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“What doesn’t kill you makes you a better producer.” These are words 5NEWS Executive Producer Shanda Sundstrom uses as a foundation for her career as a broadcast journalist.

A South Dakota native, Shanda joined the 5NEWS team in 2009. As a station leader, Shanda helped launch newscasts on KXNW 34, while guiding producers to create top rated broadcasts on KFSM.

She started her career in news as a teenager, working for her hometown newspaper The Groton Independent. Shanda can remember riding her bike, camera and notebook in hand, to cover small town events.

A graduate of South Dakota State University, Shanda worked her way through journalism school as a producer and reporter for CBS affiliate KELO-TV in Sioux Falls. She has been a producer at KDBC in El Paso, Texas and WFOR in Miami, Florida.

You can follow Shanda on twitter @5NEWSShanda.


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    Clarksville Officer Dies While Chasing Suspect

    A Drug Task Force officer died Tuesday night while chasing a man suspected of violating parole in Clarksville. Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force Director Larry Johnson conducted a home visit to check in on a parolee. The man ran off, and Johnson collapsed while chasing him, according to the Clarksville Police Department. The suspect faces charges of parole violation. Police are investigating Johnson’s death to determine whether the suspect may face any additional charges. Officers on the task force […]

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    19 Killed in Hot Air Ballon Explosion in Egypt

    At least 19 tourists were killed when a hot air balloon exploded and fell from the sky in southern Egypt, authorities said.

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    Vatican Reveals Pope Benedict’s New Title

    Pope Benedict XVI will keep the title "his holiness" once he retires and will be called "pontiff emeritus," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told reporters at the Vatican on Tuesday.

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    Smoke Billows From Fort Smith Home

    A Fort Smith home catches fire early Thursday morning. Fire crews battled reported four-foot flames at a two-story house at 428 Lecta Ave. The call came in around 1:30 a.m. Right now, investigators are working to find the cause of the fire. No injuries have been reported. We’ll have more information on this story as you wake-up with 5NEWS this morning.

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    Move to NWA Begins for Fort Smith’s Mail Processing Center

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    Crawford County Property Tax Hike Approved

    The Crawford County Quorum Court approved a property tax increase in a 9-4 vote Monday night. County leaders say they had to propose a millage rate hike after a budget shortfall to avoid employee layoffs and cuts to the sheriff’s office, rural fire departments, and senior centers. The millage rate will increase from 1.9-percent to 2.9 percent. That means a $20 a year hike for a resident owning a $100,000 property, according to Justice of the Peace Terry Bibbs. Crawford […]

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    Van Buren Trucker Dies in Florida Crash

    A Van Buren truck driver died in a semi accident in Madison County, Fla., east of Tallahassee, Saturday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Daniel G. Moses, 39, crashed into a pine tree around 1 p.m., after losing control while driving eastbound on Interstate 10. Moses reportedly crossed the median and two lanes of westbound traffic, before impact. The driver was only identifiable by his driver’s license photo, family members said. No one else was hurt in the crash. The […]

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    Elderly Man Killed Crossing The Street In Springdale

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    Driver Hits State Trooper’s Vehicle in Fort Smith

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    Driver Falls Asleep, Runs Into House

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