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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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    Vehicle Flips Over Into Creek, One Hospitalized

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – A vehicle went off the road and flipped into a creek near the Northwest Arkansas Regional airport on Friday afternoon (Feb. 27),  police say. One man was taken to a local hospital. Officials say weather may have played a role in the crash. Traffic is heavily delayed on the way to XNA. DEVELOPING: vehicle drives off road near XNA. Officials say weather may have played role in crash. @5NEWS #arwx — Dillon Thomas (@5NEWSDillon) February 27, […]

  • Local Attorney Supports Bill That Abolishes Arkansas Death Penalty

    FAYETEVILLE (KFSM)- A former public defender in Washington and Benton Counties is urging Arkansas legislators to abolish the death penalty in Arkansas. Tony Pirani, who identifies as a Republican, said he believes the state should be held to higher standards. On Wednesday (Feb. 25) Pirani testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Little Rock to support a bill filed by Sen. David Burnett, D-Osceola. “One person wrongfully executed is too many,” Pirani said. Pirani said he used to be for […]

  • Winter Weather Cancels Red Cross Blood Drives; Causes Blood Shortage

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM)- Dozens of blood drives have been cancelled across Arkansas this year because of winter weather, according to the American Red Cross. In Arkansas, the Red Cross missed out on collecting about 986 pints of blood, which comes out to more than 123 gallons, after 34 blood drives were cancelled so far in 2015, Red Cross Communication Manager Danielle Ray said. One of the blood drives that was cancelled in February was organized by Kimberly Crumby and her […]

  • Organic Foods Store Options Growing In Fayetteville In 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)– Shoppers in Fayetteville will have two more locations to shop local and organic in the coming months. Right now, the only grocery store that sells exclusively local and organic products is Ozark Natural Foods, but Natural Grocers and Whole Foods will both be opening this year. Carrie Davis shops at ONF. “We’ve always tried to shop [at ONF]” she said. “And be supportive of our local farmers.” Davis adds that she trusts the products sold at the store. […]

  • County Contemplates Closing Historic War Eagle Bridge

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – The War Eagle Bridge is considered one of the most historic bridges in Arkansas. The state says the bridge is in bad shape, and now the county faces having to close it, because the State Highway Department says the iconic bridge is in need of significant repairs. Every year, for the past three years, the county has been warned of faults in the bridge. Now, County Judge Bob Clinard says a decision has to be made. […]

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    17-Year-Old That Died After An SUV Plunged Into Lake Atalanta Identified

    ROGERS (KFSM) – A 17-year-old boy, identified as Trenton Whitfield, was killed when the SUV he was riding in crashed into Lake Atalanta in Rogers on Friday (Feb. 20), according to officials. Justin Richards, 18, was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo around the west side of the lake when the vehicle slid on the icy road, traveled down the embankment and into the water, according to police. Richards and a 15-year-old passenger in the back seat of the SUV were […]

  • U Of A Student Hits Half-Court Shot; Wins $5,000

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A senior at the University of Arkansas has won $5,000, after he hit a half-court shot at the Razorbacks Basketball game on Wednesday (Feb. 18.) Brendan Oman was the student who made two layups, a free throw, and one half-court shot to win the game, which was sponsored by Arkansas Federal Credit Union. “The emotion takes over, and you start going crazy,” Oman recalled. “I had no feel for it. I didn’t know if it was going […]

  • Two Men Arrested In Police Impersonation Case, Deputies Say

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – Two men were arrested in a police impersonation case, according to a news release. On Friday (Feb. 13) at 10:03 p.m., detectives with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office pulled over a suspected law enforcement vehicle for improper display of a license plate near Bulldog Avenue in Benton County, deputies said. The car caught their attention because it had an Ohio license plate displayed through the rear window of the vehicle, the release states. Though the vehicle was […]

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    Man Expected To Be Okay After Crashing Into Culvert On I-49

    LOWELL (KFSM)- A man whose vehicle lost control on Interstate 49 in Lowell and crashed into a culvert Tuesday (Feb. 17) is expected to be okay, according to Arkansas State Police. A trooper with ASP said the driver, identified as Nicholas Kissinger, was driving southbound on I-49 in the outside lane around 8:45 p.m. when his tire hit the snow and ice on the shoulder, causing him to lose control. The car then went across the southbound off ramp at […]

  • I-49 Complimented For Clear Condition; Roads Refreeze Over Night

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) – Many drivers told 5NEWS they have noticed how much better the roads in Benton and Washington Counties are this year, compared to how they were last year following several winter storms. Danny Straessle with the Arkansas Highway Department said crews started treating roads as early as last Thursday (Feb. 12.) He also said they upgraded their equipment, started early, and used straight salt this year, so road conditions were better for drivers. “One thing that was […]

  • Winter Weather Threatens School On Monday

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Winter weather is expected to make its way into Northwest Arkansas Sunday (Feb. 15.) Temperatures in Fayetteville almost reached the 70’s on Saturday (Feb. 14.) With the possibility of snow in the forecast, some parents like Ani Hendrick say they are glad road crews are ready for any possibility of storms. “I’m just glad they said they are going to pretreat the roads,” Hendrick said. “So, at least if it ices, the mains roads aren’t going to […]

  • Fat Saturday Parade Of Fools Welcomed With Warm Temperatures

      FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Mardi Gras festivities kicked off on Dickson St. in Fayetteville on Saturday (Feb. 14.) Hundreds filled the city’s streets for the Fat Saturday Parade of Fools. “The atmosphere is awesome, so is the weather. You can’t beat the weather right now,” said Chip Benedict, a parade attendee. The event featured live music, vendors, food, and plenty of bead-tossing. Ava Benedict was one of the many kids who were sporting their favorite beads. “I like the purple […]


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