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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.

Recent Articles
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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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    5NEWS Fit: Cardiac Rehabilitation

    Every year, tens of thousands of Americans have a heart attack, according to the American Cancer Association. After receiving care, most people enter cardiac rehabilitation. Staying in shape wasn’t always one of Jack Turner’s top priorities. “About the last year, I hadn’t felt like doing anything, and that’s the reason why because I had some stopped up arteries,” Turner said. It was a close call for Turner after suffering a heart attack. He had stints put into his heart and […]

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    Fort Smith Seniors Write Inspiring Graduation Speeches

    These graduation speakers said the journey is just beginning for their senior class.

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    FHS Senior Eager To Speak at Graduation

    Senior Natalie Counce won over the judges with her speech this year at Fayetteville High School.

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    Local Schools Shift Away From Valedictorians, Audition Students to Speak at Graduation

    The days of the class valedictorians giving a speech at high school graduation have come to and end. Many local schools said they now audition seniors to speak at commencement.

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    Fire Destroys Three Businesses in Bella Vista

    A fire broke out at TH Rogers Lumber and then spread to two other businesses.


    Juvenile Arrested For Reporting False Abduction

    A Van Buren boy was arrested after he filed a false police report claiming a man attempted to kidnap him. The boy, whose name won’t be released due to his age, is facing a felony charge of filing a false police report and a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of governmental operations, according to a report released by Van Buren Police. Shortly after 7:30 a.m. Thursday (April 24), the juvenile told authorities a man in a red pick-up followed him near […]

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    5NEWS Fit: Reducing Risk Of Falling For Older Adults

    Feeling off-balance is a scary thing for many older adults. Many give up activities they enjoy just to reduce their risk of injury, but a new program at Summit Medical Center in Van Buren is teaching senior citizens how to beat their fear of falling and stay active. Albert O’Donnell does physical therapy twice a week at Summit. “Just getting older, you notice that sometimes you have balance problems,” O’Donnell said. He, like many his age; know a fall could […]


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