Industry Ambassador – Bio

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Anna Bakken

Bio written by the first Indie Author to trust Theresa with her Bio/Memoir story.

I want to introduce you to my narrator who has become a good friend through this process. She has a beautiful voice and did a fabulous job bringing my memoir Follow Me To Alaska to life. Introducing…..Theresa Bakken!

When Theresa was five years old, her parents let her play with a reel to reel recorder and a budding journalist was born. She loved recording her version of the news, emulating Walter Cronkite’s “That’s the Way It Is”.

Theresa’s family moved a lot. They eventually settled in south central TX, where she graduated from high school and earned a degree in Mass Communications from Texas Lutheran University.
Theresa landed a job as a reporter and weekend anchor at KMAC Channel 28 in Lubbock, TX, and loved it.

When she moved to WSMV Channel 4 in Nashville, TN, she thought she had found the perfect job with the most amazing people. Her work with talented photojournalists in the newsroom won her an Emmy Award in series reporting.

When Theresa and her husband started a family, she traded reporting the nightly news for reading bedtime stories, and found a new level of happiness. As her children grew, she turned her energy to a non-profit that gifted children free orthodontic care. She found joy and fulfillment as the Executive Director of Smile for a Lifetime of Greater Denver until her beekeeping hobby morphed into a commercial honey confection business. Her Honey Salted Caramels made from honey she and her sons harvested won The 2019 Good Food Award for confections. How sweet is that!

Through the years, Theresa never forgot the thrill of being in front of a microphone and connecting people through the spoken word. All grown up, her oldest son surprised her with a home recording studio, and encouraged her to host a podcast and narrate audiobooks.

Since mid 2020, Theresa has been lending her voice to authors who entrust her with their stories. She brings these stories to life with the same dedication she brings to all her endeavors, the same excellence that earned her an Emmy, and with the same enthusiasm as the five-year-old girl with her reel to reel recorder. – Ann Parker, author of Follow Me To Alaska

Audio Industry Ambassador

Theresa seeks opportunities to engage professionally – even through those socially distanced times. Leading sessions and moderating panels at national and international virtual conventions for the Romance Slam Jam and International Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys, Theresa created opportunities for learning, networking, and project collaboration with other narrators, indie authors, book publishers, audio production companies, and audiobook distribution entities.

“Theresa is not only a wonderful narrator, but also an excellent ambassador for our industry. She is one of the first narrators I think of when looking to cast new projects.” – Craig Hart, Executive Director at NLA/PFP (Northern Lake Audio / Pink Flamingo Productions)

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