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
8:54 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Broadband plans takes shape in East Texas towns

A series of meetings this month in East Texas will mark formal steps to draft a county-by-county broadband plan for the region.

The East Texas Regional Broadband Initiative is a 14-county project led by the East Texas Council of Governments or ETCOG alongside the consultancy of Connected Texas, which aims to advance technology in rural Texas.

Ron Turner, Connected Texas’ community technology adviser, says he plans to hold meetings in all 14 counties to develop tailored plans for broadband connectivity.

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NPR Story
10:45 am
Mon May 5, 2014

American Begonia Society's annual meeting set for Shreveport

The American Begonia Society will host its southwest regional annual meeting in Shreveport this month, the first time it’s been held in Louisiana.

The three-day event will include garden tours, seminars, and a begonia show and sale, according to event coordinator Freda Holley of Ruston, La.

Holley began growing begonias more than 40 years ago, and now has about 300 of them in her yard. With more than 1,400 species, she says, the semi-tropical begonia is grown worldwide.

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NPR Story
10:39 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Shreveport college student lands spot in American Chemical Society program

Centenary College student Tierra Range will leave May 16 for Singapore through an American Chemical Society study abroad program.

A Centenary College biochemistry major leaves for Singapore next week to take part in a prestigious international research program through the American Chemical Society.

Tierra Range, 19, of Shreveport is one of 17 students nationwide who was selected to do a 10-week summer research program through the American Chemical Society’s International Research Experience for Undergraduates.

Range says she’ll work with a professor at National University of Singapore to study dye-sensitized solar cells that are often used to convert sunlight into electrical energy.

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NPR Story
9:09 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Willis-Knighton redevelops former Bossier Medical Center

The Willis-Knighton Health System acquired the former Bossier Medical Center in April 2012, and has since remodeled the building to house ancillary services.

Willis-Knighton Health System will officially open its 300,000 square-foot Innovation Center Sunday in Bossier City. The hospital system acquired the former Bossier Medical Center two years ago, remodeled it, and plans to house ancillary services in the building.

Facility administrator Joshua Mason says about one third of the building will house patient records in a fireproof, highly secure environment.

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NPR Story
9:02 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Lufkin natural history museum lands NASA moon rock exhibit

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell traverses the moon during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971.

The Naranjo Museum of Natural History in Lufkin unveiled an almost 4 billion-year-old moon rock display this week that is on permanent loan from NASA’s Johnson Space Center. It came from the Apollo 14 space mission, and is the largest moon rock sample in NASA’s display collection.

Museum CEO Neal Naranjo says last year the museum displayed a small sample for a short time, and more than 330 school tours came through the museum to see it.

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NPR Story
10:07 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Nacogdoches conference includes Texas Runaway Slave Project

This ad, placed by a Shreveport slave owner, was published in the Telegraph and Texas Register in 1838.

Stephen F. Austin State University will showcase faculty research, scholarship and artistry Thursday at its daylong Bright Ideas Conference. More than 90 poster presentations will be on display, including the Texas Runaway Slave Project.

Kyle Ainsworth, special collections librarian at SFA’s East Texas Research Center, has combed through Texas newspapers compiling hundreds of advertisements and announcements about runaway slaves between the 1830s and 1860s. The project is in a searchable database.

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Red River Radio
9:15 am
Tue April 29, 2014

'Caddo Connections' sets up research-driven view of Caddo culture

The regional archeologist for northwest Louisiana, based at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, is out with a book this month that examines the dynamic cultural landscape of the Caddo people and their complex connections with the greater Native American community in the Southeastern U.S.

Jeffrey Girard is the co-author of “Caddo Connections: Cultural Interactions Within and Beyond the Caddo World.” Girard says the book traces the Caddo Indians over 1,000 years and compiles a decade of the latest research.

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NPR Story
9:36 am
Mon April 28, 2014

North Louisiana Math Teachers' Circle to host national mathematician in residence

LSU Shreveport mathematics professor Judith Covington coordinates meetings for the North Louisiana Math Teachers' Circle, a group comprised of about 30 teachers.

More than two dozen mostly middle school math teachers from Caddo, Bossier and DeSoto parishes will convene in May to do math for the fun of it and attend the final meeting of the school year for the North Louisiana Math Teachers’ Circle.

LSU Shreveport mathematics professor Judith Covington launched the group several years ago. She says math teachers meet eight evenings during the academic year to work on problems in a casual environment.

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NPR Story
9:02 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Christian Service to focus on feeding homeless at new Shreveport location

This architectural rendering shows Christian Service's future dining facility in a former Shreveport warehouse.

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 7:14 am

A Shreveport charity that serves thousands of hot meals a year in the Ledbetter Heights neighborhood is moving two miles away where it will join 12 nonprofits to provide services to homeless people.

Christian Service’s Hospitality House was founded in 1970. The agency is raising $500,000 to convert a warehouse into a dining facility, according to board president Jane Snyder. She says Christian Service will no longer provide transitional housing, a decision that was carefully considered by its board.

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Red River Radio
11:01 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Energy analyst: Drilling activity in Haynesville Shale will pick up

Matthew Koch, vice president of the Institute for 21st Century Energy, will speak to the Bossier Chamber of Commerce.

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:36 am

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce will host an energy analyst Wednesday who will give a forecast on natural gas development in northwest Louisiana and across the nation.

Matthew Koch, vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s institute for 21st Century Energy, says natural gas is well positioned to lead the U.S. energy sector.

Chemical companies rely on it and demand from exports is brisk, according to Koch. With Louisiana’s energy infrastructure in place, he says the Haynesville Shale natural gas deposit will be busy again.

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