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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8:57am

Tue April 1, 2014
Arts

Shreveport cellist to tour with National Youth Orchestra

Eliot Haas of Shreveport will spend his summer touring with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States.

Shreveport cellist Eliot Haas, 17, has been selected to play in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States. About 1,000 students applied for Carnegie Hall’s prestigious summer program for teenage musicians. 

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12:11pm

Mon March 31, 2014
Local

Nacogdoches rallies private donors to build water park

The city of Nacogdoches erects a fundraising thermometer on the site of the future Splash Kingdom Waterpark, as private donors support the public-private venture.

A $2 million fundraising effort in Nacogdoches will secure a Splash Kingdom Waterpark for the city. Nacogdoches formed a public-private partnership with Splash Kingdom to build an $8 million water park. 

Private donors have stepped up to pay for a quarter of the cost through a charitable fund for this entertainment venue that will be built on city property. Nacogdoches doesn't have economic development tax dollars to make this project happen, according to Judy McDonald, president of Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation and chair of the fundraising committee.

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8:57am

Fri March 28, 2014
Science

Neches River symposium in Lufkin features five outdoor authors

Adrian Van Dellen of Woodville, Texas, has taken thousands of pictures of the Neches River watershed.
Credit Adrian Van Dellen

The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin will host a discussion Sunday about preserving the Neches River. The five authors on the panel have an intimate knowledge of the Neches, which flows more than 400 miles through East Texas. 

Stephen F. Austin State emeritus professor of English, Francis Abernethy, has penned a new book, “Let the River Run Wild!” Abernethy collaborated with Woodville, Texas, photographer and conservationist Adrian Van Dellen. The 88-year-old Abernethy says they spent nights on the Neches River to produce the book.

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9:34am

Thu March 27, 2014
Local

Shreveport principal supports 'medical model' training for teachers

Mary Harris, principal of South Highlands Magnet Elementary in Shreveport, is advocating for a residency model in education that parallels the path to becoming a medical doctor.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A Shreveport elementary school principal was invited to Capitol Hill earlier this month to attend a brainstorming Congressional forum and give closing remarks. The focus was on how the path to becoming a teacher could be modeled after the medical profession. 

Teachers who graduate with four years of college are often thrown into classroom situations they're not totally prepared for, according to Mary Harris, principal of South Highlands Magnet Elementary School.

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8:41am

Fri March 21, 2014
Business

GM's largest vehicles are high profile at New Orleans auto show

A view from the convention hall at this year's New Orleans International Auto Show. The Crescent City Corvette Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Credit New Orleans International Auto Show/Facebook

General Motors plans to display nearly 100 vehicles at this year’s Greater New Orleans International Auto Show that begins Friday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. 

GM’s regional spokesman Craig Eppling passed through Shreveport yesterday, on his way to New Orleans. He says GM will be featuring its 2015 models of the Cadillac Escalade and the GMC Yukon. These are massive, gas-guzzling vehicles. But he says demand for them is still strong.

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