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
9:54 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Shreveport churches to package thousands of meals for hunger relief in Africa

Numana's Lindsay Brown helps Shreveport-area organizations host meal packaging events for local and international hunger relief efforts.

Volunteers from three Shreveport churches will package more than 240,000 meals this week for African hunger relief programs in Rwanda and Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone.

The El Dorado, Kansas-based charity Numana Inc. is equipping the churches with the ingredients to package bags of a rice mixture that costs 30 cents per meal. Numana’s Lindsay Brown of Shreveport is helping organizations across our region put on these fundraisers and meal packaging events.

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NPR Story
9:58 am
Wed December 3, 2014

El Dorado toasts librarian for 40 years of promoting literacy in Union County

Librarian Nancy Arn treasures story time at Barton Library, on this day selecting Eric Carle's "A House for Hermit Crab" to engage her young audience.

Public radio listeners love their librarians. Therefore, this story hits a nerve. The librarian of Barton Library in El Dorado for the past 40 years, Nancy Arn, is retiring.

While Arn was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, she worked in the aeronautical library. There, she realized she wanted to get her master’s degree in library science. It was the dawn of computers.

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NPR Story
9:53 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Shreveport theologian to explore the disappearing middle ground in religion

Catholic theologian and historian Peter Huff says he's wondering whether the South can still lay claim to the "Bible Belt" label as its seen tremendous growth in residents from diverse religions.

A lecture Tuesday will explore how interfaith dialogue can help people better understand one another in an effort to find common ground. Centenary College’s Christian Leadership Center presents religion professor Peter Huff who is an expert on religious fundamentalism. Huff will pose this question in his final community lecture:

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NPR Story
9:42 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Making salty water potable is complex, but Many, La., firm is trying to solve it

Water Desalination Report editor Tom Pankratz is eager to learn what competitors will come up with in the Desal Prize.

A worldwide competition to invent an affordable water desalination system that would support a farm family in the developing world is down to eight semifinalists, including the company Suns River of Many, Louisiana. 

The editor of the weekly Water Desalination Report, Tom Pankratz, says the key question in the Desal Prize created by the U.S. Agency for International Development is whether it will spark innovation.

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Red River Radio
9:28 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Many, La., engineer in running for USAID's Desal Prize

Hill Kemp, 74, began tinkering with solar still technology in his backyard seven years ago.

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 12:31 pm

A company started by a retired engineer from Many, Louisiana, Suns River Technology, is one of eight research groups in the world nominated for the Desal Prize, announced this month.

Hill Kemp, 74, uses solar still technology to purify brackish groundwater and make it safe for drinking.

This competition was set up by USAID, in partnership with the governments of Sweden and The Netherlands. The teams must produce enough water for a farm family in the Jordanian desert.

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NPR Story
9:20 am
Mon November 24, 2014

High school in Longview produces radio shows for East Texas

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 11:44 am

High school students in Longview are making air.

Pine Tree High School students are producing a weekly, hour-long radio program that’s been broadcast since September on several radio stations in East Texas. The project is called Bluebeard Radio. They pair music from a specific era with student essays that delve into events from that time period, according to Pine Tree High School audio visual instructor Allen Morris.

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Red River Radio
10:07 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Germantown Colony Museum reopens in Minden, 1800s artifacts preserved

Germantown Colony Museum in Minden, Louisiana, reopened Thursday after a year-long construction of a visitor’s center.

The new dogtrot-style building showcases German settlers who established a commune in North Louisiana beginning in the mid-1800s in a quest to avoid religious persecution.

Lynn Dorsey, executive director of the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the $512,000 project ensures that artifacts will be preserved.

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NPR Story
9:43 am
Thu November 20, 2014

El Dorado Promise subject of Yale University case study

Yale School of Management will hold a town hall meeting Thursday in New Haven, Connecticut, to present a case study about communities that offer place-based scholarships, including the El Dorado Promise.

Murphy Oil Corp.’s $50 million college scholarship program pays tuition and fees for graduates of El Dorado High School who go on to an accredited college. The payout is based on the highest tuition and fees at an Arkansas public university. Since it was announced nearly eight years ago, 1,444 students have received the Promise scholarship.

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NPR Story
10:06 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Caddo Lake meeting will cover oil spill and new invasive plant

Five organizations working to protect Caddo Lake will hold a community meeting Wednesday in Karnack, Texas, covering a full slate of issues that impact the lake that spans the Texas-Louisiana border.

Foremost, will be an update on the October oil spill that occurred just upstream in Bayou Tete. Representatives from Sunoco Logistics and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will address attendees.

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Red River Radio
9:05 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Up-cyclers keep hundreds of mattresses out of Nacogdoches landfill

Wire home decor, made from mattress coils, are popular items made by Whitehouse, Texas, up-cycling duo.

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 11:34 am

The Nacogdoches City Council will consider an agreement Tuesday to recycle all of its mattresses that enter its landfill. The mattresses would go to a Whitehouse, Texas, couple who makes art out of the coils and sells it at Canton Trade Days in Canton, Texas.

Susan Hale is a furniture up-cycler. She is selling wreaths, Christmas trees, crosses and other home decor items out these reclaimed coils.

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