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.

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

The Hotel Vandivort in Springfield’s sprawling downtown opened its doors to guests Monday. This is one of many historic buildings getting a second chance as part of center city’s revitalization. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann takes us on a tour of the renewed structure, a project that owners refer to as a “labor of love.”

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New rainwater management practices at Springfield’s Government Plaza earned the applause of conservation officials Thursday. The event included the presentation of a check to the city. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more.

Ozark Police Department
Scott Harvey / KSMU

The city of Ozark has began soliciting applications for its next chief of police. This week’s job posting comes after the recent resignation of Lyle Hodges, who was reprimanded in May after a report alleging misconduct within the department. 

City Administrator Steve Childers tells KSMU that the biggest thing Ozark is looking for in a new chief is leadership, and for someone who will be “very engaged.”

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

Opponents of a food labeling bill in the U.S. House expressed their frustration Thursday outside of Republican Rep. Billy Long’s office in Springfield.

Introduced in March, HB 1599 seeks “to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to food produced from, containing, or consisting of a bioengineered organism, the labeling of natural foods, and for other purposes.”

Scott Harvey / KSMU

On Wednesday, a non-smoking ordinance went into effect in Branson prohibiting the practice in many public spaces where it was once allowed.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has reaction from local businesses.

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