Laura joined the 5NEWS team in June 2014. She moved to Fort Smith from Ottumwa, Iowa where she worked as a reporter/anchor for the ABC/CBS affiliated station KTVO-TV. Laura also volunteers at the local Humane Society and in her hometown of St. Louis for the Cancer Support Community.

Prior to her time in Ottumwa, Laura worked as a general assignment reporter at KODE/KSNF in Joplin, MO. She graduated summa cum laude from Columbia College Chicago with a major in Broadcast Journalism/Television.

When she isn’t working, Laura enjoys exploring all that Arkansas has to offer, yoga, hiking, water sports, attending St. Louis Cardinals games, trying new restaurants, spending time with friends, family and traveling.

If you have any story ideas, volunteer opportunities or would just like to say hello, she’d love to hear from you! Email her at Laura.Simon@kfsm.com.


Recent Articles
  • Local Dermatologist Gives Advice On Protecting Skin In Cold

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — One of the biggest complaints about the cold weather is dry skin. If your hands are dry, cracked and irritated, you’re not alone. “My skin is very dry and chapped, especially my hands,” said Marcy Monchamp, a Fort Smith resident. Randy Bond said, “Right now [my skin’s] a little on the dry side because it’s noticeably colder today.” Those are the biggest complaints dermatologist Dr. Sandy Johnson is hearing this winter. “Since your skin is the […]

  • Power Restored To Thousands In The River Valley

    RIVER VALLEY (KFSM) — Power has been restored to more than 4,000 members of the Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative who were without power on Wednesday (Jan. 17).  Dangerously low temperatures are to blame for the massive power outage. According to the Arkansas Valley website, 4,313 out of 12,898 members were affected by the outage, over one-third of customers in Crawford County. Power was out around the Cedarville, Alma and Rudy areas. Reports of the outages began around 6:30 a.m. Electricity was […]

  • Former Razorback Accused Of Drug Charges

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM)– Former Razorback Tyler Colquitt is facing drug charges. He was booked into the Washington County Detention Sunday morning (Jan. 14). Colquitt, 22, is facing charges including possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and another possession charge. Colquitt was a fullback on the Arkansas football team, according to the Razorback website.  He has not been on the roster since 2014.  

  • Winter Weather Leads To Several Church Closings

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS/RIVER VALLEY (KFSM)– The following churches are closed Sunday (Jan. 14) due to winter weather: Hartman United Methodist Glorybound Baptist in Goshen Hays Chapel United Methodist Church in Hartman Lone Star Bible Church in Eureka Springs Huntsville Church of Christ–no services Sunday morning. Coal Hill Church of Christ First Baptist Church in Knoxville–morning services are cancelled Holman Freewill Baptist Church To submit a business or church closing, click here.

  • Slick Roads In Johnson County Cause Multiple Accidents On Interstate 40

    JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM)– A three mile stretch of Interstate 40 westbound by Knoxville was closed for nearly two hours Sunday morning (Jan. 14), while police worked multiple accidents from the highway being slick and hazardous. The closure was from about 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at exit 64 to 67, according to ARDOT. So far, no injuries have been reported, according to Arkansas State Police. Continue to stay with 5NEWS for more updates on the road conditions.

  • Mercy Offering Seasonal Flu Clinic For The First Time

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Mercy is offering something they never have before: A seasonal flu clinic open as a result of the high number of flu patients. The clinic is located on 2717 S. 74th Street. It is behind the Mercy Tower across from Mercy Hospital. The hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. It’s also open Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Sunday between 1-5 p.m. The temporary clinic will be opened as long […]

  • Neon Light Artist Showing Future School Students The Tricks Of The Trade

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Creating neon lights is a fading trade, but local high school students are learning the craft for credit from a neon light artist who’s been apart of the Unexpected Project. “My internship (last) semester was with the Sebastian County Coroner’s Office… I want to get my doctorate in pathology,” Nicole Hill, 11-grader at Future School said. This is her first year attending Future School. It is Fort Smith’s first and only public charter high school. Students […]

  • Cat Rescued From Tree In Clarksville, Survives Several Deadly Cold Nights

    CLARKSVILLE (KFSM) — A cat is back on the ground in Clarksville after being stuck in a tree for several days, surviving the below freezing temperatures. A neighbor told 5NEWS that the tree was too high for a ladder, and the volunteer fire department does not rescue cats in trees. “I think probably most of them don`t,” Danna Schneider said. Schneider said the cat had been in the tree since Saturday (Dec. 30). Temperatures had been below freezing until Wednesday […]

  • Firefighters Face Tougher Challenges Working In Freezing Conditions

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The cold temperatures we’ve been seeing are hard for anyone to handle, but especially tough for firefighters. With water being a firefighter’s number one resource, keeping their hands and feet warm is crucial in the frigid temperatures. They said they always make sure to carry extra socks and gloves, but fighting fires in the cold makes an already difficult job even more challenging. “Every surface that’s not on fire becomes ice and that creates its own […]

  • Medical Marijuana Training Event To Educate People Interested In Working In Industry

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers will be popping up around Arkansas this year, and it’s expected to create hundreds of jobs. A training event is coming up to educate people interested in working in the industry. “A whole lot goes into a dispensary, and so we’re really anticipating maybe 1,500 jobs being created directly from this,” said Corey Hunt. Hunt is a board member of the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association. In less than three weeks, they will […]

  • Bridge Reopens After Multi-Vehicle Crash In Southern Scott County

    SCOTT COUNTY (KFSM)– Crews worked a multi-vehicle crash in southern Scott County near Y City Sunday morning (Dec. 31). Dispatchers with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office tell 5NEWS five cars and two semis were involved. No injuries have been reported, but both lanes of the Mill Creek Bridge at the 270 and 71 Junction were closed. Deputies cleared the scene shortly after 9 a.m. According to deputies, ice on the bridge was to blame for the crash. Stay with 5NEWS […]

  • Lamar Basketball Coach Accused Of Driving Bus Intoxicated With Nine Children Onboard

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) — A local basketball coach is accused of driving a bus while intoxicated with a boys’ basketball team onboard. Coach Kevin Kyzer with the Lamar School District was arrested by Arkansas State Police Friday (Dec. 29) on suspicion of being under the influence, according to police. The 51-year-old of Knoxville was reportedly driving the bus with the Lamar boys’ basketball team on board. He was taken to the Franklin County Detention Center where he was booked for […]