Kate Archer Kent

News Producer

Kate launched Red River Radio's news division in Jan. 2006. In her one-person shop, she gathers 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.




Mon June 22, 2015

Northwestern State hosts 'mythical 51st state,' Boys and Girls State underway

Louisiana Boys State delegates present their flags during 2014 program on Northwestern State University campus.
Credit Louisiana Boys State Facebook

The weeklong Louisiana Boys and Girls State leadership programs are underway on the Northwestern State University campus. More than 800 rising high school seniors from every parish have convened. Dozens of counselors lead the program. They’ve been a participant – or citizen – before. Citizen engagement staff member William Hogan teaches social studies at Simsboro High School in Lincoln Parish.

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Mon June 22, 2015


Fri June 19, 2015

Stephen F. Austin State librarian conceives runaway slave portrait exhibit

The Portraits of Freedom exhibit, presented by Stephen F. Austin State University's Ralph W. Steen Library, will be on display through Sept. 25, at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road. Exhibition hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Credit Stephen F. Austin State University

Today is Juneteenth, commemorating 150 years since emancipation in Texas. An exhibit at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot brings to life the faces of 45 runaway slaves. The artwork is based on runaway slave newspaper ads in Louisiana and Texas from the mid-1800s. It’s part of the Texas Runaway Slave Project.

Stephen F. Austin State University special collections librarian Kyle Ainsworth compiled a database of 1,400 newspaper ads. These became the inspiration for a new exhibit “Portraits of Freedom.”

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Fri June 19, 2015


Thu June 18, 2015

On the auction block: Haughton man's iconic NASA collection

Among the artifacts in Leon Ford's collection is a ticket to a "space taxi". Neil Armstrong presented this taxi card to NASA pad leader Guenter Wendt as a gag gift.
Credit RR Auction website

A week of pre-bidding is underway for a collection of space memorabilia owned by the late Leon Ford of Haughton, La.

A total of 104 items will be on the live auction block in Boston next week. Ford was considered one of the major collectors of NASA and Apollo artifacts, according to RR Auction executive vice president Bob Livingston. He expects the auction will bring in about $600,000.

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