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I am a Multi-Media Producer for 5NEWS, call letters KFSM-TV in Fort Smith, Arkansas. I originally hail from New York City working at various news outlets in the city and attending Columbia's Journalism School. In my last position, I worked at PBS NewsHour in Washington, DC, after spending eight months volunteering at the Arthritis Foundation and Lupus Foundation assisting them on their online presence. I look forward to my time here in the Natural State!

Recent Articles
  • Still Time To Submit A Child’s Photo For Kutest Kidz Contest

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Last year over 3,000 images of local kids were submitted for the Kutest Kidz photo contest. The 2015 contest started on July 13th, but it’s still not too late to enter a child. For a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that aired Sunday (July 26), anchor Jay Plyburn spoke to Jeff Beauchamp with Bedford Camera and Video. He gave tips on how to participate and the prizes being given away. 5NEWS Will announce a winner on Friday, […]

  • Party Scheduled For August To Benefit Ovarian Cancer Survivors

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A group dedicated to finding a cure for ovarian cancer is holding a gala in August to honor those who’ve survived the disease. In a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that aired Sunday (July 26), anchor Daren Bobb spoke to Liz Martin and Deb Clark who are both with the River Valley Ovarian Cancer Alliance. They said woman should get an early diagnosis of ovarian cancer, but acknowledge that there’s no diagnostic test for the disease. They […]

  • Sen. Boozman Encourages Local Veterans To Participate In History Project

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Library of Congress is engaged in a project collecting the stories of veterans across the country, and Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark, wants Arkansans who served in war to take part. For a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that aired Sunday (July 26), anchor Jay Plyburn spoke to Sen. Boozman about this initiative. The U.S. Senator said 1,000 Arkansans have already participated but he’s looking to enlist more by setting up two workshops in the state. Boozman […]

  • Accident at Greenwood Confederate Rally
by Rachel Yates

    Three Teens Injured At Greenwood Confederate Flag Rally

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) – An incident Saturday (July 25) night at a rally supporting the Confederate flag injured three teenagers in Greenwood, according to an eyewitness and law enforcement. Rachel Yates was driving by it when she took several photos of the accident. She said three teens went head first into the rear window of a truck they were riding in. She said all three sat in the pick up’s bed when it rear ended the truck in front. Greenwood police […]

  • Arkansas Legal Services Benefits From United Way Contributions

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Continuing our coverage of River Valley non-profits benefiting from the United Way, a free legal service highlights how important the help it receives from the agency is. For a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that aired Saturday (July 25), anchor Daren Bobb spoke to Janet Dyer with Arkansas Legal Services. They provide legal representation in civil cases for low income people. Dyer said the office is busy throughout the year serving a thousand people a year in […]

  • Hunting Education Course At The Huckabee Nature Center

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – For people living in Arkansas wanting a lesson on how to hunt, the Janet Huckabee River Valley Nature Center is hosting several introductory courses starting in August. One organizer said there’s nothing better for those concerned with organic food than hunting for it. For a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that aired Saturday (July 25), anchor Daren Bobb spoke to Chad Lowe with the Huckabee Nature Center and Kevin Lynch from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. […]

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    New Rogers Restaurant Hosting Job Fair

    ROGERS (KFSM) – The U.S. Census recognizes Northwest Arkansas as one of the fastest growing regions in the country. With the boom in population comes more businesses, and one Asian restaurant is taking part in a jobs fair. The Goodwill Career Center in Rogers will host a hiring event Thursday (July 23) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. welcoming applicants. Representatives for “Pei Wei Fresh Kitchen” will take applications and interview potential candidates on the spot for their new restaurant […]

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    Crystal Bridges Hosting Event Showcasing Local Filmmakers

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – Since opening in Northwest Arkansas several years ago, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has hosted major international showcases of influential and famous artwork. But on Wednesday (July 22) night, it will play a series of films by local artists highlighting its own backyard. The third annual “Ozarkumentaries” is scheduled to run from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. showing a few short movies Arkansan filmmakers made about the Ozark region, according to the Crystal Bridges website. The […]

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    Sallisaw Police Issue Silver Alert For Missing Person

    SALLISAW (KFSM) – A silver alert was issued for a man on a cross-country trip from Lucerne Valley, California to Fort Smith, and police believe he’s in Sallisaw. According to the police department’s Facebook page, James Russell Sigler, 76, was suppose to meet his daughter in Fort Smith on Friday (July 17) when his Greyhound Bus arrived but the only thing on it were his bags. A McDonald’s employee claimed to have seen a man fitting his description, the social […]

  • 5NEWS Employee Participated In Miss Arkansas 2015 Pageant

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Last week, a Van Buren native received the crown of Miss Arkansas 2015. But, a 5NEWS employee also walked the stage at the 78th annual pageant in Hot Springs – Joni Fields-Adams. For a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that aired Sunday (July 19), anchor Jay Plyburn to Miss University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Joni, who is a camera operator at 5NEWS, said the pageant helped her develop life long friendship. Every title holder enters the pageant […]

  • A Need For Volunteers In Northwest Arkansas School Supply Drive

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – As we previewed on Saturday (July 18), the “Fill the Bus” school supply drive starts Friday as a means to help needy children and school districts. In a Sunday (July 19) “5NEWS This Morning” segment, managing editor Larry Henry spoke to Alexa McGriff with the United Way of Northwest Arkansas. She said the drive takes any item children in elementary and junior high schools can use, but there’s a real need for backpacks. She also said United […]

  • Fayetteville Man Embarks On Creating Non-Profit For Those Struggling

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Having a child without preparing for it beforehand can be challenging and many people don’t have a place turn to for help. But, Martel Jackson from Fayetteville hopes to change that. For a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that aired Saturday (July 18), anchor Jay Plyburn sat down to speak with Jackson about his plans to launch a non-profit. He said many people don’t know where to find child support, but his goal is to create a […]


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