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.

Ozarks Public Television

Ozarks Public Television, as part of its mission to explore and share the history of the Ozarks, will be premiering a new documentary next week featuring the history of one airline whose roots began in Springfield.  Brent Slane is with OPT and is co-producer of the film.

“I think folks will be surprised to learn what a long history Ozark Airlines has, and how it started in the Ozarks and progressed to St. Louis and continued for 30 plus years.  Folks will learn that it started in 1945 from the Springfield downtown airport,” Blane says.

Information Commons
Photo courtesy of OTC

Roughly 68 percent of the nation’s community college students test into noncredit developmental educational courses, requiring extra preparation to be ready for college level courses.  Ozarks Technical Community College reports that 53 percent of its freshmen population were placed in at least one developmental course for the 2014-2015 school year.  A pilot based upon similar programs across the country launched this year seeks to increase the success rate for students. 

Ozarks Food Harvest

Saturday, Ozarks Food Harvest will be hosting The Great American Milk Drive.  Organizers say this fun family event is for all ages, with the goal of raising both awareness and milk money for hungry Ozarks families. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann talked with organizers and has the details.   

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

At police departments across the country, officers generally have access to protective vests. But it’s not as common an option for the police dogs that are also out on patrol. As KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann reports, recent donations have made those protections possible for K9 units in the Springfield Police Department.

City of Springfield with permission

The City of Springfield will wrap up its Community Listen sessions this week which, when done, will cover nine northwest neighborhoods. The meetings are the city’s way of giving communities a voice in an effort to find solutions for many common concerns and problems.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann attended some of those sessions and has this report.