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From the River Valley to the Northwest corner, I am beyond happy to call Fort Smith, AR my home. After moving to the area in the spring of 2012, I am completely in love with the city. I’m ecstatic to be covering news in both Arkansas and Oklahoma, and feel extremely lucky to be doing what I love everyday.

I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. I began my broadcasting career in college at the University of Missouri both reporting and anchoring for KOMU, Columbia’s NBC affiliate. I graduated with honors and with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. I also studied Spanish in college, becoming fluent in both writing and speaking the language. Even though I don’t live in Kansas City anymore, I'll forever be rooting for the Royals, Chiefs and Tigers – no matter what their current record may be.

I also spent a little over a year working with WDAF in Kansas City. During my time there, I covered several big stories. The most memorable was when I was on the ground, talking with people in Joplin, Mo., after one of the deadliest tornadoes ever recorded ripped through the city.

When I'm not telling stories, I'm sharing them on Facebook. Share a story with me on my page. I’m also constantly updating my viewers about my stories via Twitter.

I have a true passion for storytelling and believe that everyone has a story. I would love to hear yours. If you have an idea, share it with me anytime at Meredith.Baldwin@kfsm.com.

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    Record Load Being Hauled Through Oklahoma

    OKLAHOMA (KFSM) – Streets in the northern portion of the Sooner State are having to shut down to make room for what’s thought the be the largest object ever hauled through Oklahoma. Crews are preparing for a huge piece of machinery used to process propane to come through. The huge piece of machinery was built in Broken Arrow, and is now on its way to Lupton, Colorado. It’s a 17-story structure comes in at nearly 1.2 million pounds and at […]

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    Phone Bills Could Go Up in Oklahoma to Fund 911 Call Centers

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFSM) – Cell phone users across Oklahoma could soon be paying higher fees to fund 911 call centers. The reason behind the possible increase being that fewer people are using landlines which means money collected from 911 fees are down. It also means that the 911 call centers are underfunded as a result. A state senate subcommittee discussed several different options at their meeting at the state capitol Thursday (Oct. 23). Under current law, wireless customers pay a […]


    Athletes Take Part in Special Olympics Bowling Competition

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Some very special elementary school athletes are coming together Thursday (Oct. 23) for a Special Olympics Bowling Competition in Fort Smith. It all kicks off at 9 a.m. at Bowling World on South 36th Street. The athletes let 5NEWS Reporter Meredith Marney in on their practice rounds ahead of the big competition. In addition to bowling, kids in the special olympics program also participate in basketball, as well as track and field competitions throughout the year.  

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    Johnson County Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Raping 13-Year-Old

    JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM) – A Johnson County man is behind bars after being arrested on suspicion of two counts of rape, authorities say. Elvert McCormick, 54, was arrested and booked Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 21) into the Johnson County Detention Center after deputies say he raped a 13-year-old on multiple occasions, according to the jail administrator. The investigation began in July after a complaint was filed with authorities. McCormick appeared before Circuit Judge Bill Pearson on Oct. 21, and his bond is set at […]

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    Son Faces Murder Charge In Father’s Shooting Death

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) – A Sequoyah County man accused of shooting and killing his father on Monday evening (Oct. 13) had prior charges filed against him, including two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and domestic abuse, according to court records. Steven Just was taken into custody for questioning after the shooting, then arrested Tuesday (Oct. 14) on suspicion of second-degree murder, according to Sheriff Ron Lockhart. The victim has been identified as Robert Just, 70. Lockhart said […]

  • 3 Killed In Tontitown Crash Identified

    TONTITOWN (KFSM) – State police on Tuesday released the names of the three people who died in a Tontitown head-on collision Monday night on U.S. 412. Anthony R. Morgan, 50, Michelle R. Johnson, 41, and Glen A. Wensel, 84, were pronounced dead at the scene by authorities around 7 p.m. Morgan and Wensel are from Jay, Okla., while Johnson is from Quapaw, Okla., according to Arkansas State Police. All three victims were traveling in a Lincoln Town Car. Jacob N. […]

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    More Than 2,000 Homes Without Power As Storms Move Through

    ARKANSAS (KFSM) – Thousands of homes are in the dark after storms rolled through Friday (Oct. 10). OG&E is reporting that nearly 2,000 homes are currently without power in Fort Smith. Carroll County has nearly 50 homes currently without power in Benton County. Ozarks Electric is reporting 40 homes are in the dark in Washington County, 24 in Madison and 35 in Adair. We’ll continue to keep an eye on the power outages in the area and let you know […]

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    Rogers Home Burns After Being Struck By Lightning

    ROGERS (KFSM) – Deloria Gray and her husband Ray salvaged some of their clothes and pictures Friday (Oct. 10). Their home caught fire after being struck by lightning, according to authorities. There were burnt pieces of furniture scattered outside and a large hole where the lightning struck the home in the second floor. The couple made it out safely along with their three dogs Maggie, Fancy and Buddy. The home is located at 1431 Monte Road. Rogers firefighters received the […]

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    Pedestrian Killed, Suspect Behind Bars After Hit-And-Run

    VIAN, Okla. (KFSM) – One person is dead and another is behind bars after a deadly hit-and-run accident in Vian, Oklahoma Tuesday night (Oct. 7). Authorities said the accident happened around 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and East Sanders Street. Officers said a woman, who was walking along side the road with a friend, was killed after being struck by a car. 55-year-old Linda Finney was pronounced dead on scene, according to auhorities. Darrel Vanzandt is now behind […]

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    Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty to Killing His Dad

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A 26-year-old Fayetteville man accused of shooting his father to death has pleaded not guilty to the capital murder charge against him. Samuel Hill made the plea before a Washington County judge Wednesday morning (Oct. 8). Hill was arrested in August, after authorities said he shot and killed his father during an argument and gunfight at his father’s home on Whitehouse Road. Earlier that night, authorities said the younger Hill had beat his wife at their Fayetteville […]


    Investigation Underway After Two Found Dead In Sallisaw Home

    SALLISAW (KFSM) – An investigation is underway after two people were found dead inside a Sallisaw home Sunday night (Sept. 28). Authorities said someone called around 7:05 p.m., asking if officers could do a welfare check on the people living inside a home on Maple Street. When officers arrived on scene, they said they found both people dead inside. The bodies were identified as 47-year-old Vince Rayner and 34-year-old Katie Waggle-Goodman according to the Sallisaw Police Department. Detectives with the Oklahoma […]

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    Suspect Wanted In Real Estate Agent’s Kidnapping Has Ties to Washington, Benton Counties

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – Police have issued an arrest warrant for a man in connection to the disappearance of a Pulaski County real estate agent. Authorities are looking for Aaron Michael Lewis, 33, from Jacksonville, Ark., in connection to the disappearance of Beverly Carter, 51. He’s wanted on the charge of kidnapping, according to investigators. Lewis has a criminal history across Arkansas, including several recent arrests in Benton and Washington counties, authorities said. Currently, Lewis is out of jail and […]


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