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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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    Back-to-School Shopping Apps

    If you find back-to-school shopping as overwhelming as the holiday rush, consider some apps to help.

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    Flooding Evacuates Johnson Nursing Home, Nearby Residences

    An assisted living center and multiple residences were evacuated after flash flooding swept through parts of Johnson Wednesday morning.

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    5NEWS Fit: Aqua Zumba

    We all know swimming is good exercise, but have you ever danced in the water? We’re wrapping up our 5NEWS Fit Zumba series with a unique class. “It’s like a pool party with exercise,” said student Ryan Berkins. Splash your way into shape with Aqua Zumba. “It’s your body going against the water resistance, so you’re strengthening, toning everything on top and getting your cardio workout,” said instructor Cecelia Pellin-Stephens. Pellin-Stephens has been an Aqua Zumba instructor at Marvin Altman […]

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    Flooding Closes NWA Roads

    Heavy rain overnight could affect your morning commute.

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    Fort Smith Man Arrested in Fianna Hills Pot Bust

    A Fort Smith man has been arrested after police say they discovered more than 100 marijuana plants inside a home in Fianna Hills. Chi Hieu Pham, 23, was taken to the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center where he faces charges of manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police. Authorities responded the home at 3616 Coventry Lane shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday (July 30). Police on scene say the marijuana plants […]

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    Woman Drowns in Scott County Creek

    A River Valley woman drowned Saturday (July 27) while swimming in a swollen creek on Brushy Hollow Road in Scott County. According to Lt. D.J. Pyles with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, 30-year-old Jodie Hogan was swimming with three friends in runoff water from Lake Hinkle which was covering the road. Lt. Pyles said Hogan got caught in a current that pushed her into a culvert under a low-water bridge. “These folks decided to go swimming off of that low-water […]

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    Best Start: Sending Kids Off To College

    Moving away from home for the first time can be difficult for both parents and students. Dr. Susan Averitt with Best Start Pediatrics has some advice on how to adjust when your kids head to college.

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    5NEWS Fit: ZumbAtomic

    This 5NEWS Fit is for all you parents who have energetic little ones who love to dance. ZumbAtomic is a Zumba class designed just for kids. Tracey Harper is the instructor at Marvin Altman Fitness in Fort Smith. After years of taking the adult classes, she says she wanted to involve her daughters. “You never know what you’re going to expect,” said Harper. “If you’re going to get little bitty ones or bigger ones, so you kind of have to […]

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    PayPal Accidentally Credits Man $92 Quadrillion

    Chris Reynolds' PayPal account was erroneously credited $92,233,720,368,547,800.

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    5NEWS Fit: Zumba

    If it looks like a dance party, that’s because it is one. “We call it Zumba parties because when you come to the class, it’s not a class,” said Zumba Instructor Carlos Hernandez. “It’s a party because people get excited about the music.” You’ve probably heard of Zumba, but have you tried it? Instructor Carlos Hernandez at Powerhouse Gym in Fayetteville said it changed his life. “I was a little bit overweight,” said Hernandez. “I weighed probably a 190 pounds.” […]

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    J.K. Rowling Revealed As Secret Author Of Crime Novel

    "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling donned an invisibility cloak of her own for her new novel.

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    5NEWS Fit: Triathlete Overcomes Blindness

    Since Michael Stone first started running, he was hooked. He’s done many marathons and 11 Ironman Triathlons all without seeing. “The brighter things are, the less I see, everything is washed out.” said Stone. Stone was born with vision, but lost his sight over time. He’s now legally blind because of a retinal degenerative disease. Last year, he got his guide dog, Wrigley. “He’s pulled me back several times from getting hit by cars on corners of streets, crossing streets,” […]


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