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
8:33 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Panola College in Carthage, Texas, mounts Prohibition exhibit

Panola College in Carthage, Texas, will open its first large-scale exhibit Wednesday. 

The exhibit, “Spirited: Prohibition in America,” is organized by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and made possible through the National Endowment for the Humanities’ On the Road Initiative.

Panola’s library services director Cristie Ferguson says the exhibit came in 21 crates, and many people at the college had a hand in setting it up. They cleared almost the entire first floor of Panola's M.P. Baker Library to make room for it.

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NPR Story
7:45 am
Tue January 27, 2015

History Matters: Prohibition in America brought unexpected changes

Panola College in Carthage, Texas, opens a traveling exhibit Wednesday on the Prohibition era. 

  Commentator Gary Joiner provides an overview of this tumultuous time in American history.

Panola College in Carthage, Texas, opens a traveling exhibit tomorrow on the prohibition era. Commentator Gary Joiner is here to discuss this tumultuous time in American history.

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NPR Story
8:48 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Stephen F. Austin State composer scores music born out of national park visits

Stephen Lias has been producing classical music works inspired by his national park adventures since 2009.

A Stephen F. Austin State composition professor writes music inspired by his experiences in America’s national parks.

Stephen Lias is producing a new CD of contemporary classical music featuring five works, each focused on the wonders found in national parks.

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NPR Story
1:27 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

East Texas point-in-time survey provides valuable data on homelessness

A group working to end homelessness in East Texas held its annual Point in Time Count Thursday. More than 100 volunteers worked with the North East Homeless Consortium to count all the people who are currently homeless in a six county region of East Texas. The consortium’s Karen Holt says data collected on this one day is used in grant writing and to shape priorities for local nonprofits.

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Red River Radio
12:55 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Experts discuss M6 disposal options for Camp Minden

Opponents of a plan to burn 15 million pounds of M6 artillery propellant in storage at Camp Minden say several much safer alternatives should be considered.

State Rep. Gene Reynolds of Minden was among speakers in a teleconference Thursday assembled by the activist group Louisiana Progress Action.

Reynolds is meeting with munitions experts at the Pentagon on Friday. He wants to call a joint meeting of the state’s Homeland Security oversight committee to allow federal and state agencies and the military to testify under oath about the status of the explosives.

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Red River Radio
9:25 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Activists petition Louisiana environmental regulators to be transparent about M6 disposal method

Frances Kelley, an organizer with Louisiana Progress Action, delivered a petition yesterday with 3,600 signatures gathered over two weeks.

Activists calling for an immediate safe disposal of M6 explosives at Camp Minden in Webster Parish lodged an official complaint with the state Wednesday.

A group delivered more than 3,600 signatures to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s Northwest Regional office in Shreveport. They also delivered copies to the local offices of Louisiana’s congressional delegation.

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NPR Story
9:04 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Shreveport brewery turns spent grain into dog treat charity

Great Raft Brewing Co. partnered with Drake Catering this month to produce dog treats using the brewery's spent grain.

Great Raft Brewing Co. in Shreveport has found a new way to recycle its “spent” grain used in the brewing process. When brewers make beer, they're left with massive amounts of leftover grain. The brewery partnered with a local caterer to make dog treats. Great Raft co-founder Lindsay Nations says proceeds from dog treat sales will be donated to the Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana.

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Red River Radio
9:34 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Northwestern State produces active shooter training video

Northwestern State University in Natchitoches released an active shooter training video Tuesday. The 15-minute video, produced entirely in house, took a year and a half to complete, according to NSU officer Jon Caliste who headed up the project.

“We saw a rise in active shooter events around the country and we said to ourselves, we need to have something that we can train our people on. It was born from that,” Caliste said.

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NPR Story
11:16 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Shreveport motorcycle groups help Ark-La-Tex vets get to the doctor

Doug Leavitt, hospital service coordinator for Disabled American Veterans, has his office in the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, and coordinates rides for veterans who need them throughout the region.

A philanthropic association of motorcycle clubs in Shreveport, Veterans for Veterans, donated a new 12-passenger van Thursday to the Disabled American Veterans charity or DAV of north Louisiana.

The van will used to drive veterans from the Longview VA community clinic to the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport.

It was donated at a ceremony at Chevyland car dealership in Shreveport where the van was purchased.

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Red River Radio
9:49 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Louisiana higher ed commissioner says state needs a cultural shift toward higher ed

Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Joe Rallo lobbied in 2012 for more Texas colleges and universities to offer degree programs that cost $10,000 or less, an effort Rallo led as president of Angelo State University.

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 10:48 am

Louisiana’s new commissioner of higher education has been on the job for less than a week, but Joe Rallo is out of Baton Rouge and traveling around north Louisiana meeting with college presidents and business groups for what he calls a “listening and learning tour.”

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