April Baker is an anchor for 5NEWS This Morning and 5NEWS at Noon.

She joined KFSM in September of 2015.

Prior to working in Arkansas, April was a general assignment reporter for WPDE in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Notably, she reported on the Charleston shootings in June of 2015.

Prior to that, she was a general assignment reporter at WSHM in Springfield, Massachusetts.

April earned her Master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

She majored in journalism as an undergraduate at Endicott College, which is also located in the Bay State.

In her spare time, April enjoys photography and working out.

If you have story ideas and/or questions, email her at april.baker@kfsm.com


Recent Articles
  • Water Parks, Pools Opening Soon Across The Area

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and a popular time for people to grill outdoors or flock to the pool to soak-in the sights. 5NEWS takes a look at the most popular attractions in our area when the heat hits, including water parks. For the 2018 season, 5NEWS is the official weather sponsor for Parrot Island Water Park in Fort Smith. On Thursday, a media party was held in advance of its official […]

  • U.S. Reports Drop In Stillbirth And Newborn Pregnancies

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — More women are having healthy pregnancies across the country. According to a new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, the number of stillbirths and newborn deaths dropped by 11.5 percent from 2007 to 2015. It used data from the National Center for Health Statistics of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 5NEWS talked with Dr. Don Phillips of Obestetrics and Gynecology at Mercy Clinic in Fort Smith. He says they don’t see stillbirths […]

  • Northwest Arkansas Students Shine Bright

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) — Our area has some of the brightest students on their way to accomplishing big dreams through math and science. Dyllan Rodriguez is that one student in class who always gets the answer right. “Some of it is a little bit natural,” he said. ..and he even knows when his teacher isn’t. “I love it. I don’t mind being caught on being wrong in class,” his algebra teacher David Conway said. Rodriguez says it’s more than just […]

  • Arkansas Highway Police Explain Possible Reason For The Recent Increase In Pot Busts

    ALMA (KFSM) — Arkansas Highway Police (AHP) seized a whopping 800 pounds of marijuana from three different stops at the Alma Weigh Station on Interstate 40 over a two week period. According to the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT), more than 230 pounds of cannabis was seized April 22, 340 pounds on April 30, and 200 pounds on May 6. In all three cases, the vehicles were either traveling from California or Colorado and heading East. All three of the […]

  • Couple Injured, Driver At Large After Hit-And-Run Motorcycle Wreck In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Police are investigating after they say a Fort Smith couple was tossed off of their motorcycle when a car stuck them. It happened at the intersection of Towson and South J Street on Saturday night. Ira Prescott and his wife were hospitalized from their injuries and since have been released. On Wednesday, Ira talked with 5NEWS, who has several broken ribs, a bruised sternum, as well as road rash on his face, arms, and side. His […]

  • Medical Students, Community Members Get ‘Buzzed’ For Cancer

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Men and women in our area are taking a bold step to fight cancer that affects kids by rocking bald heads. On Friday, members of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) at the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine held a special event to raise money to fight pediatric cancer. During the event, several students had either their heads shaved, cut, or dyed. Bryce Armstrong, 25, was one of them. Armstrong said he had never participated in […]

  • Skin Cancer Awareness Month: A Melanoma Survivor’s Tale

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Kerrie Taber was going on a cruise in a couple months and wanted a skin tag removed before the trip. But, a simple procedure at the doctor turned out to be more than she bargained for. “The doctor called me in and told me I had melanoma, which was really shocking because when he removed it, he said it was probably nothing,” Taber said. It had progressed to stage II melanoma. Less than one week after […]

  • How To Stay Alive Inside Vehicle If Tornado Hits

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — 5NEWS Chief Meteorologist Garrett Lewis says this Thursday is a Severe Weather Alert Day. On the last weather alert day, part of our area was impacted by an EF-2 tornado that crossed I-49 and hit Mountainburg. While the tornado crossed the interstate, the strong winds flipped one couple’s vehicle. So, if you’re on the road when you a spot a tornado, do you know what you’re supposed to do? 5NEWS got answers from Crawford County Emergency […]

  • Alma Students To Perform “Sideshow” This Weekend

    ALMA (KFSM) — The circus is coming to town this weekend in Alma, but it may not look quite like the circus you’re used to. Around 300 Alma students, from grades 7-12, will be part of the production “Sideshow” put on by the Alma Dance Department. According to one of the choreographers, Sara Murray, the performance was inspired by the Hollywood movie “The Greatest Showman”. “We are one of the few schools that have a dance department in the state […]

  • Salvation Army Gives Away School Supplies To Local Teachers

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Teachers sacrifice both time and money to do their jobs effectively each day. However, many teachers in our area got a little financial break on Thursday thanks to a massive school supply giveaway hosted by the Salvation Army of Fort Smith. Hundreds of teachers from across the area came together for giveaway, including Jayne McGinnis. “It’s a job of the heart, so we’re going to do whatever it takes and that’s why I’m here,” said McGinnis, […]

  • Surveillance Video Shows What Happens Before, During Fire Outside Fort Smith Business

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — An investigation continues into what started a fire at Golden Rule Clothes Closet in Fort Smith. The fire occurred at the business Tuesday (April 24) at 8 p.m. on North 3rd Street. However, operations went on as usual at the facility on Wednesday, less than a day after the incident. Store Owner Clyde Chaney, 87, says he’s already made plans to fix the doors the fire department pried open to stop the flames from spreading further […]

  • Locals React To Recent Nationwide E. Coli Outbreak

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Tasha Taylor has owned and operated Truckin’ Delicious over the last three years. She and other local businesses have had to recently respond to a nationwide E.coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. “As soon as I heard that, I switched it up and went and got some iceberg lettuce. Safety first,” said Taylor. She says two of her menu items typically call for romaine, but she’s modified the ingredients. Recently, the CDC has expanded its warning […]