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
9:20 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Shreveporters bring in retreat leader Paula D'Arcy to discuss mindfulness

Paula D'Arcy, president of the Red Bird Foundation, gives dozens of retreats each year on gaining perspective in life and how to bring meaning to it.

Author and retreat leader Paula D’Arcy who turned a personal tragedy into her life work and mission will bring her message to Shreveport May 1.

In 1975, D'Arcy lost her husband and 21-month-old daughter in a car accident. She was pregnant with her second child at the time.

D’Arcy launched the Red Bird Foundation in 2001 to help people grow spiritually and to find inner peace. A dozen Shreveporters are sponsoring her retreat. D’Arcy of Austin, Texas, says these women have been to her retreats before and support the vision.

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Red River Radio
9:17 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Shreveport fencing documentary cuts across bigger life lessons

Andy Shaw, owner of Fairfield Avenue School of Fencing, is the subject of a new documentary "Southern Fried Fencing."

An eccentric, outspoken New York fencing coach who married a Shreveporter and built a fencer’s mecca in Shreveport is the subject of a 65-minute documentary that premieres Friday at Robinson Film Center in Shreveport.

Filmmakers Michele and Jay Carter were skeptical when they learned about the Fairfield Avenue School of Fencing.

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NPR Story
9:07 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Northwestern State musicians perform 'Earthrise' with its British composer in the wings

Composer Nigel Clarke (left) speaks to members of the Northwestern State Wind Symphony during a rehearsal.

Northwestern State University’s Wind Symphony will perform a composition Thursday inspired by an iconic image of Earth taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts who were orbiting the moon in 1968. It’s an expansive piece of music that paints a picture in the mind’s eye, according NSU director of bands Jeff Mathews.

“The piece includes the rocket flight, the floating in space -- musical images of that photo -- and then the return home. It’s just dynamic and it was a great way to stretch the ensemble,” Mathews said.

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NPR Story
8:55 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Louisiana Tech engineering students drive forward Eco-marathon

Louisiana Tech University engineering students built a diesel vehicle that got 338 miles per gallon on the streets of Detroit this month.

The students built a futuristic vehicle that competed in this year’s Shell Eco-marathon Americas. Louisiana Tech placed second in the UrbanConcept diesel category.

Tech has competed for the past seven years and currently holds the record for fuel efficiency in this category. Mechanical engineering professor Heath Tims is the faculty adviser for the eco-marathon.

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NPR Story
7:47 am
Tue April 21, 2015

History Matters: On the rise and fall of an antebellum plantation tycoon

Commentator Gary Joiner profiles a Natchez, Mississippi, couple -- Julia and Haller Nutt -- whose great fortune was lost during the American Civil War. According to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Haller Nutt owned about 43,000 acres and 800 slaves.

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Red River Radio
9:39 am
Mon April 20, 2015

BP Oil Spill documentarian: 'Gulf is a factory'

The Gulf of Mexico is a factory. That’s according documentary filmmaker Margaret Brown who grew up in Mobile, Alabama.

Brown’s film “The Great Invisible,” explores the lingering impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster five years later. Eleven men died and more than 3 million barrels of crude spewed into the Gulf. Ferreting out the truth was a challenge for Brown whose 83 minute documentary airs today on PBS stations.

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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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