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."

Growth in the use of social media platforms has skyrocketed in the past 15 years, most especially with emerging adults such as college students. That led a group of Texas Tech researchers to wonder about the effect on the well-being of 18-to-29-year-olds.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently approved the doctorate of veterinary medicine degree program at Texas Tech’s soon-to be-constructed facility in Amarillo. The approval happened last month.

University president Lawrence Schovanec sees the vet school as a monumental achievement for Tech.

Messaging the high-quality academic success of Texas Tech will help broaden the appeal and brand of the university. That’s part of what Matt Dewey plans as he moves forward in his position of chief marketing and communication officer.

Thirty teachers from four states years will earn their master’s degrees thanks to scholarships from a $1.25 million grant awarded to Texas Tech’s College of Education.  The five-year grant targets a shortage of specialists who work with children with visual impairments due to brain injuries or disorders.

The teachers will provide services to those in rural, remote and high-need areas in Texas, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

Learning a foreign language is great, even if you don’t plan on traveling or living in the country where it would come in handy. That’s because the skills used to learn a language bring an added benefit. That’s the goal of an initiative underway now at Texas Tech.