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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    Woman Stabbed In Franklin County, Suspect Arrested Hours Later

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) — A woman was stabbed by her sister’s fiance around 10 a.m. Sunday (July 24), according to Guy Huff, an investigator with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect, Hou Thao is facing charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a minor. Three children were in the home on Toby Road at the time of the stabbing, according to Huff. “She was still sleeping with her baby, about 3 years old,” Thong Vang, the victim’s […]

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    Altus Grape Fest Happening Next Weekend

    ALTUS (KFSM)–It’s a two day celebration of another successful grape harvest. 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb sat down with Mayor Veronica Post to talk more about the Altus Grape Fest happening next weekend–Friday July 29 and Saturday July 30.

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    Organizers Prepare For Walk To End Alzheimer’s In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–Alzheimer’s Disease affects millions of people across the nation. It’s the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is happening Saturday, August 27 at 10 a.m. at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith campus. 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb sat down with Nikki Fletcher and Jeremy Wilson with the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to talk more about the event. You can register at

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    Local Delegate Prepares For Democratic National Convention

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—After Republicans wrap up their convention on Thursday (July 21), Democrats will begin theirs in Philadelphia on Monday. Former Sebastian County Sheriff Gary Grimes will attend as a national delegate. “I decided this year, having been involved with the Clintons through the years, that I wanted to be a national delegate,” he said. Grimes has grown to know the Clintons when he was the Sebastian County sheriff and President Bill Clinton was governor. He said the former president actually convinced […]

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    Girl Scouts Make Flower Bouquets For Local Law Enforcement, Hospitals And Firefighters

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)— Seven local girl scout troops showed their support for area law enforcement on Tuesday (July 19). “Over the past week, we`ve been making flowers for the firemen and sheriffs and police to give back to them,” Anna Tilley said. Tilley and Lindsey Garretson with Troop 4372 have both been Girl Scouts for seven years. They may be getting a badge or two for their community service, but they said the most rewarding part is being able to […]

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    City Of Fort Smith Begins Storm Debris Clean-Up

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)— The City of Fort Smith began picking up debris from last week’s storms on Monday (July 18). The storms tore down trees and power lines, leaving thousands without power, including resident Stephen Kuhl. “I was monitoring my ham radio, and we had a good gust and it brought the tree down, brought the top of the telephone pole down,” he said. Kuhl said his electricity went out for more than 50 hours after the storm went through. […]

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    Fill The Bus Organizers Need Volunteers For Upcoming Event

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–Even though it’s the middle of July, it’s time to start thinking about going back to school. The United Way of Fort Smith Area needs your help to ‘Fill the Bus’. 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb interviewed Carrie Terry with the United Way for details. You can watch the full segment above to learn more about the event.

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    Beaver Lake Managers Want Your Feedback

    (KFSM)–For those of you who go boating on Beaver Lake, what would you like to see done to improve your experience? Those who manage the lake want to know. In the video above, 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb spoke to Beaver Lake’s operations manager Sean Harper about a study they’re conducting.

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    Two Law Enforcement Cars Involved In Crashes After Suspect Leads Them On Chase

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM)–A Roland Police car and Sequoyah County deputy’s car both hit a suspect’s vehicle involved in an early morning pursuit, according to Sheriff Ron Lockhart. The sheriff said the suspect kept slamming on his brakes, which caused both crashes to happen. At around 2:15 a.m. on Saturday, (July 16), Sequoyah County deputies responded to a police chase that started in Roland, according to Sheriff Lockhart. Deputies were later told Roland Police lost the car they were looking for […]

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    Patriot Tour Brings Flag To Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–Motorcycle riders are carrying our nation’s flag to 48 states, raising money for wounded veterans and their families. On Wednesday (July 13), a flag transfer ceremony took place at the Old Fort Harley-Davidson. Around 15 motorcyclists rode in from Little Rock. “This is my fourth ride up here and also to be the flag bearer of bringing the flag to its next stop,” Salvador Diaz said. “It brings tears to my eyes every year that I do it.” […]

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    Local Veteran Sets Up Campaign Of Sending Coffee To Active Military Members

    VAN BUREN (KFSM)—A local veteran is paying it forward to the men and women serving in the military. Cheryl Norton has started a campaign to send coffee to troops at no cost. “We always say ‘thank you for your service,’ but that’s not enough, so I can’t do a lot but I can send them coffee,” Norton said. Norton joined the Army in 1980 and served overseas in Germany, which has left a lasting impression on her life. “When I […]

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    Police: Man Won’t Face Charges For Taking Pictures At Parrot Island Waterpark

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)— The manager of Parrot Island Waterpark called police on Thursday (July 7) after a family reported a middle-aged man was taking pictures of several girls in their bathing suits, according to an incident report. The deputy prosecutor stated, “There’s no expectation of privacy at the waterpark,” and that’s why the man wasn’t arrested. “There’s no telling how many pictures of girls he’s got,” Angela Person said. “Has he been out there previously? You know, that really bothers […]


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