Dillon Thomas joined the 5NEWS team as a reporter in Fayetteville. He now serves as a weekend night anchor, and weeknight reporter.

Dillon grew up in Aurora, CO, where he began his journalism career at Smoky Hill High School. He later enrolled at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Technical Communications, with a minor in Political Sciences in 2014.

While in college, Dillon bounced between sports and news anchoring. In 2013, Dillon worked in The White House as a politics reporter. He later returned to Colorado to work as a sideline reporter for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets.

Dillon is a Heartland Emmy nominated journalist, and the recipient of the Denver Press Club’s Damon Runyon Storytelling Award.

On his free time, Dillon can be found playing basketball, watching the NBA, rooting for the Denver Broncos, or scanning through social media. He looks forward to adding the Razorbacks to his sports watch-list.

Dillon believes everyone has a story, let him tell yours!

Follow Dillon on Twitter: @5NEWSDillon

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    Cancer Survivor Gives Back To Arkansas Children’s Hospital

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    University Space Expert Anticipates Release of ‘The Martian’

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    U Of A Video Helps Educate Students And Staff On Active Shooter Situations

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    Washington County Explorers Donate Biker Rally Proceeds To Crash Victims’ Families

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Once the motorcycles leave and Bikes, Blues & BBQ wraps up, local charities will be the beneficiaries of some of the money the rally brought in and a group of local children is following suit. Washington County Explorer Post 72 is charging $5 for parking at the Washington County Courthouse, but instead of putting the money toward trips for the group, they are donating it to two families that recently experienced a tragedy. Shelby Dotson, 15, died […]

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