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.


The new president of Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia says fall enrollment is on track to be the highest ever in the university’s 106-year history. 

The Centenary College Choir performed “You Are the New Day,” at the college’s opening convocation Tuesday. It heralded the start of a new academic year and served as a ceremonial welcome to the incoming freshmen at the private liberal arts college in Shreveport.

Panola College in Carthage, Texas, officially cut the ribbon on a health and natural sciences building Monday.

Marshall, Texas, residents celebrated the distinction of being named an All-America City Sunday with an afternoon public reception and program at the Marshall Civic Center.

On this anniversary, shelter volunteers are remembering that intense time of coordinating care and services in Shreveport. These are the voices of some people who had a role at the Red Cross shelter at LSU Shreveport that housed more than 1,100 evacuees from New Orleans.

The head of the federal agency for volunteering and service says Hurricane Katrina created new ways of thinking about disaster response for volunteer organizations.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will hold a meeting Thursday in Minden, La., to help connect local residents with an array of microloans, farm loans and housing assistance programs aimed at lifting up rural America.

The USDA last year designated 44 parishes for its StrikeForce initiative. That’s a nationwide effort to curb poverty and divestment that has long plagued rural areas.

Louisiana’s first bike share program launches Tuesday at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. Wesley Campus Ministry and local United Methodist Churches will run the program and loan out bikes to NSU students and BPCC @ NSU students who are 18 and older.

A juvenile justice reformer whose tactics to help troubled kids triggered nationwide changes in the justice system died earlier this month. The late Jerome G. Miller’s philosophy touched Caddo Parish, according to Caddo Juvenile Services Director Clay Walker.

“Fundamentally, that’s everything that we’re doing is from his model,” Walker said.

In the 1970s, Miller almost emptied the prison-like reformatories in Massachusetts and found avenues around incarceration as that state’s youth services commissioner.

The Bossier City Gun Show is set for this weekend at the Bossier Civic Center.

Concealed gun permit instructor Kevin Billiot of Colfax, La., has been teaching the training course for seven years. He says demand for permits has stayed stabled during his tenure of teaching monthly classes to about 12 students.

Billiot, a deputy fire marshal, says he talks with all participants about their motivations for acquiring a concealed handgun permit.