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

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    Finding A Forever Family: 12-Year-Old Giovanni

    ARKANSAS (KFSM) – The Arkansas Department of Human Services covers seven counties in the River Valley with more than 900 kids in foster care or free for adoption. 12-year-old Giovanni is one of those children. The young boy has been in DHS care since August of 2012. The sweet and energetic boy was raised by his grandmother after his mother gave up parental rights when Giovanni was a baby. According to Giovanni, “I knew my grandma, who I always called […]

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    Local Organization Holds Bigfoot Meeting For The Public

    ALMA (KFSM ) — The legend of Bigfoot has been around for hundreds of years, and some folks in our area actually claim to have seen the large and mysterious creature. One local organization that focuses on Bigfoot sightings will meet Thursday (July 21). The flyer for the event has gone viral around Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. The Bigfoot Organization for Investigating Tracks and Sightings, or B.O.I.T.S., is meeting at Merle’s Steakhouse in Alma at 6 p.m.. The motto […]

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    New Playground Equipment Accommodates All Abilities At Local Park

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Parks and playgrounds are an important part to every local neighborhood. They’re always a place filled with fun and laughter, but it can sometimes be difficult for parents to find a piece of equipment that is accessible for children with disabilities. The Fort Smith Parks and Recreation Department is looking to expand their playgrounds so children of all ages and abilities can play together. An AeroGlider will be coming to Harley A. Wilson Park. This will […]

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    New ‘Artisan Market’ Coming To Fort Smith, Changes Possible For Downtown Park

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — More food trucks are coming to downtown Fort Smith, and now city leaders are talking about plans to possibly expanding the area where food trucks will be allowed. At the corner of Garrison and Towson Avenues is Cisterna Park.  City leaders are considering closing a strip of Towson to traffic, to allow vendors more spaces next to the park during the day. All that the Fort Smith Parks and Recreation Commission is waiting on now is […]

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    New Changes Coming To Charleston Elementary School

    CHARLESTON (KFSM) – The final stages of a multi-million dollar renovation project are underway at one local school. Work has already been done on Charleston High School and Middle School. Now, it’s time for some changes at the Elementary School. The Elementary School in Charleston was built in 1963, so leaders said it’s due for some renovations on the outside of the building. Construction crews started working on this $2.5 million project when school ended in May. What crews are […]

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    County Comes Together To Honor & Recognize Local Law Enforcement

    MULBERRY (KFSM) — Several local law enforcement agencies came together on Thursday (July 14) to pray for one another while they’re in the line of duty. This comes one week after the Dallas shooting that left five officers dead and several wounded. Multiple law enforcement departments, city leaders and even some school officials were at the gathering at Mulberry City Park. During the ceremony, there was live music followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. Organizers then […]

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    Greenwood Business Owner Sells Decals, Shirts To Support Local Police

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — A Greenwood business owner is boosting morale by selling car decals and t-shirt that show support for local police. Greenwood Police Chief Will Dawson said the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas has weighed heavily on his force. Since then there has been an outpouring of support for police in local communities. John McKinney, owner of 4MAC, designed decals, t-shirts and flyers that express that support. The merchandise features an American flag with a blue […]

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    Ale On The Border Beer Fest To Benefit Local Non-Profit

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — ‘To brew, or not to brew’ is the question being asked on Friday (July 8) in the River Valley. A craft beer festival is taking place with all proceeds benefiting charity. Vendors will be set up at Harry E. Kelley Park in downtown Fort Smith for the annual Ale on the Border Beer Festival. A $20 donation is required at the gate before entering. All donations will be going to Antioch for Youth and Family. The […]

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    Sallisaw Animal Care Facility Now Open For Adoptions

    SALLISAW (KFSM) — After a year of back-and-forth discussions about where to build its new location, the Sallisaw Animal Care Facility has re-opened. The facility in Sallisaw looks a lot different compared to what it used to. Even though it’s in the same location on Houser Road, the building itself was built from the ground up by city workers and volunteers. The new facility cost the city $60,000 and is complete with concrete floors. The building is much larger than the […]

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    Zika Concerns: Local Residents Prepare As Mosquito Season Underway

    ARKANSAS (KFSM) – Summer is in full swing and more people are heading outdoors to enjoy the warm weather. However, the warmer weather brings more mosquitoes, and Zika concerns are causing more people to take extra precautions. Local franchise owner of Mosquito Joe, Brad Simon, said that business has picked up this season due to fear of the Zika virus spreading. According to the Arkansas Health Department, there have been 5 reports of Arkansans picking up the virus while traveling […]

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    Local Non-Profit In Need Of Funding To Stay Open

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A local non-profit organization that helps families in need is having financial trouble and is struggling to keep their doors open. The Golden Rule Clothes Closet is located in downtown Fort Smith. They give away gently used items such as clothing, shoes and kitchen appliances. The United Way based agency provides for low-income families and victims of fires and natural disasters.  “We had over 46,000 people walk through that door last year,” said Clyde Chaney, Director […]

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    Local Man Developing New App For Silver Alerts

    ARKANSAS (KFSM) —  Silver Alerts are used throughout the U.S. to share information about missing persons. In particular, senior citizens with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other mental disabilities in order to help police find them more quickly. However, law enforcement has struggled in the past to effectively make the public aware of these alerts. One local man is on track to change that. Jesse Hays of Russellville is trying to develop a new app for Silver Alerts. He hopes this would […]


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