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
9:19 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Northwest Louisiana mobile medical clinic improves access to health care

A mobile medical clinic is steadily gaining traction in rural and urban areas of northwest Louisiana after receiving its nonprofit status and serving 1,400 people last year. St. Luke’s Episcopal Mobile Medical Ministry is an RV set up just like a doctor’s office. Its volunteers regularly visit 10 communities and provide primary care and health screenings.

Lois Maberry, board chairman of the medical ministry that began in 2007, said the drop-in clinic is truly open to all.

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Red River Radio
10:17 am
Tue July 16, 2013

American Cancer Society in Shreveport seeks hundreds of study participants

The American Cancer Society aims to recruit 500 people from the Ark-La-Tex to participate in the third generation of a cancer prevention study that first began in the 1960s. The organization has partnered with the YMCA in Shreveport and two other organizations to host sign-up events for the study. It involves taking an initial waist measurement and drawing a small blood sample. 

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NPR Story
9:37 am
Mon July 15, 2013

College freshmen still waiting on verbal scholarship promise to East Texas Baptist University

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 11:14 am

College plans for 16 high school graduates from New London, Texas, are in flux after a promise of a free-ride at East Texas Baptist University has not happened. West Rusk High School seniors were told in May that a Houston area man would pay their way to the school if they chose to enroll. 

The private, Christian university in Marshall, Texas, did not know of the offer by filmmaker Nicholas Sturghill until a media report surfaced. Spokesman Mike Midkiff said Friday that ETBU’s president met with the families late last week to encourage them to get their financial aid in order.

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Red River Radio
8:44 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Assisted-living facility administrator sows garden in downtown Alexandria

Officials with an assisted-living facility in downtown Alexandria have turned an adjacent property into a half-acre garden. Billy Allen, administrator of The Canterbury House, said the garden started as an idea to build a small raised bed but was scaled up. He said its 25 residents are enjoying the first bountiful summer harvest.

“I bet we picked 400 tomatoes," Allen said. "They (residents) have a salad with every lunch and every dinner, and it’s got sliced tomatoes on it.”

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