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.

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Recent Articles
  • Prosecutor Condemns Defense Team’s Request To Postpone Hearing For Homicide Suspect

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Numerous continuances have postponed the capital murder trial of a Fort Smith man accused of killing his former father-in-law in 2013. After reportedly shooting Michael Shook to death, Michael Underwood turned the gun on himself and shot himself twice in the head. He survived the self-inflicted shootings. Underwood has had several continuances and has yet to face jurors. Continuances have been filed in part because of a supposed brain injury as a result of shooting himself, but […]

  • Volunteer Firefighter Defies The Odds As An Amputee

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM)—One of two known certified amputee firefighters in the state of Arkansas is inspiring others by spreading the message that life goes on after amputation. Rodney Bartlett said it’s his mission. In fact, he is helping people in the southern part of Franklin County as a volunteer firefighter. “My love is being able to supply the firefighters with water,” he said. “My job is to supply them with the wet stuff to put on the hot stuff per se.” In 2014, […]

  • Man Who Has Worked Nearly 80 Years At Coca-Cola Reaches Global Audience

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — You may remember the story from two weeks ago about a man who has been working for Coca-Cola for nearly eight decades. Since then, Fred Kirkpatrick’s story has caught the attention of news outlets worldwide. “First I heard about it was when my granddaughter in New Jersey called me and said my friend in Staten Island called and said there’s a man on TV in Fort Smith and my granddaughter said that’s my grandfather,” Kirkpatrick said. […]

  • Crawford County Deputies: Man Shot In Head With Arrow, Suspect Surrenders

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — Kenneth Miesen, 42, surrendered himself to police at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday (May 23), Sheriff Ron Brown said. Crawford County deputies were searching for Mieson after a Chester man was shot in the head with an arrow overnight on Sunday (May 21). Deputies said around midnight on Monday (May 22) they found a 41-year-old Raymond Holson in his home on Front Street in Chester. Brown said Holson had been shot in the head with an arrow from a […]

  • High Water Causes Several Road Closures In The River Valley

    RIVER VALLEY (KFSM)–Flooded roads have been the primary concern Saturday (May 20) following storms overnight. Right now Sebastian County appears to be the area affected the worst. Low water bridges and several roadways were underwater as of 9:30 a.m. The following roads are closed in Sebastian County, according to dispatchers. Highway 96 and River Road Bridge in Lavaca Highway 255 west of Bugscuffle Road in Lavaca Arkansas Highway 252 north of Beverly Harding and Main Street in Lavaca Rodeo Arena Road in Lavaca […]

  • Yearbook Photos Spark Controversy In Charleston, District Leaves Statement

    CHARLESTON (KFSM)—Some Charleston parents are concerned after their kids brought home a yearbook with students making some questionable hand gestures in at least two pictures. One photo is on the cover of the yearbook and the other is inside. Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield said three high school seniors have been reprimanded as a result. Although it’s rare, this is not the first time this has happened, Stubblefield said. As protocol, the district told the yearbook staff to censor the photos. “I […]

  • Victim’s Mother ‘Disgusted’ Over Death-Row Inmate’s Online Prison Art

    POLK COUNTY (KFSM) — A mother says she is outraged after discovering her daughter’s killer has prison art online. “When I clicked on it, I was beyond disgusted,” said Rebecca Petty. “I was pretty angry.” Petty said she found the drawings a couple days ago. They belong to her daughter’s murderer Karl Roberts. In a letter posted on the website, Roberts writes about one picture symbolizing “an empty life in confinement… it portrays shame, remorse and guilt of having done […]

  • Some Tenants At The Links Ask For Stoplight Following Deadly Crash

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—Some tenants of a local apartment complex said something needs to be done after a woman was killed pulling onto a busy road on Thursday (May 11). “Cars travel up and down this street so fast,” Joshua Pickle said. “This accident could’ve been prevented by a stoplight.” Pickle spoke to 5NEWS moments after his fiancée was T-boned by a white pickup truck heading east on Zero Street. Ann Nuzzi was making a left-hand turn out of the Links […]

  • Thousands Expected To Attend Block Street Block Party

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)–Thousands of people are expected to attend the annual Block Street Block Party downtown. In the video above, 5NEWS Anchor Bryan Shawver explains what you can expect for the 7th year of the celebration.  

  • Van Buren To Host Lip Sync Battle Competition

    VAN BUREN (KFSM)–It’s a singing competition, and you don’t even have to be good at it. In fact, you don’t even have to sing at all. The Old Town Merchants Association of Van Buren will be hosting a lip sync battle competition next weekend. For more details watch the video above, click here or type in “lip sync battle for a cause” into the search bar on Facebook.  

  • Excitement Builds For Annual Christ The King Carnival

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–It’s two days of family fun at a local church and school. The Christ the King Spring Carnival will take place Friday, May 19 from 5-11 p.m. and Saturday, May 20 from 6-11 p.m. To learn more about the carnival, you can go to the event’s Facebook page or visit  

  • Dog Aims For Aviation Merit At TAC Air In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A golden Labrador likely has a new accomplishment under her collar that only eight other dogs in the country have achieved. It’s called the “master trekker” merit, and Stephen McMurray and his dog Ruth felt confident Wednesday (May 10) they were ready for it at TAC Air. The duo have been bonding through the Wildrose Adventure Dog Program for about a year now. So far, Ruth has achieved 11 out of 14 possible achievements through the […]