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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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    Annual Anchor Splash Raises Money For Eyesight Damage

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- A sorority from the University of Arkansas- Fort Smith hosted the annual Anchor Splash on Saturday (April 25). Six teams of up to six UAFS students participated in the event held at the Mercy Fitness Center. The Anchor Splash consisted of swimming races, relays and a synchronized swimming event. Teams were judged on their times and creativity. A cookout took place afterwards in the parking lot. 5NEWS This Morning anchors Heather Lewis and Jay Plyburn judged the […]

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    Friends, Family Remember Mulberry Man Killed In Hit-And-Run Accident

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM)-Friends and family members are mourning the loss of Patrick Ichtertz, the 25-year-old man who died Monday (April 20) after being struck by a car on U.S. Highway 64 and Moon Road. Police are still looking for the driver who hit him. “I heard the ambulances go by and my neighbor Shawna, which is also a really good friend of theirs too, she had come over to the house and was bawling, beating on the door, and said […]

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    War Movies Inspired Sniper Participating In Competition At Fort Chaffee

    FORT CHAFFEE (KFSM)-Some of you may know the box office hit American Sniper directed by Clint Eastwood. This week some of the best in the world are squaring off at Fort Chaffee. The snipers come from Denmark, Germany, Canada and all over the U.S. “When I was young I was watching war movies and army things. I knew that that kind of job I wanted to do,” Olivier Guénette said. Guénette is a sniper from Canada. He’s on one of […]

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    Hail Causes Damage To Homes, Cars In Sebastian County

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM)-Storms rolled through around 3:45 p.m. on Sunday (April 19). Many residents spent the day cleaning up damage caused by hail. “Yesterday we were just working in the yard and the next thing you know the storm came up and you just gather things up and try to get in,” Patty Goswick, resident said. Goswick and her husband Lyn live in Huntington. They have three cars and a truck, and they were all damaged in the storm. Many […]


    How Americans Plan To Spend Their Tax Refunds

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- Nearly eight out of ten U.S. taxpayers will receive refunds, according to this CNN Money article. The deadline to file taxes was Wednesday (April 15). The average refund over is approximately $2,800 and has been for the past couple of years, according to recent IRS data. 5NEWS asked residents how they plan to spend their refund. “[I’m going to] buy running boards for my truck,” Kent Tally said. Others said they plan to pay down debt, save […]

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    March For Babies Benefits Moms In Arkansas

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- The rain in the River Valley Saturday (April 18) didn’t stop March for Babies from happening at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. The annual 5K walk benefits the March of Dimes. Around 150 people registered, organizers said. 5NEWS Sports Anchor Bobby Swofford emceed the event. Even though the weather moved registration indoors, the walk still took place outside the campus. “We came here today because we’ve both lost children in child birth, and so March of […]

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    Local Church Honors Fort Smith Firefighters

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- Evangel Temple honored Fort Smith Firefighters at their services Sunday (April 12) morning. The church is located off Dodson and Towson Ave. Senior Pastor Don Hutchings led the first service. “They are constantly protecting us and are on call 24/7, and I know there are some great men and women who are beyond dedicated to this community, so this is our way of saying thank you,” he said. After his sermon, the church showed some appreciation and […]

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    Several Hospitalized After Head-On Collision In Franklin County

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM)- The sheriff’s office and Ozark Police Department assisted Arkansas State Police in working a head-on-collision on Highway 64 near the intersection of Lock and Dam Rd. Friday night (Apr. 10), according to Sheriff Anthony Boen. Around 8:30 p.m. a man driving a green Ford pickup truck was traveling eastbound on Hwy. 64, when he fell asleep and crossed the centerline, hitting a black Dodge pickup head-on, according to the sheriff. Frankie Lemance, the driver of the Ford […]

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    Free Child Safety Seat Check Takes Place In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- A free child safety seat check station took place Saturday (April 11) at the Fort Smith Pavilion. Hundreds of parents showed up for the annual event. Here, certified safety inspectors from the Fort Smith Police Department provided free inspections and replaced recalled and unsafe car-seats free of charge. “I take it as the safety of the kids, making sure it`s all strapped in, you know, it`s what`s best for them is the way I see it,” Ashley […]

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    Future I-49 Construction Nearing Completion In Sebastian County

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM)- After some weather delays, construction on future Interstate 49 from Greenwood to Barling is almost done. The $98 million project is just a small fragment of an interstate that will one day run from Northwest Arkansas to Louisiana. “Right now the concrete pavement is down, so that’s the driving surface,” Chad Adams, district engineer with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department said. “The contractors are working on putting gravel down for the shoulders. They’ve actually starting […]

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    Logan County Sheriff Follows Up On Several Leads In Homicide Investigation

    Logan County (KFSM)-  A homicide investigation is underway with three persons of interest in custody on unrelated charges. The Logan County Sherriff’s Office said they were called to a home north of Booneville around 10 a.m. Monday (April 6). There they found the body of 60-year-old Ritchie Lynch. “The police are treating it like a possible homicide,” Ricky Lynch, victim’s son said. “I don’t know what they know, but if there’s anybody that does know we would just appreciate it […]

  • Construction For Greenwood’s New Freshman Center On Schedule

    GREENWOOD (KFSM)-Construction for a new freshman center is currently underway. The Greenwood School District’s superintendent said the new facility will help students transition into high school while keeping them on campus. “There will be 16 classrooms, just regular classrooms that will be included in this facility, four lab settings, two science labs an art room and then another project classroom and then also some of our special services classrooms for occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy and such,” Superintendent John […]


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