Betsy Blaney

Producer, KTTZ-FM

Betsy Blaney is a radio producer at Texas Tech Public Media, following a 25-year career in print journalism. Most recently, she was the West Texas solo correspondent for The Associated Press, based in Lubbock for more than 16 years and covering 65 counties in the region.

She interviewed, researched and wrote on myriad topics, including agriculture and water/drought issues, and newsworthy happenings at Texas Tech University. She was also responsible for coverage of the university's football and basketball programs.

Before being transferred to Lubbock, Betsy worked briefly in the AP's office in Dallas. Prior to that, she was a police and courts reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She started her journalism career in 1991 at The Lewisville News, just north of Dallas, following a 20-year career as a teaching and playing tennis professional. She was a line judge in 1973 in the Houston Astrodome where Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in "The Battle of the Sexes."

Inside Texas Tech: QPR

Aug 30, 2017
Kaysie Ellingson

When hopelessness is one’s only companion, thoughts of suicide can be pervasive. Hopelessness is the number one risk factor for suicide. And according to the latest data from Texas Tech, about 22.6 percent of students who responded, quote, “endorsed some form of suicide ideation.”

“The numbers are astounding, how many people attempt and then, even worse, complete suicide,” Amanda Wheeler, assistant director of the Student Counseling Center, said.

Navigating the Red Zone Facebook Page

The ‘red zone’ is a term familiar to football fans. But one group of Texas Tech students wants incoming freshmen and transfer students to know about a different red zone. This one is about statistics that show 50 percent of sexual assaults occur during the first few months these student are on campus.

Kaysie Ellingson

At first, it looked like a bite out of a cookie, then the bite got larger. At the end, it looked like a banana. The eclipse in Lubbock eventually covered almost three-quarters of the sun.

For a time, though, it seemed that Mother Nature was going to get in the way. Hundreds of Texas Tech students, faculty and administrators waited patiently to see if the cloudy conditions would obscure the rare celestial show. “It is Mother Nature, she’s mean. Sometimes that’s a mean lady,” said Gwen Armstrong, lead technician in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. 

Kaysie Ellingson

 

Director Robert Morehead gazes up as the shutter of the Gott Observatory’s cranks open slowly. We’re here to talk about Monday’s solar eclipse, a happening that affords scientists a rare glimpse at the hottest part of the sun. The eclipse in Lubbock will start at 11:30 a.m. and the maximum coverage – about 72 percent –will occur at about 12:57 p.m. The moon will have entirely moved off the sun at just past 2:26 p.m.

Kaysie Ellingson

Some studies have shown that repeated moves in childhood adversely affect one’s well-being as an adult. Those researchers haven’t met Angel Carroll.

In a four-year span as a teenager, the 22-year-old Texas Tech student lived in 20 different places across the state, the result of going into foster care when she was 15. Now, she’s a confident and articulate young woman who plans to make her mark in social work.

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