By Eric Norwood Jr.
PNT staff writer
Janet Lyn Bresenham is the smooth voice heard whenever the news or weather is announced on KENW-FM Public Radio Network. Bresenham also has her hand in a few other projects at KENW. The journalist, broadcaster, singer, and songwriter has also worked as a teacher, photographer, and news editor in her career.
What does your job entail?
I am the news director for KENW-FM Public Radio Network, the public radio station that covers West Texas and all of eastern New Mexico from Carlsbad to the Colorado border, including the Ruidoso area. I do newscasts every weekday, plus weather reports that run all day and all night.
I also produce and host a weekly public affairs show “High Plains Update,” a five-minute program that airs 2:20 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:20 a.m. Fridays. For that show, I interview a variety of people on a variety of topics.
In addition, I am now one of the hosts for a weekly public affairs show “You Should Know” for KENW-TV, the regional PBS-TV affiliate. That show airs 9 p.m. every Tuesday 9:30 p.m. Thursday on KENW-TV, Channel 3.
Who are a few of your favorite musical artists?
Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Toby Mac. As a singer/songwriter, I also have always admired songwriter/musicians Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg and Bob Dylan.
What was the most interesting story you have ever covered?
The most interesting stories for me are the ones where I get to feature someone who has overcome challenges in life and learned to persevere and triumph despite obstacles. I think we all need to know that there is always hope, no matter what we are going through or what we may face in life.
For example, recently I got to interview a man in West Texas who is paralyzed and yet refused to give up and now trains to compete in triathlons and cycling races.
When did you start writing professionally?
I began writing professionally when I started my own newspaper in high school in New York. My first job with a regular byline was as a reporter with the Clovis News Journal and then as city editor with the Portales News-Tribune.
I worked for a number of years with the Amarillo Globe News in their New Mexico Bureau and as a freelance writer. I also have written feature articles for magazines, including New Mexico Magazine, and currently write a monthly column for the op/ed section of the Amarillo Globe News.
I also write and sing contemporary Christian worship songs and inspirational songs.
If you were asked to make a dessert for a dinner party, what would you cook?
I enjoy baking, so I might make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Or I might make chocolate-covered strawberries and popcorn drizzled with chocolate. I also make a really yummy fruit salad dessert with fruit yogurt, honey, cinnamon and sliced apples, bananas, grapes and other fresh fruit.
Why do you like living in New Mexico?
I was born in New Mexico, although I grew up in other places such as New York, California, Colorado and Italy. After my mom passed at age 5, I spent most of my summers with my grandparents in Clovis. I love the genuine warmth and generosity of spirit of the people in New Mexico. I love the wide open spaces, the beautiful blue skies, the mountains, the peace and quiet and the richness of all the different cultures that are part of life in the Land of Enchantment.
What are your favorite sports teams?
My favorite sport is baseball and I’m a lifelong, true blue, loyal fan of my New York Yankees. I got to see them play at Yankee Stadium with my brother when we were kids. In football, I root for the Denver Broncos and I even got to go see them win in Dallas recently. It was my very first NFL game and it was so exciting, a special gift and the thrill of a lifetime.
My favorite semi-pro baseball team is the Amarillo Sox. I had a dream come true this summer when I got to sing the national anthem at one of their baseball games in Amarillo.