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 American Rose Society will be honored Tuesday at the Louisiana State Capitol.

Rep. Alan Seabaugh (R-Shreveport) drafted a resolution designating Tuesday, April 28, as American Rose Society Day in celebration of the national organization’s 40th year of being headquartered in Shreveport, according to executive director Jeff Ware.

Dozens of Navy sailors are in Shreveport/Bossier putting on a variety of events at schools, delivering musical performances and parachute demonstrations, and lending a hand in community service activities to raise the Navy’s profile and put a face to this branch of the military. This Navy Week is one of 12 underway in select cities nationwide.

Torpedoman’s Mate Second Class Bradley Davis is aboard the USS Louisiana based at Naval Base Kitsap in Washington. He says it’s a bit intimidating to be in an Air Force community in the shadow of Barksdale Air Force Base.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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