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.


The LSU Ag Center and the U.S. Forest Service plan to release hundreds of tiny, nonnative wasps Tuesday in north Louisiana. It’s the second such release of the parasitoid wasp in an ongoing effort to contain damage from an invasive beetle killing native ash trees across the U.S.

The TLC genealogy docu-series, “Who Do You Think You Are?,” travels to LSU Shreveport for its seventh-season premiere Sunday.

Actress Ginnifer Goodwin of the hit ABC series “Once Upon a Time,” attempts to uncover her great-grandfather’s mysterious past. According to LSUS’s Laura Lyons McLemore, head of archives and special collections, Goodwin finds dramatic clues. McLemore says it’s not just Hollywood tapping into this rich archive of more than 23,000 linear feet of manuscript material and two million photos and negatives.

Fall classes at Panola College are another month away, but Chandler Brooks, 22, of Carthage, Texas, is eager to get back into the classroom to finish up her final year of nursing school. Earlier this summer, she spent a week in the remote villages of Belize delivering basic medical care through the Nacogdoches-based Project Belize. Her group saw almost 1,000 patients.

Louisiana State University student Clarissa Bruns of Shreveport just returned from a three-week study abroad program in Cuba. Bruns and 10 students carried out ethnographic research, interviewing Cubans on a variety of topics.

Bruns, 19, is majoring in civil engineering and French. She says she went to Cuba not knowing what to expect. The people made a lasting impression.

“You are surprised by how creative, ingenious and full of energy that everybody is there who you meet, especially people who are really pushing themselves to become more and more educated,” Bruns said.

The Kisatchie Ranger District will finish up an intensive ten-week field study this week. The work is mostly carried out by four anthropology students from LSU and University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The students are shovel testing 1,100 acres of forestland near Natchitoches. They’re searching for sensitive archeological sites as part of an environmental assessment for a proposed habitat improvement project, according to district archeologist Geoffrey Lehmann.

More than 100 high school teachers from seven states wrapped up a week-long workshop at the Shreveport Convention Center Friday.

They learned how to infuse cutting-edge cyber education concepts into their subject specialty. The third annual Education Discovery Forum is a project of the Cyber Innovation Center or CIC in Bossier City. The CIC’s cyber curriculum is now taught in 35 states, according to academic outreach coordinator Kevin Nolten.

Consultants are wrapping up a year-long feasibility study exploring passenger rail service from Shreveport-Bossier to Vicksburg, Mississippi.

They presented their findings Thursday as part of two public meetings held in Bossier City and Ruston. The Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments commissioned the study. It’s one of several underway from Texas to Mississippi.

The Caddo Parish School District has launched an in-house teacher certification program to address a teacher shortage. It’s one of two districts in the state to create a year-long program that will credential select district employees.

Caddo Schools chief academic officer Keith Burton says he must retain about 3,500 teachers serving the district’s 41,000 students. The new Caddo Teacher Academy is training 12 new ones.

More than 1,200 children will receive a free back-to-school checkup in July through a health fair put on by Christus Health Shreveport-Bossier.

Elementary through high school students will get a blood pressure check, immunization check, body mass index or BMI calculation, dental and vision screenings. Yolanda Green, a registered nurse with Christus School-Based Health, says in its sixth year the event gets bigger every time.

A Many, Louisiana, engineer who has worked to refine a solar-powered desalination process over the past eight years has entered into a partnership with University of Texas El Paso to market the technology to industrial customers. 

Hill Kemp says this agreement with UTEP is important because the university is heavily involved in research to turn salty water into clean drinking water. UTEP is seeking a licensing partner, Kemp says, who will give this condensation method a chance.