Desideratum is a Latin word meaning things that are desired as essential. Celebrate the art of telling and the journey of listening to stories with narrator Theresa Bakken and her author, artist, and wordsmith friends.

Theresa Bakken

Theresa Bakken was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, near Penn State where her parents were students. When Theresa was five years old, her parents let her play with a reel to reel recorder. A budding journalist was born. She loved recording her version of the news, emulating Walter Cronkite’s “That’s the Way It Is” in her sweet little girl voice. Theresa’s family moved around when she was young. They finally settled in Gonzales, Texas. She graduated from Gonzales High School and went on to Texas Lutheran University where she earned a BA in Mass Communications. She continued her studies in Broadcast Journalism at Marquette University while working at WISN Channel 12 in Milwaukee. It was during this time that she met her husband, Bill.

After getting married, Theresa landed a job as a reporter and weekend anchor at KMAC Channel 28 in Lubbock, Texas. She enjoyed working the education beat while her new husband was teaching mathematics at Estacado High School. As a journalist in the 90’s, her excellence as a reporter earned her an Emmy Award while working for WSMV in Nashville, Tennessee. Theresa enjoyed her career and thought she had found the perfect profession until she had children. She quickly traded reporting the nightly news for reading stories to her three young children.

While raising her two sons and daughter, Theresa became the Executive Director of a non-profit organization, Smile for a Lifetime of Greater Denver, now The TOgether Project. She also became a beekeeper and championed the honey bees’ perilous story through her confection business, Bee Ranch. Once again, Theresa was recognized for her excellence, this time for her Honey Salted Caramels, as a recipient of the 2019 Good Food Award.

As her children grew, Theresa never forgot that thrill of being in front of a microphone, connecting people through the spoken word. Her children were aware of their mother’s former career and knew she had the gift of storytelling. All grown up, her oldest son surprised her by building a recording studio, knowing that she had a strong desire to become a professional narrator. Since that time, Theresa has been lending her voice to authors who have entrusted her with their stories. She brings these stories to life with 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.