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Katie joined the 5NEWS team in October 2012 as a general assignment reporter. She previously worked as a news writer for WGN-TV in Chicago.

Katie likes to stay active and can often be found hiking in one of the many state parks or jogging around town. She also likes to travel (be it half way around the world or on a road trip across town), practice yoga and listen to music. She loves to learn and is always on a quest to try new things.

Katie received her B.A. from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN and her M.A. in Journalism from DePaul University in Chicago.


Recent Articles
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    Donor Funds Lecture Series at U.S. Marshals Museum

    The U.S. Marshals Museum Board of Directors will learn the identity of a donor Tuesday (March 11) which will fund a national lecture series. Jim Dunn, President and CEO of the Marshals Museum, said funding for the program comes from a “prominent source in Arkansas,” but declined to specify the donor until the board had been notified first. The announcement will come at the board’s regularly scheduled quarterly meeting beginning at 11:30 a.m. Several large donations have helped get the […]

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    Construction on Fort Smith Aquatics Park Begins

    Construction is set to begin on a new regional Aquatics Park in Fort Smith.

  • Van Buren Breaks Ground on New Police Station

    After years of planning, community leaders are breaking ground on a new police station in Van Buren. The new 21,000 square foot police station is being built on Fayetteville Road with construction starting Thursday (March 6). Voters approved a sales tax initiative in 2012 to fund building the nearly $3.5 million facility. The new station will be three times the size of the existing location, which officers have occupied since the early 1990s. Police Chief Kenneth Bell said the size […]

  • Ash Wednesday Begins Season Of Lent

    Ash Wednesday (March 5) begins the season of Lent.

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    I-40 in Van Buren Back Open after Multiple Accidents

    Emergency crews responded to multiple accidents on Interstate 40 Monday morning (March 3) caused by slick roadways. Officials said eastbound lanes near the Dora overpass were affected for more than four hours as crews worked to clear the accidents in the area. The first accident happened just after 5 a.m. Monday when an 18-wheeler lost control, hit the guard rail and jack-knifed, according to Mike Stewart, Asst. Chief of the Butterfield District 5 Volunteer Fire Department. Stewart said the truck’s […]

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    BOST Opens New Housing Development

    BOST opened the Jones Family Lifebridge Home Friday for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

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    Arkansas Edamame To Be Exported Internationally

    Arkansas edamame will soon find its way onto dinner tables of people around the world as American Vegetable Soybean and Edamame begins shipping its locally grown soybeans internationally. The crop, originally grown in Asia, was introduced to the Natural State just two years ago.  This year will be the third growing season locally. The River Valley has the best soil for growing edamame, as it produces a much sweeter soybean, according to Raymond Chung, President of AVSE in Mulberry. Chung […]

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    New Businesses Set to Open at Chaffee Crossing

    Hundreds of jobs are expected to become available at Chaffee Crossing in the next few years as businesses open and begin to take on more employees. Last year, Phoenix Metals announced it would relocate to Chaffee Crossing and build a 65,000 square foot facility with room for expansion. The company recently moved into the building, and all local employees are expected to report for duty within the next six weeks. The company says it plans to hire an additional 40 […]

  • Students Cited After Damaging Car of Teacher Accused of Harassment

    Five students in Greenwood are facing misdemeanor charges after police said they damaged the car belonging to a former teacher accused of harassment. Gilberto Huerta told police he saw several children running from his property as he was returning to his home on Meadow Bridge Drive late Friday evening (Feb. 21). Lt. Nicholas Driscoll with the Greenwood Police Department said during the course of the investigation, five Greenwood school district students were identified as the suspects. “While on the property, […]

  • New Fire Station Opens in Fort Smith

    A new multimillion-dollar fire station opened in Fort Smith Monday morning (Feb. 24). Four fire trucks and 18 firefighters will call the new station home, according to Fire Chief Mike Richards. The station is the 11th in the city and is located along Massard Road at Chaffee Crossing. Although there are 10 other stations serving the Fort Smith area, this is the first station to be built near the growing Chaffee Crossing area. This new station will serve Chaffee Crossing […]

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    Greenwood Teacher Resigns Amid Investigation

    Police are investigating a teacher from the Greenwood School District, although Police Chief Will Dawson says he cannot release much information about the case.

  • Teen Severely Injured in ATV Accident Returns to River Valley

    A Sequoyah County teen hospitalized in Tulsa with severe injuries following an ATV accident last year will return to the River Valley next week. According to a report from the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, on Sept. 1, Christian Mayberry, 16, was driving southbound on County Road 4750, five miles south of Muldrow when he ran off the road into a ditch. He was ejected 12 feet from his Polaris Ranger ATV. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers said Mayberry was not wearing […]

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