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.

Ways to Connect

Jasmine Baker, at left, has been covering the WNBA and the Wings since graduating from A&M-Commerce.
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In case you missed it, Nike, the WNBA and the Dallas Wings recently teamed up to made a pretty big mistake with a new alternate jersey. One of the first people to notice was Jasmine Baker, a DFW-area sports journalist who’s also a Texas A&M University-Commerce alumna. In this week’s North By Northeast, Baker is with us to discuss two topics – the story of the ill-fated jersey, and the intersection of social media and sports journalism.

Penny and Smooth keep the conversation flowing on The Dae Late Show.

Podcast hosts O.G. Penny and E. Toosmooth of The Dae Late Show join us for today’s North By Northeast conversation. The Dae Late Show is a podcast that focuses mostly on issues relevant to young adults. We’ll hear an excerpt from the most recent episode, and hear from Smooth and Penny about how the program got started, and where they hope to take it next.

As Hunt County develops, the future of public transit's role in the region is being planned.
Senior Center Resources and Public Transit

If you’d like to have a say in the development of public transportation in Hunt County, you have a chance to do so this week. The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTOG) is inviting the public to participate in one of two online public meetings this Tuesday and Thursday. Also, online surveys are available for any local person or organization that would like to participate.

Lamar Elementary School is located at 6321 Jack Finney Blvd. in Greenville.
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Greenville school officials have suspended a Lamar Elementary School teacher after circulation of a photo that showed the teacher placing a foot on an African-American student’s neck.

Tree branches are a common sight on Commerce sidewalks in the spring. Solid waste disposal trucks will not pick up large branches.

Will the city pick up dead tree branches? What happens when property owners refuse to cut their weeds or clean up trash? We answer this questions and more in this week's North By Northeast, as Commerce City Manager Howdy Lisenbee helps take the guesswork out of local regulations affecting property owners and renters.

One person died and another was seriously injured by a house fire in Greenville on Tuesday.

Despite a decline in COVID disgnoses around the region, cases have been on the rise at Texas A&M University-Commerce in April.

Cases of COVID-19 at Texas A&M University-Commerce have been rising in April, according to an alert published by the university on Tuesday.

A shooting April 8 at a Commerce convenience store left one man critically injured. Police have identified, but not yet arrested, a suspect.
Jerrod Knight

City of Commerce police released a statement Monday about a shooting that happened in Commerce last Thursday. The shooting at a convenience store on Monroe Street resulted in serious injury to a young man, and the suspect, although identified, remains at large, police said.

Severe weather is possible in Northeast Texas Friday night.

Severe thunderstorms are possible in Northeast Texas on Friday afternoon and evening, the National Weather Service said. Large hail is the primary threat with this system, though high winds and isolated tornadoes are also possible, forecasters said.

The new facilities will be built at 8750 North Central Expressway
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Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Mark Rudin discusses the university’s plans for a new site in Dallas at 8750 North Central Expressway, immediately north of Loop 12, during today’s North By Northeast.

Keturi DeLong is Vice President of Philanthropy and Engagement at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

There's more to chairtable giving to what you might think. In this week's North By Northeast, Texas A&M University-Commerce Vice President of Philanthropy and Engagement Keturi DeLong describes the insider's perspective on philanthropy. We discuss the ethics of donor-centered fundraising, the relationship between human behavior, and an old lesson we learned as kids: It really is better to give than to receive.

Severe weather is possible in Northeast Texas this evening, with the timing still uncertain as of Wednesday morning.

Another round of severe thundertorms is possible in Northeast Texas tonight, with hail and high winds the primary threats, with a low tornado threat also forecast across parts of the region.

The City of Commerce is offering free COVID-19 vaccinations for eligible people on Thursday, March 25. The drive-through vaccination event will be held at the city’s Commerce Public Service Building, 1103 Sycamore St. Registration is required. To register
City of Commerce

The City of Commerce is offering free COVID-19 vaccinations for eligible people on Thursday, March 25. The drive-through vaccination event will be held at the city’s Commerce Public Service Building, 1103 Sycamore St.

Commerce police will be enforcing parking rules near the university campus more strictly in the coming weeks.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Director of Public Safety Chris Bassham and City Manager Howdy Lisenbee talk city government: COVID vaccine distribution logistics, tips for severe storm season, water distribution during emergencies, and some changes to be aware of regarding parking near the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus.

Many Wolfe City water customers lost water on Sunday and remained without service Monday night.
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In Wolfe City, water service is slowly being restored as of Tuesday morning. A broken pump was repaired late Monday, and water began flowing through the city's system again, although it will take some time for levels in the city's water tower to return to normal. A boil water notice is in effect for Wolfe City municipal water customers until further notice.

Many homes and business in Wolfe City have been without water service since March 14. A boil water notice was issued by the city on March 14.
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In Wolfe City, many homes and businesses do not have water service as of Monday afternoon. Furthermore, a boil water notice is in effect for those who do have water service.

Sarah Northam, foreground, and Adam Northam stopped by KETR's studios to talk about what's happening at the university library.

The Velma K. Waters Library on the campus of  Texas A&M University-Commerce has remained open throughout the pandemic - though with some changes. The university's library provides resources and services for members of the general public as well as students, faculty and staff.

Lake Tawakoni is a reliable source for Commerce's water, but the pipeline between the lake and the city will be due for an upgrade in the coming years.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) provides low-interest loans and grants for communities to improve water infrastructure. But in order for a municipality to be eligible for such funds, that city must participate in the Texas Water Development Board’s planning process.

An Emory man died after his pickup truck struck an 18-wheeler head-on Monday morning in Rains County, a Texas Department of Public Safety release said.

Two people died and another person was injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident early Saturday morning south of Greenville.

Two people died and another person was injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident early Saturday morning south of Greenville.

The winter storms that covered most of Texas in snow and ice also interrupted electrical and water service across the state.
Mark Haslett / KETR

Commerce City Manager Howdy Lisenbee appeared on KETR's North By Northeast on Tue. Feb. 23, the day after water service was restored following the historic winter storms of the previous week.

Commerce City Manager Howdy Lisenbee discusses the city's plans for improving local streets.

In Commerce, the condition of the city's streets presents one of the biggest challenges to local government. City Manager Howdy Lisenbee describes the timeline for upcoming improvements. The good news: Some long-needed repairs and upgrades are on the way. The less-good news: It probably won't happen for about a year.

Commerce water services have returned to normal, the city announced on Feb. 25.
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City of Commerce officials announced a restoration of municipal water service on Feb. 22. The city published this statement at 7 a.m. on Monday:

"The City of Commerce was able to produce enough water overnight to get the water towers about half full. This should mean that all water mains and all customers within Commerce have water.

Commerce has been without municipal water service since Tuesday evening.
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In Commerce, city staff are still working to restore water service as of late Thursday afternoon. But even if water delivery is restored on Thursday, a boil water notice will remain in effect until next week.

The City of Commerce municipal water system has been offline since Tuesday evening, when the system’s pumps failed. Without the pumps to create sufficient pressure, water cannot be moved through the system’s pipes.

Commerce remains without municipal water service as of midday on Thursday.
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In Commerce, city officials have said the municipal water delivery system should be operating normally by late Thursday afternoon, although a boil water notice will likely remain in effect until next week.

Households in Commerce lost water service Tuesday evening, when the city's pumping system went offline.
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The City of Commerce municipal water system has been offline since Tuesday evening, when the system’s pumps failed. There is no timeline for when repairs to the pumps will be completed and water pressure will be restored.

People living in unincorporated areas of northern Hunt County have received a boil-water notice from the North Hunt Special Utility District.
Mark Haslett

The North Hunt Special Utility District, which serves customers in rural northern Hunt County, has issued a boil water notice. The North Hunt SUD is a rural water provider that serves customers who live near, but outside, the city limits of Commerce, Wolfe City and Ladonia.

Griffith Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, located in in the Norris Community in northeastern Commerce. Many areas in Commerce remained without electrical service late Tuesday.
Mark Haslett

Thousands of Northeast Texas remain without electrical service as another round of wintry precipitation is expected to strike the region Tuesday night.

Many neighborhoods across the region, like this one in Commerce, spent Monday night without electrical service.

Temperatures below zero greeted the communities of Northeast Texas on Tuesday morning, as thousands of people across the region remain without electrical service. Widespread outages across the region began early Monday morning, and many have been without power for more than 24 hours as of Tuesday morning.