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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.

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Recent Articles
  • UPDATE: Tractor-Trailer Carrying Thousands Of Pounds Of Frozen Turkeys Overturns

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — After more than a six-hour closure, State Highway 282 at Pecan Grove Road in Rudy is now open, according to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Earlier in the day, law enforcement closed about a half-mile stretch of State Highway 282 because a tractor-trailer, carrying 40,000 pounds of frozen turkeys, overturned. The accident happened Saturday (Oct. 21)around 12:30 p.m., according to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department website. The highway was closed to thru […]

  • Civilian Employee Files Two Complaints Against Fort Smith Police Chief

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A civilian employee for the Fort Smith Police Department has filed two complaints against Police Chief Nathaniel Clark. The complaints claim to outline the police chief’s unethical and unprofessional behavior. City administrator Carl Geffken said Alvey Matlock filed the complaints soon after he found out the job he has been doing for nearly 12 years would be changing. “Change is difficult,” Geffken said. “We`re asking people to come out of their comfort zone and think of […]

  • Audit Report Places Several Fort Smith Police Officers Under Suspicion Of Theft

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A Fort Smith preliminary audit report puts several Fort Smith police officers under suspicion of theft. Auditor Tracey Shockley mentions in her report missing money in the narcotics and evidence units and failure to document spending properly, among other discrepancies. The auditor declined to comment on her report. City administrator Carl Geffken said he was unavailable Monday (Oct. 16), and the Fraternal Order of Police President Anthony Parkinson said he wouldn’t comment because he didn’t know […]

  • Fort Smith: School Lockdown Lifted As Possible Shooting Investigation Continues

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Two schools in Fort Smith were placed on a brief lockdown because of possible shot fires, according to Fort Smith Police Sgt. Daniel Grubbs. The call came in around 8:30 a.m. on Monday (Oct. 16) and gave the 900 block of 16th Street as the vicinity of the possible shooting, according to police. The schools impacted were Tilles and Darby Elementary.  Tilles is located a block north of the reported possible shooting location. 5NEWS was told […]

  • New Businesses Popping Up In Downtown Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — If you have driven down Garrison Avenue lately, you may have noticed some new businesses popping up. A building on 1000 Garrison will soon be home to R. Landry’s. The New Orleans style restaurant will still be open at its original location five blocks up the road until Thanksgiving. “We found out that our building is for sale, and we only had six months guaranteed that we’d stay in the building if they sold the building, […]

  • Local Amputees Prepare For Warrior Dash

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—A soldier and boy, both amputees, met for the first time Tuesday (Oct. 10) to talk about a challenge ahead. The two will participate in an obstacle course this weekend in Little Rock called the 2017 Warrior Dash. “There are amputees everywhere, and they never should be treated differently,” said David Samson, a 14-year-old amputee.  “Most the time they’re not. They’re regular people.” The boy has never known what it’s like to have two legs. “I lost circulation […]

  • Cedarville Wide Receiver Breaks Barriers, Stereotypes

    CEDARVILLE (KFSM) — More and more girls are playing high school football. Sporting a homecoming crown and football cleats, Mikayla Oden said she still feels like there are barriers and stereotypes to break. “Just because the stereotype is that we’re weaker doesn’t mean we can’t keep up with the men,” Oden said. Oden takes honors classes. She’s been on the homecoming court three times and loves football. You won’t find her with pom poms on the sidelines or sitting in […]

  • Tontitown Police Officer Injured In Chase, Suspect With Baby In Car Arrested

    TONTITOWN (KFSM)– A police officer was injured after a chase Saturday morning (Sept. 30), according to a release from the Tontitown Police Department. It happened at approximately 2:30 a.m.  According to police, officers tried to stop a vehicle for driving erratically through an apartment complex and then headed east on Highway 412. The pursuit went onto south Interstate 49 where police say the driver made an abrupt stop near the Don Tyson exit, causing the officer to rear-end the suspect. […]

  • Fort Smith Police Department To Buy New Cars, Equipment With Budget Surplus

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Fort Smith Police Department is managing to get by with cars and equipment nearly 10 years old, but on Tuesday (Oct. 3) the city board of directors approved an ordinance allowing the department to buy the equipment they need with money they already have. Police Chief Nathaniel Clark asked the board to use approximately $750,000 on some of the department’s most critical needs, including police vehicles, upgraded equipment and special training. “It’s a win-win for […]

  • Seven Fort Smith Police Sergeants Promoted To Lieutenants

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—Seven Fort Smith Police Department sergeants were recently promoted. Daniel Grubbs, Jason Thompson, Don Cobb, Doug Brooks, Dewey Young, Wes Milam and James Hays are all the first police lieutenants for the city. They were honored during a ceremony at the Double Tree Hotel Friday (Sept. 29) night. “I can’t thank the community enough for allowing me to come in and create these positions which is going to enhance our department and help move our department forward,” said […]

  • Proposed Fort Smith Dollar General Location Causes Controversy

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Fort Smith city leaders unanimously passed a proposal Tuesday (Oct. 3) night that will allow a Dollar General to be built near Fianna Hills, which is one of Fort Smith’s more affluent neighborhoods. “The location they’re talking about, to me is the wrong demographics for the clientele,” resident David Coon said. City leaders considered rezoning two acres of land at Highway 253 and Durham Ave. from residential to commercial. This will allow a Dollar General to […]

  • Bed Bugs On The Rise In Area, Experts Weigh In On Where To Spot Them

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A prominent hotel owner in the area says bed bugs are a big and growing problem at every price point, from luxury to economy hotels. Exterminators treat them in homes, schools, businesses, prisons and even churches. “We see bed bugs every single day,” said Justin Shoup, owner of Extermco. Shoup has been in the termite and pest control business for decades. He said bed bugs are a fairly new problem to the area. He treated them […]