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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Recent Articles
  • Greenwood Police Department Purchases New Mobile Command Unit

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) – Officers at a local police department have a new tool to use out in the field during emergency situations. The new mobile command unit sits in the parking lot of the Greenwood Police Department. The 28-foot trailer will help officers when they’re out on duty, but it can also be used at fun events. The unit comes equipped with a laptop to display maps on an exterior big screen television, which is also great for public events because […]

  • Local Organization Hosts Small Business & Development Fair

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — If you’ve wanted a chance to learn how to start a business or take your small company to the next level, you can find out during the annual Small Business and Development Fair on Tuesday (July 18). The fair is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Fort Smith. The goal behind the fair is encouraging people in the area to start small businesses or lend them a hand if they […]

  • Progress Continues On Young Children’s Home At Chaffee Crossing

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A safe home for abused and neglected children is close to opening in Fort Smith. Progress continues at the Young Children’s Home on Custer Boulevard at Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith. The cottages are done, the furniture is set up, and the finishing touches are underway. Workers are finishing up some landscaping outside the homes and getting the exterior of the buildings ready for the dedication set for the end of the month. The inside of […]

  • New Principal Named At Northside High School In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A new principal will be walking the hallways at one local high school starting this fall. Keri Rathbun was named the new principal at Northside High School in Fort Smith. She comes from being the principal at Kimmons Junior High for the past year. Before that, she was the assistant principal at Kimmons for five years and also spent three years as a counselor at Northside. Rathbun said she loves to work with high school students […]

  • Former Fort Smith Police Officer Speaks Out On Controversial Issue

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — With all the controversy happening with the Civil Service Commission and the Fort Smith Police Department, 5NEWS reached out to former Fort Smith Police officers to get their take on what’s happening. Some said they don’t agree with many things going on in the city and the department. Around 25 officers at the Fort Smith Department have retired since the beginning of this year, which is about the same time the new police chief, Nathaniel Clark, […]

  • Fayetteville Police Make Arrest After Shots Fired At Apartment Complex

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Fayetteville police said they’re investigating after a shooting at an apartment complex Sunday night (July 9). According to dispatch, police were called to Beechwood Village Apartments at 11:30 p.m. after receiving a call of shots being fired. Officers said the shooting happened after a fist fight got out of control. The suspects fled the scene, but officers were able to arrest one. No one was injured in the shooting. The name and the age of the suspect […]

  • Freedom Park Dedication In Van Buren Honoring Veterans

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — A project a year in the making and costing over a $1 million is set to open to the public on Friday (June 30) ahead of Independence Day. City leaders, the community and veterans will come together to dedicate Freedom Park in Van Buren. The new park was designed specifically for residents to enjoy and to honor the sacrifices made by the veterans of all U.S. Armed Forces. The park is right in the heart of […]

  • Sebastian County Jail Faces Overcrowding Issues, Sheriff Hopes For Stabilization Unit

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) – Government statistics show Arkansas has the sixth highest rate of people going to prison. Because of that, many jails in the Natural State are overcrowded. According to the Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck, the Sebastian County jail is overcrowded. There hasn’t been a change at their facility for quite awhile now. In the past, they’ve either built a new jail or added on. However, the jail is now past the ten year mark since a major […]

  • Three Buildings Set To Be Demolished In Alma If No Investor Found

    ALMA (KFSM) — Three historic downtown buildings are scheduled to be demolished in Alma as part of the city’s streetscape project. Part of this plan is the demolition of these three buildings that sit on Fayetteville Avenue in between Railroad and Plum Streets. However, this plan will only follow through if an investor cannot be found to restore them by the end of  July. The three buildings were built in the early 1900’s and one of the buildings used to […]

  • VFW Hosts Flag Retirement Ceremony In Van Buren

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – Veterans and those who are currently serving our country took part in  a special flag ceremony on Saturday (June 24) retiring hundreds of flags at the VFW in Van Buren. When the United States flag becomes worn, torn, faded, or badly soiled, it’s time to replace it with a new one. In a traditional retirement ceremony, the flag is folded and incinerated with the utmost dignity and respect. “This one’s not in too bad of shape, […]

  • Thousands To Gather For 27th Annual Riverfront Blues Festival

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Music lovers will be coming together on Friday (June 23) and Saturday (June 24)  as the 27th annual Riverfront Blues Festival kicks off this weekend. The two-day festival will include seven bands and musicians. They’ll take the stage at Harry E. Kelley Park in downtown Fort Smith along the Arkansas River. Bands as far away at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will be performing, but a majority of the bands and singers are from around the Natural State. Thousands […]

  • Fort Smith City Leaders Could Reach Recycling Agreement

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The recycling issue in Fort Smith may be nearing a conclusion as city leaders could possibly enter into an agreement on Tuesday (June 20) that would put an end to dumping recyclables into the landfill. City leaders will be making the decision during the Board of Directors meeting. They’ll decide to enter a contract with Third Rock Recycling, LLC, and Pen Sales. The agreement will decide if the companies will take the city of Fort Smith’s […]