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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.

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    Youth Football Program Tackles Safety Issues, Promotes Concussion Awareness

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)-The Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club’s youth football program kicked off their season Saturday (Sept. 13). This year, coordinators are promoting awareness and safety measures to prevent concussions by participating in the Heads-Up program. “Programming like Heads-Up and working in conjunction with the University of Arkansas and Dr. R.J. Elbin has helped us see what we can do to create the safest environment for our kids,” David Camp, Recreation Coordinator for the Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club said. Heads […]

  • Teenage Chef Offers Ideas For Packing Healthy School Lunches

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-Remmi Smith has her own cooking show, her own cookbook and even her own salad dressing at Whole Foods and other specialty stores. All this is on her resume, at just 14 years old. The Tulsa native traveled to Fort Smith for Saturday’s “It’s A Family Affair: Nutrition Health and Wellness Fair,” which was held at Darby Junior High and Tilles Elementary School. “I am demonstrating some easy and delicious foods, meals actually that kids can make that […]

  • 5NEWS Fit: Breast Cancer Screenings, Early Detection

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-Breast Cancer Awareness month is just around the corner, but you don’t have to wait until October to talk about screening and early detection. “Mammograms are read by a radiologist, if it`s read abnormal, and additional imagining is recommended, then we have a team on staff that will contact that patient, get them back as soon as possible,” Dir. Karen Dodd said. Karen Dodd and Chris Roberts have both worked at the Sparks Women’s Center for over 20 […]

  • Central City Resident Hosts Annual Special Olympics Family Day

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM)-A Central City resident hosted the fifth annual Special Olympics Family Day on his property on Saturday (Sept. 6). “It’s for the families to come out here together,” Greg Whitsitt said. “It’s not very often that as a unit these families with their special needs kid and their brothers and their sisters and their fathers have an opportunity to all come together and they are all very, very delighted to come out here and have fun together.” Festivities […]

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    Hundreds Of People Walk To End Alzheimer’s

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-More than 500 participants took part in the 20th annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The 5K event took place at the Riverfront. Organizers said this was their biggest turnout yet. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, over five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease, and over 60,000 patients affected live right here in Arkansas. “There are not many lives in this area in our community that have not been affected by Alzheimer’s,” Liz Martin, volunteer said. “This is […]

  • U Of A Set To Sell Alcohol At Razorback Home Opener

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)-  For the first time in the University of Arkansas’ History, some ticket holders will be able to purchase beer and wine at the Hogs home opener. Law enforcement will be on standby, ready to step in and take control if things get out of hand. Those in club level seating will be able to buy beer and wine while the watch the Hogs take on Nicholls State. However, beer and wine will not be sold or allowed in […]

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    Fayetteville Mayor Names Those In New Advisory Group For Civil Rights Ordinance

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan has named those that will be in the new 19-person advisory group to oversee the city’s transition into a new civil rights ordinance that passed on Aug. 20. The ordinance states it will ban business establishments from discriminating against people based on real or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, familial status, marital status, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, disability and veteran status. The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce […]

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    Arkansas Lighting Recognized For Workplace Safety

    VAN BUREN (KFSM)-The Department of Labor recognized Arkansas Lighting Wednesday (Sept. 3) for putting in 500,000 man hours over the course of four years without a workplace accident. CEO Bob Null said employees go through extensive training to stay safe. The company primarily makes lighting fixtures for the hotel industry. “For this award today from the Dept. of Labor, for their safety award, to meet the milestone that they’ve met is remarkable, it’s remarkable for any company to be able […]

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    Labor Day Weekend Brings Lower Gas Prices

    Gas Prices are at a four-year low for Labor Day weekend 2014, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). Regular gas across the country will average $3.41, according to AAA. Bobby Pierce was filling up his boat and Suburban at a gas station on 12th and Grand Ave. in Fort Smith. “I’m getting ready to go fishing in the morning,” Pierce said. “It’s nice to see the prices come down, which is a surprise, but I’m happy.” With gas prices […]


    Handgun Competition Brings Hundreds Of Shooters To The River Valley

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM)-The United States Practical Shooting Association Area 4 Handgun Competition brings some of the best amateur shooters to the River Valley from all over the country and world. “I’ve got 4 competitors here from Canada,” Troy McManus, match director said. “I’ve got two that are Jamaican, most of the other competitors come from the Area 4 area, which is Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.” “Shooting is like, really fun and it’s just a great way to meet people,” […]

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    One-Vehicle Wreck In Crawford County Sends Man To Hospital Via Air Evac

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM)- A one-vehicle crash sends at least one to the hospital, according to Arkansas State Police. Authorities say it happened around 9:32 a.m. on Hwy. 59 North about two miles outside of Van Buren city limits. The man injured was transported to the hospital via Air Evac, officials say. ASP says they are not sure if the driver had any passengers. Troopers say Southwest EMS and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene. Authorities say the […]

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    Arkansas State Police Responded To A Two-Car Wreck

    BONANZA (KFSM)- Arkansas State Police say they responded to the scene of a two-car accident with several injuries on Highway 45 near Bonanza. Troopers say they received a call around 8:01 a.m. and quickly cleared up the scene. Several of the injured were transported to a local hospital for medical attention. Bonanza is located five miles south of Fort Smith. We’ll have the latest information as the story develops.


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