After several years in California, I’m happy to be back in the Sunflower State. I was born and raised in Topeka, where I attended Hayden High School. From there, I went to the University of Kansas, where I obtained bachelor’s degrees in broadcast journalism and political science.
While still a student at KU I wrote for both the Lawrence Journal World and the Desoto Explorer. At the same time, I also worked as KU’s first media convergence manager. On weekends, I headed to Topeka to work as a reporter at WIBW.
Shortly after I graduated from KU, I received my first full-time journalism job. I worked as a reporter and anchor in Garden City for KUPK—a bureau station of KAKE in Wichita. Two years later, I moved to Wichita to work at KAKE. While there, serial killer BTK began communicating with the station. I covered his return and eventual capture, prosecution and sentencing.
In 2006, I accepted a job in Fresno at KSEE 24. I worked as the court reporter and weekend anchor for more than three years. While there I covered many disturbing cases, including the trial of biochemist Larissa Schuster, who killed her husband and attempted to destroy his remains in a barrel of acid. I appeared on NBC’s Dateline in 2009, to talk about the trial details. While in Fresno, I attended California State University and obtained a master’s degree in mass communications.
Although California had its good points—nice weather, Disneyland, Hollywood, etc.—I was ready to come home. My husband Larry and I made the long journey back to northeast Kansas in April 2010. I gladly accepted the job as reporter and anchor at Channel 6.
In my free time, I enjoy watching endless hours of Medium and Law and Order. We have four pets, Bert the beagle; and Trixie, Tommy and Bacon, the cats.
In May of 2012, Theresa Freed left the station for a career with the State of Kansas. We wish her the best of luck.