Betsy Bolding

Betsy Bolding was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.


Betsy Bolding may have distinguished herself with a career outside of journalism, but she recalls her training at the Wildcat as having “prepared me well for every job I’ve had. Asking good questions, preparing succinct reports or memos, taking good notes–all these things are invaluable in politics, business and community organizations.”

Tucson’s Woman of the Year in 2003, Betsy has an impressive record of community involvement, both professionally and as a volunteer. In her current position as director of consumer affairs at Tucson Electric Power, Betsy manages the company’s K-8 in-school education programs and provides community outreach for TEP’s special programs to benefit low-income customers and for its solar and renewable energy programs.

A high school journalism and English teacher for 15 years, Betsy turned to politics in 1978, successfully co-chairing Gov. Bruce Babbitt’s campaign in southern Arizona. She managed his branch office and handled issues pertinent to the Tucson region, serving as his special assistant during his eight years in office.

With her background in consumer affairs and politics, Betsy is deeply in touch with the Tucson community. More than that–she is a whirlwind of activity and involvement in the arts, education and community service. She is a past president and director of the Community Food Bank, and her involvement with the Arizona Community Action Association, a state-wide group, keeps her in contact with agencies that provide services to low-income families. She is also currently a director of Childs-play, a Tempe-based professional children’s theater group, and a past chairman of the Arizona Theater Company and a member of its Honorary Board. She was founding president of the Tucson Cinema Foundation which owns and operates the Loft Cinema.

Betsy, who is a trustee of Prescott College, has stayed involved with her alma mater as well. She is a founding member of the UA Women’s Studies Advisory Council and serves on the advisory boards of PHASE and the KUAT Communications Group.

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