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
8:53 am
Tue April 7, 2015

LeTourneau University in Longview to remember Rwandan genocide

Rwandan ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana is expected to participate in a genocide remembrance ceremony at LeTourneau University.

Rwanda’s ambassador to the U.S. Mathilde Mukantabana will travel to Longview Saturday for a ceremony to remember the country’s horrible genocide 21 years ago.

LeTourneau University business student Charity Mutesi, a native of Rwanda, organized a commemorative walk and ceremony to remember the slaughter that was inflicted on the Tutsi. Some 800,000 people were killed in 100 days.

Mutesi was a toddler when her family fled to Uganda. She wants college students to learn what happened and be more compassionate.

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8:49 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Shreveport CASA coordinator: 'Child abuse cuts across socioeconomic levels'

Shreveport-based Volunteers for Youth Justice will recognize child abuse prevention month with a rally Tuesday on the steps of the Caddo Parish Juvenile Courthouse.

The 13th annual Light of Hope event is dedicated to the 28 Louisiana children who died last year due to abuse or neglect. The program also will highlight the important role of court appointed special advocates, or CASA. Vickie Ricord is the organization’s CASA volunteer coordinator. She says there is a shortage of volunteers in northwest Louisiana’s six-parish region.

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NPR Story
9:58 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Amid growing popularity, Bassmaster assembles high school All-American fishing team

Dillon King of Denham Springs High School and Kody Kelly of Walker High School won the Louisiana championship last year, and placed 8th in the national Bassmaster championship tournament for high school anglers.

The world’s largest fishing organization has announced the creation of the Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team. It will honor the most successful competitive bass anglers nationwide.

This new distinction for young anglers comes as Birmingham, Ala.-based B.A.S.S. is tracking a steep increase in the number of high school fishing teams, according to B.A.S.S. vice president of communications Dave Precht.

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Red River Radio
9:15 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Oil patch trade show in Shreveport ripe for business deals, despite depressed oil prices

Turbines Inc. national accounts manager Lynn Grayson says his company will pull back on some inventory due to the slump in crude oil prices, but he's still seeing demand for his company's flow meters at this Shreveport trade show.

Thousands of oil and gas industry operators are filing through the Shreveport Convention Center for a trade show that is focused on serving the oil patch.

The Ark-La-Tex Oilfield Expo has 364 exhibitors packed into a 95,000 square-foot exhibit hall. The expo relocated from Longview this year due to growing demand.

The expo is put on by Longview-based Texas Classic Productions. Creative director Amy Double says the environment is ripe for business deals, especially at a time when operators are cutting costs.

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NPR Story
9:06 am
Thu April 2, 2015

World's new oldest person: Gertrude Weaver, 116, of Camden, Arkansas

The oldest person in the world lives in Camden, Arkansas. Gertrude Weaver, born on July 4, 1898, claimed the title Wednesday after the death of a Japanese woman, according to the Gerontology Research Group. Weaver, 116, is very healthy, vibrant and energetic, according to Kathy Langley, the administrator of Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation in Camden.

“I think probably the thing we learn from her is to love everybody. The thing she talks to us about more than anything else is that she’s been blessed because of her kindness,” Langley said.

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NPR Story
9:41 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Race Across USA runners pass through area on 3,100-mile odyssey

Purdue University assistant professor Bryce Carlson is learning how resilient his body really is, midway through a grueling cross-country run.

A group of runners is making tracks across South Arkansas today on a 3,100-mile journey to better understand human physical endurance and to raise awareness about the dangers of childhood obesity.

Purdue University anthropologist Bryce Carlson is one of seven still pounding the pavement and running a marathon distance a day. They set out from Springhill, La., Wednesday and will end today’s run just south of Magnolia, Ark. They’re progressing eastward across Arkansas and will stop in El Dorado tomorrow.

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Red River Radio
9:24 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Leesville man aims to improve veterans' mental health one service dog at a time

This image is part of a slideshow and profile story on Brothers and Sisters in Arms Dog Training, featured in the Small Business Revolution campaign.

A Minnesota firm that works with millions of small businesses is celebrating its centennial year by putting the spotlight on 100 mom-and-pop companies that do good. Deluxe Corp. calls it the Small Business Revolution.

Several Louisiana firms are part of the campaign, including Brothers and Sisters in Arms Dog Training founded by Phillip Ruddock. He trained 31 service dogs last year for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

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NPR Story
8:41 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Longview elementary school opens a Ben Carson Reading Room

Kindergartener Addison Fields relaxes with a good book in the Ben Carson Reading Room at Ware Elementary.

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 9:58 am

A Longview elementary school making marked strides in academic improvement accepted another accolade Thursday with the opening of its Ben Carson Reading Room.

Ware Elementary is one of six schools in Texas to have one. They must contain at least 500 books and be open to students at all times. The Texas Spine and Joint Hospital made it possible through a $15,000 donation, according to Ware Elementary principal Sarah Sheppard.

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Red River Radio
9:07 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Sci-Port in Shreveport grooms future scientists in Science Academy

Science Academy students prepare poster presentations as they wrap up this year's program and present what they learned about space.

For a decade, Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center in Shreveport has hosted Science Academy, bussing dozens of elementary school students to the science museum for seven weeks. They get an extra boost of science and math skills, according to Sci-Port’s education coordinator Kim Solice.

“I think it’s a bonus for these students. These are students who I think have real interest in science, and they will continue that interest in their middle and high school years. Eventually, what we hope is it will become a career for them,” Solice said.

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NPR Story
12:45 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Louisiana policy expert: 'State lawmakers are in a difficult box'

Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, speaks Thursday to members of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce.

The president of the government advocacy group Council for a Better Louisiana, Barry Erwin, will brief the Bossier Chamber of Commerce business community Thursday about topics that will be addressed during the legislative session that opens April 13.

The session boils down to two heated debates: budget and Common Core standards, according to Erwin. Lawmakers face a $1.6 billion budget gap in a system where health care and higher education bear the brunt of the revenue shortfall because the rest of the state budget is less malleable.

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