My name is Mitch Roberts and I am thrilled to be part of the KFSM-TV team. I’ve been married to my wonderful wife Leah for twelve years, and we have two beautiful daughters. I can’t think of a better place that Northwest Arkansas to raise my kids. Other members of my family have already given this region a huge stamp of approval.

Three members of my family attended the University of Arkansas. Both of my sisters settled in Fayetteville after graduation, and so our girls will have plenty of cousins to play with. Landing the job at 5NEWS puts my family back together for the first time since the late 1980’s.

I’m a graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. I have Anchor/Reporter experience in St. Louis, Nashville, Las Vegas, Dayton, Ohio, and most recently I was the Primary News Anchor/Reporter for KVII-TV in Amarillo, TX. While I feel blessed to have worked in some of those places, being here in Arkansas already feels like home. I will be based out of Fayetteville, but I’ll drive anywhere with my trusty TV camera to tell the stories that matter to you.

Recent Articles
  • Keeping Our Parks Clean, On the Keep It Local Tour

    Here in Arkansas, we are blessed with some of the most beautiful parks and rivers, but it takes hard work to keep the place clean and green. This weekend, October 6, at Withrow Springs State Park, your help is needed to keep Arkansas beautiful. The Arkansas State Park and the Beaver Lake Watershed Alliance will lead the cleanup of the War Eagle Creek. Park Interpreter Natalie Casey says cleaning up just a little, can go a long way. “This year […]

  • Local ‘American’ Girls Learn History, Fashion At Arts Center Fundraiser

    If you’ve got American Girls living in your house, you probably know all about the American Girl Doll. This weekend in downtown Springdale, the Arts Center of the Ozarks will be hosting the American Girl Fashion Show. There are four opportunities for you to see first-hand what it’s like to be an American Girl, while learning all of the history that goes along with it. “It’s a fun event for girls, dolls, family, and friends. It gives them an opportunity […]

  • Simulator Shows Students Dangers of Texting & Driving

    It’s a growing danger to those on the road, responsible for thousands of injuries and deaths each year. Monday AT&T was on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville with a mission to show first-hand the risks that come with texting and driving. The company set up a driving simulator right outside of the student union to let students see for themselves just how dangerous distracted driving is. “They’re in an actual car and there is a screen in front […]

  • Keep It Local: UA Grad on Web-Based Singing Show

    An Arkansas girl proving that she’s pretty good at hoggin’ the spotlight. Ashlyn Metheny is a finalist in a web-based talent show called “Take the Stage.” She’s asking for your votes and support. “A ton of people entered the contest and they came up with 9 finalists based on voting,” Metheny said. “We got flown out to Detroit for ten days to film this whole web series.” The show is unscripted, featuring original song material. One of the songs featured […]

  • 3rd Graders Learn Reporting, Journalism Skills

    A class of Northwest Arkansas 3rd Graders at Elm Tree Elementary are after our jobs here at 5NEWS! Mrs. Melissa Wise, the class’s teacher said she found a way to tackle a core requirement and have a little TV fun at the same time. “We’re incorporating the common core standards where they have to record themselves electronically with technology and they have the write,” Wise said. “I came up with this idea to incorporate this into my classroom and let […]

  • Youth Talent Semi-Finalist: Small-Town Girl Headed For Big Things

    Saturday night, teens from across Arkansas and Oklahoma will meet in Fort Smith at the Youth Talent Contest at the State Fair. Some of the semi-finalists are from big towns, used to playing before big crowds, but then, there is Ashley Perkins, from St. Paul, Arkansas. If Alan Jackson says it’s alright to be little-bitty, then it’s certainly okay with Ashley Perkins. From a porch on her grandpa’s mountaintop home, it’s easy to see (and hear) that she’s a natural. […]

  • Allstate Encourages Bentonville High School Students to not Text and Drive

    Allstate started a foundation in 2005 to help prevent deaths among teen drivers.    This year, Allstate asked students at Bentonville High to sign a pledge, promising ”not” text and drive. “Our purpose here is to educate. Try to help kids understand that texting can degrade their driving as much as having sefveral beers. A four second text is like driving the length of a football field blind,” said Dan Cheek from Allstate. It’s a problem that Bentonville based […]

  • VIDEO: Kids Already Sick Weeks After School Starts

    Dr. Susan Averitt, from Best Start Pediatrics in Springdale, talks this week about how kids are already coming home from their first weeks at school sick. She said there are a few ways to know when is the right time to have your kids seen by a doctor. Dr. Susan Averitt, M.D. Board-Certified Pediatrician 5501 Willow Creek Drive, Suite 104 Springdale, Arkansas 72762 Phone (479) 575-9359 Fax (479) 575-9415

  • VIDEO: Washington County Fair Begins

    The Washington County Fair in Fayetteville is in full swing. 5NEWS anchor Mitch Roberts spent the morning at the dairy barn. For more information on the fair visit

  • Razorback Fans will be in “Hog Heaven”

    All roads are leading to Fayetteville and “Hog Heaven.” The on campus store has recently been renovated and is jam-packed with ideas on how to look good at the tailgate party. Chris Littler is the manager of “Hog Heaven.” You will be in heaven when you check out the new collection. “We have a red check woven. We have a white check woven. We have a dress shirt with a Razorback logo on the cuff. These shirts are sized. You […]

  • VIDEO: Parents (Jokingly) Peeved, Ready to Send Kids Back-to-School

    The ladies of Peekaboo Media Group bring a new segment to KXNW-TV 34, called REAL Northwest Arkansas. Kim, Lela and Loria say the role of parent is one of the most challenging many of us will ever face. And just when we think we have mastered one phase the following one comes with new lessons to learn and hurdles to overcome. “In the pursuit to becoming a parenting expert it is important to also enjoy each one as they pass […]

  • VIDEO: High Schoolers Need to Get Back to Routine

    Dr. Susan Averitt, from Best Start pediatrics in Springdale, talks this week about how high school students need to get back into a routine. Dr. Susan Averitt, M.D. Board-Certified Pediatrician 5501 Willow Creek Drive, Suite 104 Springdale, Arkansas 72762 Phone (479) 575-9359 Fax (479) 575-9415