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
7:45 am
Tue February 24, 2015

History Matters: Winter Quarters is all that remains

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 12:06 pm

Commentator Gary Joiner profiles Winter Quarters in Newllton, La., in Tensas Parish, and explains why it's a rare surviving example of an antebellum cotton plantation.

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Red River Radio
9:10 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Whole Foods seeks Shreveport-area mom-and-pop food producers

Roxann Johnson of Shreveport would like to see if Whole Foods Market is interested in selling her homemade brownies.

Construction is underway on a Whole Foods Market in Shreveport. The grocer wants to line the shelves with more local products to make it unique. The Austin, Texas-based upscale grocery chain is holding a class for Louisiana vendors on Friday, Feb. 27, in Shreveport.

The program will go in-depth on quality standards, food safety, packaging and regulatory requirements, according to Kelly Landrieu, a Whole Foods local forager. (Yes, that is her official title.) She says dozens of people have signed up for her class.

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Red River Radio
9:20 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Girls Who Code program gains traction in Shreveport

Heather Shrewsbury and Kathryn Hardey work shoulder to shoulder as developers at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport and volunteer their time to teach computer programming through the Girls Who Code national initiative.

Shreve Memorial Library is offering a new program to encourage more girls to be part of the next generation of computer scientists.

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NPR Story
9:07 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Natchitoches hotel project clears financial hurdles, construction begins

Lafayette Street from Front Street to Rue Ducournau is closed to traffic for construction of a new 87-room hotel in downtown Natchitoches. Other street closures near the site are possible.

The city of Natchitoches will finish site preparation work this month as construction begins on an 87-room hotel.

The $9.9 million Chateau Saint Denis went through a series of financing setbacks. But the city’s economic development director Randy LaCaze says the hotel is now on the fast track. It will go up in front of the Natchitoches Events Center on Front Street. LaCaze expects its will be open in November.

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Red River Radio
10:35 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Foodapalooza local foods summit set for Alexandria

Central Louisiana’s regional food summit, Foodapalooza, is set Friday, Feb. 27, and organizers expect it to attract about 200 people.

The day-long event in Alexandria will feature seminars, such as planting a profitable garden for farmer’s markets, an introduction to worm casting, and developing food hubs. John Cotton Dean, regional food systems planner for the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, anticipates the third annual event will be the largest one yet.

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NPR Story
8:58 am
Fri February 13, 2015

EPA work group starts open talks about how to destroy Camp Minden's M6 stockpile

A committee of local residents, scientists, law enforcement and public officials met at the Community House in Minden Thursday, the first of many discussions.

Dozens of people met in the Webster parish town of Minden Thursday as part of a work group formed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to find a better way to destroy 15 million pounds of explosives stored at Camp Minden.

The five-hour meeting set the stage for a new process that will be transparent. Last year, federal and state officials inked a deal with the Army to openly burn the abandoned M6. Residents were outraged. Ron Curry, the EPA’s region 6 director, called the dialogue committee a positive step forward.

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NPR Story
9:10 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Shreveport gallery to exhibit 'Jerry's Trees,' a retrospective of Shreveport painter

Prolific Shreveport painter Jerry Wray dug deep into her archives for a retrospective of her work at Norsworthy Art Gallery.

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 9:08 am

When Shreveport painter Jerry Wray went to art school at Newcomb College in New Orleans in the 1940s, her professor told her to paint a tree to hone her drawing skills. So, the Shreveport native found a lone pine tree in City Park and went there every day to sketch.

“I’d sit and draw that pine tree all day long. When I got through, I knew how to draw. They used my presentation when the Museum of Modern Art solicited colleges for their best senior presentations. They sent my pine trees,” Wray said.

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NPR Story
9:32 am
Wed February 11, 2015

LSU Health Shreveport surgeon finds deviation in breast cancer care in national study

LSU Health Shreveport surgeon Dr. Quyen Chu and his colleagues reviewed data from the national cancer database for a year.

Breast cancer patients who undergo a mastectomy should receive radiation treatment if the cancer has spread to four or more nearby lymph nodes. That’s standard care. But only 65 percent of women get post-mastectomy radiation therapy, according to a new study released Tuesday by the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Quyen Chu, a surgery professor at LSU Health Shreveport, analyzed almost 57,000 cases of locally advanced breast cancer occurring between 1998 and 2011, housed in the National Cancer Data Base.

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Red River Radio
8:25 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Federal funds flow into dredging the Red River

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 10:34 am

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is allocating $2.4 million on top of congressional spending this year for dredging the Red River. The J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Navigation Project received the additional funds for operation and maintenance. The head of the Red River Waterway Commission, Ken Guidry, says the funding is critical to keep industries based at the Port of Caddo-Bossier and the Alexandria Port.

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Red River Radio
8:53 am
Mon February 9, 2015

'Krewe de Quit' is Louisiana's latest effort to curb smoking

A group of health organizations trying to help Louisianans quit smoking has formed a krewe in the Mardi Gras tradition. The new Krewe De Quit is an online initiative that brings smokers together around the shared bonds of a krewe. Ochsner Clinic’s Dr. W. Brooks Emory has been a pulmonary care specialist for 45 years. He says tobacco is ten times more addictive than heroine, which makes it very difficult to break the habit. He says it helps to have people doing it with you.

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