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

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    United Way Of Fort Smith, Area Police Departments Team Up For ‘Books And Badges’

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–Handing a child a book can open up so many worlds to that child, but what if it comes from a police officer? In the video above, 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb explains how the United Way of Fort Smith has teamed up with area police departments to make that happen.

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    Royal Wade Kimes To Hold Seminar To Help Aspiring Musicians

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–Have you ever thought about writing a song? Or maybe you’ve written a song, and you’re just not sure what to do with it. 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb sat down with Royal Wade Kimes to talk about an upcoming seminar to help people wanting to break into the music industry. It will take place Monday, March 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Golden Corral located at 1801 S. Waldron Road. You can learn more above the […]


    Police Investigate Vandalism At Mountainburg High School

    MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) — Police are investigating after a school building is broken into and vandalized. “We`re a small school,” Principal Jason Rutherford, Mountainburg High School, said. “We`re a family, so obviously, more than financial damage, a couple doors and a little bit of paint, you know we hate that someone did this.” Police said the storage building at Mountainburg High School was broken into overnight Tuesday (Feb. 9). There’s evidence the door was either kicked in, pried open or a […]

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    Oil And Gas Industry Slowdown Impacts Business In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–Dropping oil prices may be helping your budget, but the slowdown in the industry isn’t benefiting everyone — including some local businesses. “I think 2016 probably is going to be the most challenging year that I`ve ever experienced, and I`ve been here since 2001,” Grant Pruitt said. Pruitt has been the president and CEO of his family’s business since 2011, after Pruitt Tool & Supply Co. in Fort Smith got its start back in 1958. In March of last year, the […]

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    Former Fort Smith Masonic Temple Undergoes Historic Transformation

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—The former Masonic Temple building, which had belonged to the Freemasons, is undergoing renovations to give it a new purpose. “There was some emotion tied to it, but we`ve had a lot of great response because we are preserving the space and we are cognizant of the history,” Mike Brown, Beaty Capital Group’s Vice President of Acquisitions and Development, said. Beaty Capital Group bought the Masonic Temple in November 2014, and is renaming the 53,000 square foot building […]

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    Annual Fort Smith Polar Plunge Benefits Local Special Olympics Athletes

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–Dozens of people jumped into some very cold water Saturday morning (Feb. 6), all for a great cause. Several teams sported their best costumes for the event. Scooter, the Polar Plunge mascot was the first to jump in the swimming pool at World Class Fitness. Danny Baker with the Fort Smith Police Department dressed up as Frozen’s Elsa. He was the second to take the plunge. “It’s cold, I’m not gonna lie, but once you get in, it’s […]

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    Booneville Substitute Teacher Accused Of Exchanging Nude Photos With Student

    BOONEVILLE (KFSM) — A Booneville woman is facing Felony computer child pornography charges after she was accused of exchanging nude photos with a minor. Sydnei Danyale Pearcy, 26, allegedly exchanged the pictures with a 15-year-old male student while she was working as a substitute teacher, according to an affidavit. The pictures were exchanged using the app Snapchat during October or November. The incident was reported on Dec. 11. She was arrested on Jan. 27, and was released after posting the […]

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    Future School Of Fort Smith Prepares For First Group Of Students

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A new charter school in the area is getting ready for its first group of students to move into the building. The renovations will breathe life into a space that hasn’t been used in years. Monica Waltman just recently signed her 15-year-old daughter up for Future School of Fort Smith. “What I like about Future School is that it`s gonna be a different model than what normal classrooms are, so I think it`s going to be […]

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    Offer Made To Purchase Fort Smith Convention Center

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — City leaders have an offer on the table from an investment group that wants to buy the Fort Smith Convention Center. “When somebody makes an offer, that doesn`t mean that we have to say yes or no,” Keith Lau said. “It`s just is something to discuss.” Lau is a real-estate broker and is a member of the city’s board of directors. “In my world, I have to substantiate in revenues with expenses, and we have to […]

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    How The United Way Of Greater Fort Smith Helps Local Boy Scouts

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)– One of the many agencies your donation to the United Way of Greater Fort Smith goes to has been around for seemingly forever. 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb sat down with Christian Swaim with the Westark Area Boy Scouts Council to talk about their role in the community and how the United Way helps the organization.

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    One Dead, One Hospitalized After Franklin County Fire Destroys Home

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) — A man is dead and his mother was hospitalized Wednesday morning (Jan. 27) after a fire destroyed a home in Franklin County. Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen said the 27-year-old man didn’t make it out of the home on Oak Bend Road. His body was found in the rubble just after 9 a.m. Travis Ball, a criminal investigator with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office released the identities of the family members: Loka Lee was the son, […]

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    Proposed Pipeline Project Concerns Some Residents In Clarksville

    CLARKSVILLE (KFSM) — The company Plains All American is planning to build a crude oil pipeline through part of Oklahoma and all of Arkansas. “This pipeline will be located in Johnson County from the southwest corner coming across on the northwest side of Clarksville and then north across the community,” John Lester, general manager of Clarksville Light and Water said. Danna Schneider organized a meeting in Clarksville Monday night (Jan. 25) to educate other residents about the Diamond Pipeline Project. […]


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