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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    Talihina Veterans Center Under Investigation After Patient Dies At Facility

    TALIHINA (KFSM) — The local Veterans Affairs Office is under investigation after one of its residents died in its care. VA officials said his cause of death was an infection called sepsis, but maggots were reportedly found in his wound. The Oklahoma State Department of Health received an incident report during October of this year about the veteran’s death. A spokeswoman told 5NEWS they could not release the document because it had information that would identify the victim, which is […]

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    Two Men Hurt In Springdale Shooting

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — Two men were shot Friday (Dec. 2) evening, according to a release from the Springdale Police Department. It happened around 11 p.m. in the Rogers Circle Drive and West End Street area. Officers responded after a report of gunshots in the area. When police arrived, they found two men with gunshot wounds to their legs. Both men were taken to Washington Regional Medical Center and are expected to be okay. The victims told police they were involved in a “disturbance” […]

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    Scott County Sheriff Loses Re-Election To Randy Shores

    SCOTT COUNTY (KFSM) — Voters have elected a new sheriff to serve and protect their county. Incumbent Democrat Scott County Sheriff Terry Staggs was ousted in the run-off election. “I just want to thank the voters for getting out, voting for me and hope for their continued support,” said Sheriff-Elect Randy Shores. Scott County Clerk Barbara Whiteley said the final unofficial numbers are Shores with 1,039 votes and Staggs with 539. “I think that it was time we had a new […]

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    Officer Reflects On Impact Statement After Billy Jones Pleads Guilty

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) — Several law enforcement officers read an impact statement to Billy Monroe Jones in court Tuesday (Nov. 29) before the judge accepted his guilty plea. Barling police officer Keith Lindley was among them. “It was much more difficult than I had anticipated,” Lindley said. “It was surreal seeing him in person. It was the first time I had seen him since he was being led out of the trailer after he had surrendered on August the 10th.” […]

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    Big City Couple Now Runs Oldest General Store In State

    OARK (KFSM)— A general store is the heart of any small town, but right in our area, you will find the oldest one in Arkansas. Not only does the Oark General Store have an interesting story, its owners do, as well. “I was a legislative assistant for Senator John Boozman and Brian was a military legislative assistant for Congressman Joe Wilson from South Carolina,” said Co-Owner Reagan Eisele. Brian and Reagan Eisele met in Washington D.C., and got to know […]

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    Salvation Army Prepares For Annual Thanksgiving Meal

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Salvation Army in Fort Smith is getting ready for its annual Thanksgiving meal and organizers are expecting to serve around 500 turkey dinners. “I think there’s a need in Fort Smith and all over the country that we need to fill, and I’m blessed to be able to have that option to be able to help people,” said Debbie Hewett. On Tuesday (Nov. 22), Hewett, who is a nurse at Mercy Hospital, and a group from […]

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    Fort Smith Priest Embraces Pope’s Abortion Announcement

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—The Catholic Church’s “Holy Year of Mercy” ended with a big announcement: On Monday (Nov. 21), Pope Francis announced Catholic priests can permanently forgive abortions. “I’m excited about it because I think the Holy Spirit is guiding Pope Francis, just as he has guided the church,” said Father John Antony. “I think we should all rejoice with this news.” Fr. Antony has been at Immaculate Conception in Fort Smith for three years. He said in most of the […]

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    After ‘No’ Vote On Penny Tax, Oklahoma Educators Fear For Future Of Funding

    MULDROW (KFSM) — Public schools in Oklahoma are feeling the strain of the budget crisis now more than ever after voters chose not to pass State Question 779, which would have put $650 million back into the education system, on Nov. 8. “If we don`t have the money for that, then how are the kids going to, you know, go on to college,” Genia Morris said. Morris said she voted in favor of the penny sales tax, but Betty Chase […]

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    Van Buren City Council Approves Hotel, Motel Tax Increase

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — The city council approved a hotel and motel tax increase Monday (Nov. 14) for the first time in nearly three decades. “I think it`s a great way for the A & P to have more funds to do things in downtown and surrounding areas,” resident Steve Edwards said. Van Buren’s Advertising and Promotion Commission said the two percent lodging tax hike will go toward downtown revitalization. “It’s a thriving place to be now,” Director Maryl Koeth, […]

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    Fort Smith Remembers Music Legend Leon Russell

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—People in our area are remembering a rock ‘n’ roll legend who passed away over the weekend. Leon Russell died in his sleep in Nashville, according to a post from his wife on his website. He was 74. “I worked with Leon several times in concerts here in Fort Smith,” Dennis Snow said. Many people know Snow as the director of the Steel Horse Rally, but in the 70s he was working for a production company. That’s when […]

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    Police Officers Prepare For Changes Following Medical Marijuana Legalization

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—Law enforcement is preparing to make some changes now that voters passed the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, also known as Issue 6. “I was kind of expecting that, yes, it would pass,” said Sgt. Doug Brooks. “We knew it would be close one way or the other.” Sgt. Brooks works in the narcotics unit at the Fort Smith Police Department. He said now that voters have passed Issue 6, it does raise some legal concern, as well as […]

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

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — It’s been three years and five 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. “There’s not been any closure for us,” Angela Day said. Day had been divorced from Underwood for 14 months, which is when she said […]