Austin Reed is happy to finally call the South, his home again. Austin was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina and joined the 5NEWS team in May 2013, as weekend anchor and weekday reporter. Austin works out of both the Fayetteville and Forth Smith newsrooms.

Austin loves meeting the folks of Northern Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma, sharing their stories and making history, all at the same time.

When Austin isn’t working, he loves to spend time with his wife and pets (one dog and two cats), try new restaurants, enjoy the state’s gorgeous outdoors, volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and root for his favorite basketball team, the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Recent Articles
  • Report: Springdale Man Makes Beer Run After Killing Mother

    A Springdale man accused of shooting his mother in the back of the head and killing her had his initial court appearance on Monday (March 10) at the Washington County Detention Center. At the routine hearing, a magistrate judge set Scott Rocha’s arraignment date on April 11. Rocha is being held without bond at the detention center. Rocha killed his mother following an all-day drinking binge and then went to get more beer after being unable to load her into […]

  • Man Found With Missing Girl Was Nabbed In 2 Other Child Sex Cases

    The Fayetteville man arrested Wednesday at a local motel with a 15-year-old missing girl has been arrested at least twice before in child sex cases, according to court records. Jimmie Doyle Capehart, 21, was arrested by the Fayetteville Police Department after being found at a Fayetteville Motel 6 with a missing 15-year old girl, officials said. He received probation in a 2010 child sex case and a two-year prison term in another case involving an underage girl the next year, according […]

  • Madison County Still Digging Out From Snow & Ice

    While some counties in Northwest Arkansas have mostly thawed out from this past weekend’s ice and snow storm, one county is still battling mother nature. 5NEWS reporter Austin Reed takes us to Madison county where schools there, are still closed and will be Thursday (March 6) as well.

  • Man Killed In Crash On Snowy Interstate Identified

    One person was killed and two others were hospitalized in a single-vehicle accident on snowy Interstate 540 between Exits 81 and 82 in Rogers on Sunday (March 2), officials said. The person who was killed, 35-year-old Bruce Kanki of Springdale, was ejected from a 2004 Dodge Durango that left the roadway and plunged down an embankment into a rock creek bed about 1:55 p.m., according to an Arkansas State Police report. He had been riding in the back seat and […]

  • Scott County To Fix Broken Levee

    After almost a year, Scott county has a sponsor to fix their broken levee. Flooding last spring damaged the levee, destroyed homes and killed five people, including Scott county sheriff Cody Carpenter and Arkansas Game and Fish warden Joel Campora. Scott county judge James Forbes said after months of searching, the poteu water conservation district has agreed to sponsor the leevee. According to county officials, once all the paperwork is signed and they find a contractor they will have the […]

  • Demolition Begins For Historic Hot Springs Hotel

    Demolition of the Majestic hotel started early Saturday morning (March 1). The historic hotel in Hot Springs was partially destroyed by a fire that started Thursday afternoon. Firefighters spent hours containing the fire to the fifth and fourth floors and say part of the hotel’s back wall collapsed. The hotel was shut down back in 2006, so police say there shouldn’t have been anyone inside. Still no word on what caused the blaze. The hotel has been around since 1902.

  • Report: Bus That Hit Boy Was Speeding; No Citation Issued

    The University of Arkansas Razorback Transit bus that struck a 7-year old boy on Saturday (Feb. 15) was traveling 10 mph over the speed limit, but the driver did not receive a speeding ticket or any other traffic citation, according to a Fayetteville Police Collision Report. The bus, driven by Christina Razinha, 26, was going 35 mph in a 25 mph zone at 573 N. Betty Jo Drive when the child, Michael J. Lewallen, ran onto the street, according to […]

  • Officials Tout New “One Stop Shop” For Taxpayers, Despite $70,000 Error

    A new office for some Benton county employees will soon open in Rogers. However, the new building is already in the red, according to county leaders. The building at 1428 Walnut St. used to house USA Drug, but in just a few days, it will be the home to what county leaders are calling a “one-stop-shop” for taxpayers. The new facility will house the Benton County assessor, the county collector, county clerk and the state revenue office, which serves drivers. County residents […]

  • Benton County Officials Address FEMA Money For Flood Repairs

    Flood waters last May ripped through Benton County, damaging millions of dollars in property. Now the county knows how much money it will get from the federal government. A report outlining all of the flood damages has been released by county officials, showing the total cost of repairs as $3.5 million. County leaders said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will pay 75 percent, and the state will cover 12.5 percent. The county will pay the remaining amount. “I think it’s good news. […]

  • VIDEO: Returning Soldier Surprises Daughter

    A local armed services member surprised his daughter at school Thursday, as she was unaware he was back from a stint in the Middle East. Staff Sgt. Tim Downing just returned from Afghanistan after an eight-month tour. He saw his daughter for the first time in almost a year while surprising her at an assembly at Mary Mae Jones Elementary School in Bentonville. The sergeant and the kindergartner wrapped their arms around each other while students and staff looked on. […]

  • 15-Year-Old Girl Detained In Har-Ber Lockdown After Gun Tip

    Several Springdale Har-Ber High School students were detained by police for questioning after a tip about a student gunman led to a lockdown at the school, said Lt. Derek Hudson with the Springdale Police Department. As first reported by 5NEWS, a girl was suspected of bringing a gun to school, prompting the lockdown. Police later confirmed a 15-year-old girl was taken in for additional questioning following the investigation at the school. Police responded to the school on Thursday afternoon at […]

  • Study Shows Which Cars Last To 200,000 Miles

    A new study from shows the top 12 cars most likely to reach 200,000 miles. Just several years ago, a car or pickup truck nurtured by its owner to run for 200,000 miles or more was an exceptional case. Now there are thousands of cars on the road that top that mileage milestone with some of them even up for resale, according to a new study. “I thought it is pretty interesting because I drive a Toyota Tacoma, and […]