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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    Johnson County Township Thankful Weather Damage Wasn’t Worse

    JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM)— Family members in the township of Batson said they are thankful they decided to find shelter in the middle of the night and stayed with a relative on Wednesday (April 27). When they returned home, the roof of their mobile home was gone. “There is just debris spread all the way around,” homeowner Shelli Stewart said. In addition to all the sheet metal from the roof to clean up, a large, uprooted tree lay horizontally across the […]

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    Fort Smith Policymakers Discuss Diversity Issues Within City Departments

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—City leaders say they want to bring more diversity into its departments, so a study session was held to review data and brainstorm ways to make that happen. “We have aspects of our organization that do not simply value other nationalities being in our work groups,” city director Andre Good said. He said whether it is race, age or gender, city employees need to feel valued. “It’s going to be a cultural move that’s going to have to […]

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    Future School Founder, Student On 5NEWS This Morning

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–Future School is one step closer to obtaining a $10 million grant. The school will open in the fall. The charter school’s founder Trish Flanagan and a future student sat down with 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb for an interview, which aired on 5NEWS This Morning, Sunday (April 17).  They talked about the status of the grant, how they’re getting ready for their inaugural school year and the mark they’re making in the community. You can watch the full […]

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    Alice In Wonderland Coming To The Western Arkansas Ballet Next Weekend

    FORT SMITH (KFSM )–One of the biggest performances of the spring is coming to the Western Arkansas Ballet. You can catch Alice in Wonderland on Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, April 24 from 2-4 p.m. 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb sat down with executive director Melissa Schoenfeld to talk about what you can expect and how you can get tickets. You can watch the full segment above.

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    Upcoming Fishing Tournament Will Benefit United Way Of Fort Smith Area

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–The 4th annual Weldon Williams & Lick United Way Bass Tournament will take place on May 7 at Clear Creek Park. 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb interviewed the organizers of the event for a segment only on 5NEWS This Morning. Fort Smith radio station KTCS is helping sponsor the event. First prize this year in $1,500.

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    Carl Albert State College President Speaks About Program Cuts

    SALLISAW (KFSM)—Budget cuts in Oklahoma have forced Carl Albert State College to get rid of several degree and sports programs. CASC President Garry Ivey spoke to 5NEWS following the announcement made Tuesday (April 12). “It`s a difficult time at Carl Albert but we will continue on,” he said. “We already have started that direction.” Ivey said 24 school employees will lose their jobs over the next two years. 24 courses will be eliminated in the fall. “We`ll consolidate, and as […]

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    Local Brewing Company Takes Over Old Newspaper Building

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—Core Brewing and Distilling Co. is taking over the old Times Record building. They’re turning it into a distillery and cooperage. “We probably won’t do a lot of brewing here,” Jay Richardson said. “It will primarily be just a distillery, so we’ll do any whiskeys, rums and then the cooperage, which is the making of the barrels that they would go into.” Core has been gutting the building for the past two months, but printing presses made out […]

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    Future School In Running For $10 Million Grant

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) —  Future School is one of 348 schools across the nation eligible for a $10 million grant. The school’s founder Trish Flanagan said she found out Friday (April 8) it was chosen as a semi-finalist. Around 700 schools initially applied, according to XQ officials. The next step for the teams selected by XQ Institute’s “The Super School Project” is all about developing ideas into tangible school designs. Flanagan said the deadline is May 23. “We have 45 […]

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    Group At UAFS Brings Awareness To Child Abuse In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — In an attempt to raise awareness of the child abuse, 803 flags were on display Monday (April 11) at the Campus Green at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Those flags represent each victim of child abuse in the city in 2015. “We`re just trying to show how easy it is for a child to get abused, so if anyone just sees a minor thing, they have to at least try to tell someone they know,” Maraam […]

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    House Fire In Fort Smith Sends Woman To Hospital, Closes Road

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–A fire destroyed an abandoned home at 705 N. 3rd Street Saturday (April 9) morning. It happened just before 9 a.m. Police dispatchers said while no one lives there, EMS transported a woman to the hospital who was on scene when crews arrived. Police said she was reporting memory loss. Police closed 3rd Street at the intersection of North H while firefighters batted the fire.  Officers tell us the road has since been reopened. The fire marshal is […]

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    Renaissance Faire Of The Ozarks Will Take You Back In Time

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    United Way’s Annual Day Of Caring Set For Tuesday

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–The United Way’s Annual Day of Caring is April 12. It amounts to more than $60,000 in donated time. 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb sat down with Eddie Lee Herndon and Carrie Terry with the United Way of Fort Smith Area to talk about this year’s event. You can watch the full interview above.

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