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.

 

Pages

NPR Story
10:36 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Rural Ark-La-Tex veterans may avoid trips to Shreveport VA for routine care

Program director Jeremy Fusco tests equipment in the mobile clinic van enabling patients to talk face-to-face with their physician.

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 6:02 pm

Hundreds of veterans who live in the rural reaches of the Ark-La-Tex may no longer have to drive to Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport for routine appointments. Their doctor will be beamed in to a location in their town -- or perhaps their driveway -- thanks to a $2 million rural health grant.

Read more
NPR Story
9:21 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Shreveport children's author resolves persistent query in 'Billy's Booger'

Shreveport author and illustrator William Joyce has been working on "Billy's Booger" for a decade. The original work he penned in fourth grade was badly damaged in a fire years ago.

A new 40-page "memoir" by Shreveport children’s author and illustrator William Joyce puts to rest a pressing question he’s fielded for years: What was your first book?

“It’s something I wrote in the fourth grade titled ‘Billy’s Booger: The Memoir of a Little Green Nose Buddy.’ People laugh or they cringe,” Joyce said.

The founder of Moonbot Studios revisits his entry in the fourth grade book writing contest at Shreveport’s A.C. Steere Elementary. The children’s book, published by Simon & Schuster, is inset with a recreation of the book that was his very first effort.

Read more
NPR Story
8:47 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Shreveport-Bossier amateur astronomers complete upgrades to Worley Observatory

The Shreveport-Bossier Astronomical Society has finished $30,000 of repairs and upgrades to Ralph A. Worley Observatory, located eight miles south of Shreveport. The 1960s era building needed work that greatly exceeded the society’s budget, according to longtime board member Cran Lucas.

Read more
NPR Story
8:49 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Red River Waterway Commission engineer: 'This is a pretty amazing flood'

Capt. Sandy Jackson has operated a one-hour tour of the Red River for 18 years.

The Red River is expected to crest later this week just shy of flood stage in Shreveport and Alexandria. But it’s flooding at points between, including Coushatta and Grand Ecore, according to Colin Brown, engineering supervisor for the Natchitoches-based Red River Waterway Commission. He said Monday river conditions are deteriorating.

Read more
Red River Radio
10:17 am
Mon May 18, 2015

FaithWorks seeks to get Shreveport-Bossier churches to collaborate

Laura Vaughan speaks at a recent FaithWorks training seminar at Praise Temple Full Gospel Baptist Cathedral in Shreveport.

Shreveport-Bossier City is home to more than 900 churches.

A new Shreveport nonprofit aims to unite as many of them as possible to deploy a more coordinated response to assist people who turn to them in crisis.

The FaithWorks board of directors, which formed two years ago, is set to open a call center Tuesday, May 26, that will coordinate resources among churches, according to Laura Vaughan director of discipleship for Broadmoor United Methodist Church and FaithWorks president.

Read more
NPR Story
9:23 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Bossier Parish dedicates new library in Elm Grove pasture, honors beloved Haughton educator

Shreveport-based Prevot Design Services designed the Anna P. Tooke Library. Construction took nearly one year.

A family of Bossier Parish educators dedicated a modern architecture library Thursday set on a bucolic rural road in Elm Grove, La. The $1.9 million Anna P. Tooke Memorial Library is the seventh in the Bossier Parish Library System. The 3,600 square-foot library boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and is nestled in a grove of trees on three acres of farmland.

It’s a stark contrast to the metal shack that served the community for decades, according to Bossier Parish Police Jury president Jack “Bump” Skaggs.

Read more
NPR Story
9:24 am
Thu May 14, 2015

El Dorado group measures litter impact on streets, finds improvement

Alexis Alexander is executive director of Keep El Dorado Beautiful, an organization that is part of the city's administration.

Three years after the city of El Dorado launched a formal litter reduction program there’s a measurable improvement in the city’s appearance.

The group Keep El Dorado Beautiful, part of the Keep America Beautiful organization, carried out its annual litter index survey. Volunteers went ward by ward scanning street after street to count the amount of trash they saw and assigning it a numerical value. Keep El Dorado Beautiful executive director Alexis Alexander says the volunteers found little trash, but they noticed something else on the streets.

Read more
NPR Story
10:06 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Wiley College in Marshall lands National Science Foundation grant

Wiley College's Division of Sciences Dean Ruth Washington wrote a grant to enhance STEM offerings and improve outcomes.

Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, has received its first grant from the National Science Foundation. Now, a college administrator says it’s looking to fill a new position to oversee the $500,000 grant.

Read more
Red River Radio
9:39 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Study to explore viability of mothballed Camp Minden water treatment facility

Dorcheat Bayou is a 115-mile-long stream that begins in southwestern Arkansas and flows into Lake Bistineau in Webster Parish.

The Bossier Parish Police Jury is funding a study that will determine whether a dormant water treatment plant at Camp Minden could be brought online and serve mostly industrial customers in Bossier and Webster parishes.

The two neighboring parishes are working together to learn if Dorcheat Bayou water could be treated and a permit obtained, according to Bossier Parish Police Juror Glenn Benton. He says the water treatment facility was built in the 1980s in a failed attempt to lure a new industry to Camp Minden.

Read more
Red River Radio
8:54 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Business export training underway at Port of Caddo-Bossier

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 10:04 am

The New Orleans-based Louisiana District Export Council will hold two days of training beginning Tuesday for Louisiana businesspeople who want to export their company’s products or services and build business outside the U.S.

Read more

Pages