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.




Fri October 26, 2012

Documentary probes Karnack, Texas, munitions site

Richard Michael Pruitt

Retired Dallas Morning News photographer and Marshall, Texas, native Richard Michael Pruitt presents his documentary, "From Bombs to Birds," on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. The 54-minute documentary screens at the Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church in Marshall. Pruitt spent two years exploring the transformation of thousands of acres of land from the former Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant into the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

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Thu October 25, 2012

Refuge turns former munitions site into forest land

Concrete crushing equipment recycles building foundations once part of the Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant in Karnack, Texas. About 7,000 acres has been transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is returning the land to old growth forest.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Karnack, Texas, is midway through a project of busting up 90,000 tons of concrete slab. Building foundations are some of the last remnants that remain of the former Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant. The land is being turned into old growth forest by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Refuge manager Mark Williams says the contractor's biggest customer is the State of Louisiana, which wants all of the fill for the construction of I-49.

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Wed October 24, 2012

Pumpkin Shine event to draw hundreds of families

Thousands of people are expected to stroll through Betty Virginia Park in Shreveport Wednesday night. The walking path will be lined with 1,000 carved pumpkins. The event, Pumpkin Shine on Line, is in its 21st year. It's headed up by the Southfield School Parent's Association.


Tue October 23, 2012

Historic steam locomotive on display in Shreveport

Union Pacific's No. 844 steam locomotive is making stops around the country to celebrate 150 years of railroad history. The 1940s-era locomotive, dubbed the "living legend," will depart Shreveport' Hollywood Yard on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 8 a.m. destined for Timpson and Lufkin, Texas.


Mon October 22, 2012

Endangered woodpeckers moved from Kisatchie National Forest

A total of 32 red cockaded woodpeckers have been moved from the Kisatchie National Forest's Calcasieu District to a reserve in south-central Arkansas and the Winn District in the Kisatchie. The aim is to beef up the population in places where numbers are dwindling. Wildlife biologist Johnny Fryer says fellow biologists from neighboring states have worked on this cooperative effort to help the endangered woodpeckers for more than 20 years.