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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Red River Radio
9:23 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Voting begins to select new paint color for Jimmie Davis Bridge

The Jimmie Davis Bridge, built in 1968, has about 21,000 vehicles moving across it each day.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development seeks input on the new color for the Jimmie Davis Bridge that connects Shreveport-Bossier over the Red River.

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10:04 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana organizes Shreveport enrollment event

Louisiana’s largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, expects hundreds of people to turn out for an information fair Saturday in Shreveport. Organizers aim to help people better understand their options in the federal healthcare marketplace, according to James Bustillo, regional marketing director for Blue Cross. Dozens of Blue Cross staff will work the event, Bustillo says, and are qualified to answer questions about available subsidies and insurance plans. 

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10:14 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Dinosaur-era paddlefish once again inhabit Caddo Lake

Close to 50 paddlefish are once again swimming around in Caddo Lake. Scientists and researchers from a half dozen federal and private agencies are collaborating on an effort to evaluate the health of the Caddo Lake watershed, and the dinosaur-era paddlefish will be a leading indicator. 

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8:55 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Six collegiate rowing teams train in Natchitoches this month

Hundreds of collegiate rowers from six states will spend their week-long spring break in Natchitoches, training on Cane River Lake from dawn to dusk. 

The head crew coach at Northwestern State, Jason Stelly, says Natchitoches is a haven for collegiate teams.

“We have 33 miles of dammed up river, so there’s almost no boat traffic. No current. It’s protected by the wind, just the way the course is set," Stelly said.

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Red River Radio
8:50 am
Tue March 4, 2014

SFA cancer research lab focuses attention on giant salvinia

Dr. Shiyou Li is research professor and director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Crops at Stephen F. Austin State University.

This winter’s hard freezes are helpful in fighting the spread of the invasive aquatic weed giant salvinia that continues to choke area waterways. 

Researchers at Stephen F. Austin State University are working on a new control. Turns out, a compound found in the plant could be lethal to itself. That compound was discovered in an SFA pharmaceutical research lab that investigates anti-cancer agents found in native and invasive plants, according to Steve Bullard, dean of SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.

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NPR Story
10:25 am
Mon March 3, 2014

New Diana, Texas, high school students prepare to launch high power rocket

Students at New Diana High School in East Texas are building a rocket that will go 19 miles high and travel at three times the speed of sound. New Diana is among nine schools in Texas to receive clearance from NASA to build a rocket that will be launched at the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range in May or June.

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NPR Story
8:58 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Water quality monitors are sought for East Texas rivers

The Texas Conservation Alliance is working with the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University to expand the number of “stream teams” on East Texas rivers. 

These citizen scientists carry out monthly water quality testing at a designated spot along the Sabine, Sulphur or Neches Rivers. Janice Bezanson, executive director of the Texas Conservation Alliance, says the volunteers test temperature, pH, and other variables. The data is then sent to the Meadows Center at San Marcos.

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Red River Radio
9:36 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Shreveport's Strand Theatre hosts Kennedy Center festival finalists

Hundreds of college students and faculty from six states are converging at the Strand Theatre in Shreveport for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for Region VI gets underway Wednesday at the Strand Theatre in Shreveport. Six college productions were selected out of 46 eligible works. 

Northwestern State University’s Theatre and Dance department was selected to perform the comedy-thriller “The 39 Steps.” Program coordinator, Scott Burrell, said it’s a privilege to be a Kennedy Center finalist. But, the stakes are higher since the audience is comprised of about 900 students and faculty from colleges in the six-state area.

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Red River Radio
10:23 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Sci-Port cultivates next generation of museum-goers

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 10:55 am

A Cincinnati design firm is refining its plans for a children’s museum in Shreveport after a week-long visit with its client Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center

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Red River Radio
9:16 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Red River National Wildlife Refuge to showcase its nightlife sounds

Red River National Wildlife Refuge ranger Terri Jacobson will present a program about night sounds on the refuge.

The Friends of the Red River National Wildlife Refuge will host a public event Monday that will explore the night sounds on the refuge in Bossier City. Owls, frogs, and crickets are just part of the nighttime chorus, according to refuge ranger Terri Jacobson. In the spring, Jacobson said, the wildlife sounds intensify.

“The animals are waking up and starting to call and sing and make noise as they’re gathering courtship, pairing up, getting together to create families for the spring," Jacobson said.

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