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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
  • Washington County Judge Candidate Says He Will Assess Bridges Issue If Elected

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) –  State Rep. Micah Neal, R-Springdale, has announced he is running for the Washington County judge seat. Managing Editor Larry Henry caught up with  him for a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that aired Sunday (May 24). Neal told 5NEWS if elected he will assess of the issue with faulty bridge construction in the county. He also said he would work with other officials on finding solutions to overcrowded jails. Washington County Judge Maryiln Edward has said she will not seek […]

  • Interstate 40 West Road Cracked in Franklin County.

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    Photos: Road On Interstate 40 In Franklin County Is Cracked

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) – A 5NEWS viewer sent in photos of cracks along Interstate 40 in Franklin Country Sunday (May 24) morning. Rick Robertson with the Ozark Fire Department said the 14 foot line is visible when driving west along I-40 from exit 37 to 35. At the time of this report, the road was not closed off to drivers. Robertson said the whole crack is 4 inches deep making it dangerous for those who use the road.

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    Deputies Arrest Teen After High Speed Chase In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A teen is in jail Sunday (May 24) morning after crashing into a Fort Smith thrift shop during a high speed chase, according to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office. The chase started around midnight and ended when the suspect drove into the “Savers” on Rogers Avenue next to Mercy Hospital, according to Dawn Rodriguez with the Sheriff’s Office. Although the suspect did hit the building, the store only had minor damage, according to Sebastian County Lt. Philip […]

  • Runners Encouraged to Participate In A Fundraiser To Help Local Homeless Veterans

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – One and six homeless people in Fort Smith are veterans, according to Next Step Homeless Services, and they hope a 5k run and walk will chip away at the issue. For a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that ran Saturday (May 23), anchor Jay Plyburn spoke to Amy Sherill who’s the executive director of the organization. Sherill said they want people of all fitness levels to participate in the “3rd Annual Honor And Duty 5K Run and […]

  • Chaffee Crossing Is Throwing A Block Party To Raise Money For Its Memorial Plaza

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A week before the summer season officially starts, a party will be thrown at Chaffee Crossing aimed at building a memorial to honor veterans.  For a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that aired Saturday (May 23), anchor Jay Plyburn sat with Ivy Owen of the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority. Owen described the event as an old fashioned, crowd pleasing party to benefit the Chaffee Crossing Historic District. He said the money raised will go towards funding the […]

  • Arkansas Blood Institute Hosting Its Largest Blood Drive

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Arkansas Blood Institute is gearing up for the summer with a blood drive encouraging people to donate. The military-themed 32nd Annual MASH Bash is scheduled to start Friday, May 29th at 8:30 a.m. For a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that aired Sunday (May 24), anchor Jay Plyburn spoke to Del Holloway with the Arkansas Blood Institute. Holloway said they plan to cook burgers and hot dogs in their vintage MASH bash event. He added that […]

  • PHOTOS: Heavy Rain At Fort Smith Pavilion

      FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Heavy rain overnight caused flooding at the Fort Smith Pavilion. As a result, Old Navy, Shoe Carnival and Sports Clips were all flooded. The Fort Smith Pavilion’s property managers contacted the three store owners that received damage in the early morning hours Wednesday (May 20). The owners of the Shoe Carnival said that the water was so high that they can’t even open their backdoor. They also told 5NEWS an emergency response team from Tulsa […]

  • An Effort To Bring A Local Golf Course To Life Is Working

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Deer Trails Golf Course at Chaffee Crossing was struggling to stay afloat at one point, but now things have turned around. It’s open and preparing for a two day tournament on its nine-hole course. For a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that aired (May 17), anchor Daren Bobb spoke to Steve Rader with Deer Trails and Ivy Owen of the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority. Both men said the course is having a great year and the […]

  • Memorial Day Run In Fayetteville, Benefits Local Disability Organization

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Twenty-five years since Congress passed the Americans With Disabilities Act, a Northwest Arkansas-based organization is holding several events to benefit a summer program for disabled school children. For a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that aired Sunday (May 17), anchor Daren Bobb was joined by Caitlin Wood and Laine Gates of the Arkansas Support Network. They discussed the non-profit’s “Third Annual Memorial Day Moving Together.” They told us that the network provides support statewide with a free summer […]

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    Greenwood City Leaders Working To Fix Bell Tower’s Clock

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The City of Greenwood is working to fix the clock on its bell tower considered to be the town’s center piece. For a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that aired Sunday (May 17), anchor Daren Bobb spoke to Robert McKinney of Greenwood parks about redeveloping the bell tower, which at one point was a wind up clock. McKinney told us the goal is to make the bell functional by the of 2015. He also said when city […]

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    Bentonville Based Dance Group Hosting Ballroom And Latin Dancing Classes

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – For those who ever wanted to learn ballroom or Latin dancing, then this summer is the chance for people to sign up with a Bentonville based professional dance group. For a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that aired Saturday (May 16), anchor Jay Plyburn spoke to Mark and Aura King who are both dance instructors with Dance King Productions. The pair has over 40 years of experience in teaching and performing ballroom and Latin dancing, with eight of […]

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    Air And Military Museum Kicks Off Its Airport Days

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Drake Field plays hosts to Airport Days, an annual event that started Saturday, May 16th, and which goes on the third Saturday of each month during the summer. This year the world’s only flyable 1950’s era CH-21 Helicopter is on display. For a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that aired Saturday (May 16), anchor Daren Bobb spoke to Russell Smith  and Rick McKinney with the Art and Military Museum in Fayetteville. They broke down what visitors should expect […]

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