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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Red River Radio
8:38 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Small Nacogdoches plant will continue producing doorframes

Endura vice president Kevin MacDonald (third from left) receives the DETCOG forgivable loan from Nacogdoches mayor Roger Van Horn. Also shown (from left) are Nacogdoches city commissioner Mike Keller; DETCOG executive director Walter Diggles; DETCOG vice president Roy Bolden (second from right) and Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation CEO Nancy Windham.

A Nacogdoches plant that manufactures rot-proof doorframes will stay open for the foreseeable future.

North Carolina-based Endura Products received a $200,000 check this month from the Deep East Texas Council of Governments or DETCOG. Endura is one of a dozen companies that has benefited from DETOG’s Forgivable Loan program.

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NPR Story
9:28 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Shape of Shreveport documentary series probes city's past, celebrates its people

Shreveport businessmen Will Broyles (left) and Jim Broyles talk about their documentary series focusing on Shreveport's historical moments.

Two Shreveport brothers are producing a video documentary series on the history of their hometown.

The 15-minute vignettes will highlight different threads in Shreveport’s story -- from Henry Miller Shreve to Yellow Fever to Elvis Presley.

Will Broyles runs a local oil and gas company, but for the past six months he’s been working on a family-funded side project called the Shape of Shreveport Documentary Series. Broyles says the first four episodes will be screened June 4 at the Strand Theatre.

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NPR Story
11:19 am
Wed April 15, 2015

U.S. Mint to debut Kisatchie National Forest commemorative quarter in Alexandria

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 11:25 am

Pay attention to the quarters in your pocket. You may find a new one that is a tribute to the Kisatche National Forest.

The U.S. Mint officially releases its next quarter April 22 in Alexandria as part of its America the Beautiful Quarters Program. It’s the 27th coin to be released as part of this program that began in 2010 honoring national sites in all 50 states.

Kisatchie National Forest public affairs officer Jim Caldwell says the tail’s side design features a wild turkey in flight over blue stem grass with long leaf pine in the backdrop.

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Red River Radio
11:05 am
Tue April 14, 2015

State budget cuts limit access to waterworks museum in Shreveport

Dale Ward, a longtime volunteer at the McNeill Street Pumping Station, says small museums have people just like him who pour their heart into the organization.

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 12:22 pm

The 16 Louisiana state-run museums will be open a lot less – at least until June 30 – due to mid-year budget cuts. At the McNeill Street Pumping Station in Shreveport, this tiny museum operation is to be open to visitors one day a week – at most. Dale Ward has been a diehard volunteer at the waterworks museum since 1999. The cuts came down as the museum hit a record number of visitors last year – 4,800, according to Ward.

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NPR Story
8:53 am
Tue April 7, 2015

LeTourneau University in Longview to remember Rwandan genocide

Rwandan ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana is expected to participate in a genocide remembrance ceremony at LeTourneau University.

Rwanda’s ambassador to the U.S. Mathilde Mukantabana will travel to Longview Saturday for a ceremony to remember the country’s horrible genocide 21 years ago.

LeTourneau University business student Charity Mutesi, a native of Rwanda, organized a commemorative walk and ceremony to remember the slaughter that was inflicted on the Tutsi. Some 800,000 people were killed in 100 days.

Mutesi was a toddler when her family fled to Uganda. She wants college students to learn what happened and be more compassionate.

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8:49 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Shreveport CASA coordinator: 'Child abuse cuts across socioeconomic levels'

Shreveport-based Volunteers for Youth Justice will recognize child abuse prevention month with a rally Tuesday on the steps of the Caddo Parish Juvenile Courthouse.

The 13th annual Light of Hope event is dedicated to the 28 Louisiana children who died last year due to abuse or neglect. The program also will highlight the important role of court appointed special advocates, or CASA. Vickie Ricord is the organization’s CASA volunteer coordinator. She says there is a shortage of volunteers in northwest Louisiana’s six-parish region.

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9:58 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Amid growing popularity, Bassmaster assembles high school All-American fishing team

Dillon King of Denham Springs High School and Kody Kelly of Walker High School won the Louisiana championship last year, and placed 8th in the national Bassmaster championship tournament for high school anglers.

The world’s largest fishing organization has announced the creation of the Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team. It will honor the most successful competitive bass anglers nationwide.

This new distinction for young anglers comes as Birmingham, Ala.-based B.A.S.S. is tracking a steep increase in the number of high school fishing teams, according to B.A.S.S. vice president of communications Dave Precht.

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Red River Radio
9:15 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Oil patch trade show in Shreveport ripe for business deals, despite depressed oil prices

Turbines Inc. national accounts manager Lynn Grayson says his company will pull back on some inventory due to the slump in crude oil prices, but he's still seeing demand for his company's flow meters at this Shreveport trade show.

Thousands of oil and gas industry operators are filing through the Shreveport Convention Center for a trade show that is focused on serving the oil patch.

The Ark-La-Tex Oilfield Expo has 364 exhibitors packed into a 95,000 square-foot exhibit hall. The expo relocated from Longview this year due to growing demand.

The expo is put on by Longview-based Texas Classic Productions. Creative director Amy Double says the environment is ripe for business deals, especially at a time when operators are cutting costs.

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NPR Story
9:06 am
Thu April 2, 2015

World's new oldest person: Gertrude Weaver, 116, of Camden, Arkansas

The oldest person in the world lives in Camden, Arkansas. Gertrude Weaver, born on July 4, 1898, claimed the title Wednesday after the death of a Japanese woman, according to the Gerontology Research Group. Weaver, 116, is very healthy, vibrant and energetic, according to Kathy Langley, the administrator of Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation in Camden.

“I think probably the thing we learn from her is to love everybody. The thing she talks to us about more than anything else is that she’s been blessed because of her kindness,” Langley said.

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NPR Story
9:41 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Race Across USA runners pass through area on 3,100-mile odyssey

Purdue University assistant professor Bryce Carlson is learning how resilient his body really is, midway through a grueling cross-country run.

A group of runners is making tracks across South Arkansas today on a 3,100-mile journey to better understand human physical endurance and to raise awareness about the dangers of childhood obesity.

Purdue University anthropologist Bryce Carlson is one of seven still pounding the pavement and running a marathon distance a day. They set out from Springhill, La., Wednesday and will end today’s run just south of Magnolia, Ark. They’re progressing eastward across Arkansas and will stop in El Dorado tomorrow.

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