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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The search for a new Commerce Chief of Police has been narrowed to four candidates.
Commerce Police Department

Commerce City Manager Darrek Farrell said that the city could have a new Chief of Police as early as this week.

Early Voting Has Begun In Texas

Feb 20, 2018
Early voting for statewide and other offices began this week.

Texas will hold the nation’s first primary election on March 6. The primary will determine the party nominees for the November midterm elections. Midterms are typically lower turnout elections, but they can have an outsized impact because they can change electoral maps, depending on the outcome of state and congressional races.

It's all over but the building: The federal government has approved the proposed Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir.

For 15 years, supporters and opponents of the proposed Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir dueled over whether the roughly 16,000-acre lake would be built in northeastern Fannin County. Most observers felt that the North Texas Municipal Water District and other interests behind the reservoir would win.

Gamble was known for his left-handed slugging ability and distinctive hair.
Texas Rangers

Former Texas Rangers outfielder and designated hitter Oscar Gamble, 68, died today. Gamble’s agent, Andrew Levy, confirmed the death to The cause of death was not released.

Kimberly-Clark plans to close about 10 of its production facilities, but the company isn't saying which ones will be sold or shut down.

The future of the Kimberly-Clark plant in Paris was thrown into doubt this week by an announcement from the corporation that it plans to sell or close about 10 of its manufacturing facilities. Irving-based Kimberly-Clark announced on Jan. 23 that it also plans to lay off 5,000 employees as part of an overhaul designed to reduce its workforce by about 13 percent.

Tornadoes appear to be the cause of property damage in the Northeast Texas towns of Winnsboro and DeKalb, where severe storms struck Sunday night.

A severe thunderstorm system that roared through Northeast Texas Sunday night appears to have created at least two small tornadoes. Property damage from apparent tornadoes was reported near Winnsboro and DeKalb. No injuries have been reported. Power outages were widespread throughout the region, particularly in the DeKalb area.

Voters in Delta, Fannin, Grayson, Henderson, Kaufman, and parts of Collin counties will have new representation in the Texas House of Representatives next year.

Whatever happens with the upcoming Republican Party primary elections, one thing is certain: some voters in Northeast Texas will have new representation in Austin for the 2019 session of the Texas Legislature.

Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Ray Keck
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Ray Keck that he'll be stepping down from his office on Aug. 31. Keck will remain at the university as faculty, he said. A new university president is expected to begin work on Sept. 1.

Trihalomethane levels at the Live Oak site have dropped since the March 2017 test.
City of Commerce

Commerce residents concerned about the city’s water quality can take encouragement from the most recent round of testing. Levels of trihalomethanes, a by-product of the water treatment process, have measured below the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s desired threshold for the first time in almost two years.

Texas A&M University-Commerce's Noah Nelson, left, with guest Andrew Young.
Brittany Gryder

Civil rights leader and statesman Andrew Young spoke on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce on Nov. 27. Young is a former U.N. Ambassador, U.S. Congressman, Mayor of Atlanta, and aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Paris voters defeated a measure that would have ended city funding of the Paris Economic Development Corporation.

A typically low-turnout, off-year election saw Paris residents cast their support behind the local economic development group, while voters across Texas approved a slate of constitutional amendments.

One of two City of Commerce water testing sites continues to show high levels of trihalomethanes, a byproduct of the water disinfection process.
Mark Haslett

It's common for the City of Commerce to mail advisories to its citizens about the local water supply. Should locals be concerned? And what's the reason for those notices, anyway?

Longtime statesman Philip Bobbitt spoke at Ferguson Auditorium on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce on Oct. 11.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Constitutional scholar and international relations expert Philip Bobbitt addressed the public on Oct. 11 at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Bobbitt's appearance was part of the university's Sam Rayburn Speaker Series

Phillip Bobbitt wil speak at 10 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 11, at Ferguson Auditorium on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Constitutional scholar and international relations expert Philip Bobbit will be speaking on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce on Wednesday. Bobbitt will discuss what he sees as a dangerous migration of power in this nation. In an increasingly interconnected world, a world where law and the traditional order are steadily giving way to nationalism, extremism and chaos, will opportunity and freedom still remain the hallmarks of this American democracy?

Maura Davies with the SPCA of Texas told the Greenville Herald-Banner the animals were kept in cramped and filthy conditions in an “extreme case” of animal cruelty.
SPCA of Texas

More than 100 animals, mostly dogs were seized from a property just east of Greenville on Monday. Hunt County Constable for Precinct 1 Terry Jones and Hunt County Sheriff’s Office deputies supported the SPCA of Texas in the action at the home on County Road 3103, near Interstate 30.