Kate Archer Kent

News Producer

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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10:56am

Fri May 3, 2013
Local

B-17 bomber comes to Shreveport, despite no air show

Credit Sam Bulgar

An iconic airplane of World War II, the B-17, will touch down at Shreveport Downtown Airport on Friday, May 3, and be open for tours and flights around Shreveport/Bossier.  It’s owned by the Gulf Coast Wing, a unit of the Commemorative Air Force. Historian Christopher Ebdon of Houston said this B-17 is one of three still in existence, and the only one still flying. It was used by the Navy for early warning radar. Ebdon said it came off the assembly line, along with another B-17, that is displayed on the flight line at Barksdale Air Force Base.

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10:34am

Fri May 3, 2013
Local

Chimp Haven set to begin construction on new housing

Credit Chimp Haven

The national chimpanzee sanctuary in Keithville, La., is making accommodations to care for 111 newly-retired government-owned chimps that were used in medical research over the years. To date, Chimp Haven has taken in 50 of the chimps from the New Iberia Research Center. Chimp Haven President Cathy Willis Spraetz said the remaining 61 will not be relocated to the sanctuary until September.

“We will delay the transport of those chimpanzees until the fall because the brutal summer can be really devastating, particularly for an elderly chimpanzee," Spraetz said.

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8:41am

Wed May 1, 2013
Local

Chimp Haven rallies midway through $5 million capital campaign

Chimp Haven president Cathy Willis Spraetz has been on the job about two months.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The introduction of new chimpanzees into the established groups at Chimp Haven can be tricky. There tends to be some infighting at first. Eight federally-owned former research chimps from New Iberia are learning to live in their new groups at the national sanctuary in Keithville, La. Chimp Haven is now home to 169 retired chimps.

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8:57am

Tue April 30, 2013
Local

Shreveport Ask-A-Lawyer event gives legal help to underserved

Gernine Mailhes has been an attorney for 30 years. She finds fulfillment in her work at the Shreveport Pro Bono Project and encourages more area attorneys offer up their services to the poor.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

As part of the Shreveport Bar Association’s Law Week, the organization’s Pro Bono Project is hosting its three-hour Ask-A-Lawyer event Tuesday, April 30, at a Shreveport library. The goal is to offer free legal assistance to people who wouldn’t normally be able to afford an attorney. Gernine Mailhes, coordinator and staff attorney for the Shreveport Pro Bono Project, said attendees will be able to draw up important legal papers concerning end-of-life decisions.

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12:36pm

Mon April 29, 2013
Local

Shreveport nonprofit aims to open spinal cord injury rehab center

Scott Wells trains at the LSU Health Shreveport School of Allied Health Rehabilitation Clinic three days a week to prepare for his 180-mile handcycle journey.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A Bossier City man is raising funds to help people recover from spinal cord injuries, one hand revolution at a time. Scott Wells will set out Wednesday, May 1, from Delta, La., to handcycle across most of the northern part of the state in his quest to create Louisiana's first one-stop neurological rehabilitation facility to be located in Shreveport-Bossier.

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