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
9:02 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Longview children's museum moves closer to reality

The Longview World of Wonders conceptual drawing rendering is the first phase of a five-phase design plan.

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 12:05 pm

Developers of a hands-on children’s museum in Longview have released a conceptual design rendering for Longview World of Wonders. It’s slated to be located in a former downtown furniture store. The nonprofit’s board has contracted with Ohio-based Exhibit Concepts to design, fabricate and install the galleries.

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NPR Story
10:21 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Red Kettle donations running behind in Shreveport-Bossier

Salvation Army Commanding Officer Major David Craddock stands next to red kettles at the Salvation Army building in Shreveport.

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 12:07 pm

The familiar Salvation Army Red Kettle bell ringing outside stores is growing more urgent.

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NPR Story
9:22 am
Fri December 13, 2013

'Meet me at the Court' takes off in El Dorado neighborhood

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 12:08 pm

An El Dorado, Ark., woman has launched a neighborhood motivational speaker series that is held on a basketball court. The idea for “Meet Me at the Court” came to Veronica "Tonni" Bailey in a dream when her late sister told her to look after the children who live in El Dorado’s St. Louis neighborhood.

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Red River Radio
12:56 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

'Instruments a Comin'' benefits Alexandria's Bolton High School

Tipitina's Foundation has donated band instruments to 79 schools in Louisiana, the latest is Alexandria's Bolton High School.

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 12:09 pm

The New Orleans-based Tipitina’s Foundation is donating band instruments to Bolton High School in Alexandria Thursday as part of its “Instruments a Comin’” music advocacy program. To date, Tipitina’s has donated instruments to 79 schools worth about $2.7 million to band programs, mostly in New Orleans.

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NPR Story
9:21 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Girls on the Run chapter launches in Shreveport

Beth Ann Menger is executive director of the Shreveport chapter of Girls on the Run.

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 12:14 pm

A new Shreveport nonprofit will begin delivering its mission next month to empower girls in third through eighth grade through a 12-week program called Girls on the Run. Shreveport is the newest council addition to Girls on the Run International. 

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Red River Radio
9:43 am
Mon December 9, 2013

El Dorado conservationist to be inducted into Hall of Fame

The heavy industrial users of groundwater switched to surface water from the Ouachita River in an effort to keep the Sparta Aquifer a viable source of drinking water for generations to come.

Arkansas’ Conservation Hall of Fame will honor an El Dorado man Tuesday evening for his long commitment to recharging the Sparta Aquifer, the sole source of drinking water for a number of municipalities in South Arkansas and North Louisiana. 

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NPR Story
9:50 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Nacogdoches job fair draws community closer

The 58-year-old Hotel Fredonia closed in November. A job fair was held Wednesday to assist its former employees in finding new work in Nacogdoches.

More than 250 people turned out for a job fair in Nacogdoches, Texas, Wednesday that was arranged to help the more than 90 former employees of Hotel Fredonia. The owner of the 58-year-old landmark closed it  last month citing cash-flow problems. Since then, the city, business and workforce agencies have banded together to try to remedy the situation, according to Michelle Smith, vice president of the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation.

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Business & Technology
11:30 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Shreveport-based Juma Labs launches Flip Quiz

Juma Labs creator Justin Martin (left), and business partner, Ron De Benedetti, are creating apps that tie into the popular online flash card tool site, Quizlet.

Shreveport programming firm Juma Labs has released an app that is a complement to the popular online flash card tool, Quizlet, used by students to study for tests. Justin Martin was inspired to write the program called Flip Quiz after seeing so many of his high school friends diligently make Quizlet flash cards, but never study them.

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NPR Story
10:07 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Many, La., entrepreneur unveils solar still units for desert homes

Suns River CEO Hill Kemp shows off a test unit that led to the current design of a new compact solar still for desert homes.

A retired chemical engineer from Many, La., is assembling his first compact solar energy still this week that turns saltwater into distilled water.

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Red River Radio
9:52 am
Thu November 21, 2013

International Paper donates Lake Erling in Arkansas to Shreveport-based conservation group

Managed timberland pine forests surround Lake Erling and its 120 miles of shoreline.

International Paper has donated its Lake Erling property in South Arkansas' Lafayette County to the Shreveport-based AGRED Foundation. It stands for American Gamebird Research Education and Development.

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