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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.


Recent Articles
  • Fire Engulfs Sequoyah County Café

    A restaurant in Sequoyah County caught fire around 7 p.m. Wednesday. The MC Café on Main Street in Vian was fully engulfed in flames when help arrived, according Officer George Wildcat from the Vian Police Department. He said the new owners recently purchased MC Café. A vacant office connected to the restaurant that was used for storage was also burning. Built in the late 1800’s, the historic buildings had once housed a bank, hotel and doctor’s office. In 1971, that […]

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    Drunk Woman Threatened To Stab Daughter, Grandchild, Police Say

    Fort Smith police arrested a woman Monday night after they say she drunkenly threatened to stab her daughter and two-year-old grandchild with a knife. Police responded to a call at 8:18 p.m. concerning an apartment complex at 301 N. 18th Street. Officers arrived on scene and arrested Angela Franklin. No one was hurt in the incident, police said.

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    Drug And Gun Bust Costs Doctor His License

    A River Valley doctor had his license suspended after investigators say they found a marijuana-growing operation at his house. The Arkansas State Medical Board issued an emergency order of suspension for Dr. Jimmy Acklin at their meeting late last week, according to board attorney William Tryce. Acklin, a family practice physician, was placed on indefinite administrative suspension at Sparks Health System during the investigation. He was also placed on administrative leave by the University of Arkansas Medical Science, where he […]

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    Man Crashes Car into Ozark Bar

    A driver crashed his car into the Speak Easy bar in Ozark Friday night. The man was unconscious when emergency responders arrived on scene just after 6 p.m., according to Franklin County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers. Sheriff Anthony Boen says the driver was an older man from the Fort Smith area. He was taken to a local hospital. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the driver to lose control of his car. No one else was injured in the crash. […]

  • Mom Disputes Pea Ridge Student Has Meningitis

    A Pea Ridge Middle School student was hospitalized with what state officials say is viral meningitis. The student’s mom, Chastity Obersteadt, said her 11-year-old son was not diagnosed with that illness, but instead with encephalitis. The state Health Department said the diagnosis hasn’t changed. Nathaniel Jesse James Jones, a 6th-grader, was flown to Children’s Hospital in Little Rock Friday, after falling ill. The Pea Ridge School District administration was notified Tuesday morning by the Arkansas Health Department. School employees disinfected […]

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    Train Collides with UPS Truck in Stilwell

    A train collided with a UPS truck in Stilwell, Oklahoma around 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol dispatchers.   The UPS truck driver was pulling out of the Farmer’s Co-Op driveway, just off Highway 59 when he was struck by a Kansas City Southern Railways train. An eyewitness told Stilwell Democrat Journal they saw the driver in an ambulance talking to his wife on the phone. OHP dispatcher said the man was not hurt. The crossing has a […]

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    Missing Van Buren Woman Found “Alive And Well”

    A missing Van Buren woman has been found “alive and well,” said Det. Jonathan Wear with the Van Buren Police Department. Police found Carmen Early, 26, in North Little Rock. Authorities are not yet releasing how she was found or whether she was gone of her own free will. Early, 26, was last seen Sunday at the Foxfire Club, a bar on Towson Avenue. No one had seen her since, and phone calls to Early remain unanswered as of Wednesday […]

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    LeFlore County Sheriff Beat in Runoff

    LeFlore County Sheriff Bruce Curnutt was ousted in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary Election runoff. Unofficial results show Rob Seale beats the incumbent 55 to 45 percent. Seale will take on Republican Billy Shropshire for LeFlore County Sheriff in the November general election. A runoff was held for both the Democratic and Republican primary runoff for Oklahoma’s Congressional District 2. The district includes a large portion of Eastern Oklahoma, including LeFLore and Sequoyah counties. Markwayne Mullin won the Republican nomination over George […]

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    Ozark Man Dies in Rollover Crash

    An Ozark man is dead after a rollover accident on Highway 219 in Franklin County just after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Charles Waits, 44, was killed after losing control of his pick-up near the Highway 352 junction, north of Ozark, Sheriff Anthony Boen said. It appears Waits over-corrected after he started veering off the road. Two passengers survived the crash, Sheriff Boen added. Charles Rosson, of Franklin County, was trapped underneath the vehicle was taken by helicopter to the hospital. Joe […]

  • iVideo: Transformer Explosion During Strong Storms

    Take a look at this iVideo Stina Krieger emailed to 5NEWS of a transformer explosion in Fort Smith. A strong line of severe storms moved through the Thursday afternoon and evening, packing thousands of lightning strikes, strong winds and heavy rain. Krieger snapped the iVideo around 5 p.m. from her cell phone outside her office at Total Self Storage on Zero Street. Power was knocked out to thousands of residents from Northwest Arkansas to the River Valley.

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    Fort Smith Man Reportedly Stabs Friend Over Missing Whiskey

    Two Fort Smith men were arrested around 6 p.m. Thursday in connection to a stabbing over a bottle of liquor, according to Sgt. Daniel Grubbs. Fort Smith Police respond to a call at 3001 Hardie Avenue and found two “heavily intoxicated” friends fighting, Sgt. Grubbs said. Jeffrey Roberts, 47, reportedly tried to choke Kyle Bolin, 28, after noticing a bottle of whiskey was missing, Sgt. Brian Rice added. Bolin stabbed Roberts in the back with a knife after the fight broke […]

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    Ozark Officer Accused of Corruption Bonds Out of Jail

    Ozark Police Officer Justin Phillps, 34, is out of jail on a $7,500 after being arrested on on suspicion of corruption, according to Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen. Phillips was arrested around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.  Phillips is accused of giving a suspect in a felony theft investigation a ‘heads up’ before officers went to the suspect’s house on Puddin Ridge Road with a warrant for his arrest on June 28, according to Arkansas State Police Lt. Steve Coppinger. Phillips used […]

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