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.

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Recent Articles
  • House To Vote On Medical Marijuana Bill Requiring Pharmacists Help Dispensaries

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—The Arkansas House is expected to vote on an amendment to the Medical Marijuana Law Tuesday (March 28). House Bill 2190 would require pharmacists help dispensaries and medical marijuana patients. Scott Pace, the CEO of Arkansas Pharmacists Association, said the bill plays an important role to protect patients who want to use the drug. “We think it’s common sense legislation that will make sure that public safety is first,” Pace said. Cynthia Pabon is from California, which was the […]

  • Email Security Breach Involving County Employees’ Bank Accounts In Sebastian County

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) — There was an email security breach between county employees’ in Sebastian County on March 15, Sebastian County comptroller Melissa Sinclair said. Sinclair said a payroll administrator sent out an email to a group of county employees containing links to approximately 200 employees’ bank account numbers and routing numbers. The links required a username and password and were disabled within three minutes. The email was recalled and deleted from people’s inboxes. Once the links were disabled, the […]

  • Fort Smith Police Identify Man Whose Body Was Found In Arkansas River

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A body was found in Fort Smith on Tuesday (March 21) near the Midland Avenue bridge, according to police. An Arkhola Sand Plant employee found the body of a 46-year-old Matthew Wood, said Sgt. Daniel Grubbs with the Fort Smith Police Department. The employee found Wood’s body on the Fort Smith side of the Arkansas River, just south of the Simmons Foods plant near the bridge. Grubbs estimated that Wood had died sometime in the last couple of weeks. His Ford […]

  • Bills On Implementing Medical Marijuana Make Way Through Legislature

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–Several bills on how to implement the state’s medical marijuana program are making their way through the legislature. “It’s tough to write state law that is in direct contradiction to federal law, and yet it’s allowable so we’ll see,” said State Rep. Matt Pitsch (R—Fort Smith). Sen. Jake Files (R—Fort Smith) opposed medical marijuana in the November 2016 election, but he recently voted against a senate committee bill attempting to ban smoking medical marijuana anywhere in Arkansas. “It […]

  • Booneville Man Dies In Rollover Crash On Arkansas Highway

    LOGAN COUNTY (KFSM)– A Booneville man is dead after a rollover crash on Arkansas Highway 23 Friday (March 17), according to Arkansas State Police. The victim has been identified as 66-year-old Allen Pumphrey of Booneville, according to a crash report. Pumphrey was headed northbound on Highway 23 when he crossed the center line, struck a ditch and rolled, according to police. It happened near Ione, which is south of Booneville. His passenger Michael C. Horton, 29, was injured in the crash. He […]

  • Two Teens Accidentally Shot After One Pulls Trigger While Sticking Gun In Waistband, Police Said

    MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) — Two 17-year-old boys were shot in the leg on Tuesday (March 14) after one of the teens accidentally pulled the trigger of a handgun while trying to stick it in the waistband of his pants. The two friends were hiking through the woods northwest of W. John Wright Lane, just outside of Mountainburg city limits about 1 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a Mountainburg police report. The boys’ parents have given 5NEWS permission to use their names. Connor Rogers had […]

  • Arkansas House Resolution Pushes For Future I-49 Completion

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM)—Interstate 49 will one day connect from New Orleans all the way to Winnipeg, Canada. It turns out Arkansas is to blame for being the majority of the missing piece of this cross-country connection. It’s a project experts say would do wonders for the local economy, and now an Arkansas House Resolution is pushing for federal funding to get the project done. “Basically it’s done from Canada to New Orleans with the exception of this stretch between here […]

  • Sheriff Holds Ceremony To Thank Everyone For Support During The Tragic Death Of Corporal Bill Cooper

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—The Sebastian County sheriff held a ceremony on Tuesday (March 14) to thank everyone who helped his department get through the loss of one of their own. “Timing is so important,” Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck said. “Timing heals also, and we’re now ready to talk about it.” Sebastian County Corporal Bill Cooper was ambushed in the line of duty on Aug. 10, 2016. He was responding to a domestic disturbance call in a rural area south of Greenwood shortly […]

  • Poteau Boy Killed In ATV Accident

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) — A 10-year-old Poteau boy is dead after sustaining a head injury while driving an all-terrain vehicle Sunday (March 12), according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol. According to OHP, the boy was driving a Polaris ATV west on County Road 290 near Poteau, and passed another ATV with three children between five and 14. The 14-year-old driver of the other ATV attempted to turn into a driveway and was struck by the 10-year-old boy, according OHP. The boy […]

  • National Weather Service Confirms EF-1 Tornado Hit Greasy

    GREASY, Oklahoma (KFSM) — Severe storms damaged several homes throughout the area late Monday night into Tuesday morning, and one area with extensive damage was in Greasy, Oklahoma; which is around 40 miles northwest of Fort Smith. The National Weather Service said an EF-1 tornado touched down in the small town. The back of Greasy resident Alvie Ritter’s home is gone, and his son’s mobile home on the property has a hole in it. Ritter said he was at work when […]

  • City Of Fort Smith Educates Businesses About FOG Ordinance

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—The city’s utilities department is hosting informational meetings about the ordinance that regulates the fats, oils and grease that businesses can put down the drains. The FOG ordinance was adopted by the city in December 2016, but the city is educating the community about it first. “What the fats, oil and grease program and ordinance do is basically keep the FOG as we call it out of the lines as the fats oils and grease are discharged such […]

  • Fire Marshal Issues Burn Ban For Benton County

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM)– The fire marshal has issued a 24 hour burn ban for Benton County, according to dispatchers. Residents are barred from burning trash, debris, brush and any other materials. Anyone caught doing so could face a fine. The burn ban is expected to be lifted sometime on Sunday (March 5) as rain chances should reduce the fire hazard. Stay with 5NEWS for updates to this story and any additional burn bans in the area.