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
10:50 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Bossier Arts Council workshops sharpen business and marketing skills

The Bossier Arts Council is helping artists bridge the gap between their creative product and the business of getting their work into the marketplace and on exhibit. 

Twice monthly, the Bossier Arts Council holds a Saturday workshop called an Artist One Stop. It aims to help all types of artists create a polished presence in a digital world and manage the business side of their art.

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NPR Story
8:44 am
Thu January 9, 2014

LifeShare Blood Centers reports dwindling blood supply, urges donations

LifeShare Blood Centers spokeswoman Tina Hooper is asking for people to donate blood now.

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 11:59 am

Shreveport-based LifeShare Blood Centers says its supply of O-negative and B-negative blood has dropped to very low levels and it’s urging anyone with these blood types to donate, if possible. 

It’s ramped up its donation events with 40 planned over the next four days in north and central Louisiana and south Arkansas. LifeShare spokeswoman Tina Hooper said donations normally dip during the holidays and that means the supply in January is generally a bit lower. She said LifeShare is drawing on its reserves with only about a two-day supply on hand.

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NPR Story
10:07 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Shreveport dental clinic offers free procedures Saturday

Dr. Michael Wiesner is hosting a Dentistry From the Heart event in Shreveport on Jan. 11. More than 80,000 people have been served worldwide since the program began 12 years ago.

Shreveport-area residents in need of a dental treatment, but who can’t afford care, will have an opportunity to see a dentist Saturday free of charge. 

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Red River Radio
8:44 am
Tue January 7, 2014

LSU AgCenter: Give fragile plants the kid gloves treatment in cold snap

The LSU AgCenter is offering many tips for keeping plants and trees alive during this cold snap. The AgCenter’s Shreveport-based horticulture agent Melea Martin said fragile plants should’ve been covered or moved during the last two nights of the hard freeze, but with care.

“During the freeze you want to make sure that if you do cover your plants with plastic, that the plastic is not touching the plant at all. It can cause damage to the plant," Martin said.

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Red River Radio
8:37 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Natchitoches touts its free wi-fi as a boost to Front Street businesses

The hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights in Natchitoches were turned off yesterday, but the free wi-fi stayed on. 

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Red River Radio
9:54 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Long-awaited construction begins on Sabine River bridge at Logansport, La.

The downtown streetscape of Logansport, La., will not be impacted by the Sabine River bridge project.

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 10:44 am

Construction begins today on a $20.4 million bridge replacement that connects Shelby County, Texas, with DeSoto Parish. The Sabine River Bridge links Logansport, La., with Joaquin, Texas. An effort to replace the 78-year-old bridge began with public meetings in the 1980s.

Logansport mayor Katherine Freeman, 73, was there, and she said over the decades it was always money that held back the project. But another sticking point, according to Freeman, was in the design of the bridge itself. Logansport residents pushed to have two bridges built. In the end, they got their wish.

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Red River Radio
9:20 am
Fri January 3, 2014

LSU AgCenter ramps up statewide water research with Bossier City-based faculty

LSU AgCenter northwest region director Patrick Colyer shows off the Red River Research Station's "scrubbing pond."

The LSU AgCenter is hiring four new faculty members who will be statewide water experts based at the Red River Research Station in Bossier City.

The new positions include an irrigation engineer, a water quality scientist, a plant soil scientist and a water policy economist.

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Red River Radio
9:44 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Haughton School of Music attracts budding musicians in Bossier Parish

It was a dream for Shana Houston to open a music lesson center in Bossier Parish, and families are flocking to it.

A new music instruction center in Haughton, La., has attracted more than 70 students for private lessons on instruments like piano, drums and guitar, and demand continues to swell, according to Shana Houston. She opened Haughton School of Music nearly five months ago, and she’s surprised how quickly it’s caught on. She said Bossier Parish families no longer have to drive to Shreveport to get private music lessons.

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Red River Radio
9:58 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Shreveport's Bucket List Chalkboard inspires profound thoughts

The Bucket List Chalkboard in Shreveport captures the dreams of people who step up to the art installation and contribute their beliefs.

At the close of 2013, it’s a good time to check in on the Bucket List Chalkboard in Shreveport. The giant chalkboard with a bold yellow frame has three words across the top: “Before I die…” People step up on a platform, pick their chalk color, and write or draw what they feel. 

Plain Dealing, La., artist Megan Davis-Taylor designed and built the chalkboard through a grant from the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. It’s been traveling around Shreveport Common since September.

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Red River Radio
8:56 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Pediatric day health care center set to open in Bossier City

Businesswoman Crystal Lauve will open a pediatric day care health center in Bossier City.

A day care for medically-fragile infants and children is set to open in Bossier City. Lauve’s Pediatric Day Health Care will be the first one in northwest Louisiana.

A Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals spokesman said there are now 12 facilities in the state, mostly concentrated in south Louisiana. Bossier City owner Crystal Lauve said her center will be staffed with nurses who care for children under 21 with medical needs, like tracheotomies, IV therapy, and suctioning care.

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