pep rally.

Julie Ebersold, executive director of alumni relations at MSU, says a special awards ceremony will honor those alumni, faculty and staff who exemplify MSU’s mission of public affairs. She says Saturday, Homecoming Day, has something for everyone.

Senator Roy Blunt spoke with members of the press Monday to share his reaction about the news of Osama bin Laden’s demise. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has this report.

Blunt says he had no prior knowledge of the planned attacks to take out Osama bin Laden. As a member of the Intelligence Committee, he says that American intelligence officials have been working leads since 2005 concerning the whereabouts of bin Laden. He says he feels the ten year wait for justice is over. Blunt said he supported the president’s decision to execute a direct attack instead of an air strike.