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
  • 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 […]

  • Arkansas Ranchers Rebuild Herds

    Cattle numbers are down across the nation, but not in the Natural State. Arkansas ranchers are rebuilding their herds after the state’s cattle industry suffered $128 million in damage during the 2012 drought. Greenwood rancher Trey Burgess said this is the smallest herd he’s had in recent years, but they’re rebuilding, and with the high price of cattle right now, it’s a seller’s market. “They’re up quite a bit,” Burgess said. “The cattle market is up.” Burgess was forced to […]

  • Manhunt Underway After Fort Smith Stabbing, Suspect Identified

    Police have identified the suspect wanted in connection with a stabbing in Fort Smith Tuesday evening (Feb. 18).

  • Fort Smith Leaders Say They Will Not Pursue Legal Action Against Whirlpool

    Fort Smith city leaders said they will not pursue legal action against Whirlpool Tuesday (Feb. 18). “I feel like the city should have taken some action against them because of the delayed they`ve made in the cleanup,” said Fort Smith city director Pam Weber. An Illinois law firm wanted to help Fort Smith leaders decide if they can fine Whirlpool for violating the city’s nuisance ordinances by contaminating the soil and groundwater with a toxic chemical. “I voted against the […]

  • Birthday Girl Donates Gifts to Children’s Shelter

    A Logan County girl wanted to make other children feel loved on Valentine’s Day. Last month, Addilyn Beck and her mom, Stephanie, were discussing what Addilyn wanted for her upcoming sixth birthday. “She said, ‘You know, Mama, I have more toys than anybody can count, and I want to do something nice for the other children,'” said Stephanie. Instead of gifts, Addilyn asked her party guests to bring new stuffed animals she would donate to the Children’s Emergency Shelter in […]

  • Spoil Your Sweetheart With a Sweet Treat on Valentine’s Day

    Kopper-Kettle Candies has been in business in the River Valley for more than 50 years.

  • Former UAFS Professor Accused Of Child Porn Possession Under House Arrest

    Former University of Arkansas – Fort Smith graphic design professor Travis Brown was released on a $5,000 signature bond and will be placed under the custodial supervision of his father, Jack Brown, according to federal court documents. Brown will be placed under house arrest with an ankle monitoring device. He is banned from having access to the internet, and the judge ordered the wireless signal to Brown’s home be disconnected. Brown is not to have access to pornography of any […]

  • Keeping Pets Safe During Winter Weather

    Extremely cold temperatures can be dangerous for young children and the elderly to be out in, but they can also pose serious risks for your four-legged friends.

  • Clearing Roads After Winter Weather Takes Toll on Budget

    As road crews across the area work to clear all the slush and ice off the road, it takes a toll not only on the workers but on the budget as well. Crews at the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department in District Four began working around the clock Sunday morning (Feb. 2) as the last round of winter weather began moving through. Approximately 200 employees at the department were split into two 12-hour shifts. While District Engineer Chad Adams says […]

  • Super Bowl Roots Traced to Arkansas

    The man behind America’s biggest sporting event was born and raised in the Natural State. In 1959, Lamar Hunt grew frustrated in his repeated attempts to gain a franchise in the National Football League. He decided to form a new professional football league to rival the NFL. Hunt – born in El Dorado, Ark. – spearheaded the birth of the American Football League. He was the founder and owner of the now Kansas City Chiefs, one of the league’s eight […]

  • Special Meeting To Discuss Proposed New Jail

    A special meeting is scheduled Wednesday evening (Jan. 29) for Crawford County leaders to discuss the ballot title for funding the proposed new jail as well as how they’ll pay for operation and maintenance of the facility. A representative from a bonding company will also be in attendance to speak about the amount of interest to be added as well as a repayment timeline, said County Judge John Hall. Hall said the details on the jail issue must be ironed […]

  • Homeless Feeling Effects of Frigid Temperatures

    After a warm weekend, frigid temperatures return to Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. The Old Fort Homeless Coalition said those hit hardest by the winter weather are people without adequate housing or shelter, and area homeless are feeling the effects. “The weather right now is brutal,” said Debbie Everly, Director of Homeless Programs for the coalition. “A lot of (homeless people) have sores on their faces from the frigid weather, and their lips are cracking, and that shouldn’t be.” […]