Kate joined 5NEWS as the assignment editor for River Valley and Oklahoma areas during November 2016. She formerly worked as a crime reporter for two major, local newspapers, as well as the newspaper at the University of Arkansas. She was promoted to be a 5NEWS web producer during October 2017.

Kate is an Arkansas native and lives in Fayetteville. Above all, she LOVES spending time with her family, traveling and cooking. If you have story ideas and tips, email her a kate.jordan@kfsm.com or follow her on Twitter @5NEWSKATE, and she’ll do what she can to get it onto the website and social media platforms.


Recent Articles
  • PHOTOS: Viewers Share Severe Weather Photos

    Storms are sweeping through our area. We’d love to share photos. Send photos to news@kfsm.com.

  • Sequoyah County Resident Escapes After Car Swept Off Road

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) — A resident was able to escape after their vehicle was swept off the roadway due to rushing rain water. The driver, whom officials have yet to identify, escaped their vehicle safely. The Sequoyah County Swift Water Rescue Team were dispatched to the scene in Liberty to assist. Liberty Volunteer, Roland, Maple Rural and Muldrow Fire Departments, as well as Pafford Medical Services also assisted in the matter.  

  • Thousands In Area Without Power

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — Thousands of residents throughout the River Valley area are without power. Several OG&E and Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative customers are experiencing power outages due to severe weather. As of 7:45 p.m., Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative is reporting 1,626 without power in Sebastian County, 334 without power in LeFlore, 163 without power in Franklin County and 641 in Crawford County. A total of 3,238 customers are without power. At the same time, OG&E reports 56 without power […]

  • Police: Three Arrested After Woman Attempts To Buy Pizza With Obvious Counterfeit Bill

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Three people are facing felony charges after a woman reportedly tried to purchase pizza using a counterfeit bill, an arrest report states. The bills are being passed in Sebastian and Scott Counties, according to police. Gary Wayne Baxter is facing felony charges including  trafficking a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance with the purpose to deliver,possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor […]

  • These Are The Oklahoma Schools That Will Be Closed Friday

    OKLAHOMA (KFSM) — The following local Oklahoma schools will be closed Friday (April 13) due to teacher walkouts: Brushy Public Schools Cameron Public Schools Central Public Schools Gans Public Schools Muldrow Public Schools Roland Public Schools Sallisaw Public Schools Vian Public Schools  

  • Police: ‘Aggressive’ Pit Bulls Shot By Heavener Officer

    HEAVENER (KFSM) –One pit bull is dead and another is recovering after they were shot by a Heavener officer after the officer witnessed the two dogs showing aggressive tendencies that posed as threats to a residential area with many children, an incident report states. About 5:30 p.m. Saturday a neighbor reported two pit bulls had killed her cat, were running loose around the area of Blackwell Street, and that she was concerned for the safety of children in the area, the […]

  • Arkansas ‘Jane Doe’ Killed 36 Years Ago In Ohio Now Identified

    MIAMI COUNTY, Ohio (KFSM) —  An Arkansas woman who was killed in Ohio nearly four decades ago is now identified by investigators. The woman who was known as Jane Doe is now identified as Marcia L. King of North Little Rock. King was 21 when she was killed, according to a news release from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office. Ohio investigators released her identity Wednesday (April 11). The use of new technology and advanced investigation techniques helped to identify the body as […]

  • Two Found Dead Inside Camping Trailer In Springdale

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — Police are investigating after two people were found dead inside a camping trailer. Police were dispatched to a residence at 812 Mill St. shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday (April 10). Keri Hennington, 39, and Jesse Mounce, 27, were found dead inside a camping trailer that was parked at the residence, according to police. The bodies have been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy, police said. Police said they are continuing to investigating how the […]

  • Jury Selection Happening In Kickback Trial

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Jury selection has begun for former Senator Jon Woods’s federal trial that’s in connection with a kickback and bribery scheme. More than 60 potential jurors were at the federal courthouse today. Woods, a Springdale resident, has been indicted on 13 federal counts. He is facing 11 counts of honest services wire fraud, one count of money laundering and one count of honest services mail fraud. Former Representative Micah Neal, also of Springdale, pleaded guilty to setting up kickbacks while […]

  • Fayetteville Man Accused Of Rape

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A man is accused of rape. Ronald Wayne Thompson, 31, of Fayetteville is facing rape and violation of probation or a suspended sentence. Police were dispatched to a residence Saturday regarding a possible sexual assault. A woman reported she was raped by Thompson after she declined his sexual advances, an arrest report states.   Thompson told people at the residence that he was intoxicated, the report states. He is in the Washington County Detention Center in lieu […]

  • Oklahoma Senate Approves To Put Millions Into Classrooms

    Senators in Oklahoma approved measures that are said to send millions into state public classrooms. The school funding bill. HB1019XX, now awaits Gov. Mary Fallin’s signature. The bill requires online marketplaces to remit sales tax to Oklahoma or comply with notification requirements within the state, a news release states. It’s estimated that the bill will generate $20.5 million annually for classrooms, the release states. Senators also approved House Bill 3375, Friday. The bill is known as the “ball-and-dice” gaming bill. […]

  • Fayetteville Man Accused Of Manufacturing Counterfeit Opioids

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A man is facing several felony charges in connection with allegedly manufacturing counterfeit oxycodone mixed with fentanyl — a drug that is 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. Lewis R. Chafin, 27, of Fayetteville is facing eight felonies including manufacturing fentanyl, possession of fentanyl with the purpose to deliver, possession of LSD with the purpose to deliver, possession of morphine with the purpose to deliver, possession of oxycodone with the purpose to deliver, possession of […]