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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9:32am

Fri April 26, 2013
Local

Alexandria organic farm hosts do-it-yourself workshops

Credit Inglewood Farm

Farmers from a certified-organic commercial farm in Alexandria will give answers Saturday to the most frequently asked questions they get from customers. The 4,000-acre Inglewood Plantation is holding workshops throughout the day that will help people learn about how to raise backyard chickens and build raised beds, among other topics. The 2,000-acre Inglewood Farm is all organic, and operating manager Lee Weeks gets lots of questions about how they do things on the farm.

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10:08am

Thu April 25, 2013
Arts

Festival showcases Shreveport's Indian community

ASEANA Foundation board members Dr. Mary Grace De Joya-Vea, Shobha Reddy and Lumen Tindell have worked for seven years to keep up the Asian Gardens in downtown Shreveport.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The culture of India will take center stage on Saturday, April 27, for the ASEANA Foundation’s Spring Festival. In its sixth year, the festival draws hundreds of people to downtown Shreveport. The event will highlight traditional Indian cuisine and folk dances. ASEANA Foundation board president Lumen Tindell said a group of volunteers took a once abandoned garden and turned it into a treasured inner city green space, this year influenced by the Asian subcontinent.

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8:58am

Wed April 24, 2013
Local

Activists in Shreveport denounce Louisiana House bill

PACE political director Adrienne Critcher and Frances Kelley will urge Rep. Alan Seabaugh (R-Shreveport) to amend his bill that they say unfairly targets LGBT workers.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Supporters of gay rights initiatives will gather at the downtown Shreveport office of Rep. Alan Seabaugh today to urge the state lawmaker to amend a bill that they say unfairly excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers. According to Seabaugh, the bill is intended to reduce the number of frivolous lawsuits clogging the courts. Seabaugh told WRKF that small business owners spend considerable time and money defending themselves in discrimination suits. The bill, he said, doesn't involve the LGBT community.

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9:50am

Tue April 23, 2013
Politics

Military Affairs Council helps Barksdale AFB weather sequestration

John Atkins, president of the Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs Council, said his organization will award tuition assistance scholarships in June.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The liaison organization between Barksdale Air Force Base and the Shreveport-Bossier community is preparing to roll out a $100,000 scholarship program for Barksdale airmen enrolled in college programs. The Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs Council raised the dollars in haste when it learned that the military tuition assistance program would be cut due to automatic spending cuts by Congress. The tuition assistance has since been reinstated.

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8:41am

Mon April 22, 2013
Local

Shreveport restaurant's adoring patrons bid adieu to Panos Diner

Andrew Panos holds a city proclamation from former Shreveport Mayor Keith Hightower, a loyal patron who named May 22 Panos Diner Day, back in 2000.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A bustling and much beloved downtown Shreveport diner is quiet. The owners of Panos Diner, Andrew and Chris Panos, have retired from the restaurant business since they started washing dishes in the family restaurant in the 1950s. Over the 38 years in the downtown location, Panos Diner attracted a devoted coffee klatch. On Friday, the last day it was open, a handful of men gathered for a final cup of coffee. 88-year-old Hardy Cole is a retired CPA.

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