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.

 

SPECIAL SESSIONS?  Both Louisiana and Texas legislatures are winding down to their final weeks but could a Special Session be in the works for both states?   Texas  Lieutenant Governor  Dan  Patrick has threatened to force one if the  Texas  House of Representatives doesn't  pass  Patrick’s  Senate priorities.

DIAMOND FOUND IN ARKANSAS PARK-  Arkansas’  Crater of  Diamonds State  Park near  Murfreesboro announced a  recent large diamond find from a  visitor. Park Interpretor  Waymon Cox said a young woman from Tulsa, OK found the 2.65 carat raw diamond in about 10 minutes after entering the park.  The Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park is located on Ark. Highway 301 near Murfreesboro.        http://www.craterofdiamondsstatepark.com


GAS TAX  BILL & TAX REFORM MEASURES A  Louisiana  House panel  Tuesday narrowly approved a  bill that would raise the state’s  gasoline tax by  17  cents per gallon…a  move that’s expected to raise a half-billion in state aid for roads and bridges.  For now,  La. motorists pay 38.4 cents per gallon in taxes,  including  20 cents in state charges.. a  rate that hasn’t changed in 20 years.  Gov. John  Bel  Edwards,  whose transportation task force in  December recommended a  $700  million hike,  said he was "extremely encouraged"  by the committee vote.

MORE EXPLANATION IS DESIRED - Much has been said about President Trump’s recent firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Arkansas’s senior senator John Boozman told Arkansas’ Talk Business & Politics website that while he applauded Comey’s service record, he understood what led to his dismissal but also wants a  more complete explanation. Sen. Boozman also stated he’s confident in the current Senate Intelligence Committee Investigation regarding any Russian interference with the Presidential Campaign last year.


"CAPITAL MARKETS ARE BROKEN" - Elio Motors CEO Paul Elio says his company won't  hit its July job-creation deadline but emphasized that his company will build three-wheeled vehicles in the former GM Plant in Shreveport in the near future.  Elio joined  Caddo Commissioner- Louis Johnson who arranged a  Thursday afternoon press conference so  Elio could offer some public explanation as to why the company hasn't  kept it’s  scheduled to begin producing vehicles at the former  General  Motors plant in  West Shreveport. The company faces a deadline this summer to create 1,500 jo

VOTING BILLS IN TEXAS & LOUISIANA: Lawmakers in the Louisiana House want to make it easier for voters to recall elected officials.The House voted 70-27 Wednesday for a proposal from Rep. Paul Hollis, a Covington Republican, to change rules for recall elections.

ITEP AMENDMENT FAILS IN LA. SENATE - The practice of reducing property taxes to attract businesses to locate and continue operations in Louisiana is pretty much understood as a "Carrot on a stick" measure.  The concept is to help create jobs and contribute to the state's economy.  But many parish governments  have found through the years that such tax breaks hurt things like local school districts and infrastructure.   Sen. J.P.

Moonbot Studios William Joyce announces the return of the Academy Award-winning company in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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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.

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