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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10:27 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Nacogdoches to be featured in 'One Square Mile' PBS series

Saturday's episode of the PBS series “One Square Mile: Texas” will zoom in on Nacogdoches, featuring the people and lifestyles rooted in one square mile. The nine-part series is airing on KERA, and on all public broadcasting outlets in Texas. 

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10:38 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Wiley College hosts world-class debaters from Australia

Wiley College debate team members Benjamin Turner and Nathan Leal will participate in an exhibition debate against Monash University.

Wiley College’s storied debate team is hosting a two-on-two exhibition match Friday against three-time world champions Monash University from Melbourne, Australia. It’s the first time that Wiley has debated an international team. The students will take up the issue of economic inequality and how it can be remedied, according to Christopher Medina, Wiley’s director of forensics.

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Red River Radio
11:20 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Shreveport Opera Express furthers state's anti-bullying stance

Shreveport Opera Express' bully Leroy Davis lassos fellow opera singers who play school nerds, Cristina Bakhourm and Sarah Bauer.

Louisiana’s anti-bullying law has been in effect for a year. Nationwide, the number of bullying accusations has not only risen in schools, but also in sports and the workplace. The Shreveport Opera Express, the outreach program of the Shreveport Opera, has lent its powerful voice to the cause.

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12:30 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Centenary College's historian recalls stories of integration in Shreveport

Centenary College's historian Lee Morgan taught at the college for 44 years, and provides a first-hand account of integration at the college.

Dream Week is underway at Centenary College. The programs are designed to honor the legacy and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Centenary’s historian and emeritus professor of English, Lee Morgan, spoke Tuesday about integration in Shreveport and on Centenary’s campus. He taught at the college for 44 years, and called it an "island of liberalism" in a conservative city. The first African Americans didn’t enroll until 1965, but he said, it could have happened much earlier.

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Red River Radio
9:49 am
Fri January 17, 2014

CMT's 'Redneck' reality TV series embraces its Shreveport family, launches new series

A spin-off cable TV reality series about a Shreveport family premieres Saturday, Jan. 18, on CMT. Two years ago, CMT launched “My Big Redneck Vacation.” It sent the country-to-the-core Clampet family on hoity-toity vacation adventures, like in the Hamptons. 

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8:45 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Cohab in Shreveport fires up its kitchen incubator

Food truck owner Ange Posey prepares to cook for a lunch crowd at Cohab's new kitchen incubator in downtown Shreveport.

Louisiana’s first kitchen incubator for culinary entrepreneurs has opened in downtown Shreveport.

The rentable-by-the-hour commercial kitchen is located inside Cohab, the co-sharing office space under the Texas Street Bridge. Aspiring restaurateurs can rent the kitchen and be able to serve directly from Cohab’s lunch counter that mimics a restaurant set up, according to Cohab's executive director John Grindley.

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9:23 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Soul food expert comes to Shreveport for book signing, headlines 'The Dream Dinner'

Author Adrian Miller dined at 150 soul food restaurants in the course of researching his book published last year by the University of North Carolina Press.

Soul food expert Adrian Miller will be in Shreveport this week for a book signing and to be the guest of honor at what’s being called "The Dream Dinner."

The family-style meal will feature signature soul food dishes from Miller's book, like fried catfish and black-eyed peas. It’s a menu that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been fond of, according to Miller.

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10:34 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Workshop on reunion planning set for Bossier City

Reunions are big business for hotels, caterers and even T-shirt makers. The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau plans to host a reunion planning workshop in February for people who are in charge of an upcoming family, class or military reunion. 

The workshop is billed as a one-stop shop for how to plan a reunion, according to the bureau’s Kevin Flowers, a convention sales manager and point person for reunion-related questions for the past eight years.

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9:35 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Contemporary quilt art in Nacogdoches celebrates Texas themes

Kay Marburger created the "Sentinel of the Gulf" quilt for her son who works on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. It's one of the quilts on display in Nacogdoches.

Contemporary quilt art goes on display Tuesday at Stephen F. Austin State University. The 26 works by Texans were completed between 1993 and 2011. Sandra Sider is the consulting curator for the Texas Quilt Museum in LaGrange, Texas. She selected the quilts for this exhibition and said they demonstrate how contemporary quilt art has a rightful place as a visual art form.

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9:25 am
Mon January 13, 2014

East Texas retirees aim to replenish two school libraries in West

About 1,000 retirees in deep East Texas are working to replenish the bookshelves at two elementary schools in West, Texas. They were destroyed when a fertilizer plant exploded in the town last year.

The Deep East Texas Retired and Senior Volunteer Program seeks gently used books at kindergarten through fifth grade reading levels. Director Pam Dunn said this a month-long, statewide effort through the Texas Senior Corps Association.

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