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
  • Southside High School Principal To Retire After 48 Years

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- After decades of serving as principal of Southside High School, Wayne Haver announces he will retire at the end of the school year. For 48 years, Mr. Haver has walked the halls of Southside.  First as a business teacher, then an assistant and now principal. “I get here about 7:15 every morning,” Haver said. “There`s already a couple of [people] here and then they all start arriving. I hit the cafeteria and fist bump all the special […]

  • Hartman Mayor Sent To Hospital After Incident Involving Dog

    HARTMAN (KFSM) — Hartman Mayor Rita Griffin was taken to the hospital Tuesday (April 10) after an incident involving a dog, according to neighbors and eyewitnesses. Neighbors and witnesses told 5NEWS she went to visit residents on Main Street, and when the homeowners opened the door, a dog came out and knocked her down. Family member said she hit the pillar and was knocked off the porch.  The family said the dog then came back on Griffin before the owner […]

  • Oklahoma Teacher Walkout Impacting 2018 Seniors

    POTEAU (KFSM) — The Oklahoma teacher walkout has impacted some students in terms of where they get their meals, as well as some school activities, but now students are reacting to how it may delay graduation. Some students already have their graduation invitations for Poteau High School, but as we near double digits in the number of days the teacher walkout has lasted, some students aren’t sure if graduation will still go on. The Oklahoma Education Association said in a […]

  • Local Lumber Company Faces Electric Bill Scam

    ALMA (KFSM) — An electric bill scam is making its way around our area and has targeted a lumber company. Management with Meadors Lumber Company said bills are paid the day they come in the mail, but Wednesday (April 11) morning, manager, Ashton Dyer received a phone call about the business’s electric bill from who she thought was Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E). “When I answered, it was a gentleman that said he was with OG&E, gave me his name […]

  • Local Man To Participate In Treatment Trial For ALS

    VAN BUREN (KFSM)- Mark Bedwell from Van Buren is one of 200 people nationwide who will take part in a new stem cell technology treatment that could help people suffering with ALS. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease is a nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function. When you walk into the door of Jody’s Auto Service, you’ll likely see Bedwell who was been working there for many years. Bedwell is 57 years old and last […]

  • Toddler Alerts Family To Fire, Saves Five People

    POTEAU (KFSM)– A 2-year-old alerted her family of a fire in their home when she was in flames. Although she was burning, she helped save everyone in the home. Toddler, Cota Samuel, was the only one awake when her house caught fire Thursday morning (March 5). Cota’s mother, Angela Collier, said she woke up to Cota on fire. “My sister comes in and kind of hollering at us to wake up,” Angela Collier said. “I looked over and Cota was […]

  • Panama Eighth-Grader Addresses Oklahoma Lawmakers At Capitol

    PANAMA (KFSM) — As teachers in Oklahoma continue voicing their concerns about school funding, some local students are doing the same… including eighth-grader, Madison Gregory. “I have something to say as a student,” Gregory told the lawmakers at the capitol. As she held back tears, Gregory delivered a speech to Oklahoma Senator Mark Allen. “We are the future of Oklahoma,” Gregory said. “Don’t you care?” Gregory was asked by one of her teacher to go to Oklahoma City. With her, […]

  • Freezing Weather Impacting Local Peach Crop

    CLARKSVILLE (KFSM) — Freezing weather during spring can sometimes mean damaged crops for some farmers in the River Valley and farmers said they’re keeping a close eye on their crops, and hoping to avoid losing everything due to freezing temperatures. “Those mid 20’s can be dangerous,” Steven Morgan with Peach Pickin’ Paradise said. At Peach Pickin’ Paradise, 3,500 peach trees make up the peach farm in Clarskville, but just one night of freezing weather could ruin the season. The farmers […]

  • Poteau Teacher Plans To Run For State Representative

    POTEAU (KFSM)- A Poteau High School teacher is taking his own stand during the teacher walkout and plans to announce his candidacy for state representative in the coming weeks. “It’s time to change and get new people in there,” Tom Brennan said. Brennan is a history teacher and said after everything that has transpired during the teacher walkout, he has decided to add his name to the next election ballot. “Three quarters of the legislature are supposed to run unopposed,” […]

  • Teacher Walkout Impacting School Activities

    POTEAU (KFSM)- The teacher walkout is impacting school activities in just about every district, some being cancelled and others having to change things. “It’s tradition,” Sherry Balew, President of the Poteau Women’s League said. “86 years.” Despite schools being shutdown, the Senior Girls’ Tea for Poteau High School students will still go on. The Poteau Women’s League focuses on education and teaching young girls different aspects of life. “To help with cultural differences, to help teach them manners and to […]

  • Local Teachers Return From Capitol, Many Plan To Continue Protesting

    OKLAHOMA (KFSM)- As the first official day of the Oklahoma teacher walkout comes to an end, teachers are returning home and said the goal has yet to be accomplished. Many local schools will be closed againTuesday (April 3). Teachers could barely put into words what it was like to step off of the bus and join thousands of other educators at the state capitol. “It was motivational. It was inspiring. It was frustrating,” Teacher Tom Brennan of Poteau High School […]

  • Former LeFlore County Emergency Management Director & Wife Arrested On Felony Charges

    POTEAU (KFSM) — The former emergency manager for LeFlore County and his wife have been bailed out of jail after being arrested Monday morning (April 2), according to the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office. Michael Davidson was arrested at his home about 10 a.m. Tuesday, and is facing four counts of felony embezzlement. He was also arrested on a warrant for allegedly writing a hot check in Yell County, Ark., according to the sheriff’s office. If convicted, he faces up to […]