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."

Andrew Hinton, archivist at the Vietnam Center and Archive
Betsy Blaney

As warfare continues in the Middle East and elsewhere, it’s important to understand the dynamics of how battles for territory are carried out. There are times that wars aren’t between just two sides. There are now insurgent forces and counter insurgent forces participating when nations wage conflicts.

The study of warfare can illustrate much. And it’s important to learn from the past in order to inform the future. That’s the aim of the second Annual Symposium on Modern Warfare, which is set for Friday at the International Cultural Center on the Texas Tech campus.

Lyle Lovett

The kickoff for this year’s Texas Tech’s Presidential Lecture & Performance Series is Texas native winner Lyle Lovett. The singer, songwriter and actor will be interviewed by Texas Tech Public Media General Manager Paul Hunton. Four other performances are scheduled from November through April.

President Lawrence Schovanec
Texas Tech University Website

Imperfect as the information in them might be, rankings of universities and colleges matter. The challenge, says Texas Tech president Lawrence Schovanec, is for the public to understand rankings’ limitations and for universities to be accurately represented.

Amanda Miller recently spent the summer at Harvard as an Amgen Scholar.
Betsy Blaney

Amanda Miller didn’t have Texas Tech on her radar until her father brought her to Lubbock to see where he got his degree. Once she felt the good vibes, she says she knew the university was a great fit for her and her studies. Miller recently spent the summer at Harvard as an Amgen Scholar.

"The Texas Liberator: Witness to the Holocaust" exhibition.
Betsy Blaney

Texas Tech Museum’s executive director Gary Morgan says the new “Texas Liberator: Witness to the Holocaust” exhibit gives a side of the war usually presented by generals, presidents and those in power.

“This exhibit looks much more at the impacts on those servicemen, those Texans when they came into those concentration camps and saw what can only be described as hell on earth,” he says.