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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9:17am

Thu February 6, 2014
Local

Timber Framers Guild set to build pavilion in Nacogdoches

This rendering of a park pavilion on Lake Naconiche will be built by the Timber Framers Guild during a nine-day workshop in March.
Credit Timber Framers Guild

The Timber Framers Guild, based in Becket, Massachusetts, will build a park pavilion in Nacogdoches in March as part of an intensive workshop led by four master craftsmen. The Guild represents this age-old construction technique of building structures with joined timbers. Unlike modern carpentry, it does not rely on high-tech power tools to get the job done.

Nacogdoches timber framer Tim Chauvin said this hands-on workshop will attract students and apprentices from all over the country. For some, it’ll be a world away from their day job.

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10:54am

Wed February 5, 2014
Local

Louisiana higher ed leaders eager to roll out workforce plan

University of Louisiana System president Sandra Woodley is promoting a plan to address workforce challenges in Louisiana.
Credit UL System

When the Louisiana Legislature convenes next month it will consider whether to fund a $40 million plan to create a pot of money that the state’s colleges and universities can compete over. Penned by higher education system leaders, the so-called WISE (Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy) plan is meant to help remedy niche labor shortages in the state.

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10:05am

Tue February 4, 2014
Local

Southern Arkansas University aims to ramp up in engineering

Southern Arkansas University president David Rankin speaks with Sen. Bruce Maloch, D-Magnolia, at the district meeting of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Credit Aaron Street

Southern Arkansas University can move ahead in starting a new bachelor’s degree in general engineering in the fall semester. The school in Magnolia got the go-ahead for the degree Friday from the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. SAU president David Rankin said there are already more than 20 students who plan to enroll, and local industry helped SAU make a strong case for the value of these graduates.

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10:09am

Mon February 3, 2014
Local

Shreveport nonprofit celebrates its 125-year history

The Center for Families CEO Laura Brucia Hamm stands in front of her building, which features a dedication stone from the Genevieve Orphanage.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A Shreveport nonprofit counseling agency is recognizing its 125 years in existence, and opening up its annual meeting to the public Tuesday. The Center for Families began as the Genevieve Orphanage in 1889. Today, it provides mental health services to more than 860 people a year, according to The Center for Families CEO Laura Brucia Hamm. She said the agency strives to be transparent and this annual meeting will be an opportunity to tell its story.

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11:16am

Fri January 31, 2014
Local

Shreveport waterworks subject of lecture in El Dorado

Shreveport Water Works circa 1911.
Credit South Arkansas Historical Foundation

A Michigan Tech emeritus professor of history will give a presentation Monday about the early history of Shreveport Water Works and the city’s struggle to supply water prior to building a municipally-owned system. Terry Reynolds, a native of El Dorado, will address the South Arkansas Historical Foundation.

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