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Meredith joined the 5NEWS team in May, 2014 as a morning news reporter after graduating from University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in Edmond, Oklahoma. She looks forward to being part of the Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas community.

Meredith is originally from Wichita, Kansas and was always very active in family businesses and sports, especially tennis. Her favorite teams are the University of Kansas basketball and Kansas City Royals baseball teams, but she is prepared to add the UA Razorbacks as another favorite.

Meredith attended UCO on a tennis scholarship and graduated with a degree in Mass Communications and Broadcasting. During college Meredith interned at KWCH12, the CBS affiliate in Wichita, and also was a reporter and news anchor for U Central, the television station for UCO.

When not at work, Meredith enjoys watching sports and chick flicks, travelling with her family, working out, playing tennis, cooking and shopping.

Meredith can be contacted by email at meredith.marney@kfsm.com.

Recent Articles
  • Dangers of Driving Over Fire Hoses

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – Van Buren firefighters are speaking out. They are upset that people continue to drive over their fire hoses during emergency operations. It not only damages the hoses, but it also puts firefighters lives in danger. When people drive over the fire hoses, it damages them and tears them up. It can also clamp the hose and make it explode from the pressure. It can even shut off the water supply. All of which puts each and every […]

  • Blood Donors Needed In The River Valley

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Recent winter weather has caused a blood shortage in our area. A number of blood drives in the River Valley are being cancelled due to icy roads. We all know schools and businesses have been battling this winter weather for the past several days, but blood drives were also cancelled due to icy roads. Five blood drives in the Fort Smith area were called off. To make up just one day of the missed blood drive, […]

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    Van Buren Motel Fire Forces Overnight Evacuations

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – Fire crews fought large flames at a Van Buren motel early Thursday morning (Feb. 19). An air conditioning and heating unit on the second floor of the Motel 6 on Highway 59 caught fire around 1 a.m., according to Stanley Clark with Van Buren Fire. Crews arrived on scene in a matter of minutes, and immediately began evacuating people who were staying at the motel. “Our top concern is getting those people out of the rooms,” Clark said. […]

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    Elderly Woman Dies From Severe Burns After Van Buren Fire

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) –  An elderly woman died Wednesday (Feb. 18) from severe burns after a fire at her Van Buren home Tuesday morning (Feb. 17), according to family members. The fire started in one of the bedrooms just after 2 a.m., according to fire crews on scene. A man and his mother were both asleep inside at the time. The woman identified as Polly Ashing and her son Michael Ashing. They woke up to smoke and were able to […]

  • Winter Weather Causes Bad Road Conditions in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Slick roads were reported in the River Valley on Monday (Feb.16). A lot of sleet and freezing rain fell. The winter weather from this morning caused several vehicles to slide off the roads. Drivers said the main streets were fine but it was the side streets that were an issue earlier this morning. People woke up to scraping ice and snow off their windshields, as the first winter storm of the season hit the area. Freezing rain, […]

  • Flower Shops Preparing For Valentine’s Day

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Local florists are preparing thousands of bouquets for Valentine’s Day on Saturday ( Feb.14). Northwest Arkansas Florist have been preparing for months with starting as early as November. Thousands of red roses will be sold at the floral shop. Workers at the shop are putting flowers in the vases and tieing the bows. The flower shop will go through hundreds of different flower making arrangements for them to be delivered at your home or to be picked up at […]

  • New Fire Training Trailer In Crawford County

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – After several homes have burned to the ground in Crawford County, firefighters finally have their hands on a new training tool that will help them better save lives and property. The brand new trailer is part of a $140,000 grant that came from FEMA. Firefighters will use it at seven different departments all across Crawford County. But starting Thursday (Feb.12), firefighters will be able to use the trailer to do live fire training. Since January 1st, a number of homes […]


    Kopper Kettle Prepares For Valentine’s Day Rush

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – Valentine’s Day is just days away which means candy stores across the area are busy getting everything ready. Heart – shaped boxes full of chocolate and teddy bears are all over inside Kopper Kettle Candies in Van Buren and Fort Smith. Even though the store is working hard to make sure you spread a little love this Valentine’s Day but it’s also a reminder of how this business got started. We depend on eacher other one […]

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    Create A Valentine’s Day Masterpiece For Your Sweetheart

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) –  Many people scramble around before Valentine’s Day to find the perfect gift for their loved ones.  But one local studio is helping people get that special present ready! “Cross My Art” Studio in downtown Fort Smith specializes in making unique homemade gifts. 5NEWS went to “Cross My Art” and found first-time artist Kim Joslin making her husband of 10-years a present she made all on her own.  On her canvas, she chose the quote, “Every love […]

  • Mercy Hospital Offers Heart Screenings

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) – It was national “National Wear Red Day” on Friday (Feb.6) in honor of the fight against heart disease and stroke in women. Statistics show one in three women die of heart disease and stroke even though it’s 80% preventable. February is heart month and one local hospital is taking it to heart and raising the bar on heart awareness. Mercy Hospital is really making the push to make people aware of heart and vasicular disease. During February, […]


    Family “Thankful to be Alive” After Semi Catches Fire, Explodes in Driveway

    ARKOMA (KFSM) – An Arkoma family said they’re thankful to be alive after a semi caught fire and exploded in their driveway early Thursday morning (Feb. 5). The Boen family said they woke up after a neighbor knocked on their door around 2 a.m., alerting them that the semi truck in their driveway was on fire. “I looked out there and I just couldn’t believe it,” said 15-year-old Ethan Boen. Ethan, his brother, his parents and his grandmother were all able to […]

  • “Hoodie” Bill Will Not Be Heard In Oklahoma

    OKLAHOMA (KFSM) – The so – called “Hoodie” bill is dead at the Oklahoma state capitol. If it had been approved, the bill would have made it illegal to wear a mask or disguise. But some thought this also pertained to hooded sweatshirts sparking a lot of controversy. People we talked with in both Sequoyah and Leflore counties were pretty worried about wearing a hoodie in the sooner state after hearing about a potential ban. The proposal even got some national […]


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