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
8:56 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Southern tourist attractions pitch tour operators at Shreveport convention

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardnenne spoke about tourism in Louisiana at the Travel South Showcase conference at the Shreveport Convention Center.

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 12:58 pm

Almost 600 tour operators are converging on the Shreveport Convention Center for a three-day meeting that puts the tourist attractions in a dozen Southern states in the spotlight.

Delegates of the Travel South Showcase are meeting face-to-face with tourism officials and attraction promoters who give them their best pitch as to why they belong on their next tour.

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Red River Radio
8:40 am
Mon March 23, 2015

'Lost Minden' brings the town's past to life in pictures

A Minden, La., historian has a new book of vintage photographs of his hometown. John A. Agan accumulated photos of Minden’s heritage over several decades. The book is titled “Lost Minden” because the town sustained a number of devastating fires, according to Agan. At the turn of the 20th century, a city ordinance banned wooden structures in its downtown. Agan says his book captures the businesses, town celebrations, storefronts and back streets that otherwise only remain in memories.

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NPR Story
9:54 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Grambling State holds its first minister's conference

Grambling alumnus Rev. Darrell White holds a doctorate in ministry from Howard University's School of Divinity.

Grambling State University will host its first minister’s conference March 25-27 to strengthen ties between local churches and the university. The three-day event will allow clergy to network and discuss issues that impact many churches, according to John Rosenthall, Grambling’s vice president of research, advancement and economic development.

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NPR Story
9:08 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Southern Arkansas University physicist to study space radiation on human cells

Physicist Abdel Bachri, right, recruited three SAU students to help with research. From left, are Darryl Webb, Ricardo Romo, Cullen Shaffer and Bachri.

A physicist at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia has received a three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the impact of space radiation on human cells.

Associate professor of physics Abdel Bachri will team up with scientists from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Division of Radiation Health in Little Rock on the $265,000 grant. Bachri says they want to examine what space radiation does to human DNA.

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WRKF
9:28 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Northwestern State inks partnership with Natchitoches museum, state museum system

Northwestern State president Jim Henderson, Jennae Biddiscombe, director, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum; Mark Tullos Jr., Louisiana State Museum director; and Tom Whitehead, NSU special projects administrator meet to sign a cooperative endeavor agreement.

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches has formed a partnership with its university neighbor, Northwestern State, and the Louisiana State Museum System.

The cooperative endeavor agreement between two state agencies will pave the way for collaborations in areas like marketing, programming and educational efforts, according to Doug Ireland, chairman of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and NSU’s assistant athletic director.

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WRKF
8:57 am
Tue March 17, 2015

LSU AgCenter: State's forestry industry is healthy and growing

More than 150 timber landowners are participating in Tuesday’s Central Louisiana Forestry Forum. LSU AgCenter forestry extension agent Robbie Hutchins organized the meeting. He says the state’s timber industry has fully recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, due in large part to an emerging market for woody biomass.

“Forestry has bounced back and is now stronger than ever. That’s a great plus for Louisiana. But the big thing for us as forest landowners is the opportunity for alternate markets, nontraditional markets to market our resource,” Hutchins said.

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NPR Story
9:04 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Shreveport summit to bring together employers and educators to talk jobs

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White will address a workforce summit in Shreveport Tuesday with details on the Jump Start Career Diploma Program for high school students.

Louisiana’s Superintendent of Education John White will headline a workforce summit Tuesday, March 17, in Shreveport. The North Louisiana Economic Partnership or NLEP is putting on its first conference that will bring together educators and employers to discuss employment growth in health care, information technology and manufacturing. NLEP senior vice president Angie White says high school students aren’t aware of all their options that will lead to gainful careers, especially in blue-collar work.

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NPR Story
9:10 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Museum of East Texas probes cultural evolution of African American women

The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin will hold a panel discussion Saturday that will probe the cultural evolution of African American women in three aspects of life: higher education, politics and religion. Angelina College associate dean Sellestine Hunt will moderate the discussion. She wants to examine how far African American women have come, and acknowledge there are many obstacles today.

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Red River Radio
9:11 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to honor Cokie Roberts

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 9:13 am

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has announced it will honor New Orleans native Cokie Roberts as its Humanist of the Year. Over the past 30 years, the award has been given out annually by the state’s humanities council as part of an effort to recognize the artists, authors and organizations making valuable contributions to the culture of the state.

The LEH’s Brian Boyles says NPR’s senior news analyst and ABC News’ political commentator was a perfect fit for the award.

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Red River Radio
8:38 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Mobile technology symposium and smart city discussion slated for Bossier City

The Ark-La-Tex chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association or AFCEA will be putting on a seminar Friday exploring mobile technology and how it contributes to a smart city.

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