KETR

Mark Haslett

News Director

Mark Haslett has served at KETR since 2013. Since then, the station's news operation has enjoyed a increase in listener engagement and audience metrics, as well recognition in the Texas AP Broadcasters awards. Before coming to Northeast Texas, Haslett worked for High Plains Public Radio in Amarillo, where he worked as News Director and later as Director of Programming. His work has been broadcast on KERA, KCUR and other public radio stations, as well as the NPR Newscast. Haslett has also worked as an editor and reporter in both news and sports at newspapers in the Southwest and Midwest. Haslett developed a passion for radio as a youth, when he helped his father, a program host at (now-defunct) WRBC-AM in Jackson, Miss.

Haslett's other professional interests include teaching and massage therapy. He holds a master's degree from the Department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce and has taught English as a Foreign Language in Campeche, Mexico. Haslett earned a B.A. in English from Tufts University in Medofrd, Mass. He is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and is a graduate of  The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Austin.

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Commerce Police are seeking Lacey Johnson, who escaped from officers on May 19.
Commerce Police Department

Commerce police continue to seek a suspect wanted in connected with a stolen car recovered in Commerce on Saturday. The suspect, identified by Commerce police as Lacey Johnson, eluded a multi-agency manhunt in Commerce that night.

Jason Rector, then serving as Interim Chief of Police, speaks with the public at an open house on March 1 in Commerce.
Emma Anderson

Jason Rector has been named Chief of Police for the Commerce Police Department. Rector had been serving as interim chief since the resignation of former Chief of Police Kerry Crews in June 2017.

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TAMU-C Photo

Two players from last year's NCAA Division II National Champion Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions signed with the NFL this week. Harlon Hill Trophy-winning Lions quarterback Luis Perez signed with the Los Angeles Rams; All-American Lions tackle Jared Machorro signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

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Dr. Yoon Duk "Debbie" Kim was found dead inside her Rockwall home on May 7.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A four-year-old girl is in Child Protective Services custody following a house fire and possible murder-suicide at a Rockwall home on Monday morning, local police said.

Dallas Police Officer Rogelio Santander was shot during the course of duty on April 24 and died the following morning.
Dallas Police Dept.

Dallas Police Department Officer Rogelio Santander died Wednesday morning as a result of injuries sustained during the course of duty Tuesday in Dallas. Santander, 27, was shot along with fellow officer Crystal Almeida, 26. Shot during the same incident was an employee of the Dallas Home Depot store where the incident occurred.

This screenshot released by the Scudder campaign includes "internet partner," "Republic of Belarus" and "Minsk" written in Cyrillic letters.
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It’s a long way between Russia and Northeast Texas, but apparently, the significance of Texas Senate District 2 is enough to attract attention from the land of beet soup and bath houses.

In 1973, Dave Nelson became the first player in Texas Rangers history to play on defense in an All-Star Game when he replaced Oakland's Sal Bando at third base.
Texas Rangers media-issued photograph

Dave Nelson, a speedy infielder who was one of two Texas Rangers players on the 1973 American League All-Star team, has died. Nelson was 73. In recent years, Nelson was a television broadcaster for the Milwaukee Brewers, who said in a statement released today that Nelson had been battling a long illness.

Arlington Stadium hosted the first-ever appearance of ballpark nachos.
Univ. of Texas at Arlington Digital Archives

The Texas Rangers might still be searching for a World Series title after 44 years, but fans can take pride in the fact that Arlington Stadium hosted the first-ever appearance of ballpark nachos, the kind with cheese sauce. A concessions company from San Antonio created the stadium sensation in 1976. The restaurant version of the dish, now a staple of Tex-Mex cuisine, traces its origin to 1943 in Piedras Negras, Mexico.

Longtime statesman and civil rights activist Andrew Young joined friends and associates from the civil rights movement who gathered in Memphis on April 4 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in that city. 

The documentary "Bois d'Arc Goodbye" is coming to A&M-Commerce on Apr. 5.
Russell Graves

KETR invites the public to attend a screening of the 31-minute documentary film “Bois d’Arc Goodbye” on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5.

Adela Sloss Vento was an activist for the civil rights of Mexican-Americans in South Texas.
Texas State Historical Association

Texas A&M University-Commerce hosted a presentation by Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Professor of History and Humanities Dr. Cynthia Orozco. The topic was the life of Adela Sloss Vento, a South Texas civil rights activist whose work is the topic of a forthcoming book by Orozco. Before the presentation, Orozco discussed Sloss Vento and her world with KETR's Mark Haslett.

A new solar power farm could be coming to Lamar County. Commissioners approved an incentive package for the project at a Feb. 27 meeting.

State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) will once again be on ballots in November.
KUT

Incumbent Republican State Representative Dan Flynn withstood a challenge in Texas House District 2, while the GOP nominee for Texas House District 62 will be determined by a runoff between Reggie Smith and Brent Lawson. Flynn’s victory came on a night that featured mixed results for Republican incumbents.

Republican incumbent state senator Bob Hall won the GOP nomination again in the 2018 party primary election.
KETR

Incumbent Republican State Senator Bob Hall is a strong favorite to win a second term in Austin. Hall, who ousted longtime lawmaker Bob Deuell in a 2014 primary runoff, defeated Cindy Burkett in this year’s party primary election. 

Six Republican races today will go a long way toward determining who will represent Northeast Texas in Austin in 2019.
NPR

The Texas Legislature delegation from KETR’s service area is composed of three state senators and eight state representatives. In today’s primary elections, two Senate nominations and four House nominations – all on the Republican side – are up for grabs.

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