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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. During her time there, she covered a variety of stories including a 40-year-old cold case that was reopened and went to trial after DNA evidence matched a suspect still living in Iowa. 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
  • Travelers

    Layovers In Dallas Raise Some Concern For Local Travelers

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-Ice and snow melting across the area was helpful to many travelers flying out of Fort Smith Regional Airport. Those headed to the airport this morning said they were concerned about their flight getting delayed or cancelled, but airline workers said only one flight ended up being canceled. American flight 3681 was supposed to depart to Dallas at 6:05 a.m. Travelers were more concerned about their layover in Dallas since more than 1,000 flights were cancelled out of […]

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    Road Conditions In NWA, River Valley

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, RIVER VALLEY (KFSM)-Another round of winter weather swept through our area Saturday (Feb. 28). This led to messy road conditions and several accidents. The roads are slick, especially on bridges and overpasses, according to state police. As traffic picks up throughout the morning, city streets departments are working diligently to keep the roads clear. Police are reminding drivers to keep a safe distance between your car and other drivers. They’re also urging motorists to clear snow off your […]

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    Van Buren Man Wins $1 Million From Lottery Scratch-Off Ticket

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery announced Friday (Feb. 27) its latest $1 million winner is a man from Van Buren. Lottery officials said Driton Krasniqi bought his winning ticket at the Flash Market Store in Van Buren. It happens to be across the street from Frank’s Italian Restaurant & Grill, where Krasniqi serves as the general manager.  He won the $1 million prize from a $20 Arkansas Fifth Anniversary Millions scratch-off ticket. Tammy Busbee has worked at […]

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    Fort Smith Police Search For Gunman In Gas Station Robbery

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Officers with Fort Smith Police are searching for a man who they say robbed a Fort Smith gas station at gunpoint early Thursday morning (Feb. 26). The robbery happened at the Jet-Away on 3638 Midland Blvd. around 2:20 a.m., said Sgt. Dewey Young with Fort Smith police. “The suspect came in, demanded money from the clerk and showed [her] his gun,” Young said. The clerk told officers on scene that the suspect then took off on-foot […]

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    Sensitivity Training Postponed At Cedarville Public Schools

    CEDARVILLE (KFSM)-Winter weather has delayed a U.S. Department of Justice training session that was supposed to be taking place this week at Cedarville Public Schools, after profanity-laced videos were shown in a second-grade classroom, last month. Superintendent Dr. Dan Foreman issued this statement Wednesday (Feb. 25): Due to the bad weather conditions Cedarville Public Schools was not in school on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Also, the presenter of our program titled “Drop by Drop” from the United States Department of […]

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    Fort Smith Dentist Provides Free Services For Children

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-Children from all over the River Valley received free dental work on Sunday (Feb.22). Kool Smiles, located at 5111 Rogers Ave. hosted the inaugural ‘Sharing Smiles’ Free Care Day. It’s all in recognition of Children’s Dental Health Month. Laine Stegner is one parent who took advantage of the free service. “Everybody has been so friendly to me,” she said. “It’s really been an answered prayer because when he had a bad tooth, it really scared me.” “We are […]

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    Fort Smith Collision Forces Car Off Road

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- Fort Smith police worked a two-vehicle accident Saturday (Feb. 21) at the intersection of Rogers Ave. and Old Greenwood Rd. According to police, a driver turning right onto Rogers Ave. failed to yield at a red stop light on Free Ferry Road and slammed into a black Lincoln. Police said the car that was hit had a green arrow to turn left from Old Greenwood Road onto Rogers Ave. and was pushed onto a local business’ property. […]

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    Fort Smith Farmer’s Market Still Goes On Despite Weather

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- A chilly and rainy morning didn’t stop the Fort Smith Farmer’s Market from happening on Saturday (Feb. 21). While the vendor turnout was somewhat low, quite a few customers still came by to stock up on local goods. Farmer Joe Carr was selling sweet potatoes straight off the farm. Other vendors sold fresh eggs and grass-fed beef. Carr said while the rain did bring less merchants downtown, he expects more to show up next weekend. “I`m just […]

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    Proposed Bill Lets Schools Make Up Snow Days By The Hour

    ALMA (KFSM)-A proposed bill would allow students in Arkansas to make up snow days by the hour, instead of adding days to the end of the year. The lead sponsor of the bill is Rep. Charlotte Douglas of Alma. House Bill 1313 cleared in the Education Committee on Tuesday (Feb. 17). If the bill becomes law, it would allow school days to be made-up in 60 minute increments if a superintendent cancels regularly scheduled classes due to a contagious disease […]

  • Trails

    Greenwood Police Offer Tips To Stay Safe At Local Walking Trails

    GREENWOOD (KFSM)-A Greenwood man is in jail after police say he asked a woman walking in Bell Park a question sexual in nature and began chasing her when she tried get away from him last week. “There were other people that were in the park which we can only think that that caused him to deter his path from chasing her and go into the woods,” Will Dawson, Greenwood Police Chief said. Baker faces a number of charges including disorderly […]

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    Fort Smith Hardware Store Sees Lower Sales Of Winter Supplies

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-At least one hardware store owner in the River Valley was hoping for more winter weather than the area actually got. “I need a little bit more cold winter,” Jerry Walrod, president of Walrod’s Hardware said. He said his sales of winter supplies like sleds, heaters and shovels have been low because of mild weather. “All of the signs that folks told us this year is that it was going to be a cold winter, well I stocked […]

  • Fort Smith Street Crews Work Diligently To Keep Roads Clear

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-Christina Sigler works on Kelley Hwy. and had to drive back to Hacket once her shift ended. You never know if you’re gonna hit any slick spots, especially coming up 45 when but as soon as you hit the interstate it’s pretty clear except for the bridges it’s real slick,” she said. Crews worked all day to keep the roads clear, so drivers like Sigler could make it to their destinations safely. Fort Smith Street Director Greg Riley […]


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