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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10:16 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Brain injury meeting draws survivors, caregivers and medical experts to Bossier City

The Brain Injury Association of Louisiana opened its two-day conference Thursday in Bossier City, attracting more than 100 survivors, caregivers, and medical experts. 

The opening day presentations will focus on brain and spinal cord injury survivor stories, along with demonstrations of the latest assistive technology, according to association executive director Tommy Lotz. He says there is much to discuss about how the brain reacts to an injury, and he wants to convey that there’s room for optimism after tragedy.

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8:48 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Christus Health Shreveport-Bossier moves rapidly on Highland Medical Center

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 9:40 am

Christus Health Shreveport-Bossier marked a new phase of construction Tuesday as part of a $55 million plan to relocate and consolidate its services at its Highland Medical Center.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for its West Wing, which will house cancer treatment, neonatal care, a birthing center, and a rehabilitation unit. With the completion of the West Wing 18 months from now, all units from its soon-to-be closed Schumpert Medical Center will be relocated to Highland. 

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8:30 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Carthage expands museum showcasing Texas country music legends

Carthage, Texas, plans to nearly double the size of its Texas Country Music Hall of Fame that opened in 1998. Groundbreaking for the $1.1 million expansion is set for Wednesday. 

Tommie Ritter Smith runs the museum and is president of Carthage's chamber of commerce. She says it’s been a challenge to display memorabilia from all 50 current inductees.

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9:28 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Longview program to combat poverty takes a long-term approach

An 18-week program that helps people climb out of poverty begins Tuesday in Longview. The class, “Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World,” is offered through the city’s Partners in Prevention program. According to program manager Holly Fuller, it doesn’t take a cookie cutter approach to life changes.

“It’s more about really evaluating one’s life, circumstances, situations and resources, and then developing a plan as to how that person might want it to look in the future. It's about building a future story," Fuller said.

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9:02 am
Fri March 14, 2014

First 'Greens on the Red' set to launch in Shreveport

LSU extension agent Grace Peterson admires a thriving rosemary bush growing in the Highland Community Garden in Shreveport.

An initiative to create a healthy regional food system for the Ark-La-Tex is the motivation behind an event Sunday in Shreveport called “Greens on the Red.” 

The event will recognize the wide variety of greens that can grow in this region. The first “Greens on the Red” will showcase 18 greens, according to LSU Extension Agent Grace Peterson. She says she hopes to demonstrate that growing leafy vegetables doesn’t have to mean planting a high-maintenance garden.

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8:54 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Civil Air Patrol to conduct disaster exercise over Nacogdoches

About 70 members of the Texas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol will convene in Nacogdoches Saturday to conduct a disaster preparedness exercise. 

The operation will be based at the A.L. Mangham Regional Airport, which serves as the statewide headquarters for the Texas Wing.

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9:08 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Recreation in the Kisatchie National Forest highlighted during month-long outdoor festival

Kincaid Lake Recreation Area is located in Boyce, La.

The first month-long outdoor adventure festival is underway in Central Louisiana. Kisatchie National Forest is doing its part Saturday. 

A day of free activities and outdoor seminars will be held at the Kincaid Lake Recreation Area near Alexandria. Kisatchie National Forest public affairs specialist Amy Robertson says there will be how-to classes on trail running, mountain biking, paddle boarding and kayaking. She’s also organized yoga sessions, guided nature walks, CrossFit workouts and a family fun run.

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2:12 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Market analyst says Shreveport should focus on its unique traits to boost economy

The chief market strategist for Ameriprise Financial says the market is overdue for a correction, and that would be a good thing for investors looking for an entry point.

David Joy addressed Centenary College MBA students and business leaders Tuesday in Shreveport. Joy told Red River Radio that cities like Shreveport should focus on maintaining a sound fiscal position and then work to further the things that make the city unlike others.

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8:55 am
Tue March 11, 2014

LeTourneau University students make spring break mission trips

A student wires a solar-powered lamppost that will be used in Africa.

More than 100 students at LeTourneau University in Longview are doing mission work in seven states and Mexico during this week’s spring break. 

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9:32 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Southern Arkansas University participates in iPad pilot project with Silicon Valley firm

Southern Arkansas University's Honors College students are aglow with their iPads.

The Honors College at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia is helping to pilot a new app that helps students manage and complete their coursework on a mobile device. 

The app’s creator, EmpoweredU, is working with 11 universities nationwide to get ongoing feedback. The director of SAU’s Honors College, Edward Kardas, says the Silicon Valley company reached out to SAU because its honors students are equipped with iPads. He says the students take surveys to help improve the app’s functionality.

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