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
  • Springdale Apartment Complex Fire Causes Evacuation

    In Springdale, emergency crews were called out at about 4:50 a.m. this morning to a fire at Foxfire Apartment Complex on West End.

  • Police: Woman Sexually Assaulted, Strangled; Intruder Arrested

    A 20-year-old man is behind bars after Springdale police say he broke into a home on Caboose Lane through an upstairs bedroom window, then sexually assaulted and strangled a woman almost to unconsciousness. Antonio Minniweather, who was arrested Wednesday (July 3), faces charges of second-degree sexual assault, residential burglary and aggravated assault, according to a news release from the Springdale Police Department. He was booked into the Washington County Detention Center at 1:41 a.m. on Thursday (July 4) and had […]

  • Fireworks Shows Come to NWA, River Valley

    Fans of fireworks in Northwest Arkansas were treated to a few shows across the area Wednesday night (July 3). The fireworks celebrations continue Thursday at several Fourth of July events in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. 5NEWS Reporter Austin Reed was at one celebration and has a preview of what’s to come (above). Click here for a list of local fireworks events.  

  • Police: Hit-And-Run Suspect Ran Because He Thought He Killed Victim

    Fayetteville police have caught up to the man suspected of striking a homeless man with his car before driving off earlier this week. The victim remains in serious condition in a Missouri hospital. Maurice Deshaun Evans, 22, was arrested Wednesday (July 3) on suspicion of leaving the scene of an injury accident, driving with a suspended license and not having insurance. He was booked Wednesday night into the Washington County Detention Center, where he awaits a bond hearing. The arrest […]

  • National Youth BB Gun Championship Hits Rogers

    Kids with BB guns filled the John Q Hammons Center in Rogers on Friday, readying for the weekend’s national BB gun championship. The largest national 5-meter BB gun match for youth attracted competitors from across the country for the three-day event, sponsored by BB gun maker Daisy, which is based in Rogers. “Well, it’s just a bunch of people that like to shoot and enjoy Daisy,” said Kevin Baische, a BB gun coach from Montana. “This is my fourth nationals […]

  • Store Gives Machete Facts After Homicide

    A Fort Smith man is accused of killing two people with a machete. Officials say it’s not illegal to carry the tool, often used in farming, in public. Southtown Sporting Goods in Fayettteville sells machetes, ranging in size from four to 18 inches and costing anywhere from $10 to $30 dollars. Workers at Southtown say machetes are a useful tool, especially for agriculture needs. “It’s not a knife, it’s not hatchet or an ax it’s in between,” said Gerald White […]

  • Parents Arrested After 5-Year-Old Shot In The Face

    The parents of the five-year-old Benton County boy who accidentally shot himself in the face earlier this week have been arrested and face several felony charges associated with the incident, according to Decatur police. Lawrence and Jessica Thompson were arrested Thursday (June 27) on suspicion of illegal possession of firearms, endangering the welfare of minors and tampering with evidence. The young special-needs child who accidentally shot himself was transported to a Siloam Springs hospital at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. He […]

  • Bird Flu Leads to Ban on Arkansas Poultry

    Arkansas poultry has been banned in Russia, Japan and Hong Kong — and in Mississippi and Georgia — after bird flu was discovered last week at a Scott County farm, a state official said Wednesday (June 26). In addition to those places banning the sale of Arkansas poultry, China is in discussions with state officials also about a possible ban, said Preston Scroggin, director of the state Livestock and Poultry Commission. The commission received confirmation of the positive test on […]

  • SUV Bursts Into Flames After Crashing Into Ditch

    A woman was hospitalized Friday night after authorities say she drove her sport utility vehicle off the side of a road and into a ditch, before the vehicle burst into flames. Ambulances, police and fire crews responded to the scene of the Washington County crash just off of Interstate 540, which was a call of a wreck with possible injuries and fire. The woman who lost control of her vehicle was taken by medical crews to the hospital with unspecified […]

  • Masked Man In Springdale Armed Robbery On The Loose

    Police are searching for a man in a mask they say robbed Springdale apartment occupants with a gun Friday morning while making the occupants take their clothes off. The suspect entered an apartment unit at the Links Apartments at about 10 a.m. A man, his 14-year-old daughter and his three-year-old child were home at the time. The masked gunman allegedly made the man tie up his teenager with a zip tie after forcing the man and the teenager to take […]

  • Siloam Springs Rodeo Celebrates 55 Years

    The 55th annual Siloam Springs Rodeo kicked off Thursday evening (June 20) at the rodeo fairgrounds. The event continues until Saturday night and advance tickets are $5 per person. 5NEWS Reporter Austin Reed was LIVE at the event Thursday and interviewed contestants, and one of the event organizers. Watch the video below for more:

  • Community Remembers Girl And Her Disappearance

    The re-appearance of the case of a local girl missing since 2006 has the people of Pea Ridge talking, including two who knew 15-year-old April Andrews and the woman who called 911 back in 2006. Deputies spent all of Monday and Tuesday draining a pond near Rogers to search for April’s remains. Investigators continued searching Wednesday, with their hands, shovels and equipment. Longtime Pea Ridge resident Lucy Hale still remembers the day she called 911 in November 2006, around the […]