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.



NPR Story
9:04 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Magnolia, Arkansas, woman urges donations of all kinds for her homeland

Nepal native Charu Simmons helps her 6-year-old son hold a candle for victims of Nepal's earthquake during a vigil this week at Southern Arkansas University.

A Nepali woman who moved to Magnolia, Arkansas, 11 years ago is relieved that her parents and grandmother are safe after Saturday’s massive earthquake. But Charu Simmons regrets not seeing her homeland one more time before the 7.8-magnitude quake. Simmons’ parents lives just outside of the capital Kathmandu. They were outside when the earthquake struck and are safe. Simmons says her grandmother was in bed and crawled outside to safety.

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Red River Radio
9:43 am
Wed April 29, 2015

LSU Health Shreveport librarians create comic book about childhood obesity problem

Talicia Tarver, digital and information services librarian at LSU Health Shreveport, developed "The Amazing Captain Fit" through a grant.

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 12:07 pm

A new 66-page comic book imagined by two medical librarians at LSU Health Shreveport will help kindergarteners and first graders better understand obesity.

Talicia Tarver’s “The Amazing Captain Fit” is a story about a boy who wants to be a superhero but lacks healthy eating habits. The comic book, published today, will be distributed through the Department of Pediatrics’ Reach Out and Read program. Tarver wanted to embed the message in something that kids and parents would both enjoy.

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Red River Radio
9:27 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Shreveport-based American Rose Society gives state lawmakers rose bushes

Louisiana legislators receive a Belinda's Dream rose bush today recognizing the American Rose Society's national headquarters in Shreveport.

The American Rose Society will be honored Tuesday at the Louisiana State Capitol.

Rep. Alan Seabaugh (R-Shreveport) drafted a resolution designating Tuesday, April 28, as American Rose Society Day in celebration of the national organization’s 40th year of being headquartered in Shreveport, according to executive director Jeff Ware.

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Red River Radio
11:36 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Navy Week brings dozens of sailors to Shreveport/Bossier

Torpedoman's Mate Second Class Bradley Davis and Lt. Cmdr. Maura Thompson of the USS Louisiana are in Shreveport and Bossier City for Navy Week events.

Dozens of Navy sailors are in Shreveport/Bossier putting on a variety of events at schools, delivering musical performances and parachute demonstrations, and lending a hand in community service activities to raise the Navy’s profile and put a face to this branch of the military. This Navy Week is one of 12 underway in select cities nationwide.

Torpedoman’s Mate Second Class Bradley Davis is aboard the USS Louisiana based at Naval Base Kitsap in Washington. He says it’s a bit intimidating to be in an Air Force community in the shadow of Barksdale Air Force Base.

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NPR Story
9:20 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Shreveporters bring in retreat leader Paula D'Arcy to discuss mindfulness

Paula D'Arcy, president of the Red Bird Foundation, gives dozens of retreats each year on gaining perspective in life and how to bring meaning to it.

Author and retreat leader Paula D’Arcy who turned a personal tragedy into her life work and mission will bring her message to Shreveport May 1.

In 1975, D'Arcy lost her husband and 21-month-old daughter in a car accident. She was pregnant with her second child at the time.

D’Arcy launched the Red Bird Foundation in 2001 to help people grow spiritually and to find inner peace. A dozen Shreveporters are sponsoring her retreat. D’Arcy of Austin, Texas, says these women have been to her retreats before and support the vision.

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Red River Radio
9:17 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Shreveport fencing documentary cuts across bigger life lessons

Andy Shaw, owner of Fairfield Avenue School of Fencing, is the subject of a new documentary "Southern Fried Fencing."

An eccentric, outspoken New York fencing coach who married a Shreveporter and built a fencer’s mecca in Shreveport is the subject of a 65-minute documentary that premieres Friday at Robinson Film Center in Shreveport.

Filmmakers Michele and Jay Carter were skeptical when they learned about the Fairfield Avenue School of Fencing.

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NPR Story
9:07 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Northwestern State musicians perform 'Earthrise' with its British composer in the wings

Composer Nigel Clarke (left) speaks to members of the Northwestern State Wind Symphony during a rehearsal.

Northwestern State University’s Wind Symphony will perform a composition Thursday inspired by an iconic image of Earth taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts who were orbiting the moon in 1968. It’s an expansive piece of music that paints a picture in the mind’s eye, according NSU director of bands Jeff Mathews.

“The piece includes the rocket flight, the floating in space -- musical images of that photo -- and then the return home. It’s just dynamic and it was a great way to stretch the ensemble,” Mathews said.

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NPR Story
8:55 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Louisiana Tech engineering students drive forward Eco-marathon

Louisiana Tech University engineering students built a diesel vehicle that got 338 miles per gallon on the streets of Detroit this month.

The students built a futuristic vehicle that competed in this year’s Shell Eco-marathon Americas. Louisiana Tech placed second in the UrbanConcept diesel category.

Tech has competed for the past seven years and currently holds the record for fuel efficiency in this category. Mechanical engineering professor Heath Tims is the faculty adviser for the eco-marathon.

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NPR Story
7:47 am
Tue April 21, 2015

History Matters: On the rise and fall of an antebellum plantation tycoon

Commentator Gary Joiner profiles a Natchez, Mississippi, couple -- Julia and Haller Nutt -- whose great fortune was lost during the American Civil War. According to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Haller Nutt owned about 43,000 acres and 800 slaves.

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Red River Radio
9:39 am
Mon April 20, 2015

BP Oil Spill documentarian: 'Gulf is a factory'

The Gulf of Mexico is a factory. That’s according documentary filmmaker Margaret Brown who grew up in Mobile, Alabama.

Brown’s film “The Great Invisible,” explores the lingering impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster five years later. Eleven men died and more than 3 million barrels of crude spewed into the Gulf. Ferreting out the truth was a challenge for Brown whose 83 minute documentary airs today on PBS stations.

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