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.

 

EL DORADO GOES MAD -  If you haven't heard already,   Something really big is happening in El Dorado, Arkansas, it's a thing called MAD,  which  stands  for  Murphy Arts District, aimed at revitalizing downtown El Dorado.  And here to explain more is Bob Tarren, MAD's Chief Marketing Officer."We are building ultimately a $100 million-dollar project in downtown El Dorado. It's going to consist in phase 1 an 8,000-plus person outdoor amphitheater complete with a farmers market kiosk, and a beautiful stage.

GRAHAM-CASSIDY HEALTHCARE BILL - The latest effort to repeal and replace  The  Affordable Care Act,  commonly known as “Obama-Care” is a bill crafted by Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy and South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham,  both republicans.  The “Graham-Cassidy” bill would establish a Block-Grant  system to states to cover healthcare costs for Medicaid recipients… Senator Cassidy told CNN yesterday how the bill would work.“Our bill gives the Governor responsibility, which she or he may not want, but that’s the best way to get people covered," But Louis

TECH ENTREPRENEURS - Starting a business from scratch can be a challenging process,  especially if it's a high-tech business trying to sell a product or service that is charting into unknown territory.  Well there's a free 10-week seminar series that begins today in Shreveport where the focus is on Science-based entrepreneurism.  It's  hosted by LSU Health Shreveport's Office of Sponsored Programs and Technology Transfer.  The seminar called: "The Business of Science" will take place at the former Christus Schumpert Hospital at

COUNCIL UNDECIDED?-The Shreveport City Council met yesterday during a planning session where the focus was on Mayor Ollie Tyler’s  proposal  to have a Sports and Mixed Use Complex developed along Cross Bayou just north of Downtown.  Council members discussed a resolution to take the first steps to securing $30 million dollars in bonds to fund the Sports Arena, the mixed–use complex  however would be privately funded by Corporate Realty of Birmingham, Alabama  to the tune of $100 million or more.   Ever since the mayor announced the project last April,  social media has been

CONSTRUCTION DELAYS -The Barnwell Garden & Art Center on Shreveport’s downtown riverfront is being transformed into the new Shreveport Aquarium which was originally scheduled to open at the end of August. But construction delays have forced the company Planet Aqua Group to push the grand opening back a bit as Jake Wood, aquarium spokesman explains there have been changes to the original building plans.  

LUFKIN DJ’s BODY FOUND- Last week we reported on two Lufkin men who went missing  after a rescue boat they were in, capsized near Houston during heavy flooding. We have an update and it isn’t good news.  A report from the Houston Chronicle says:  Last Sunday, family members who went to the area to search for his body, pulled 31 yr old  Alonso Guillen from Cypress Creek in Spring. Known as “DJ Ocho", for a radio station in Lufkin, Guillen and his friend Tomas Carreon Jr.

VOTER REGISTRATION WEEK IN LA:   It’s “Voter Registration Week” in Louisiana, and Secretary of State Tom Schedler  is encouraging  citizens who are eligible to vote to register.  Speaking at the Baton Rouge Rotary Club recently, Schedler explained  that  it’s easier than ever to get registered online.  While getting people to register to vote is important,  Schedler explains that getting people to vote is equally important.

TEXAS CONFEDERATE MEMORIALS UNDER REVIEW - A top Texas Republican wants the accuracy of memorials around the state Capitol reviewed amid calls to remove Confederate monuments. A spokesman for Texas House Speaker Joe Straus said Thursday that the powerful GOP leader will work with a Dallas lawmaker who this week singled out one Confederate  plaque as "indefensible on historical grounds."   The nearly 60-year-old plaque rejects that slavery was the "underlying cause" of the Civil War. It is one of nearly a dozen Confederate monuments and markers around the Texas Capitol.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An audit says  Louisiana's social services  agency has  been so short-staffed amid repeated budget  cuts that  it didn't  ensure the safety of  its foster children.    That's  the finding  of a Legislative  Auditor's  report that looked  at the Department of  Children and  Family  Services from 2012 through  2016,  during former  Gov.  Bobby Jindal's  tenure.

TEXAS BUDGET FORECAST:     The special legislative session in Texas winds down this week. While bills are being deliberated,  amended and passed; one thing that may not be clearly appreciated is how all the legislation, for now, is going to affect the state budget down the road.  A study by the nonpartisan Texas Taxpayers and Research Association indicates when 2019 rolls around, the budget shortfall will be a lot larger and  puts the gap for the next two-year budget cycle at nearly eight billion dollars.

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