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Dillon Thomas joined the 5NEWS team in May of 2014 as a reporter in Fayetteville.

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!

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Recent Articles
  • Benton County Sheriff’s Race Candidate Paul Pillaro Addresses Open Carry, Jail Overcrowding

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – So far three candidates have entered the race to try to unseat current Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck. Currently Paul Pillaro is a lieutenant at the Lowell Police Department. He joined Siloam Springs police Cpl. Tim Filbeck and Glenn Latham, a senior systems administrator at Walmart and former detective in the sheriff’s offices in Benton and Washington counties, in the race for sheriff July 27. 5NEWS asked Pillaro about his stance on some of the most […]

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    Springdale Police Take Standoff Suspect Into Custody

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – The Springdale Police Department took a standoff suspect into custody on Wednesday afternoon (July 29), authorities say. The suspect was identified as Jorge Velazquez, 24, police said. On Wednesday morning, police responded to a person barricaded in a house, authorities say. Police say the standoff took place on Cave Creek Lane. According to authorities, Velazquez was armed inside the home during the standoff, and police found a firearm in the home. Police said the firearm was discharged […]

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    5NEWS Exclusive: Rico Cohn Speaks Out Following Release From Jail

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)– After spending multiple years in jail charged with capital murder Rico Cohn was released July 1. Rico Cohn’s attorney, Tony Pirani with the Nolan Caddelll Reynolds Law Firm, said his client has been innocent since day one of the investigation into the death of Nina Ingram in 2006. 5NEWS spoke with Cohn from his family’s home in Tennessee only weeks after he was released from jail. “It was a very scary feeling, knowing you are being arrested for […]

  • Heat Not Enough To Stop “Fifth Harmony” Fans From Concert

    ROGERS (KFSM) – The group “Fifth Harmony” was in Northwest Arkansas on Friday (July 24) night. Those in attendance had to fight the heat prior to the concert. Two ambulances were called to the venue prior to the concert, after some complained of heat exhaustion. The Walmart AMP gave free water out to those who were in line early.

  • New Arkansas Law Could Allow Firearms Inside Court Houses

    ARKANSAS (KFSM) – A new law that went into effect Wednesday (July 22) could allow guns into county buildings across the state, including inside court houses. Before the new amendment, only law enforcement officers and federal officials could bring firearms into county facilities. Now, if a county quorum court approves their own legislation, the right to conceal carry can be extended to county employees and county-wide elected officials. Washington County Justice of the Peace Eva Madison said she hadn’t heard […]

  • Three Razorback Basketball Players Arrested In Forgery Case Bond Out Of Jail

      FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – All three of the Razorback basketball players arrested in a forgery case bonded out of jail on Thursday (July 23), according to jail records. Anton Beard, 19, Dustin Thomas, 19, and Jacorey Williams, 21, were arrested on Wednesday (July 22) after police say they were caught using counterfeit $20 bills. They all bonded out of the Washington County Detention Center after 1 p.m. on Thursday. Each had a bond set at $2,500, according to jail records. […]

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    Bentonville Swim Coach Arrested, Accused Of Sexual Assault

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – A former Bentonville swim coach was arrested on Monday (July 20) after police say he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy. Stephen Duwel, 50, was booked into the Benton County Jail on Monday at 5:26 p.m. and faces charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and Internet stalking of a minor, according to jail records. Duwel was the head coach for the Northwest Arkansas Aquatics Sharks for 15 years, but has been suspended indefinitely, according to the team board. He […]

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    Community And City Developers Discuss Revitalizing Downtown Springdale

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM)- Desolate, but full of potential. That is how residents described downtown Springdale at a meeting Tuesday (July 21) where city leaders and the Downtown Springdale Alliance (DSA) launched an effort to develop a master plan for the downtown area. The master plan is part of the community-driven Downtown Springdale Initiative and will eventually be complied into a final planning and development document by H3 Studios, a St. Louis-based urban design firm hired by the city and DSA. “Too […]

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    Washington County Justice Of The Peace Won’t Attend Animal Shelter Meetings

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Washington County Justice of the Peace Sue Madison won’t be attending two special quorum court meetings that were called to discuss additional funding for the Washington County Animal Shelter, officials said. In a letter to Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards on Monday (July 20), Madison said she won’t be attending either meeting, citing previous plans to spend that time with family. The animal shelter has already used all of its funding for 2015, officials said. As a result, an […]

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    Arkansas National Guard Temporarily Closes Recruiting Offices

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – The Arkansas National Guard has temporarily closed its recruiting offices due to arming protocols and weapons training, according to Lt. Col. Keith Moore of the Arkansas National Guard. He also said the phone numbers to each recruiting office are still usable, but those National Guard recruiting sites have been pulled back into an armory temporarily. Moore said the “storefront” offices have been closed since Friday and will reopen when staff feels it safe to do so. […]

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    Local American Legion Post Honors Chattanooga Shooting Victims

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) – American Legion Post 341 in Bella Vista honored those who were killed in the Chattanooga, TN, shooting, by leaving empty bar stools at their post during a recent event. Post Commander Douglas Grant said he didn’t originally know the seats would be reserved. However, Grant added he was proud of his members when he found out why the seats were saved. The idea was thought up by Kenny Butts. Butts said it was a way to […]

  • Rodeo Wraps Up In Siloam Springs

    SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) – The Siloam Springs Riding Club’s rodeo wrapped up its 57th year. Daniel Kelly traveled nearly an hour from Goshen, to Siloam Springs, to see the rodeo with his family. “I have been around it my whole life, and we really enjoy it,” Kelly said. “The crowd, and the people, are really good people. It’s just a nice place to be, and a nice place to raise your kids here.” Event organizers said they have an environment […]


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