Kate Archer Kent

News Producer

Kate has moved on to Wisconsin Public Radio after serving our Red River Radio Community for more than 10 years. We wish her and her family well on their new adventure in Wisconsin. Chuck Smith is now our interim news producer and can be reached at rrrnewsroom@lsus.eduPlease take a moment to welcome Chuck to the station.

Kate launched Red River Radio's news division in Jan. 2006. In her one-person shop, she gathered news and perspectives from around the Ark-La-Tex for weekday Morning Edition newscasts that air at 6:04, 6:49, 7:04, 7:49 and 8:04 a.m.

Previously, she served as director of marketing and public relations for Louisiana Tech University. She also held a similar post at Northeast Iowa Community College. Before entering education marketing, she was communications coordinator for global hair salon firm Regis Corp. in Minneapolis.

Kate has worked for several media outlets. In 2003, she became a contributing reporter 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, Alex, and their children, Bronwyn, Oliver, Hugo and Alistair. In her spare time, Kate enjoys leading twice-weekly, free community yoga practices at Sadhu Vaswani Hindu Cultural Center in Shreveport.


Ways to Connect

An associate professor of nursing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is featured in a new Zika virus webinar for nurses. Helen Hurst says the one-hour program focuses on what nurses need to know about the disease that is spread through mosquito bites. Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the virus causes severe birth defects. Hurst says nurses are often on the front line of education and they need to ask key questions. 

Red River Radio local news highlights for Thursday, April 21. 


Nacogdoches neurologist Maria De Leon was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease a decade ago at age 36. Even as a physician who specializes in treating patients with this degenerative disease, it took her about two years – going doctor to doctor -- to try figure out what was causing her pain. Ultimately, she says, she got a firm diagnosis from her mentor neurologist. Before the diagnosis, she says, people thought she was identifying too much with her patients.

Red River Radio local news highlights for Wednesday, April 20.

American Rose Center

The Gardens of the American Rose Center in Shreveport is relaxing its policy on professional photography in its gardens. It announced Monday it’s repealing its $50 photography fee and $100 deposit that professional photographers had to pay, according to American Rose Society executive director Laura Seabaugh.