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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. 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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    Westark Area Council Explains Boy Scouts Policy Change On Gay Leaders

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-The Boy Scouts of America lifts its ban on openly gay scout leaders and employees. That allows each local chapter to make its own decision on organization leaders, which means individual scout groups can still deny leadership positions based on sexual orientation. “If a chartered organization has a religious or a faith-based belief, they are still allowed to select leaders that reflect that belief,” Bryan Feather, Westark Area Council Scout Executive said. “It`s just that we will have […]

  • Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza Comes To Arkansas River June 27-29

    Big Bass Bonanza Gets Underway Friday

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- After it was postponed twice due to flooding, the biggest fishing tournament in Arkansas will finally take place Friday, July 31-Sunday, August 2. “I think people are ready to get out and fish, I really do, and this is one of the first chances they`ve had to fish on the Arkansas River because of the flow rate,” KTCS’ DC In The Morning said. DC has been hosting the Big Bass Bonanza for almost a decade. “We have […]

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    Families Beat The Heat At Parrot Island Waterpark

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-With heat indices in the triple digits in the River Valley, many families are beating the heat this Sunday (July 26) by heading out to Parrot Island Waterpark. People started lining up before the park opened at 10 a.m. 5NEWS asked visitors their secret to staying cool in the excessive heat. “We go underneath the canopies about every hour, and we [reapply] sunscreen every hour,” Susan Russell said. Resident Jessica Hall makes sure to keep her family of […]


    Man Hospitalized After Motorcycle Crash On Highway 12 In Benton County

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM)- The Rogers Fire Department, Beaver Lake Fire and Arkansas State Police responded to a motorcycle accident on Highway 12 by Linville Road in the Beaver Shores area, according Benton County Central Communications. MedFlight Rogers has airlifted the driver to the hospital. The extent of the man’s injuries and his name are unknown at this time. It happened at around 9:15 a.m. Saturday (July 25). The wreck was slowing traffic while crews were on scene, but dispatchers say the roadway has […]

  • Nonprofit Organizations In Fort Smith React To Budget Cuts

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- In a 4-3 vote, the Board of Directors voted to cut $145,800 worth of funds from 28 local nonprofit agencies. “This decision will only impact us by even less than one-percent, so it’s not devastating to us, but I can certainly understand how it could certainly be devastating to another nonprofit, especially a smaller one,” Ken Kupchick, River Valley Regional Food Bank said. Director Mike Lorenz was one city leader who voted to eliminate this money from […]

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    Preservationist Examines Vandalism At Historic Cemetery

    VAN BUREN (KFSM)-Police say vandals knocked over dozens of headstones at Fairview Cemetery over the weekend. Randy Smith, who’s done historic preservation at the site for the past 11 years surveyed the damage Tuesday (July 21). “I`m here today to take a further look at what`s been done and help formulate a plan to set things back right,” Smith said. He told 5NEWS the vandals toppled 30 monuments, which can be reset and repaired. In addition to that, five headstones […]

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    Fluoride Begins Pumping Into Greenwood’s Water Supply

    GREENWOOD (KFSM)-A 10 by 12 prefabricated fiberglass structure started pumping fluoride into the city’s water supply on Monday (July 20). “It took a little bit longer than we thought, but it started today,” Mayor Doug Kinslow said. This comes after the state legislature passed a law in 2011 requiring water plants that serve more than 5,000 people to add the ingredient to their system. “It’s good for your teeth I think,” Carmalita Egbert, resident said. When they passed the mandate, […]

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    Local Business Owners Organizing Event To Help The Homeless

    FORT SMITH/FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- Several local business owners are gearing up for an event to help the homeless in our area. They’re deeming it a ‘Day of Love’. The group will be donating clothes, food and other items and services to those in need. On Sunday afternoon (July 19), around a dozen volunteers met at Belle Point Park to plan for the event. “We got together as a bunch of businesses in town,” Rick Eubank, organizer said. “We wanted to get […]

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    Fayetteville Family Safe After Early Morning Fire

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)-A family is safe after their home caught fire. Dispatchers said crews were called to a home on 4300 Crossover Road just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday (July 19). It took about two hours to battle the flames. Dispatchers said the home sustained heavy damage. The Springdale Fire Department also responded to the fire. The cause is still under investigation. Stay with 5NEWS for the latest on this story.

  • Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza Comes To Arkansas River June 27-29

    Big Bass Bonanza’s Postponement Inconveniences Some Participants

    RIVER VALLEY (KFSM)- The Big Bass Bonanza fishing tournament has been postponed because of all the rain we’ve gotten in the area. Instead of happening this weekend (July 17-19), the tournament will now be held at the end of this month. Jerry Knittig is the owner of the Tackle Box on Zero Street in Fort Smith. He said several of his customers aren’t happy the Big Bass Bonanza had to be rescheduled. “I`ve had a couple people come in and […]

  • Dianne and Brent

    Wife Of Killed Runner: ‘He Was Just In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time’

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-Dianne Morrison is grieving after her husband was randomly shot and killed over the weekend out on a morning jog. “He was just the happiest, most friendly person that ever was,” Morrison said. “He had the best sense of humor you could find.” Morrison and her husband Brent got married in 2003. They met in 1996 while working together at the Pulaski County Assessor’s Office. “He bought my lunch every single day for six years,” Morrison said. Saturday […]

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    Local Running Group Remembers Man Shot On Jog In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-Brent Morrison was a member of the Western Arkansas Runners club. “A lot of people do run as individuals, unfortunately Brent was by himself [Saturday],” Sheri Nicholls, Western Arkansas Runners president said. Sheri Nicholls and some members of Western Arkansas Runners were out running in Chaffee Crossing on Saturday morning (July 11), around the same time 44-year-old Brent Morrison was found shot to death on Wells Lake Road. “On my way back is when I was alerted to […]


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