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.

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    New $4 Million Multi-Functional Event Center Opens In Panama

    PANAMA (KFSM) — Panama residents have a new multi-purpose community event center to enjoy. The city is putting the finishing touches on a new $4 million multi-purpose facility located right behind the elementary school. The unique facility was designed to be used for school events and a tornado shelter, as well as for public use. The facility, which opened in December of 2016, has a basketball court to host tournaments and also a stage for school plays. Not only is the building used for […]

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    New Crawford County Judge Focuses On Boosting Economic Development

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — There’s a new face at the Crawford County Courthouse this year after recently elected Dennis Gilstrap was sworn in as the new county judge. Gilstrap started on Jan. 1, but he’s no stranger to the area. For the past 15 years, he served as the Crawford County Emergency Management Director. Before that, he worked for the Van Buren Fire Department for 25 years. He said his experience with city leaders led him to this point. “For the […]

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    Drivers Notice Rise In Panhandlers Throughout River Valley & NWA

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Drivers in the River Valley and Northwest Arkansas are reporting an increase in panhandlers along roadsides. Sgt. Daniel Grubbs with the Fort Smith Police Department said panhandlers are within their rights as long as they are on public property. If they are on private property, an owner can tell a panhandler to leave and police can also make an arrest for disorderly conduct if he or she is blocking traffic or causing issues for drivers. Those at […]

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    Fort Smith Holds MLK Parade Monday

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The City of Fort Smith will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday (Jan. 16) with a parade along Garrison Avenue. More than 100 people are expected to take part in the parade, which begins at 1 p.m. “It’s the most important event that we can participate in because of Dr. King and what he stood for,” Parade Coordinator Deborah Woodard said. More than 30 groups have signed up to march this year […]

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    Fundraisers Happening This Weekend To Benefit Local Humane Society

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) — The Sebastian County Humane Society is always in need of donations. This includes food and toys for the animals, and of course money. On Saturday (Jan. 14), the non-profit is hosting two events to help bring some profits in. They’ll be hosting a Bark and Bake Sale as well as a vaccination and microchipping clinic. The Sebastian County Humane Society said they are trying to be more of an active resource to the community. “We are […]

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    Volunteers, Students Help Pickup Christmas Honors Wreaths

    FORT SMITH(KFSM) – The holidays are over and many people are now taking down their Christmas decorations. This includes one local initiative honoring service members with wreaths. Hundreds of volunteers, from students to veterans, picked up more than 16,000 wreaths laid on the headstones at the Fort Smith National Cemetery. “It’s a fulfilling experience coming out here and to honor our troops like this,” said one group of students. All of the work was done in less than an hour. […]

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    First Tornado Shelter For Local Town Now Open

    LAVACA (KFSM) — Before you know it, tornadoes and thunderstorms will be here instead of the winter weather. With this, it’s important to have somewhere to go when severe weather hits. A new concrete tornado shelter is now located behind Lavaca Elementary School. This is the first-ever shelter in the community where folks can take cover when severe weather strikes. The shelter cost a little more than $1 million. Most of the money to build it came from a FEMA […]

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    Russellville High School Band To Perform At Trump Inauguration Parade

    RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM) — Millions around the world will be tuning in later this month for President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. Before the ceremony, a parade will take place along Pennsylvania Avenue, and one local band will be part of the festivities. Around 180 students at Russellville High School are practicing their instruments and gearing up to travel to the inauguration ceremony. The band students will be performing the song called “Americans We”. According to Band Director Dewayne Dove, […]

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    Gas Prices On The Rise In River Valley & Northwest Arkansas

    ARKANSAS & OKLAHOMA (KFSM) — Gas prices are on the rise due to less oil supply from oil producers, as well as OPEC announcing production cuts. Experts think the price is only expected to climb higher. On Thursday (Jan. 5), the average price to fill up your tank at the pump is about $2.15 both in Arkansas and Oklahoma. However, according to Gas Buddy. com the price has increased a nickel in the past week. Arkansas and Oklahoma are in […]

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    Fort Smith Clinic Provides Affordable Health Care For Those Without Health Insurance

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – For the past 14 years, a Fort Smith nonprofit organization has been providing affordable access to medical care for those without health insurance. The Good Samaritan Clinic in downtown Fort Smith is located on 615 N. B Street. The clinic’s goal is to help those in need — especially those who don’t have health insurance, which can lead to pricey doctors visits. Clinic workers estimated that 24 percent of the people in the Fort Smith area don’t have […]

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    Poteau Police Search For Suspect In Connection To Vandalized Veterans Memorial

    POTEAU (KFSM) — Police in Poteau are searching for the person or people who vandalized a well-known veterans memorial at a local cemetery. The soldier that stand in the middle of Oakland Cemetery was vandalized the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, police said. There was damage done to the statue and other pieces of the memorial. Police said the suspect or suspects probably took a knife and used their hands to rip off pieces of the statue, according to […]

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    Local Filmmakers Film “Step Into: Miss Laura’s” At Fort Smith Landmark

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A local production company is filming a movie about a Fort Smith landmark. Emmy-award winning production company Mad Possum Pictures was filming “Step Into: Miss Laura’s” at Miss Laura’s on North B Street. The downtown landmark is a former social club built in 1896. Laura Ziegler bought it two years later. The 25-minute film is based on actual events and focuses on the young women who called Miss Laura’s home. The cast for the movie came […]