Daren Bobb has been a fixture in local media in western Arkansas since 1984. Originally from Jacksonville, Illinois, Daren graduated from the College of Broadcast Journalism at Lewis and Clark College in Godfrey, Illinois before moving to Fort Smith in 1984 to work in the news department at radio station, KTCS.

He first joined the KFSM news team in 1991, working behind the scenes as executive producer and newsroom manager. He remained with the station until 2000. In 1998, he also began working part-time for Clear Channel Radio, and in 2002, he became the full-time, on-air host on Newstalk 1650 KWHN.
In October 2006, he began his second tour of duty here at KFSM, where he serves as evening co-anchor.

Daren and his wife, Christine, have two children, Allison and Jake. They are active members of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fort Smith. He also is a past President of the Community Services Clearinghouse board in Fort Smith. He is President-elect of the Fort Smith Noon Exchange Club.

Recent Articles
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    Oklahoma Narcotics Bureau Tackles Marijuana Operations From The Sky

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) — A program used to rid Oklahoma of marijuana growing operations has been functioning for 32 years. Since 1983 when the program began, there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of plants found, according to the State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. “Back in the early 80’s, we were getting hundreds of thousands of plants,” said Howard Peters, an agent with the bureau. “Now we’re cut down a little bit, and a I I […]

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    Police ID Suspect Accused Of Shooting Man In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Fort Smith Police Department was searching for a man wanted in connection to a shooting behind El Super Taco located at 2100 Grand  Avenue Thursday (Aug. 27). Police said they are looking for Brandon Mathis, 18, in the shooting of Gustavo Delgado, 28. Delgado was shot at least twice, once in the leg and once in the arm or torso area, in the 2100 block of North I Street around 11:30 a.m., according to police. […]

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    30 Years Later, Remembering The Deadly Van Buren Log Town Hill Accident

    VAN BUREN (KFSM)- What has become known as the Log Town Hill accident is one of the deadliest accidents to ever happen in the River Valley. On June 21, 1985, a little before 8 p.m. that Friday night, an 18-wheeler loaded with frozen pork steaks lost its breaks and barreled down Log Town Hill in Van Buren. The truck went airborne after hitting the railroad tracks at the train depot. It landed on top of a station wagon with seven […]

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    Man Faces Manslaughter Charge After Explosion Kills 8 Year Old

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY, Okla. (KFSM) – A Sequoyah County man was arrested Monday after his eight-year-old cousin was killed in an explosion over the weekend, the sheriff says. Three others in the family were also arrested on suspicion of lesser charges. Brandon Martin, 22, faces a manslaughter charge after Sheriff Ron Lockhart said he fired a high-powered rifle at an outdoor stove full of the explosive material Tannerite in Liberty, Okla. The stove exploded and critically injured Jonathan Phelan, 8, who […]

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    Home Invasion In Sequoyah County Falsely Reported

    Deputies have learned that a potential home invasion in Sallisaw was falsely reported following a domestic dispute, according to the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office. One man is in jail accused of assault in the incident. A woman called authorities last night to report two men had broken into a home in Sallisaw, and upon further investigation, deputies discovered the altercation began as a domestic dispute and no burglary was committed. Thomas Condit has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. […]

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    The River Valley’s Biggest Stories of the Year

    We take a look back at some of the biggest news stories affecting the River Valley in 2012. The year began with the murder of a Fort Smith woman.  Cassie Cotta was found strangled to death off a county road in Crawford County.  Her husband Brent would eventually plead guilty to murder. A few days later, a Fort Smith man was found shot to death in an alley off South 17th street.  Brandon Fritts, of Sallisaw, was later found guilty […]

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    Daren Bobb, Keeping it Local 30 Years

    Every night on 5NEWS you see Daren Bobb delivering the day’s local news. It’s a perfect job for him, reporting on the area he loves. “I got married a year after moving to Fort Smith and my wife and I have loved every minute of living here.  Our two children were born and raised here, went through private school here. My daughter and son spent a number of summers playing softball and baseball, each of them winning a state championship […]

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    Woman Tied Up, Raped By Husband With Accomplice, Deputies Say

    A Sequoyah County husband and his cousin were arrested Sunday after deputies say they tied up the husband’s wife and raped her over the weekend, according to the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office. A 32-year-old woman was awoken Sunday morning by a figure standing above her head. The unknown male and the woman’s husband then used zip ties to tie the alleged victim’s arms and legs, according to the Sheriff’s Office. After being raped by her husband during the altercation, the […]

  • Springdale Woman Struck By Car Dies

    A Springdale pedestrian hospitalized last week after getting hit by a car died Monday, according to state police. Rosa Maldano, 71, died Monday morning, four days after being struck by a car on Thompson Street in Springdale, according to Arkansas State Police. She was hospitalized at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale on Thursday after being hit by a vehicle while crossing the street, police said. Her body temporarily remains at the hospital, according to state police. Local police identified the […]

  • 911 Calls, Video Released in Machete Murder Case

    Prosecutors have released new video taken moments before two men were killed in what police say was a machete attack in a Fort Smith alley last month. The video and 911 calls became available when Sebastian County Judge Stephen Tabor denied a motion to seal some files in the Gregory Aaron Kinsey capital murder case Tuesday (July 25). Surveillance video from inside the Dollar General on Grand Avenue near what would become a bloody crime scene shows Kinsey buying paper […]

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    Donated Building Materials Delivered to LeFlore, Scott Counties

    Over the past few weeks, 5NEWS and Yeagers Hardware have teamed up to ask for your donations to help those affected by massive flooding in LeFlore and Scott Counties. Those efforts paid off Friday (June 21) when a truck load of supplies was delivered to southern LeFlore County. “All of the different sources between church and here and Channel 5, we’ve raised in excess of $10,000” said Debra Clark, Yeagers owner. Yeagers took the money and purchased needed materials, like […]

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    VIDEO: Gunsmoke’s Buck Taylor Returns to Old Fort Days Rodeo

    Buck Taylor from Gunsmoke fame is in Fort Smith for the 80th Annual Old Fort Days Rodeo at Kay Rodgers Park. “This is pure American, bring the kids! Come by my booth, I’m real approachable, we’ll talk about Gunsmoke, and see some great athletes out there in the arena,” Taylor said. It’s his second year to attend the event. Last year Taylor served as Grand Marshal of the annual parade. The Old Fort Days Rodeo lasts until June 1. For […]


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