Kate Archer Kent

Kate launched Red River Radio's news division in January 2006. In her one-person shop, she gathers news and perspectives from around the Ark-La-Tex for weekday newscasts that air at 6:06, 6:38, 7:06 and 8:06 a.m.

Previously, she served as director of marketing and public relations for Louisiana Tech University. She also held a similar position at Northeast Iowa Community College. Before entering educational marketing and communications, she was communications coordinator for Regis Corporation in Minneapolis.

Kate has worked for several media outlets. In 2003, she became a contributing reporter and producer for KEDM Public Radio in Monroe, La., and Red River Radio. She was named Reporter of the Year by the Louisiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. She was a Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize finalist for a series on drug addiction.

Kate has also been an assignment desk editor for the Fox affiliate in Minneapolis. Through a fellowship with the International Radio and Television Society, she worked as a feed producer for CBS "Newspath" in New York.

Kate holds a master of journalism degree from Temple University and a B.A. in English and political science from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Shreveport with her husband, Alexandyr, and their two children, Bronwyn and Oliver. In her spare time, Kate enjoys teaching twice-weekly, free community yoga practices at Sadhu Vaswani Hindu Cultural Center in Shreveport.

 

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NPR Story
8:41 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Longview elementary school opens a Ben Carson Reading Room

Kindergartener Addison Fields relaxes with a good book in the Ben Carson Reading Room at Ware Elementary.

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 9:58 am

A Longview elementary school making marked strides in academic improvement accepted another accolade Thursday with the opening of its Ben Carson Reading Room.

Ware Elementary is one of six schools in Texas to have one. They must contain at least 500 books and be open to students at all times. The Texas Spine and Joint Hospital made it possible through a $15,000 donation, according to Ware Elementary principal Sarah Sheppard.

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NPR Story
9:07 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Sci-Port in Shreveport grooms future scientists in Science Academy

Science Academy students prepare poster presentations as they wrap up this year's program and present what they learned about space.

For a decade, Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center in Shreveport has hosted Science Academy, bussing dozens of elementary school students to the science museum for seven weeks. They get an extra boost of science and math skills, according to Sci-Port’s education coordinator Kim Solice.

“I think it’s a bonus for these students. These are students who I think have real interest in science, and they will continue that interest in their middle and high school years. Eventually, what we hope is it will become a career for them,” Solice said.

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NPR Story
12:45 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Louisiana policy expert: 'State lawmakers are in a difficult box'

Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, speaks Thursday to members of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce.

The president of the government advocacy group Council for a Better Louisiana, Barry Erwin, will brief the Bossier Chamber of Commerce business community Thursday about topics that will be addressed during the legislative session that opens April 13.

The session boils down to two heated debates: budget and Common Core standards, according to Erwin. Lawmakers face a $1.6 billion budget gap in a system where health care and higher education bear the brunt of the revenue shortfall because the rest of the state budget is less malleable.

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NPR Story
8:56 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Southern tourist attractions pitch tour operators at Shreveport convention

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardnenne spoke about tourism in Louisiana at the Travel South Showcase conference at the Shreveport Convention Center.

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 12:58 pm

Almost 600 tour operators are converging on the Shreveport Convention Center for a three-day meeting that puts the tourist attractions in a dozen Southern states in the spotlight.

Delegates of the Travel South Showcase are meeting face-to-face with tourism officials and attraction promoters who give them their best pitch as to why they belong on their next tour.

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Red River Radio
8:40 am
Mon March 23, 2015

'Lost Minden' brings the town's past to life in pictures

A Minden, La., historian has a new book of vintage photographs of his hometown. John A. Agan accumulated photos of Minden’s heritage over several decades. The book is titled “Lost Minden” because the town sustained a number of devastating fires, according to Agan. At the turn of the 20th century, a city ordinance banned wooden structures in its downtown. Agan says his book captures the businesses, town celebrations, storefronts and back streets that otherwise only remain in memories.

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NPR Story
9:54 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Grambling State holds its first minister's conference

Grambling alumnus Rev. Darrell White holds a doctorate in ministry from Howard University's School of Divinity.

Grambling State University will host its first minister’s conference March 25-27 to strengthen ties between local churches and the university. The three-day event will allow clergy to network and discuss issues that impact many churches, according to John Rosenthall, Grambling’s vice president of research, advancement and economic development.

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NPR Story
9:08 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Southern Arkansas University physicist to study space radiation on human cells

Physicist Abdel Bachri, right, recruited three SAU students to help with research. From left, are Darryl Webb, Ricardo Romo, Cullen Shaffer and Bachri.

A physicist at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia has received a three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the impact of space radiation on human cells.

Associate professor of physics Abdel Bachri will team up with scientists from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Division of Radiation Health in Little Rock on the $265,000 grant. Bachri says they want to examine what space radiation does to human DNA.

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WRKF
9:28 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Northwestern State inks partnership with Natchitoches museum, state museum system

Northwestern State president Jim Henderson, Jennae Biddiscombe, director, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum; Mark Tullos Jr., Louisiana State Museum director; and Tom Whitehead, NSU special projects administrator meet to sign a cooperative endeavor agreement.

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches has formed a partnership with its university neighbor, Northwestern State, and the Louisiana State Museum System.

The cooperative endeavor agreement between two state agencies will pave the way for collaborations in areas like marketing, programming and educational efforts, according to Doug Ireland, chairman of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and NSU’s assistant athletic director.

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WRKF
8:57 am
Tue March 17, 2015

LSU AgCenter: State's forestry industry is healthy and growing

More than 150 timber landowners are participating in Tuesday’s Central Louisiana Forestry Forum. LSU AgCenter forestry extension agent Robbie Hutchins organized the meeting. He says the state’s timber industry has fully recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, due in large part to an emerging market for woody biomass.

“Forestry has bounced back and is now stronger than ever. That’s a great plus for Louisiana. But the big thing for us as forest landowners is the opportunity for alternate markets, nontraditional markets to market our resource,” Hutchins said.

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NPR Story
9:04 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Shreveport summit to bring together employers and educators to talk jobs

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White will address a workforce summit in Shreveport Tuesday with details on the Jump Start Career Diploma Program for high school students.

Louisiana’s Superintendent of Education John White will headline a workforce summit Tuesday, March 17, in Shreveport. The North Louisiana Economic Partnership or NLEP is putting on its first conference that will bring together educators and employers to discuss employment growth in health care, information technology and manufacturing. NLEP senior vice president Angie White says high school students aren’t aware of all their options that will lead to gainful careers, especially in blue-collar work.

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