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.

 

Louisiana school administrators from across the state will meet in Alexandria Tuesday, July 14, to learn how they can incorporate more locally grown food in their school cafeterias.

Four teams of anglers from LSU Shreveport and Northwestern State University are in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, competing in the collegiate national championship. They’re up against 85 teams from around the country representing 60 colleges.

    

A Texas A&M University viticulture specialist will speak Thursday, July 9, at Stephen F. Austin State University about grape growing in Texas. Assistant professor Justin Scheiner says grape and wine production is growing by leaps and bounds in Texas. He expects crop acreage to one day surpass citrus. Scheiner says with about 600 vineyards and several hundred wineries, many types of people are getting into the grape business.

Five workshops tailored to women who work in agriculture called the Annie’s Project begin Thursday, July 9, in Ruston, La.

The national program is designed to empower female farmers and ranchers to become better managers of their farm business and build industry connections. Annie’s Project volunteer state coordinator Deborah Cross-Young says oftentimes women become farmers by way of marriage or inheritance.

Willis Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport is ranked sixth in the nation for hospitals with the lowest readmission numbers, complications and deaths. That’s according to a new study conducted by online consumer health site BetterDoctor.

Two northwest Louisiana high school students from Haughton and Shreveport will travel to Carmel, Indiana, this month to compete in a week-long vocal competition called the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Academy.

Forty teen vocalists from 16 states will hone their skills focused on a music era spanning the 1920s to the 1960s, inspired by Broadway and Hollywood musicals.

YMCA of Northwest Louisiana officials broke ground Wednesday on the first phase of what will be a $20 million fitness and natural sciences campus.

One amenity: a 50-meter competitive swimming pool. This got a big cheer from kids in the crowd at a groundbreaking ceremony, clad in swim team T-shirts, including nine-year-old Jenna Key.

“My dad said this pool will be much bigger, so we’ll have lots more space to swim,” Key said, who is on the Christus Schumpert swim team.

Lufkin’s Crown Colony Country Club is bringing professional golf back to East Texas.

About 100 players on the Adams Pro Tour will tee off July 8 in a five-day tournament.

The Dallas-based tour attracts a field of aspiring PGA Tour golfers with an estimated purse of $100,000. The champion’s share is $15,000. Crown Colony’s head golf pro Ben Burns says it will be an economic boost for Lufkin.

New research from AT&T finds that drivers using their smartphones behind the wheel aren’t just texting. They’re emailing, web browsing, tweeting and even video chatting.

The 30th season of the Texas Shakespeare Festival is underway on the Kilgore College campus.

In 32 days, this professional company stages 54 Shakespearian performances.

Artistic director Raymond Caldwell started the festival. He never imagined it would be so successful. Caldwell and his small staff sift through more than 3,000 resumes to fill 22 summer acting jobs. They go to New York and Chicago to hold auditions. Most of the actors, he says, are fresh out of college.

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