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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  • Memorial Day

    Families Of Fallen Veterans Visit Fort Smith National Cemetery

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—Many people came out to the Fort Smith National Cemetery Monday (May 30), to remember those who gave their lives fighting. Edward Wester and Shannon Grant lost their brother, Army Spc. Lyle Wyman Rymer II, while he served in Iraq in 2005; he was just 24 years old. His brothers traveled from Missouri and Tennessee to visit his grave. “A lot of people believe that it`s just a holiday and barbecue, but to people like us, we know […]

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    Fort Smith National Cemetery Memorial Day Program

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–Memorial Day is about honoring those in the military who died in battle. In the video above, 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb explains that’s exactly what people will be doing at 2 p.m. Sunday (May 29) at the Fort Smith National Cemetery.

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    ‘Art On The Border’ Taking Place Saturday In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–Western Heritage Month is wrapping up, but before it does, ‘Art On the Border’ will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (May 28) down at the Frisco Station. People can come down at look at a variety of Western Art. 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb sat down with event organizers Joan McCoy and Maggie Malloy to talk more about the event. You can watch the full segment above.

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    Denning Remembers Five-Year Anniversary Of EF-4 Tornado

    DENNING (KFSM)—This week, people are remembering the five-year anniversary of tornadoes that hit Franklin and Johnson Counties. “All of a sudden we heard, ‘Bam!’ and one tree went down and hit the backside of the house; and then it sounded like a train was coming over,” Sheila Helmert said. May 24 – 25, 2011 are days Helmert said she will never forget. An EF-4 tornado went through Etna, Denning, Altus and parts of Johnson County in the middle of the […]

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    Motorcyclist Injured After Colliding With Car On Garrison Avenue

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–A man was taken to the hospital after his motorcycle collided with a car at the intersection of Garrison Ave. and N. 3rd Street, Saturday morning (May 21). The driver of a white Nissan Versa was turning left on Garrison Ave. from 3rd Street, near Rolando’s, while the motorcycle was heading west on Garrison, according to crews on scene. A firefighter said both vehicles had a green light at the time of the crash. The motorcyclist was taken to the […]

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    Ronnie Brewer Hosting Upcoming Event In Fayetteville

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)–Ronnie Brewer is a Fayetteville High School graduate, a former Razorback basketball star and an NBA veteran. He’s coming back to town next month for an event in benefit of the Ronnie Brewer Foundation. 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb has more about the golf tournament and evening soiree taking place at the Paradise Valley Country Club on Friday, June 3.

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    Just Two Weekends Left To Check Out The Muskogee Renaissance Festival

    MUSKO(KFSM)– There’s just a couple weekends left to take a step way back in time. 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb has more on the Muskogee Renaissance Festival.

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    Locals React To New Overtime Pay Rule

    (KFSM)—More than four million salaried workers could be eligible for overtime pay later this year. President Obama said the new rule will now require employers to to pay workers overtime if their salary is less than $47,476 a year. Right now only salaried employees making less than $23,660 can receive overtime pay. The White House said that’s only 7 percent of the workforce, but the new mandate would raise that to 35 percent. “This is an impactful way to make […]

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    Food Trucks Could Be Coming To Cisterna Park

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—Downtown Fort Smith has been in the middle of a transformation this past year, and now there could be food truck vendors coming to Cisterna Park. “The downtown needs variety,” food truck owner Hari Paizi said. Paizi owns a food truck on the east end of Rogers Avenue and said he’d like to see more businesses like his downtown. “Overall, I do think it`s a very good thing,” Paizi said. John McIntosh is the executive director of 64.6 […]

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    Fort Smith School Board Considers Postponing Millage Vote

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—With a lot of recent changes with the Fort Smith School District, the board is considering postponing a vote for a millage increase. The annual school election is set for September 2016, but the proposed increase will likely be put to a vote at another time. “We’ve got to move it, maybe perhaps to April, to where we can get the attention on the children and the needs of the district,” school board member Jeannie Cole said. “I […]

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    Fort Smith Police Investigate Early Morning Stabbing

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)— A man is recovering in the hospital after being stabbed early Sunday (May 15), according to Fort Smith Police. Officers were called to a home in the 1300 block of North 36th Street around 12:30 a.m. after a caller reported someone had been stabbed. The victim, Liveron Gilbert Jr., 28, was found with stab wounds to his abdomen and injuries to the back of his head, according to police. Police said Gilbert reported he had been attacked by as […]

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    Fort Smith Montessori School Founder On 5NEWS This Morning

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–For a segment airing Saturday (May 14) on 5NEWS This Morning,  Daren Bobb sat down with the founder of Fort Smith Montessori School. You can watch the full interview above.  

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