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.


This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrier continues her discussion with Jason Ray, executive director at the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments or SMCOG.   

Ray speaks today about SMCOG’s role as regional planning commission,  discussing local partnerships related to community development management projects and homeland security.    

Learn more about  SMCOG at

Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Crystal Brigman Mahaney speaks with Crista Hogan, executive director at Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.

Learn more about how the Bearister’s program, which began in the fall of 2015, is providing volunteer legal resources to Missouri State University students

Dan Prater
Bart Anders/KSMU

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Crystal Brigman Mahaney speaks with Dan Prater, executive director at the Center for Non-Profit Leadership at Drury University, as well as co-chair for Non-Profit Missouri.

Prater speaks about recent research studies exploring volunteerism in Greene and Christian counties.  He discusses how local data from such studies helps to inform and shape best practices for both non-profits and law makers alike.  

This program originally was aired Monday, December 11th.

Renew Missouri

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lois Zerrer speaks with James Owen, executive director for Renew Missouri. 

Learn more about how this non-profit organization provides education, advocacy and participates in legislation to explore improving energy options throughout Missouri.

Lillian Stone
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Not only is Lillian Stone a big fan of KSMU, so is her dog Turtle.

“He has a really laid back little personality and I think that’s why he is so into the classical music programing,” says Stone.

The Boston Terrier’s snorts and grunts are signs of affection for KSMU’s music, according to Stone.

“He likes to ride in the car and let the air conditioner blow in his face and listen to classical music—it’s like his favorite thing,” Stone says with a laugh.