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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. 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
  • Cisterna Park

    City Leaders Celebrate Upgrades To Cisterna Park

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- City leaders are celebrating all the hard work being done at a downtown park. Cisterna Park at North 10th and Garrison Ave. now has new sidewalks, benches, landscaping, and brick and granite around the fountain. “A lot of work has gone into Cisterna Park, and this is an opportunity to basically rededicate the facility and bring recognition to the people who live in Fort Smith that the work has been done primarily by members of the Parks […]

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    Assistant Principal At Kimmons Junior High School Passes Away

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- A beloved assistant principal at Kimmons Junior High passed away over the weekend. On Monday (June 29) students, faculty and family gathered at the school to share their memories of Michael Norwood. I`m gonna miss his happiness and his joy for everything that he did,” Brittni Campbell, student said. “It was absolutely amazing.” On Sunday (June 28) Norwood lost his fight to an aggressive form of cancer at the age of 62. “Mike Norwood was our assistant […]

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    Honor & Duty 5K Focuses On Ending Veteran Homelessness

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- More than 200 people laced up their running shoes to help end veteran homelessness. The third annual Honor & Duty 5K Race kicked off at 7:30 a.m Saturday (June 27) at Wells Lake in Chaffee Crossing. Organizers tell 5NEWS, between 18 to 20 percent of local veterans experience homelessness. In effort to reduce this statistic, all proceeds raised from the event will go to Next Step Homeless Services. “We’ve had lots of volunteers here, and I think […]

  • Grasshopper

    Grasshoppers Invade Area, Pose Threat To Homeowners

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-Kent Tally is the assistant manager at the Links Apartments. He said grasshoppers are damaging plants at the apartment complex. “We started noticing a lot of holes about two weeks ago,” Tally said. “They`ve been chewing on them, and eating them up.” Lance Kirkpatrick is the extension agent for the University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture in Sebastian County. He said grasshoppers tend to follow rain patterns. “It’s kind of difficult to explain why there’s so many,” Kirkpatrick […]

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    Fort Smith School Board Seeks $70 Million For Improvements

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-The Fort Smith School Board voted this week to spend $70 million to expand and renovate five local schools, but that won’t happen without voter approval. “We have some crowding in the high schools and the junior highs,” Dr. Deanie Mehl, School Board President said. “The main issue though is the renovation. I think we are an older district, but we’ve prided ourselves in maintaining our buildings.” School board members said the district will seek federal grants and […]

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    Fort Smith Hosts Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- An estimated 3,000 people packed the Fort Smith Convention Center for the annual Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Sunday (June 21) marked the third and final day of the 2015 convention titled “Imitate Jesus!” Organizers said the day focused on a multimedia presentation on Jesus’ life and ministry. Richard Lawrence said he’s been attending the convention since 1985. He told 5NEWS this year’s event drew people to Fort Smith from four different states. “We have delegates here from […]

  • Canine

    Veterinarian Explains Canine Distemper

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- A puppy at the Sebastian County Humane Society had to be put down after it was diagnosed with canine distemper. The virus is spread by water droplets and respiratory secretions. “Some of them progress onto neurological signs where they actually have seizures and then usually death,” Doctor Laura Lynch, Veterinarian said. “It`s kind of a slow process.” Lynch works at East Side Animal Hospital. “We haven’t seen that many distemper outbreaks because vaccination is so protective for […]

  • Antioch In The Park

    Antioch In The Park Helps Feed Families In Need

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- The Child Summer Hunger Organization is teaming up with the River Valley Regional Food Bank to keep kids in the area fed this summer. An estimated 800 families gathered at Martin Luther King Park for Antioch in the Park on Saturday (June 20). “These people are wonderful,” Lisa Jennings, recipient said. The event took place from 10 a.m. until noon. Here, families in need could pick up bags of food. All they had had to do was […]

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    FEMA Now Helping Storm Victims In LeFlore County

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM)-FEMA representatives were set up at Poteau High School’s Community safe room Wednesday (June 17) helping people claim damages caused by an EF-2 tornado that hit parts of the area last month. “Anytime that a disaster declaration has been made by the President of the United States, then the state and that county has shown that there is definitely a need here,” Susan Solomon, FEMA said. Pine Ridge Circle was one of the hardest hit streets by the […]

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    Highway 23 In Franklin County Closed Due To Hill Slide

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) – A portion of Highway 23 in Franklin has been closed because of a hill slide Tuesday morning (June 16). This is the second time the 3.2 mile part of the Pig Trail near Mulberry Mountain has been closed in less than a month. One lane of traffic was reopened last week, but more rain overnight caused the damage to get worse, District Engineer Chad Adams of the Arkansas State Highway Department said. Adams said there was […]

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    Country Singer Organizing Music Festival In Place Of Thunder On The Mountain

    OZARK (KFSM)- The Thunder on the Mountain Country Music Festival has been canceled, but one Nashville singer with local roots is putting on a different concert in its place. “I was looking forward to it,” Lance Carpenter said. “This was gonna be my second year to perform.” After Carpenter got an email Sunday (June 15) notified him of the news, he decided to take action. “About five minutes after reading the email, I guess my pride kind of kicked in […]

  • Military

    Parrot Island Hosts Military Appreciation Day

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-Parrot Island Waterpark hosted a Military Appreciation Day on Sunday (June 14). Things kicked off at 11 a.m. with a color guard presentation and the singing of the National Anthem. All active military and veterans with a valid ID got into the park for free for Military Appreciation Day. Immediate family members also got 15-percent off admission price. “Well it’s always good for business to show appreciation like that, and it’s just a good feeling knowing people appreciate […]


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