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
9:24 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Shreveport neonatologist to be awarded 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor

LSU Health Shreveport pediatrics professor Dr. Arun Pramanik will accept the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in the presence of his children on May 10.

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 10:37 am

LSU Health Shreveport pediatrics professor Dr. Arun Pramanik is among more than 100 people who will be honored in May with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations presents the annual award to U.S. immigrants or native-born citizens who have made significant contributions to society.

Pramanik grew up in rural India, and he’s never forgotten where he came from. He works with a number of global health agencies to reduce the number of stillborn births in the developing world.

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10:22 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Shreveport surgeon to be awarded 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Dr. Quyen Chu, chief of surgical oncology at LSU Health Shreveport, will receive the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor on May 10.

Two LSU Health Shreveport physicians are among more than 100 people who will be honored in May as recipients of this year’s Ellis Island Medal of Honor.  The ceremony will take place on the historic New York City island.

The award is given annually by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations to a U.S. immigrant or native-born citizen who has made significant contributions to society.

Dr. Quyen Chu is chief of surgical oncology at LSU Health Shreveport. His family fled Vietnam in 1975, when he was seven.

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9:18 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Feist-Weiller Cancer Center continues free screening tradition for head and neck cancer

Dr. Vikas Mehta says catching head and neck cancers early drastically improves a patient's outcome, and the free screening could be a life saver for some.

Feist-Weiller Cancer Center in Shreveport is hosting a free oral, head and neck cancer screening this month.

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NPR Story
9:38 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Yu Museum in Shreveport moves ahead, campaign underway to fund seven exhibits

Real estate developer James Yu holds up new blueprints for the Marlene Yu Museum and Rainforest Art Foundation in downtown Shreveport.

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 1:20 pm

A dramatic transformation of a 1950s former YWCA building in downtown Shreveport is moving forward. The 36,500 square-foot building, vacant since 2010, was left in rough shape. It will house the Marlene Yu Museum and be the headquarters for the Rainforest Art Foundation.

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Red River Radio
9:01 am
Tue April 15, 2014

ArtBreak celebrates 30 years of promoting arts education

Shreveport Regional Arts Council executive director Pam Atchison has ushered ArtBreak through 30 years of promoting arts education in schools.

A student art festival that began 30 years ago at the Municipal Auditorium as a political statement to support art education in Louisiana public schools is bigger than ever today. Organizers of ArtBreak held a press conference Monday to herald the seven-day festival that is expected to attract 50,000 families over one weekend.

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9:34 am
Mon April 14, 2014

'Origami dragon guy' to give demonstration at Bossier Arts Council

"The Kingdom: Invaded" is a work in Daniel Mark Cassity's Kingdom still life series.

A Hot Springs, Arkansas, still life artist who builds origami dragon scenes as the basis for his paintings will give an artist workshop Monday at the Bossier Arts Council Annex in Bossier City.

Bastrop, La.-native Daniel Mark Cassity will show other artists how he accomplishes his glazing technique. Cassity says it’s a long, slow process that requires immense patience.

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Red River Radio
10:11 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Northwestern State president announces his retirement

Dr. Randall Webb, president of Northwestern State University, announced his retirement today.

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 11:37 am

Northwestern State University president Randall J. Webb announced Friday that he will retire later this year, according to a statement from the university. Webb has served as Northwestern State's president since 1996.

In July, he will become the university's longest serving president, surpassing Victor L. Roy, who was president from 1911 to 1929.

Webb said he would set his retirement date "based on when my replacement can assume the official duties and responsibilities of the office of president."

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Red River Radio
8:45 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Shreveport agency recruits nearly 1,200 volunteers for litter removal

Scores of volunteers will take to the streets and waterways Saturday to pick up litter as part of the Great American Cleanup.

In Louisiana, 15 chapters of Keep Louisiana Beautiful have organized clean-up efforts. Shreveport Green executive director Donna Curtis says her organization has rallied nearly 1,200 volunteers from dozens of organizations to help the beautification cause, her largest ever one-day volunteer recruitment.

Over the past 24 years of Shreveport Green’s existence, according to Curtis, this one day has made a measurable difference.

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10:26 am
Thu April 10, 2014

20/20 Challenge: Shreveport teen aims to cultivate young entrepreneurs

Shreveport entrepreneur Justin Martin, 18, has developed the 20/20 Challenge targeting teens with business ideas.

An 18-year-old Shreveport software developer is launching a summer business program for teenage entrepreneurs who want to learn how to start and grow a business.

Justin Martin says he’ll pair each student with a mentor who will assist the teens as they progress through various stages of business development. Martin says this new program, called the 20/20 Challenge, is to get teens to act on ideas that have been percolating in their head.

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8:38 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Antique Jeepsters stop in Natchitoches on cross-country trip

About a dozen restored Jeepsters will be stopping off in Natchitoches today. They are driven by a group of antique car owners who are making a coast-to-coast journey, 2,600 miles on country roads.

The Jeepster was built in Toledo, Ohio, by Willys-Overland Motors from 1948 to 1950. It was the last open-style car produced by a major automaker.

Jim Vacarro has restored 44 of them. He’s leading this 17-day tour that he hopes to scratch off his bucket list. Vacarro says these vehicles were marketed toward soldiers returning from World War II.

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