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
  • Rogers Man Implicated In Murder Case, Car Dealership Scheme

    Three Rogers men are now connected to a murder case that began as a scheme involving fraud, a local car dealership and the car dealer’s death at the end of a gun. New records show authorities believe a Rogers cancer research director, who became the subject of an FBI raid, may be an accessory to murder. James W. Bolt, arrested last week in a federal fraud investigation that began with a raid of his cancer research center, was ordered Wednesday […]

  • No Plans Yet To Dump T-Shirt Launcher After Student’s Mishap

    Despite a student’s hospitalization and subsequent surgery last Saturday, officials don’t yet have any definitive plans to discontinue using a T-shirt cannon at Razorbacks football games going forward. The chancellor, though, remains hopeful usage of the launcher can continue if safe. University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart told 5NEWS on Thursday that the athletic department is examining the situation and weighing the safety concerns following a malfunction that resulted in a student’s injury. A decision to discontinue the launcher […]

  • Motorist Reportedly Hits Bear Or Dog After Search

    Police say a driver struck what appeared to be a black bear or large dog Wednesday night, a few hours after authorities scaled down their search for a bear that had been roaming around Johnson Road in Springdale. The motorist called police at 9:45 p.m., saying their car had struck an animal near the intersection of Don Tyson Parkway and 48th Street. The animal scurried off, and responding officers were unable to locate it, according to Springdale police. Authorities are […]

  • Former Razorback Bonds Out Of Jail In Murder Case

    Police arrested a former University of Arkansas football player Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree murder after he allegedly went into a “rage” and punched a man to death. Josh Melton, 33, was arrested in connection with a Fayetteville death after allegedly telling a 911 operator he was unable to wake the victim after a fight following an all-night alcohol binge, according to a preliminary report from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office. Melton was released from the Washington County Detention Center […]

  • VIDEO: Water Main Break Floods Fayetteville Street

    Water temporarily covered a Fayetteville street Wednesday, prompting workers to block off the roadway throughout the day. A city water main broke on Center Street at the Fayetteville Square at about 11 a.m., said David Jurgens, director of city utilities. Officials quickly responded and blocked off the street, clearing the way for construction workers to begin repairs, Jurgens said. Workers dug up a section of the street to reach the affected water main, and replaced part of the piping by […]

  • March on Washington’s 50th anniversary commemoration draws tens of thousands

    (CBS NEWS) Tens of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 March on Washington, listening as political and civil rights leaders reflected on the legacy of racial progress over the last half-century and urged Americans to press forward in pursuit of King’s dream of equality. The event, which was sponsored by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, Martin Luther King III and the NAACP, featured […]

  • 2,600 Firefighters Try to Contain “Dynamic” Yosemite Fire

    Bone-dry grass and brush Saturday fed flames as more than 2,600 crew members struggled to corral a still-growing wildfire in California's Sierra foothills.

  • Woman Faces Child Sexual Indecency Charge For Facebook Photos

    A 21-year-old Fayetteville woman faces a felony charge of sexual indecency with a child after a 14-year-old juvenile told police the two had exchanged explicit photographs on Facebook. Taasha Yoakum was booked in the Washington County Detention Center on Friday evening and has a bond of $5,000, according to the Sheriff’s Office website. Yoakum has a Sept. 16 court date. A preliminary police report said an investigation was started after a person called police Wednesday to tell officers about explicit […]

  • Tontitown Shooting Suspect Arrested; Faces 8 Felonies

    A Fayetteville man faces eight felony charges after being arrested as a suspect in a shooting Thursday morning in Tontitown. Austin Wenger, 20, was arrested by Washington County Sheriff deputies at approximately 4:11 a.m. Saturday and booked in the Washington County Detention Center at 10:18, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Wenger faces two charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault and single charges of terroristic threatening, second-degree domestic battery, being a felon in possession of a firearm and interference with […]

  • Police: Man Wrestled With Gunman While Child, Woman Escaped

    A suspected gunman in a Siloam Springs apartment shooting has been arrested. Police said he opened fire while attempting to rob an apartment with a man, woman and child inside. The man wrestled with the suspect, while the woman and child escaped. Tyler J. Ivey, 23, of Gravette, was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of aggravated residential burglary and aggravated assault. He was transported to the Benton County Jail after receiving medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries at Siloam Springs Regional […]

  • VIDEO: 6 Hospitalized In Rogers Wreck

    Six people, including two children, were hospitalized early Wednesday night (Aug. 21), in Rogers after a wreck halted traffic on Dixieland Road. Emergency crews responded at about 6:30 p.m. to a serious traffic crash near the intersection of Dogwood Street and Dixieland Road. Six people were rushed away by ambulances—four to Northwest Medical Center in Springdale and two to Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, according to emergency crews at the scene. Bryan Hinds with the Rogers Fire Department told 5NEWS […]

  • Fort Smith Boy On Bike Struck By Jeep

    A 6-year-old boy sustained minor injuries after he was struck by a Jeep while he was riding his bicycle. The Fort Smith Fire Department responded to the accident at around 8 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 18) on the 2500 block of North 41st Street. Officials said the boy had a sprained wrist but no broken bones. Witnesses said the gold Jeep was driven by a woman, who got out to check on the boy’s condition after hitting him. Officers said she […]