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.


Recent Articles
  • Fort Smith Man Sentenced In Fraud Case

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A Fort Smith man who faced several charges of money laundering, fraud, embezzlement and theft was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday (June 28). William Moates, Jr. pleaded guilty to the counts against him in the fall of 2016. Moates will spend the next 12 and a half years in prison. Judge P.K. Holmes also sentenced him to pay his 25 victims a total of $5.7 million in restitution. “I was hoping for a longer sentence, […]

  • Poteau Family Fights Demolition Order

    POTEAU (KFSM)—The city of Poteau reportedly wants a home to be torn down, calling it a safety hazard to the neighborhood, but the family who owns the property is fighting back. The residence is located at 610 Parker Ave., and was supposed to be torn down this week, but Attorney Steven Minks, who’s representing the owner Patsy West, filed a temporary restraining order to put the demolition on hold. “I thank God every moment of the day because I don’t […]

  • Some Parents Concerned About New Snapchat Feature

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM)—Police are warning parents about a new feature on Snapchat. So many kids are using it, but now the new ‘Snap Map’ filter is raising some privacy and safety concerns. ‘Snap Map’ shows where your Snaps are being taken by pin pointing exactly where you are on a map once you share a story with friends. When you’re on the Snap camera screen, you pinch to zoom the camera and a world map opens up, showing the location […]

  • Arkansas State Police Explain Enhanced Security IDs, Keeping Your Driver’s License Current

    ARKANSAS (KFSM)—Police say you can be fined for not updating information such as your name or address on your driver’s license. In about two years you will also need an upgraded ID in order to fly domestically or enter a federal building. Starting Oct. 1, 2020, Arkansans will need to have an enhanced security driver’s license or identification card to enter a federal building. It’s part of a nationwide initiative to help fight terrorism and reduce identity fraud. “If you […]

  • Woman Speaks Out About Man Accused Of Raping Her 3-Year-Old Daughter

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — A mother is speaking out after she says her 3-year-old daughter was raped at a babysitter’s house. We are not showing the mother’s face or using her name, so we do not identify the little girl. “I never thought that something like this would happen to my daughter,” the mother said. Records show 19-year-old Jamison Jacob Walker touched the woman’s daughter inappropriately. “She was really uncomfortable talking about it, so that’s how I knew it actually […]

  • Kayakers Find Missing Man’s Body Off Beaver Lake Shoreline

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM)– Just before 8 a.m. Saturday (June 10), two kayakers called 911 saying they found a body near a private boat dock just off the Beaver Lake shoreline near Highway 12 East, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. The body was found in an obstructed area where boats and sonar could not reach. Deputies were able to identify the body as Edward Holmes, 50, based on  information that was provided, according to a release from Sgt. Shannon Jenkins. Holmes […]

  • Neighbor Records Vicious Dog Attack In Alma

    ALMA (KFSM) — A disturbing video of a dog attacking another got thousands of comments on Facebook before it was taken down. What little video we have decided to show is graphic and difficult to watch. Neighbors who took the video said they’ve been keeping a close eye on the house next door since their family pet was attacked by the same dog through a fence. The attack happened at a home on the 1000 block of Church Street, according […]

  • Woman In Chester Swift Water Rescue Speaks Out

    CHESTER (KFSM) — First responders and good Samaritans helped save a woman and her son from a flooded creek. “I definitely wasn’t expecting it,” Mary Kintz said. Kintz and her 8-year-old son were stranded at Clear Creek Sunday (June 4) while trying to find a good fishing spot. “One of my friends was meeting us down here,” she explained. “He actually got here after us which worked out pretty good.” It had rained earlier in the day and while Kintz […]

  • Couple Accused Of Leaving Three Children In Hot Car

    BOONEVILLE (KFSM) – A couple remained behind bars Monday (June 5) after being arrested on suspicion of leaving three young children in a hot car last week. The children are ages 4, 3 and 1 police said. A witness reported seeing the children and a small dog inside of a vehicle parked in the Booneville Walmart Supercenter, arrest reports state. An officer arrived and noticed the car was running, but the children appeared to be sweating, and had extremely red […]

  • Van Buren Woman Faces Insurance ‘Nightmare’ Following Storm Damage

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — Kim Strange left town for Memorial Day weekend only to come home to storm damage. Unfortunately, the trees on her property hit her neighbors’ yards as well. “I got home Monday night, which is a holiday, saw [the damage], called my insurance company first thing in the morning, and it’s been a fight the entire way,” Strange said. Strange has two 50 feet uprooted trees in her backyard, which are about 9 feet in diameter. Three […]

  • Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Switches To Private Radio Frequency

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office recently switched police radios over to a private channel, so only personnel can hear them. Sheriff Anthony Boen is defending the decision, but some say it’s a transparency issue. “The only thing different is no one will be able to hear if we run someone’s criminal history or whose house we’re going to next or what we’re doing,” Sheriff Boen said. “They won’t be able to pick that up.” The sheriff […]

  • Old Fort Days Rodeo Kicks Off With Annual Parade

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—Hundreds of people lined Garrison Avenue for the annual Old Fort Days Rodeo Parade, Monday (May 29). The parade is always a spectacle to see with sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Marshals waving the American flag on horses, wagons vintage cars, beauty queens and the Old Fort Days Dandies. Local marching bands also put on a performance. Jennifer Jackson brought her six- and seven-year-old daughters to the parade. She said while her kids enjoy the candy, she is also […]