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
9:43 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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Red River Radio
9:43 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Shreveport 5th grader selected for national reporting gig

Samuel Davis of Shreveport proudly displays his press badge, after earning a spot this month on the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 9:57 am

A Shreveport 10-year-old will pen news reports for the  national kid reporting program called Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.

Samuel Davis is among 32 budding writers selected to be on a news team that’s by kids and for kids. Davis, a fifth grader at A.C. Steere Elementary School, says his New York editor will guide him through the process, along with the other members of the press corps ages 10 to 14.

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NPR Story
8:38 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Wiley College in Marshall aims to fill its charter bus with food

Wiley College students in Marshall aim to donate 15,000 meals to the East Texas Food Bank Friday as part of the third annual Fill the Bus Food Drive.

Students in the criminal justice honor society, Alpha Phi Sigma, are putting on the four-hour event to gather nonperishable food and monetary donations for the food bank.

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Red River Radio
8:48 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Public policy expert calls Louisiana's budget woes 'a perfect storm'

Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, will give a speech titled "Revenue and You" Thursday in Bossier City. Erwin calls it a "budget 101" type of talk.

A panel that oversees Louisiana’s income projections will meet Friday to look over revised revenue estimates for the current year.

Some members of the Revenue Estimating Conference expect to see a lower revenue projection than the one used to craft the state budget last spring.

Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, will speak about the state budget today in Bossier City. His nonprofit specializes in statewide public policy issues. Erwin says Louisiana is experiencing flat growth, which doesn’t square with all of the economic development activity.

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NPR Story
9:07 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Air Force Global Strike Commander: 'We enjoy freedoms most nations just dream about'

Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson greets members of the C.E. Byrd High School Junior ROTC following the Veterans Day ceremony Tuesday.

The Centenary College Choir ensemble performed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem, as part of the Shreveport college’s third annual Veterans Day Tribute.

The keynote address was delivered by the head of the Air Force Global Strike Command Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson.

Centenary’s president David Rowe introduced the general, calling him a friend and giving a snapshot of Wilson’s job overseeing the country’s intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons cache.

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NPR Story
8:37 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Donation helps students at residential high school in Natchitoches

Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts Foundation president Bill New hugs Gueydon Thurber as he announces her gift on Nov. 1 at a dinner in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana’s residential public high school for high-achieving students has received a donation to create an endowment for student enrichment.

A grandmother of four recent alumni of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts or LSMSA donated $110,000 to build up a fund that helps students go on field trips and do activities off of the Natchitoches campus.

Gueydon Thurber of Horseshoe Bay, Texas, made the gift, according to LSMSA Foundation director Katja Thomakos.

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NPR Story
9:56 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Volunteers create magic for Marshall's Wonderland of Lights

A scene from the 2013 Wonderland of Lights where ice skaters glide in front of the historic courthouse on the square in Marshall.

Holiday lights are set to turn on across the region – and that means work.

In Marshall, Texas, throngs of volunteers are putting on the 28th annual Wonderland of Lights.

The festival features more than 150,000 lights outlining the historic Harrison County Courthouse. Even more are strung throughout the  square in downtown Marshall. Lisa Agnor, the city’s finance director and chairwoman of the event, said the city chipped in $50,000 to cover the cost of the 36-day festival.

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NPR Story
9:07 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Texas Avenue Makers Fair offers off-the-wall art finds

The head makers of the Texas Avenue Makers Fair, Monty Walford (left) and Dan Keele, are a motley crew, much like the fair itself. (Sorry, gentlemen, but it's true by this picture.)

The Texas Avenue Makers Fair returns to downtown Shreveport's western edge Saturday with 160 booths featuring original and repurposed works of art.

The market will be set up around Municipal Auditorium. Organizer Dan Keele says the fall event is going back to its roots of being an organic, quirky fair. Expect bicycle tune-ups and a vintage village.

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