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Jocelyne Pruna joined the 5NEWS team in October 2011 and is super excited to stay in Northwest Arkansas. She was born in Miami, Florida but has called Fayetteville home since 2000.

She graduated from Fayetteville High School with high honors and received her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science with a minor in Spanish at the University of Arkansas. At the U of A, she made the Dean’s List, received the Broadcast Education Association Scholarship, and the Trish Joyner Journalism Scholarship.

Before joining the 5NEWS team, she worked for La Prensa Libre where she contributed to the newspaper since 2006. She worked for KUAF, the local NPR affiliate, producing on air public service announcements. She also worked for Univision Arkansas covering Northwest Arkansas, the River Valley, and Little Rock.

Her passion, other than news, is encouraging students to get a college education

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  • Back to School

    It’s Back to School Time in NWA

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM)- It’s 6-year-old Jake Carr’s first day of kindergarten at Janie Darr Elementary School in Rogers. He said he was “happy” to be in school. His mom Cindy said, “He was ready to come just because his sister has been here for two years. So it was a little easier probably than most kindergartners.” Cindy had mixed emotions about leaving her son behind in Mrs. Wilkins class. “It’s bitter-sweet, Cindy said. “I mean we are glad he’s going […]

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    Deadly Car Accident In Elkins

    ELKINS (KFSM) – A driver was killed after he lost control of his Huyndai Sonata Saturday (Aug. 16) about 11 a.m., according to a state police report. The report states Billy Vanbrunt was traveling eastbound on highway 16 near Elkins when he drove off the road. Vanbrunt crashed into a ditch as well as branches and a small tree, state police said. The driver’s car then got a flat tire, went up an embankment overturning his car before coming to a stop […]

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    Teacher Celebrations Before Back To School

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM)- Fayetteville, Rogers and Bentonville School Districts are having activities for teachers Friday (Aug. 15) three days before their students return to class. In Bentonville at the high school’s Arend Arts Center, close to 2,000 faculty and staff are meeting to celebrate the start of the school year. There will be a vendor fair featuring businesses from across Northwest Arkansas. The event started at 8 a.m. Superintendent Michael Poore is outlining the school year’s goals as well as […]

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    Benton County Fair: It’s The Sheep’s Turn to Shine

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM)- Martha Elvira Smith-Gomez, 9, has been training her lambs Fudge and Daffodil for months. She’s part of the 4H Club in Decatur in Benton County. Kids and teens compete in the Market Lamb Show at the Benton County Fair. They are divided in age groups. “I’ve been showing for six years now and I’m pretty good at it,” Smith-Gomez said. Smith-Gomez was the grand champion in the five to eight year olds division in 2013. However, this […]

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    Second Walmart Supercenter Opens In Springdale

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM)- A Walmart Supercenter on Elm Springs Road had its grand opening ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 13). It created about 300 jobs. There were vendors and a ribbon cutting ceremony. There are two Walmart Supercenters in Springdale. The other Walmart is off of hwy 71. Sherry Curtis- Swenson is the store manager. She’s from Springdale and started her career at the other Walmart in town 21 years ago as a cashier. “I’m from this area so I’m […]

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    Bentonville Schools Increase One-On-One Technology

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – Brookelyn Bates, 8, is a third grader at R.E. Baker Elementary. This school year she has a laptop to work on all of her subjects. “I look forward to coming to class,” she said. She’s one of 25 students in Mrs. Nanci Krapf’s class. “I think the laptops are cool because we can research on them and we can do our math on them instead of having to write them down,” Bates said. “It’s way more fun […]

  • Farm To School

    Farm To School Program Expands in Fayetteville

    For the past few years the Farm to School program was in pilot schools in Fayetteville, however this year the initiative has spread district-wide, according to Ally Mrachek, nutrition supervisor. This is Mrachek’s first year with the Fayetteville Public Schools. Owl Creek Elementary, a year round school, is part of this initiative. The students have a vegetable garden and also buy food from local farmers. The Farm to School program is a nationwide movement to get more food and nutrition […]

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    Bentonville Man Pleads Not Guilty To Killing His Grandmother

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – A Bentonville murder suspect accused of killing his grandmother pleaded not guilty to a capital murder charge at his arraignment on Monday (Aug. 11) in Benton County Circuit Court. Michael Conklin, 26, was arrested on July 26 and booked into the Benton County Jail on suspicion of stabbing his 76-year-old grandmother, Nelma Darline Conklin, to death. At his arraignment before Judge Robin Green, the suspect was given an Oct. 6 trial date. In addition to the capital […]

  • Grapes

    The “Grapes” Behind The Tontitown Grape Festival

    From the grape stomp, to the grape run and Queen Concordia, the Tontitown Grape Festival revolves around the fruit. For 116 years they’ve been celebrating its importance. The Ranalli family is the only ones who sell their grapes at the festival. They’ve been in Tontitown their entire lives and have 18 acres of grapes. Chris Ranalli, 55, said he works with his two brothers Norbert and Paul. He said they grow 10 different varieties of grapes. Ranalli said his family […]

  • Tim McGraw

    Tim McGraw Concert & Inclement Weather Policy

    Grammy award winning country music star Tim McGraw will perform at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP) Thursday (Aug. 7). However, rain could be in the forecast during his performance. It’s rare for the AMP or the Walton Arts Center (WAC) to cancel an event due to bad weather, according to its inclement weather policy. If it does cancel, the notification will get posted on its website and social media accounts. If the performance is still scheduled, but the weather […]

  • Football

    Sports Physicals Are Crucial in The Game

    From elementary to high school, sporting events are about to kick off, which means it’s time for sport physicals. The Arkansas Activities Association requires every student athlete to get a physical exam. Dr. Steve Goss is with internal medicine and pediatrics at Mercy Hospital in Rogers. He said the 15-minute exam could save a student’s life. Physical screenings include checking the heart, lungs, blood pressure, flexibility and family history, Goss said. “If there have been family members that have had […]

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    Bella Vista Bypass Future Depends on Missouri Vote

    Voters in Missouri are deciding if they want to extend the Bella Vista Bypass into their state. The 19-mile project would be built from Bentonville in to Pineville, MO, which would become a section of Interstate 49. A three-mile stretch of the Bella Vista Bypass in Hiwasse is complete and being used by drivers. Arkansas voters approved the half cent sales tax to pay for its part of the two lane $150 million Bella Vista Bypass. However, voters in Missouri […]


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