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

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    Fort Smith Firefighters Offer Tips To Prevent Cooking Fires

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)— Many of you have probably already started preparing your Thanksgiving meals, and local firefighters want to remind you of the risk of cooking fires. “Everybody wants to fry turkey, and in doing so, frying turkeys can be a relatively simple process if you remember the safety tips,” Fire Marshal Tommy Bishop said. Bishop is a battalion chief and fire marshal at the Fort Smith Fire Department. He said if you plan to deep-fry a turkey, make sure […]

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    Food Insecure Students Collect Cans For Food Insecure Families

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)– Students at Spradling Elementary School helped collect more than 3,000 cans to help feed the hungry in the area over the previous two weeks. “People really need food, and we had like a whole bunch of cans to at least feed over 400 kids and just amazing,” Brianna Mctyer, student council VP said. “I`m so excited.” Principal Robyn Dawson said a lot of the kids at the school need help themselves, as more than 95 percent of […]

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    U.S. Forest Service: Man Shared Photos Of Illegal Artifact Excavation On Instagram

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — A man is under investigation after officers with the U.S. Forest Service used his Instagram account to determine he may be illegally excavating artifacts from known prehistoric archaeological sites in the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest, according to a search warrant affidavit from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Arkansas. The investigation into David R. Tudor, of Natural Dam, began in May 2015 when the U.S. Forest Service received an anonymous email about Tudor’s […]

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    Family Speaks After Arrest Made In Franklin County Homicide Case

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM)– A bond was set Wednesday (Nov. 18) for a man accused of stabbing another man to death this past September. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28-year-old Lester Ballinger on Tuesday (Nov. 17) on suspicion of first-degree murder. He’s accused of killing 23-year-old Justin Broomfield on Sept. 6, 2015. “We’ve been waiting 73 days for this,” Amber Fortenberry, Broomfield’s cousin said. “I hope he never sees daylight again,” Madison Evans, Broomfield’s fiancé said. “We all do.” Prosecuting […]

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    Heavy Rain Causes Flooding, Accidents On Fort Smith’s South Side

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — One driver was taken to a hospital for precautionary measures after she drove her vehicle into a ditch at the intersection of Highway 45 and Geren Road Tuesday morning (Nov. 17). The call came in around 7:45 a.m., according to Captain Levi Risley. Risley also said the accident was caused because one driver did not see the other driver pull out from Geren Road onto Highway 45. Officers assume that it was hard for the drivers to […]

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    Funding To Help 16 Families Build Homes Is “Dream Come True”

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)— Almethea and Chuck Phillips have been renting the same home in Van Buren for nearly 20 years, but their landlord had to put it up for sale. Soon after, they found out about the Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council’s Mutual Self-Help Housing Program and applied. “I just never imagined this would ever be possible,” Chuck Phillips said. “It`s a dream come true. It`s the ‘American dream,’ owning your own property.” The non-profit organization received a grant for $312,500 […]

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    Ceremony Honors Veterans At Fort Smith National Cemetery

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Veterans were honored across the country on Wednesday (Nov.11). Hundreds of people gathered at the Fort Smith National Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. to remember those who have served our country. Veterans also looked back and remembered the years they spent serving our country, and at the same time honored those who are still putting their lives on the line to this day. Today was also the first Veterans Day to include a new memorial at the […]

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    Colleagues Remember Videographer Champ Williams

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—John McIntosh first met Champ Williams a few months ago, when the mural project downtown was getting underway. The renowned local cinematographer provided aerial shots to help promote the Unexpected Festival. Williams was found dead over the weekend while filming a documentary underwater with a 200-pound turtle. His family believes his breathing apparatus failed on him. “We had coffee Friday morning, and he was so excited to talk about his documentary that he was working on and just […]

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    How To Protect Your Plants From Frost

    (KFSM)–Temperatures are expected to be around freezing Saturday night (Nov. 7) in Northwest Arkansas, which means many plants are at risk of being consumed by frost. Farmer Joe Carr says it’s important to protect heat-loving plants like tomato, squash and eggplant, as well as flowers. You can do this by covering your plants with any type of material. Carr says it’s important to make a frame to hold the blanket, so it’s not directly touching your garden. “It can be […]

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    Barling Police Department Implements New Training Focused On Survival Skills

    BARLING (KFSM)—This year alone, more than 100 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty. The alarming statistic is one of the reasons why the Barling Police Department is training its officers to be prepared for when a routine day on the job turns into a life or death situation. “Simply just because of the job that we do, people have it out for us, and so we`re gonna make sure we do everything that we can […]

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    Crews Install Bell In Greenwood’s Bicentennial Clock Tower

    GREENWOOD (KFSM)—The city is one step closer to the completion of the historic bell tower that stands in the heart of the town square. On Wednesday (Nov. 4), workers used a crane to install the refurbished 1917 bell, as they wait for the arrival of the new clock. “The old bell bronze bell was covered in paint,” Parks Director Richard McKinney said. “We got some aircraft paint stripper and cleaned off all that, so now what you see is the […]

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    Aviation Expert Explains Cirrus Aircraft’s Parachute Landing

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—It’s not everyday you see a plane make a parachute landing. It’s actually a unique safety feature of the single-engine Cirrus aircraft. A local aviation expert said the feature may have saved lives in Tuesday’s (Nov. 3) landing. “The parachute system is as far as I know, probably one of the best things that ever happened to aviation,” Greg Reed said. “It`s actually saved a lot of lives.” Reed, the owner and instructor of the Southern Eagle Aviation […]


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