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

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    Oklahoma Voters Will Decide On Wine, Stronger Beer In Convenience And Grocery Stores

    POCOLA (KFSM) — This election voters in Oklahoma will decide whether they want to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell wine and stronger beer. The manager of Grand Slam Convenience Store in Pocola said he is used to hearing complaints about the beer they sell. “They say things like it’s watered down,” Arfan Chaudhry said. “There’s real beer in Texas. There’s real beer in Arkansas. You guys don’t have real beer.” Right now stores like Grand Slam can only […]

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    Memorial Service Held For Former Fort Smith City Administrator

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—A memorial service was held Tuesday (Oct. 25) for a long time city leader. Ray Gosack served the city of Fort Smith for more than 15 years before retiring as city administrator in August 2015. “Ray deeply loved the lord, and we believe he’s alive more now than ever before in heaven,” said Don Hutchings, pastor and city director. Memorial services took place at Grace Community Church. Gosack planned his service and asked Hutchings and Mayor Sandy Sanders to […]

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    University Of Oklahoma President Visits Carl Albert State College, Addresses Education Crisis

    POTEAU (KFSM) — The state of Oklahoma is in the middle of an education crisis. “I would love to stay in Oklahoma, but I’m not really sure if I will or not,” Ashley Moore said. This is Moore’s second year at Carl Albert State College. She’s studying elementary education, but right now Oklahoma ranks 50th in the nation when it comes to investing in its students, so aspiring teachers like Moore are thinking about leaving. “We’ve got thousands of children […]

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    Railroad Companies, Local Law Enforcement Promote Safety Near Tracks

    SALLISAW (KFSM) — Local police and railroad companies are teaming up to remind drivers about safety at railroad crossings, especially those without safeguards in place. “Be aware of the signs and the signals,” Sherry Soliz said. “Not all crossings are marked with gates and the flashing lights.” A train traveling 55mph takes at least a mile to stop, which is equivalent to 18 football fields. “When that train crew sees somebody on the tracks, it’s too late,” Soliz said. “They […]

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    Community Remembers Local Volunteer, Fort Smith Ruff Ryder’s State Representative

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—A local motorcycle club is mourning the death of their state representative. Cedric Marable, who was also very active in the community, died in an accident just before the weekend. He was just 41. “He was wonderful. He loved the lord. He loved people. He never met a stranger,” said Elizabeth Jones-Gross, Marable’s fiancée. The two met in 2011 while out on the town in Tulsa. “He asked me to dance and ever since then until now, he’s […]

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    Sex Offenders Concentrated In Certain Areas Of Fort Smith Raise Concerns For Neighbors

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—Convicted sex offenders have several restrictions placed on where they can live, which means they often congregate into certain areas. In Fort Smith, areas with a concentrated sex offender population has concerned some people who live nearby. Meridith Burns, who lives on Boston Street said most of her neighbors are kind people, but she has had some problems with the Cambridge Apartments behind her home, where nine Level-3 sex offenders live. “It’s very scary. I’m a single parent,” she said. “I have a […]

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    Hartford Mayor Addresses Recall Vote

    HARTFORD (KFSM)—Hartford voters will be deciding whether to recall their mayor during the November General Election. But first, Mayor James Baker said he wanted to defend his track record in office. “I actually found out about it whenever somebody contacted me on Facebook about it,” he said. “Someone said, ‘Hey, did you know they’re passing this petition around to get you out of office?’” It took around 40 signatures to put the decision whether Hartford’s mayor should be forced to step down to […]

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    Future School Students Paint Mural With Guidance From International Artist

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Unexpected Project has inspired other artwork around Fort Smith including a project at the Future School where students are working with Unexpected Artist Ana Maria to paint a mural on one of their buildings. “It’s a lot of hard work in it, and I’m just doing part of it, but most of it is done by the students,” Ana Maria said. Ana Maria participated in the first edition of the mural festival in 2015. The Puerto […]

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    Medicaid Reform Raises Concerns For Parents Of Child With Special Needs

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM)—A legislative committee has put a limit on mental health benefits for people using Medicaid, and more cuts are expected in the near future. Jessica Skordal said she is worried because the cutbacks could affect the treatments for her autistic child. Her 3-year-old son Dawson was diagnosed in February. “Dawson’s a twin, so I have a walking talking example of what a normal child should be,” Skordal said. “So that’s when I really started noticing that his twin brother […]

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    Greenwood Police To Address Stray Animal Issue At City Council Meeting

    GREENWOOD (KFSM)—At Monday’s (Oct. 3) city council meeting, Greenwood Police will be addressing the issue of the city’s stray dog population and how to fix it. “Our partnership with the [Sebastian County] Humane Society, that has fell through,” Police Chief Will Dawson said. “We’ve determined that that’s not a viable option for us now or in the future.” Right now, animal control doesn’t have a place to drop off its strays. Chief Dawson said unless an animal is deemed vicious, there’s not […]

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    UPDATE: Suspect In Custody After Standoff In Lowell

    LOWELL (KFSM)– A man is now in custody following a police standoff on Tumbleweed Street in the Prairie Meadows neighborhood Saturday morning (Oct. 1). When Lowell police tried to approach a man, reported to be suicidal inside his home, he walked outside carrying a weapon and made threats to officers, according to a release. The suspect has been identified as 44-year-old Samuel Barnes III. Police were called in around 5:45 a.m.  The Benton County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and Negotiation […]

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    Woman Hopes To Bring Animal Shelter To Van Buren

    VAN BUREN (KFSM)—A local woman is trying to bring an animal shelter to an area that doesn’t have enough shelters to house all of its stray animals. “There’s just not a reason in this day in age that healthy, happy, good-temperament dogs need to be destroyed,” Rebecca Kaszubowski said. Behind the street department on E. Pointer Trail, is a holding facility where Van Buren Animal Control drops off strays in the area. It is almost at capacity with only seven dogs. […]