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
8:56 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Caddo Lake drawbridge turns 100, thanks to Mooringsport resident

In 1914, the Caddo Lake Drawbridge replaced a ferry that transported people across Caddo Lake at Mooringsport.

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 1:12 pm

The historic Caddo Lake drawbridge will turn 100 years old in 2014. The vertical lift bridge in Mooringsport, La., was built under the authority of the Caddo Parish Police Jury during the town’s oil boom era. Ahead of World War II, it was used in the Louisiana Maneuvers to mimic a bridge under siege. When the state decided to replace the drawbridge in the late '80s, Mooringsport resident Darren Guin began an earnest quest to save it.

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Red River Radio
9:18 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Louisiana Tech to discuss 'big data' with Ark-La-Tex firms

Louisiana Tech's Tim Bisping (left) and Jim Cochran are organizing a business analytics conference in Shreveport.

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:19 am

Louisiana Tech University is set to host its first conference on business analytics next month at its Shreveport Center. The discussion will focus on how to harness "big data" – all that valuable information people generate day after day. 

The ability to take big data and turn it into useful information for businesses cuts across all sectors, according to Jim Cochran, a professor of quantitative methods. Cochran has assembled a variety of speakers on big data.

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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. World of Wonders program’s chairwoman Jo Lee Ferguson said these plans demonstrate that the museum will be professional and a tourist draw.

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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. There are about 30 Red Kettles in the Shreveport-Bossier area and donations are down by 23 percent this year over last, according to Commanding Officer Major David Craddock.

“A lot of it has to do with the economy. People just aren’t sure. People aren’t spending. This year, too, Thanksgiving came on the latest day in November it can. So we had at least one week less of kettle time this year," Craddock said.

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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. Bailey said she decided to start a program in the precise location where children congregate.

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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. Tipitina’s Foundation managing director Bethany Paulsen said Bolton will receive a tuba and a euphonium, instruments that can be too costly for a band budget.

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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. 

Executive director Beth Ann Menger was involved in the organization when she lived in Washington, D.C. When she moved to Shreveport two years ago, she was determined to bring Girls on the Run here.

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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. He said his Flip Quiz program sends the user their flash card questions via text messages.

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