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Heather Lewis was raised in the small town of Alma, Arkansas, and as a local girl, grew up watching 5NEWS.
She graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. After interning with 5NEWS, she fell in love with the news industry.
Heather joined the team as a reporter in 2011 and by the following year became a morning anchor.
When she’s not reporting, you can find her cheering on the Razorbacks, eating at favorite spots in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley, traveling, working out, or learning how to play the guitar.

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    5NEWS Fit: No Excuse Moms

    No Excuse Moms provide a free workout that will fit into a mom’s busy schedule. For these women, kids aren’t an excuse to not exercise. They’re part of a global movement called No Excuse Mom. It began with a California mother of three who posted a picture with the caption: What’s your excuse? Maria Kang’s story inspired Fort Smith mother of two Breann Glass to live an active, healthy lifestyle. She’s now group leader for No Excuse Moms Fort Smith. […]

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    Managing the Motherload: Mommy Must-Haves

    There are a ton of baby products on the market, but some really are better than others. The creators of NWAMotherlode.com, Gwen Rockwood and Shannon Magsam, gave us their top picks for baby products. Rockwood said the Quick Zip Crib Sheet is something she buys for all baby showers. It’s created to be the quickest sheet you will ever change. In the middle of the night when your child has an accident, you can just zip the sheet off then […]

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    NWA Foodie Recreates Thanksgiving Leftovers

    Are you tired of all the turkey sandwiches you eat with Thanksgiving leftovers? Lyndi Fultz, also known as NWA Foodie, is treating your taste buds by giving new life to leftovers. By combining leftover turkey, rolls, cranberry sauce, and goat cheese, you can make a delightfully, delicious hors d’oeuvre. It might actually be something you want to add to your menu for the holiday. If you roast vegetables as a side for Thanksgiving, add beets. Fultz combines plain yogurt, beets, […]

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    Working Mom: Natural State Parenting Supply

    A Fort Smith mom said she's using her resources to help other moms on their journey of parenting.

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    Managing the Motherload: Avoiding Comparisons

    When a baby rolls over or walks for the first time, parents often write the milestone in a baby book. Most new moms and dads anticipate every move. It’s natural to compare your baby to other babies, but don’t forget they all develop at a different pace. Gwen Rockwood and Shannon Magsam with NWAMotherlode.com gave some advice on avoiding comparisons.

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    Thousands Expected to Shop at Holiday Market

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The holiday shopping season is underway, and the Junior League of Fort Smith is helping you check off gifts on your list in a one stop shop. Holiday Market is a three-day shopping event with more than 120 merchant booths from across the country. They offer unique gifts for all ages. Proceeds benefit Junior League Fort Smith community projects. The holiday shopping event will take place November 20-22, 2014 at the Fort Smith Convention Center.

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    5NEWS Fit: Sparks Opens Nutrition Counseling Center

    Rather than use a workout to get healthy, why not try education? Nutrition can help your overall well-being, not to mention your figure. Dietitians said nutrition is not so much a diet, but a healthy lifestyle. In September, Sparks Health System opened the Nutrition Counseling Center in Fort Smith. The program helps patients manage their health and nutritional needs in an outpatient setting. Patients will have one-on-one time with a dietitian to develop an individual nutrition plan. They’ll also learn […]

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    Working Mom: Cross My Art

    What started out as a passion for painting, turned in to a way to make a living for Angela Avlos and her son, Brooks. “That was the main reason I started was to be able to have time with him,” Avlos said. “Family was number one, and I also wanted to kind of show him that even being a single mother, I could do this.” Avlos started her business small. She took custom orders and worked out of her house […]

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    Managing the Motherlode: Information Overload

    The creators of NWAMotherlode.com talk about how to best sort through all the information of becoming a new parent.

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    5NEWS Fit: Body and More

    In your 5NEWS Fit, we’re punching away the pounds with a workout specifically designed for women. The ladies of BAM aren’t just helping themselves get into better shape; they also give back to the community. “We’ve got women of all shapes and sizes that come in here scared to death, and we want them to know, you can do this,” owner Beverly Hosier said. Hosier created Body and More two years ago to encourage all women, no matter their size, […]

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    Working Moms: Hazel’s Haven

    Every week this month, we’re learning local business from women whose first job starts at home. In this working moms segment, we learn how a Fort Smith mother-daughter duo juggle running a fashion boutique while putting family first. On any given day, you’ll find three generations in Hazel’s Haven. “I’m very much following after my mom,” co-owner Meagan Matlock said. Matlock opened the business with her mom Cathy Tinder, also known as Momo to Matlock’s three-year-old daughter, Haven. “‘I loved […]


    Working Moms: Managing the Motherlode

    Being a working mom is one of the most challenging jobs out there, but two Rogers women have teamed up to help other mothers on the journey of parenting. Gwen Rockwood and Shannon Magsam know the worries of being a new mother. Like most of us, when they have questions, they turn to the internet. Six years ago, there wasn’t a gathering place for local moms to talk about the daily struggles of parenting though. “I thought we really need something like […]


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