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.


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    VAN BUREN (KFSM)—A local woman is trying to bring an animal shelter to an area that doesn’t have enough shelters to house all of its stray animals. “There’s just not a reason in this day in age that healthy, happy, good-temperament dogs need to be destroyed,” Rebecca Kaszubowski said. Behind the street department on E. Pointer Trail, is a holding facility where Van Buren Animal Control drops off strays in the area. It is almost at capacity with only seven dogs. […]

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    Spiro Crossing Guard And Student Hit By Vehicle, Hospitalized

    SPIRO (KFSM) — A crossing guard attendant and a 12-year-old boy were both hospitalized with injuries after being hit by a car in front of the Spiro School District early Tuesday morning, according to Spiro Police Chief Michael Draper. The accident happened on North Broadway Street and Denver just before 7:30 a.m., Draper said. The driver who hit the child and the 46-year-old crossing guard attendant did stop after the accident, police said. That driver did receive a number of citations […]

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    Springdale Football Player Dies In Car Accident

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