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
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    Fort Smith Celebrates MLK Day With Parade

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade took place in downtown Fort Smith Monday (Jan. 16). Dozens of people lined the sidewalks from 7th Street to Immaculate Conception Church to celebrate King’s legacy. “It’s just about being together here, seeing everybody come together as one,” said Glenda Logan. Logan took her two granddaughters to the parade to teach them about King’s impact on American history. “We still have that dream not to see violence, killing, segregation, racists, so […]

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    UPDATE: Fort Smith Murder Suspect May Be Exaggerating Brain Injury To Avoid Prosecution, Records Show

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — It’s been three years and seven months since a Fort Smith man was charged with capital murder in the death of his ex-father-in-law, but he has yet to face a jury. The man, Michael Underwood, has had several continuances due in part to a brain injury, which one doctor said may be exaggerated. On Friday (Jan. 13), the case was officially postponed again. Underwood was scheduled for a fitness hearing on Jan. 27, 2017. Underwood’s attorneys Ron Fields […]

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    Fort Smith, Springdale Make Top 50 Places For Recent Graduates To Live

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Three cities in Arkansas landed on a list of the best cities for recent college graduates. “I actually accepted a position working at the Federal Courthouse,” Dalton Person said. “I’m a law clerk and then after that, I’ve already accepted a position for a law firm here in town.” Person recently graduated from law school at the University of Arkansas. He said moving back home to Fort Smith was a no-brainer for him and his wife. “She’s an […]

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    Police, Parents Call Fight Caught On Camera At Central Mall ‘Disturbing’

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)— A violent fight at Central Mall is caught on camera. It involves two girls under the age of 18. The video above is graphic and could be disturbing. “The child was trying to walk away,” said parent Eric Williams. “She did not want to fight this girl. She was kicked. She was beat. She was chased. She was humiliated. That`s going to leave a scar, and more than just a physical scar.” Williams said another parent sent […]

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    City Crews Address Challenges Of Snow Removal

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—After the first snow of the year, Fort Smith Police responded to several collisions and stalled vehicles. Now crews are preparing for the possibility of more winter weather. “The night before the snow came, I saw snow plows out at maybe 11 o’clock at night, and I was like OK, so they’re getting prepared,” said Jessica Ervin. “I wake up the next morning and the roads are terrible.” Ervin said she had to drive to Waldon from Fort […]

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    Group Backs Fort Smith School Board To Fight Lawsuit Over Alleged FOIA Violation

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)— A group is rallying in support of the Fort Smith School Board after a lawsuit was filed against them. It states that members of the board violated the Freedom of Information Act through emails. The group is called “Stand with the School Board,” and they want to see the board fight the lawsuit in court. “This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this song from Joey McCutchen,” Luke Pruitt said. “Joey’s first lawsuit in 2015 accusing the […]

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    Friend Talks About ‘Heartbreaking’ Murder Of Sebastian County Brothers

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) — The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims in Monday’s (Jan. 2) double homicide as Bradley and Allen Woods. Capt. Philip Pevehouse said their father found the two brothers dead inside a home on their property in the 9800 block of Highway 10 in Washburn Township. Brad Woods’ best friend said the loss has been heartbreaking. “Brad was also my brother from diapers all the way up until now,” Ben McCartney said. McCartney said Brad and […]

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    Person Of Interest Questioned In Fort Smith Shooting That Injured Three New Year’s Eve

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Three people were shot at the Fort Smith Jazz & Blues Grill on 522 N. 10th Street early Sunday (Jan. 1) morning, according to police. Police are still searching for a suspect, who is described as a tall, slim black man with an afro, according Sgt. Daniel Grubbs. Fort Smith police have questioned a person of interest in the shooting. He’s been arrested on a warrant for another shooting that happened at the same spot back in September. […]

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    Suspect In Sebastian County Double Homicide Arrested, Charged

    WASHBURN, Ark. (KFSM) — Deputies arrested a suspect in connection with a double homicide investigation Monday (Jan. 2) evening, according to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office. Stanley Ambrose Mazurek, 34,  is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, according to Capt. Philip Pevehouse. Mazurek also faces one count of residential burglary and felony possession of a firearm. Police located Mazurek in Fort Smith, driving the Chevrolet truck belonging to someone at a neighboring home, Pevehouse said. Earlier in the day, […]

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    Police, Transportation Services Prepare For New Year’s Eve

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—Police, Uber drivers and taxi services are getting ready for a busy New Year’s Eve. Logan Martin works for Boozer Cruiser. He is also an Uber driver. Martin said he’s worked in this industry for about five years and knows how busy New Year’s Eve gets but said he doesn’t mind it. “I’ll probably be out here doing a little bit for both services that night,” he said. “It’s a lot better to get a safe ride home lined […]

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    Firewood Business Owner Speaks About Theft, Overwhelming Support From Community

    MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) — Ray Seratt has been selling firewood for years and operated his business under an honor system, but recently his money box was stolen from his lot. Seratt may be 79, but his business on Highway 71 and Ash Street isn’t slowing down anytime soon. “I’ve cut wood all my life,” he said. “I worked pretty hard all my life, and if I sat down and tried the rocking chair out I don’t think I’d last long, so […]

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    Pharmacist Breaks Down Facts, Fiction Of Flu Season

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Flu season is off to a slow start in most places, but a local pharmacist says don’t let that fool you. “We have minimal activity, but don’t let that set you up,” Keith Larkin, owner of Medisav Homecare Pharmacy said. “I think you need to get that flu shot.” Bob Marquette blames work and the holidays for not getting his vaccine yet. “I normally get it in the fall, and for some reason, I’ve kind of […]