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
  • Bella Vista Bypass Section Gets $52 Million Bid

    State highway officials accepted a $52.7 million bid Wednesday for construction of a six-mile portion of the Bella Vista Bypass, according to the Northwest Arkansas Council. After opening up construction bids on the project, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department accepted the apparent low bid from Kolb Grading LLC, a company out of Weldon Spring, Mo. The three other bids ranged from $56.9 million to $78.2 million, according to the council. “This project has been in the works for 30 […]

  • The New AMP Creating New Jobs

    With the Arkansas Music Pavilion, otherwise known as “The AMP”, moving to a new home in Rogers, from Fayetteville, residents of Benton county said this will create lots of new business opportunities. A number of new restaurants, hotels and office space are popping up left and right near the new AMP, which Wal-Mart is sponsoring. Hundreds of jobs are being created left and right, according to officials. View 5NEWS anchor Austin Reed’s report above for more details.

  • Van Buren Man Hospitalized In Shop Fire

    Firefighters are working to put out a structure fire and grass fire on Catcher Rd. in Van Buren.

  • Senator Endorsing Minimum Wage Hike In Arkansas

    United States Senator Mark Pryor has formally endorsed a proposal to raise the minimum wage in all of Arkansas. Officials said the initiative will need 62,507 signatures of registered votes by July 7 for it to appear on the ballot in November. Pryor spoke at a function in Little Rock on Saturday (Feb. 22) that the proposal is just the right thing to do. The proposal would raise the state’s current $6.25 per hour minimum wage to $7.50 per hour […]

  • Bentonville Teacher On Paid Leave Pending Police Investigation

    The police investigation may soon wrap up in the case of a Bentonville middle school teacher who was suspended last week, according to the spokeswoman for the Bentonville School District. The instructor at Ardis Ann Middle School has been on paid leave since Feb. 12 for unknown reasons. School officials would not release the teacher’s name or why he was suspended. Shortly after the teacher was suspended, spokeswoman Mary Ley revealed the instruction was under investigation by the Bentonville Police […]

  • Search Underway For Name And Mascot Of New Bentonville High School

    A new high school will soon to be built for the Bentonville School District, but it still needs a name and a mascot. School officials extended the deadline for submitting suggestions to the district, now set for Monday. “What really excited me about this is people are looking forward to the new high school, and they want to be a part of the process,” said school district spokeswoman Mary Ley. From the usual suspects like Bengals and Falcons, to unique […]

  • Bentonville Superintendent To Negotiate Contract With School Board

    The Bentonville superintendent is one step closer to having his contract renewed, following a School Board vote Thursday night to enter negotiations to work out out new deal in the near future. The meeting was called to discuss whether to renew Supt. Michael Poore’s contract, amid allegations the board’s president was trying to get rid of the superintendent. The Bentonville School Board voted unanimously Thursday night to “negotiate an amended three-year employment agreement for the same compensation terms, but with […]

  • Police, K-9 Units Search Campus After Bomb Threat

    Bentonville police patrolled the high school Thursday and Friday (Feb. 21) after a bomb threat was found Thursday afternoon in one of the bathrooms. The bomb squad’s K-9 units were also brought in. “This morning I didn’t give it too much thought because I saw they were going to be cleaning, sweeping the school overnight, making sure everything was safe for the kids,” said Veeliscia Hornsby, Bentonville mom. The threat was found on a bathroom wall in the school’s south […]

  • Perfect Weather For UA Baseball Opening Weekend

    Thousands of fans came out Sunday (Feb. 16) to watch the University of Arkansas baseball team in Fayetteville play their opening weekend series. With the weather so nice, fans said it feels like baseball season! Many people enjoyed the sunshine and warmer temperatures other ways too. 5NEWS anchor Austin Reed has the full story in the video above.

  • Police: 7-Year-Old Boy Hit By UA Transit Bus

    A 7-year-old boy was run over by a University of Arkansas transit bus in Fayetteville Saturday afternoon (Feb. 15), police say. Sgt. Craig Stout, Fayetteville Police Department spokesman, said the boy was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center in “bad” condition. Crews on the scene told 5NEWS the boy was playing chase with other kids and ran out into the street, but he didn’t see the bus. “Bus honked it’s horn, the child recognized the bus was coming tried to […]

  • Michael Dunn Convicted Of Attempted Murder; Hung Jury On Murder

    Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) — The Florida jury in the case of Michael Dunn found him guilty on four charges, including three for attempted second-degree murder, but they couldn’t reach a verdict on the most significant charge — first-degree murder in the death of Jordan Davis. After the decisions in the “loud music” trial were read at about 7 p.m. Saturday in court, Judge Russell Healey — who moments before had said that the jury had reached a verdict on all […]

  • Flags Fly At Half-Staff For Arkansas Pilot

    Gov. Mike Beebe has ordered flags to fly at half-staff Saturday (Feb. 15) to honor an Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot who died when his plane crashed. Jake Harrell was killed when his plane went down Jan. 31 in a remote part of the Ouachita National Forest. Searchers looked for the plane for days but it wasn’t discovered until Feb. 11. Harrell had been searching for wildfires for the Arkansas Forestry Commission at the time of the crash. He also worked […]