Kate Archer Kent

Kate launched Red River Radio's news division in Jan. 2006. In her one-person shop, she gathers news and perspectives from around the Ark-La-Tex for weekday Morning Edition newscasts that air at 6:04, 6:49, 7:04, 7:49 and 8:04 a.m.

Previously, she served as director of marketing and public relations for Louisiana Tech University. She also held a similar post at Northeast Iowa Community College. Before entering education marketing, she was communications coordinator for global hair salon firm Regis Corp. in Minneapolis.

Kate has worked for several media outlets. In 2003, she became a contributing reporter 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, Alex, and their children, Bronwyn, Oliver, Hugo and Alistair. In her spare time, Kate enjoys leading twice-weekly, free community yoga practices at Sadhu Vaswani Hindu Cultural Center in Shreveport.

 

STUDENTS LOOK ELSEWHERE -  Louisiana higher education been  hit hard budget wise the past  few years  which has caused tuition costs to soar and  has strained  the popular state-supported  college scholarship  program known as TOPS,  leaving it underfunded.    Yesterday was University of Louisiana  System  Day at the Capitol as school officials and students voiced concerns  to the House Appropriations Committee.   John Pearce, Student Body President at Northwestern  State  University in Natchitoches,  explained the  uncertainty around  TOPS encourages students to loo

BATON ROUGE, LA - The Louisiana  Senate  will consider  proposals  to  whittle  away  at  Louisiana's  tax break  programs  to  keep  more  money  in  the  state treasury  for  spending.     Yesterday,  the  Senate  Revenue  and  Fiscal  Affairs  Committee  advanced  a  handful  of  bills  to  the  full  Senate  that  would  lessen or  eliminate  tax  breaks.

LOUISIANA STATE PARKS MAY CLOSE - With summertime vacations coming up,  some Louisiana state parks operating in the red may close due to state budget woes.  Hodges Gardens and North Toledo Bend State Parks in Sabine Parish have been put on notice for closure after June 30th unless the state intervenes.  A bill to be put before the Louisiana Senate would give Lt. Governor, Billy Nungesser authority to seek public-private partnerships to help make state parks more financially stable.  


LOUISIANA HIGHWAYS:   If you’re a driver in Louisiana,  you’ll want to listen carefully to this story as it involves state highways and bridges… that is:  the sad state they’re in.  BUT with President Trump’s big infrastructure plan to help state’s rebuild crumbling roads and bridges means good news for Louisiana…right?  Not so fast. Louisiana Dept of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson addressed a House Appropriations subcommittee Thursday and his news wasn't good.


NEW INCOME TAX PLAN FOR LOUISIANA-Gov.

A CAREER IN FOREIGN SERVICE: The Chancellor’s Speaker Series at LSUS will host career Foreign Service Officer Richard H. Jones at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29 in the Science Lecture Auditorium. As a retired US ambassador, Richard H. Jones has spent nearly 38 years in public service, including 32 years as a US Foreign Service Officer.  He has served as U.S. Ambassador in Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Kuwait and Israel.  he will speak about what the U.S.

WHAT LOUISIANIANS THINK - The 2017 Louisiana Survey is the sixteenth in an annual series sponsored by the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs at Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication. The mission of the Louisiana Survey is to establish benchmarks as well as to capture change in residents’ assessments of state government services. The survey is further dedicated to tracking public opinion on the contemporary policy issues that face the state.  For more information: http://pprllsu.com/projects/

SAYS BILL WAS RUSHED -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R- Arkansas, believes “the House moved a bit too fast” on efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

RESTORATION UNIVERSITY - Highland Restoration Association and Norla Preservation Project created Restoration University, a series of presentations on restoration design, techniques and appreciation for living in and among historical homes and communities.Dr.

EXPLORING MARS WITH CURIOSITY - Dr. Roger Wiens is the leader of the ChemCam laser instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover which landed on Mars in 2012.  He will present a seminar on his work with NASA and explain the various things discovered with this mission.  The seminar will take place Friday,  March 24 at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas in the Education Building Room 117 at 7pm.  The event is free and open to the public.

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