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.


A first ever multicultural peace march and rally will be held this month in Nacogdoches.

Stephen F. Austin State University’s director of multicultural affairs Osaro Airen organized the event and formed a community-wide multicultural peace committee in the city. He says the event was created in response to nationwide race and culture discord heightened by media attention.

A Shreveport synagogue that can be traced back to the late 1880s will install a new spiritual leader Sunday.

Cantor Neil Schwartz comes to Congregation Agudath Achim after serving Jewish communities in five states and Saskatchewan, Canada. Cantor Schwartz is an expert in Jewish chanting. He developed teaching software for Hebrew chanting, "Trope Trainer" and "Tefillah Trainer.”

Dozens of ninth graders at Longview High School will get a very early jump on college coursework when school begins Aug. 24.

A new site for Texas’ Early College High School program is a partnership between Longview High School and LeTourneau University in Longview.

LeTourneau will expose students to its prominent aviation program. The Longview High students will take some college courses at LeTourneau – up 60 credits over the next four years, according to LeTourneau’s vice president for enrollment management Terry Dale Cruse.

A federal rule that revises which bodies of water are subject to the Clean Water Act will take effect Aug. 28. Some Louisiana farmers are concerned that the new Clean Water Rule is overreaching.

The biggest change is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is defining ditches, according to LSU Ag Center water policy economist Naveen Adusumilli. Any ditch that is part of a tributary or connected to a previously jurisdictional waterway would now have to be in compliance with the Clean Water Act.

A Pine Tree High School art teacher is recognized by Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and the national education nonprofit Expeditionary Learning.

Three cross-curricular projects of Elizabeth White of Longview were accepted into the Center for Student Work or CSW in July. The CSW is a collection of curated student work where teachers share classroom projects that produced awesome results.

Environmental science research underway at Stephen F. Austin State University is investigating some native trees and shrubs that could provide a natural control for the ammonia waste byproduct emitted from poultry farms.

SFA researchers are evaluating six species of trees: American holly, Arizona cypress, arborvitae, Eastern red cedar, yaupon holly and roughleaf dogwood.

Dozens of large vehicles and heavy construction equipment will be on display Saturday, Aug. 1, at Shreveport’s Betty Virginia Park. It’s the inaugural “Wheels In the Hills” event. Organizer Matt Snyder it will cater to kids and the young at heart.

“I know there will be a lot of great vehicles. The sheriff’s department is bringing a hovercraft and an armored car. The military is bringing real cool vehicles. The fire department is excited. We have a crane, trackhoe, bulldozers and a helicopter,” Snyder said.

A pair of Bossier City entrepreneurs will launch an almost year-round farmer’s market at Pierre Bossier Mall Saturday. Jacob Guerra fondly recalls frequenting a farmer’s market growing up in Orlando, Florida.

Guerra says the Shreveport Farmers Market and many smaller ones in the area have a short season. Guerra wants to create a market for all seasons. Saturday’s market will feature 75 vendors with room for 200 in the future.

Professional counselor Barbara Thorne-Thomsen of Shreveport retired from her practice this month. She turned 90 last week. Over the decades, she called her patients “clients” and their struggles became part of the fabric of her life.

“I just think I got to know the finest people in the world. I cared about them, and I knew a lot about them. We walked a lot of miles together,” Thorne-Thomsen said.

The U.S. National Park Service’s research, technology, and training center based in Natchitoches will open up its doors to the public Thursday offering an inside look at the preservation research projects undertaken by graduate students this summer.

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) is an office of the National Park Service. NCPTT's materials conservator Jason Church is currently testing rust convertors to restore ironwork and helping seven summer interns advance their projects.