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
9:37 am
Thu December 18, 2014

1954 Shreveport plane crash DVD to benefit local history scholarship

The Shreveport Historic Preservation Society's Agatha Fertitta-McCall and Winston Conway Link created a DVD on the 1954 Wallace Lake plane crash.

The Shreveport Historic Preservation Society has produced a one-hour DVD about the 1954 Wallace Lake plane crash that killed 12 Shreveport businessmen who were returning from a south Louisiana duck hunt.

The DVD features Shreveport historian Ernie Roberson concludes in presentation by reading the transcripts of ground control at Shreveport Regional Airport attempting to establish connection with the pilot of a Grumman G-73 Mallard that crashed on the north shore of Wallace Lake in 1954.

“49 Nectar, this is Shreveport Tower, 49 Nectar do you read?”

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NPR Story
8:58 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Shreveport's first contemporary art museum displays nature big and bold

Stephane Lusk, with her mother, painter Marlene Yu, stand in front of Yu's paintings in the main exhibit hall featuring works more than 36 feet tall.

The Marlene Yu Museum and Rainforest Art Foundation open Thursday in a rehabbed former 1950s-era YWCA building in downtown Shreveport.

The building’s gymnasium was transformed into an expansive main gallery that can accommodate Marlene Yu’s sprawling abstract paintings of nature. They drench the walls with color almost touching floor to ceiling.

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NPR Story
8:51 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Northwestern State professor furthers Nepali girls' education cause in Natchitoches

Professor Patrice Moulton met last Christmas with Nepali girls who received scholarships provided by the Empower Nepali Girls Foundation. She is in Nepal delivering more backpacks this year.

A Northwestern State University psychology professor arrived in Nepal this week to distribute hundreds of scholarships to young girls. It guarantees they get an education in their village and decreases the likelihood that they’ll fall prey to human trafficking.

Patrice Moulton is a volunteer with the Empower Nepali Girls Foundation. She’ll trek the Annapurna Circuit of Nepal with yaks delivering backpacks to girls who show educational promise. The backpacks are their ticket to one year of school.

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NPR Story
9:23 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport cites record growth, on firm financial ground

Shriners Hospital displays its Christmas wish list at the door with every item fulfilled. A hospital spokesman says a new wish list is going up this week.

Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport is on track to complete the year caring for a record number of patients in its 92-year history. It also marks the first time that it has four, full-time pediatric orthopedic surgeons on staff. Interim chief of staff Dr. John Fox says the entire Shriners organization feels the growth spurt with about 3,200 admitted patients this year.

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NPR Story
9:24 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Museum of East Texas in Lufkin explores women's suffrage

The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin will host a panel discussion Sunday about the women’s suffrage movement in Texas.

Three East Texas women, who have dedicated their livelihood to women’s issues, will guide the discussion.

Ellen Temple is a retired publisher and educator. In the 1980s, she published the first two books in print about the women’s right to vote in Texas.

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NPR Story
9:19 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Loblolly train display attracts hundreds of visitors to Nacogdoches Depot

Loblolly Crew member Dennis Brown describes the various trains he's operating as part of the fourth annual Loblolly Railroad exhibit at the Historic Nacogdoches Train Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road.

More than 500 people have come to the Nacogdoches Train Depot over the past two weekends to see a large display of Lionel electric trains

The Loblolly Railroad Crew is in the final days of exhibiting its model train display. It features four operating trains that run through different scenes inspired by the East Texas landscape with its oil fields and pump jacks. George Ellis says this display is set up 15 feet from the main line train tracks.

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NPR Story
8:44 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Downtown Shreveport leaders herald 50 new apartments in ongoing rehab effort

Originally the Feibelman's Department Store, then a Sears department store, the refurbished 1923 building has been renamed The Lofts @ 624. The 96,000 square-foot building has seven stories and a basement.

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 11:52 am

A trio of early 1900s buildings in downtown Shreveport – including one on the city’s demolition list – are being brought back to life.

Pre-leasing is underway for more than 50 apartments on Texas Street. At a press conference Wednesday, city leaders announced the names of businesses that will open in the development, including a coffee shop, nightclub, sushi bar, and vintage clothier.

New Orleans developer Roland von Kurnatowski has been working to rehab the buildings for almost two years.

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Red River Radio
8:58 am
Wed December 10, 2014

National conservation coalition brings unified vision to Louisiana coastal restoration

A coalition of national environmental groups says the billions of dollars expected from the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill penalties should go toward rapidly rebuilding Louisiana’s coastline.

During a teleconference Tuesday, the conservation groups outlined 19 priority projects detailed in their two new reports. David Muth, Gulf Program director for the National Wildlife Federation, says these projects are critical.

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NPR Story
9:12 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Texas aims to preserve unique holiday customs in call for home videos

Do you have a unique family tradition during the holidays? The Texas Archive of the Moving Image or TAMI wants Texans to document and share their traditions with this organization that works to preserve cultural history in Texas, according to TAMI’s Sarah Marshall.

“One of our overall goals is to help people understand that their home movies are cultural history for future generations, and just because the history is personal it doesn’t invalidate its importance,” Marshall said.

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10:22 am
Mon December 8, 2014

LSU Shreveport institute studies impact of student consulting to nonprofits

Helen Wise, an associate professor of sociology at LSU Shreveport, is exploring the impact of service learning projects.

The Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research at LSU Shreveport is examining the value of service learning carried out by graduate students in the nonprofit administration degree.

As part of the program, students craft detailed proposals for fundraising, planned giving and development for a nonprofit participating in its case study. LSUS sociologist Helen Wise wants to glean the long-term value of the students’ efforts for the nonprofit.

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