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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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    Greenwood Police And Fire Departments Substitute, Allowing Staff To Attend Teacher’s Funeral

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — Police officers and firefighters in Greenwood lent a helping hand to the school district on Wednesday (August 24). They subbed for classes at the middle school, so staff members could attend a co-worker’s funeral. “Ms. Nelms was a supporter of the fire and police department,” Fire Chief Stewart Bryan said. “She`s been a supporter of us for many years.  Now that the school`s in need, we wanted to help the school out. We wanted to make sure all the […]

  • Future I49

    Study Would Consider Tolls To Help Pay For Next Phase Of I-49 Project

    BARLING (KFSM) — A stretch of Interstate 49 between Barling and Alma, that would ultimately shorten the commute to Northwest Arkansas, has been on the drawing board for quite a while. Now there is talk of a study to see if by making that stretch a toll road, including a new bridge over the Arkansas River, it would actually get built. Resident Melanie Akin said she does not support toll roads. “I think we’re taxed enough,” she said. But Damien Madrid, in town […]

  • Future School

    Day Of Firsts As New Fort Smith Charter School Welcomes First Group Of Students

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—Monday (August 22) was the first day of school for Future School students. All 60 students met their classmates and advisors. “I have been looking forward to this moment the entire summer,” student Amethyst Williams said. She said she wants to be an animator someday. “We get internships and our advisors will help us choose an internship based on our interests,” Williams said. The school’s founder, Trish Flanagan, said students will go to their internships every Wednesday. “It […]

  • Pantry

    Van Buren Woman Starts ‘Little Free Pantry’ To Help The Hungry

    VAN BUREN (KFSM)—When Destiny Potter heard about the “Little Free Pantry” in Fayetteville, she wanted to start one in her own community. Potter set hers up in her yard on 522 South 7th St. on Saturday (August 20), and said so far it’s been a great success. People have taken what they need, while others have come by and dropped off items, restocking the Little Free Pantry and given cards with monetary donations. She said was inspired to put Little […]

  • Burial

    City Of Fort Smith Will Cover Burial Costs Of Local Fallen Officers

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)– The family of fallen Sebastian County Cpl. Bill Cooper will not have to worry about the cost of his burial Tuesday (Aug. 17). City leaders have amended an ordinance, which will help cover some of the costs for Fort Smith Police officers,  Sebastian County Sheriff’s officers and other first responders killed in the line of duty. “It`s another just loving way of showing law enforcement, and firefighters and first responders that our community certainly does care about […]

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    Sebastian County Fair Less Than Two Weeks Away

    \ SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM)–It’s one of the oldest fairs in Arkansas, and it’s coming up in less than two weeks. 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb spoke with Ciara Fleer on the Sebastian County Fair Committee about this year’s event. To learn more, you can watch their full interview above, or check out the Sebastian County Fair website.

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    Upcoming Fundraiser Will Put Local Artists’ Work On Display

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–It’s your chance to take home some wonderful art by some talented local artists. In the video above, 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb has more information about the Center for Art and Education in Van Buren and a unique fundraiser they’re putting on at the Fort Smith Convention Center.

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    Prayer Rally Will Be Held Next Weekend In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–It will be one of the largest prayer rallies in the River Valley, and it’s happening on Sunday, August 7. 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb spoke with Pastor Tashala Devrow with the House of Restoration about the prayer rally, which will be held at Fort Smith’s Evangel Temple at 6 p.m. Pastor Devrow said prayers will be sent out to officers and our nation.

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    Non-Profit Group Aims To Help Kids Transition From Summer To Back-To-School

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM)–School starts back up again within the next few weeks, and there’s a newly formed organization, called the Village, that wants to help make the transition from summer to school a whole lot easier. 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb spoke with organizer Micah Dennis about the Fayetteville Back-To-School Fun Day for children in grades K through 8. The event will take place on August 6th from 1-6 p.m. at the University of Arkansas Union Hall. There will be a […]

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    Fort Smith Police Department To Host ‘National Night Out’ Event

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–Police departments all over the area are inviting you to come talk to them Tuesday (August 2) night. In the video above, 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb has more on what’s happening at the Fort Smith Police Department next week.

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    Fort Chaffee Sees Progress At New ArcBest Headquarters, Medical School

    FORT CHAFFEE (KFSM)— The Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine continues to prepare for its first group of students. The Chaffee area is busy with several projects, including construction on ArcBest’s new headquarters and curriculum development at the medical college that’ll open next year. Five simulators in house will give future doctors the hands on training they need before they start working with real patients. “These adult males can portray any illness that any patient suffers from,” Dr. Natasha Bray, Associate Dean […]

  • Walmart

    Customers, Employees Use Portable Restrooms As Paris Walmart Waits On Plumbing Repairs

    PARIS (KFSM) — The Walmart in town hasn’t had working bathrooms for almost a month. In the meantime, customers and employees have to use portable restrooms outdoors. “Well I think that’s not very good because it is so hot, and people shouldn’t have to go outdoors to go to the bathroom,” Ruthie Walker said. Walker said she shops at the Walmart in Paris once a week. She said she was surprised to learn portable restrooms are the only option until […]

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