Krystle joined the 5NEWS team in May, 2016 as a reporter. She grew up in Maumelle, Arkansas and is a proud alumna of The University of Arkansas where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Broadcast Journalism.

During college, Krystle interned at The Ugly Uncle Sports Radio Show, where she was also an on-air talent and at KATV in Little Rock. During her time at the University of Arkansas, Krystle anchored and reported for The Razorback Sports Network and UATV, where she anchored an Emmy award-winning newscast.

Krystle is excited to be a new resident of Fort Smith and experience all that Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley have to offer.

When she isn’t working, you will likely find Krystle watching sports and calling the Hogs, spending time with her family and friends, working out, or just having fun!

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Recent Articles
  • Dog In Recovery After Being Shot With Arrow

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — Police are searching for the person responsible for shooting a dog with an arrow. “Who would do that to a dog?”, Colt Richmond, Van Buren Animal Control asked. “It’s very inhumane.” The dog was found on Park Ridge Drive after being shot. “We got there and the dog’s got two holes,” Richmond said. “Looked like an entrance and exit wound in the neck, bleeding profusely.” Veterinarian Randy Hubbs said the arrow luckily missed vital parts of the […]

  • Company Eyeing Fort Smith For $38 Mil Investment

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A new corporation has requested to use industrial revenue bonds for building a new manufacturing plant — which is said to be a $38 mil investment–and has chosen Fort Smith as a contending city to do so. If Fort Smith is chosen, Silgan Plastic Food Containers Corporation plans to bring 150 well-paying jobs to town within the next three years. “Silgan has over $3 billion in net annual sales a year,” Tim Allen, president of Fort Smith […]

  • Fort Smith Teen Who Donated Tissue And Organs To Be Honored In Rose Parade

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A Fort Smith teen who died in 2012 is being remembered in the New Year’s Day Rose Parade for helping better the lives of others through organ and tissue donation. Austin Elder died when he was 19, a week after he fell off from a bluff i n Newton County, Ark. Dec. 8, 2012. His mother, Gina Elder said Austin was adamant about being an organ donor and declared himself an organ donor just a little […]

  • How Do We Keep Churches Safe? Leaders Say It’s Time To Prepare

    MULBERRY (KFSM) – More than a hundred people came together to talk about ways to be prepared in case of an active shooter. “It’s a tragedy that we’re having to do this, but we live in a different day than we did just a few years ago, ” Mayor Gary Baxter said, “The people want to protect themselves and protect others. We are going to give them some ideas and some options to better prepare their congregation to keep them […]

  • Replica Christopher Columbus Ships Spark Learning For Homeschool Students

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Replica ships of the Niña and Pinta have arrived in Fort Smith and are are giving homeschool students a step back in time. “It’s so amazing,” Kaden McGrew, homeschool student said. “I feel like Columbus.” The ships travel 11 months out of the year making stops at cities all over the eastern part of the country. Visitors can take self guided tours on both ships, including walking on the top deck of the Pinta. “Basically, we’re […]

  • Local Students Take Burden Off Those Seeking Success

    LAVACA (KFSM) — Two students from Lavaca High School have been working for months to help provide professional clothing for community members and peers. The closet is called Business Blessing and it’s full of clothes and shoes for both men and women. Grace Smithson and Ashley Ballman, two of the high school seniors, created the closet to give back and encourage others to succeed. “We started going to garage sales around June,” Ballman said. “We first found some jackets and thought […]

  • IRS Warns This Scam Is Different Than Other Reported Scams

    (KFSM) — Another IRS scam is once again circling America, only this time, the scammer knows a lot about their target. Those with the IRS issued a warning Tuesday (Nov. 7) about the dangers of this particular scam. They warn that the scammers are aggressive in an attempt to manipulate the target by warning that a debt to the IRS must be paid immediately through a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. This is common to other IRS scams, but this […]

  • Fort Smith City Leaders Waive Parking Fees For December

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — We’re entering the season of giving and the City of Fort Smith is getting into the spirit by offering something to those who live and spend time downtown. The Fort Smith Board of Directors will offer free parking during December. The city did this last year, but when they did they lost $4,000 worth of revenue. Some local shop owners see this as a positive, while others said it’s troublesome. “We do have customers that will not come […]

  • Local Residents Concerned After No Agreements Made In County Water Dispute

    VIAN (KFSM) — Customers of the Sequoyah County Water Association said they’re concerned about the future of their water service, as their rates are set to increase. Residents fought Monday night (Nov. 6) at a town meeting to keep the price of water services from increasing. Those in the town have a 50-year contract with the water association, but employees of the water association have allegedly breached the contract. Vian residents said those of the water association increased rates despite […]

  • Manhunt Underway For Man Accused Of Trying To Solicit Sexual Acts At Local Businesses

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) —Van Buren police are searching for a man whom they say tried to solicit a sexual act at a shop owned by a licensed massage therapist. Wendy Roden has been a massage therapist for many years, but claims a customer, who said he was a firefighter, came to her business and made an illegal request. Roden explained that a man who goes by the name Bill Williams found ‘Massage By Wendy’ on a website called Thumbtack. The […]

  • Safe Trick-Or-Treating Alternatives Catching Parents’ Attention

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Trick-or-treating is what most kids look forward to on Halloween, but parents are catching on to the safer trends like Trunk or Treat. “This time of year can be dangerous,” Paige Niblett, Harvest Time Academy pre-school director said. “Having your kids out after dark, you don’t know where you’re going to be taking them. So, we offer a safe alternative for Halloween.” Events like Trunk or Treat, where people decorate the backs of their cars has […]

  • Recent Warranty Letters In Fort Smith Create Scam Scare, Officials Say ‘Don’t Worry’

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Some Fort Smith residents have said they’re concerned they’re being scammed. Residents said they’ve received letters from the city and a company called Service Line Warranties, and thought it may be a scam, but city officials confirm it’s not a scam after all. “It tells you to give them your credit card if you wanna put it on your credit card,” Homeowner Viola Brown, said. Brown said she and her daughter got the letters in the mail […]