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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. During her time there, she covered a variety of stories including a 40-year-old cold case that was reopened and went to trial after DNA evidence matched a suspect still living in Iowa. 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.

Recent Articles
  • Survivors’ Challenge Sees Over 1,000 Participants

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- The 23rd annual Survivors’ Challenge kicked off Saturday (Oct. 18) at 8 a.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House. Organizers say more than 1,100 people participated. “It’s a 10-K, a 5-K race timed, and a 5-K untimed and a 1-K Celebration in honor of and in memory of people who are survivors of cancer,” Susan Steffens said. 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb co-emceed the event with KMAG’s Maverick and Patricia Brown. “Truly, I’m just a volunteer […]

  • Van Buren Mayoral Candidates Expect Close Race Again

    VAN BUREN (KFSM)- For a second time, Max Blake, the general manager of his family-owned construction company will face-off against incumbent Mayor Robert Freeman. “I decided five years ago that I wanted to try and be involved with the city of Van Buren and try and figure out ways I could help grow the city, and I decided to run four years ago, and since then I decided to run for city council and [I] sit on the city council […]

  • Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas For Under $20

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-Halloween is a week from Friday (Oct. 24). If you’re still trying to figure out what you want to be for Halloween and don’t want to break the bank, heading out to a local thrift store, like Goodwill is always a good option. 5NEWS spoke to Kimberly Stevens at Goodwill on Towson Ave. for some ideas. Stevens is the manager of the Goodwill in Rogers located at Dixieland and Pleasant Grove.

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    War Eagle Fair Vendor Makes Her Crocheting Hobby A Family Affair

    ROGERS (KFSM)-Mary Catherine Neil loves watching soap opera and Razorback games, but you’ll always find her crocheting during her favorite shows. “I take it when I travel– cruise, plane, anything, I take my crochet,” she said. She said she’s known how to crochet all her life, but about a decade ago, her daughter Julie was in the hospital for cancer treatment. “I learned to pack up my crochet, so that’s where I really got involved in this, and then I […]

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    Church In Fort Smith Celebrates 139 Years

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–The congregation at Mt. Zion Christian Methodist Episcopal Church has another reason to rejoice on this Sunday (Oct. 12). They’re celebrating its 139th anniversary this month. “We’re celebrating the legacy of spiritual giants who in 1875 founded this church,” Pastor Zachary Easterly said. Easterly has been the pastor at Mt. Zion for the past four years. “The church is very close to my heart because our ministry is a ministry of purpose directed toward our community and those […]

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    Van Buren Fall Festival Supports Local Merchants, Non-Profit Organizations

    VAN BUREN (KFSM)- Rain or shine, the annual Fall Festival is well underway. The event features more than 200 exhibitors with fine artwork, antiques and other collectables on display. It’s put on by the Van Buren Old Town Merchant’s Association. Quarter Master of the VFW 1322 Matthew Hicks wants people in the community to remember our troops, and he does so by handing out Buddy Poppies. “For me personally, the last two and a half years, we’ve been coming out […]

  • October Is Pregnancy And Infant Loss Awareness Month

    LAVACA (KFSM)-On March 25, 2013, Sam Boyce went to see her doctor for a routine check-up. She was in the third-trimester of her pregnancy at the time. What she didn’t know, was that her blood pressure was high. The doctor checked on Bella, and all was fine, but moments later, the baby’s heart stopped beating. She gave birth to Bella the next day, stillborn. “It was just sudden and drastic and you know, there’s not really an explanation as to […]

  • Springdale Drivers Deal With Flooded Streets

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM)-Flooding slowed down traffic during the morning commute and led to some road closures. Authorities said the underpass on Thompson North of Don Tyson in Springdale was closed but opened late Friday afternoon. Fred Cousanelli has lived in Northwest Arkansas for 22 years and is used to roads flooding when it rains. “Usually the water drains off pretty quickly, but there are some spots you have to watch out for such as the underpass that`s down here, but it […]

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    Local Man Will Attempt To Break Five World Records

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)-Stephen Turner started doing push-ups at the age of 12, and 23 years later, he claims he’s close to completing 3 million. “Currently I do between 500 and 1200 a day,” Turner said. On tops of buildings, in stores, gas stations, even on the side of the highway, you can find him doing push-ups just about anywhere. “I like push-ups because it is so simple,” he said. “A lot of times it’s easy to get complicated in life.” But […]

  • Rogers Family Competes In Demolition Derby

    Organizers Prepare For Fall Ozark Demolition Derby At Parsons Stadium

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM)-Saturday (Oct. 4) is the 16th annual Fall Ozark Demolition Derby at Parsons Stadium. Organizers anticipate around 7,200 people will attend. “People love it, year after year, the kids just look forward to it, and so as long as people like it, we’ll keep doing it,” Executive Director Rick Culver, Rodeo of the Ozarks said. Here’s how it works: one group of 12 cars go out onto the track at a time. The demo derby starts with four groups […]

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    Person Hit By Car Near Roland

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) – A person was struck by a car near Roland Thursday morning (October 2). According to dispatchers, it happened in the westbound lane of Highway  64 just east of the Roland city limits, shortly after 4:30 a.m. Oklahoma Highway Patrol responded to the accident, according to Sequoyah County dispatchers. Authorities are not releasing any more information at this time. Stay with 5NEWS as this story develops.

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    Pumpkin Patches Gear Up For Busy October, Some Families Going Early

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM)- Many families soaked up the nice weather at Farmland Adventures on Saturday (Sept. 27), in search of the perfect pumpkin. “I’ve seen people wonder around, pick one up, oh that doesn’t look right, go on and pick another one up, to me it looks like the same one to me, but that’s the one they like,” owner Dwain Parsons said. Pumpkins went on sale last week. This year’s selection is all organic. “We didn’t spray it for bugs; […]


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