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
  • Suspect Dead Following Officer-Involved Shooting At Buffalo National River

    SEARCY COUNTY (KFSM )– A man is dead following an officer-involved shooting in the Lower Buffalo Ranger District of the Buffalo National River.  It happened Saturday (Aug. 20) overnight. No officers were hurt in the shooting. The Searcy County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Police and the National Park Service are investigating. Stay with 5NEWS for the latest information as this story develops.

  • Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Hosts Officer-Involved Shooting Simulated Training

    OZARK (KFSM) — Local law enforcement took part in some intense training this week. Some of the situations seen in the video above can get graphic. From hostage situations, to a robbery, to a mass shooting in progress, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is getting some hands-on practice responding to just about anything. “It seems like every day or so you’re hearing about an officer-involved shooting and I thought it would be some great training for our guys,” Sheriff Anthony […]

  • Copper Thefts Caught On Camera, One Of Two Suspects In Custody

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) — One man is in custody and another is still on the loose after police said they stole thousands of dollars worth of copper from two public utilities. “We’re trying to supply water for most of the county, and they came in here taking stuff we use to make the water, and they don’t think twice about it,” James Morrison said. Morrison is the manager of the Wister Lake Water Treatment Plant. He said last week, he […]

  • Simple Simon’s Pizza, Other Sallisaw Businesses Affected By Flooding

    SALLISAW (KFSM)—Several businesses in Sallisaw are dealing with flood damage following all the recent rain. Simple Simon’s Pizza had more than half a foot of water inside. The water outside was knee-deep. “The big problem would’ve been getting water in our electrical system, and we’re very fortunate we didn’t have that issue at all,” said Harold Powell, owner of Simple Simon’s Pizza. Powell has been in business for 27 years. “This is the first time this has happened,” he said. […]

  • Local Serial Killer To Be Featured On Investigation Discovery

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—Charles Ray Vines is spending his life in prison for two murders in our area. On Wednesday (Aug. 9), his story will air on Investigation Discovery. The whole case started at a home near railroad tracks off Jenny Lind Road. In 1993, he brutally murdered and raped Juanita Wofford. A short time after that, a similar crime happened just two blocks away from Wofford’s house. “The one woman who survived, she had been knocked unconscious immediately, so it […]

  • Fort Smith Band Drives Home In Tulsa Tornado

    TULSA (KFSM)—Clean-up continues in Tulsa after a tornado ripped through town early Sunday (Aug. 6). A Fort Smith woman—Alli Chastain and her band The Violet hour were there. They were performing at B.A.R. in Tulsa Saturday night. They finished about 1 a.m., loaded up their van and got ready to head back to Fort Smith. “That was when we realized it was storming, which was pretty odd for that time of year for August,” Chastain said. As they drove onto […]

  • Southside High School Deals With More Water Damage Following Weekend Storms

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Southside High School is damaged by flooding for the second time in less than two weeks. Six classrooms were damaged by the storms over the weekend (Aug. 6). The building is getting a new roof, and that is what’s been causing problems whenever it rains. “It’s our intent that the repairs and the damage have minimal impact to our taxpayers because that was not part of the planned project,” said chief operating officer Terry Morawski, Fort […]

  • Oklahoma Man Drowns In Lake Tenkiller

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM)–A Muskogee man drowned at Lake Tenkiller on Saturday (Aug. 5). It happened at about 3:30 p.m. in the Crappie Point area of Tenkiller State Park, according to a release from Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Marine Enforcement Division. The victim has been identified as 26-year-old Joshua D. Burch. Crews recovered his body from the water less than an hour after the incident was reported. Burch was pronounced dead at the scene.   The victim was swimming off the Crappie […]

  • Sebastian County Fair Returning This Month

    5NEWS SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM)–It’s one of the oldest fairs in Arkansas, and it’s coming up this month. It is that time of the season when county and state fairs pop up around the area, bringing carnival food, rides, and live music. 5NEWS Anchor April Baker spoke with Ciara Fleer about this year’s Sebastian County Fair.

  • OG&E Customer Starts Petition In Hopes Of Company Lowering Residents’ Bill

    RIVER VALLEY (KFSM) — Many OG&E customers are frustrated about a recent rate increase, making it difficult to afford their bills. A Fort Smith woman started a petition urging the electric company to do something about it. “I don’t think your electricity bill should be as much as your car payment,” Kara Simmons said. Simmons started the petition Tuesday morning (Aug. 1). It already has more than 2,000 supporters and dozens of comments. “It’s not really fair to those people […]

  • Sebastian County Humane Society Transports 34 Dogs To Chicago

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Sebastian County Humane Society is getting closer to its goal of becoming a no-kill shelter. Thanks to a $15,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the animal shelter is now able to transport animals to states up north. “We are the largest shelter in the state of Arkansas,” Terrance Richardson with the humane society said. “Right now we are extremely overcrowded and overpopulated.” At 3 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 1), staff from the SCHS loaded up two vans […]

  • New Left Lane Law Will Soon Go Into Effect In Oklahoma

    OKLAHOMA (KFSM) — A new law in Oklahoma will add new restrictions for driving in the left-hand lane on divided highways with four lanes or more. “If someone is driving below the speed limit, then it should make it easy for a person to get into the left lane and pass them and get back into the right lane,” Lt. Eddie Bohanan with Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. That won’t just be common courtesy starting Nov. 1, that will be a […]