I’m an early-riser and go-getter who loves telling the stories where you live for a living. I moved to Fort Smith several years ago, where I began my career with 5NEWS as a reporter. After trying my hand at that, I decided that my true passion was writing and made the switch to producer.

I’ve worked on several different shows with 5NEWS. My latest venture, being the 4 p.m. newscast which I’m helping build from the ground up.

I’ve also spent time working with t.v. stations in both Columbia, Missouri and Kansas City, Missouri during my career.

I truly love what I do and cannot imagine doing anything else. If you’d like to reach out with a story idea, or just to meet up for coffee, feel free to email me at meredith.baldwin@kfsm.com.

Recent Articles
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    Man’s Body Found Inside Crawford County Mobile Home After Fire

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — A man’s body was found inside the rubble of a Crawford County mobile home after it went up in flames Monday morning (Oct. 10). Deputies said a trailer on Ozark Road, which is between Cedarville and Rudy, caught fire between 4 and 5 a.m. When crews arrived, they said the mobile home was fully engulfed.  Multiple cars surrounded the engulfed home, causing them to explode. The individual killed in the fire has yet to be identified by officials. However, deputies said […]

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    Spiro Crossing Guard And Student Hit By Vehicle, Hospitalized

    SPIRO (KFSM) — A crossing guard attendant and a 12-year-old boy were both hospitalized with injuries after being hit by a car in front of the Spiro School District early Tuesday morning, according to Spiro Police Chief Michael Draper. The accident happened on North Broadway Street and Denver just before 7:30 a.m., Draper said. The driver who hit the child and the 46-year-old crossing guard attendant did stop after the accident, police said. That driver did receive a number of citations […]

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    Man Found Dead On Sequoyah County Train Tracks Identified

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) — A man who was found dead on train tracks near Muldrow on Thursday morning (Sept. 8) has been identified. Rakesh Kumar, 45, was identified after his body was found along the railroad tracks, according to Sheriff Ron Lockhart. Kumar was from the Dallas area. According to authorities, a train was in the area at the time. Jeff DeGraff, Director of Corporate Relations and Media with Union Pacific, said the railroad company is investigating the accident as […]

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    UPDATE: Fayetteville Intersection Back Open After Morning Accident

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — All lanes of traffic at the intersection of Huntsville Road and Happy Hollow are now back open after a single-vehicle accident forced a shut-down earlier Friday morning (Aug. 19) , according to Fayetteville Police. The intersection was closed for about two hours while police investigated what happened. The accident happened just before 4:30 a.m. Two adults and a toddler were inside the vehicle at the time. All three were hospitalized with injuries that are not believed to […]

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    Bicyclist Hospitalized After Being Hit By Car In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A bicyclist is injured after being hit by a car in Fort Smith early Thursday morning (Aug. 18), according to Sergeant John Classen with Fort Smith Police. Classen said the accident happened near the intersection of Wheeler and Fresno around 5:15 a.m. Someone passing by noticed the man on the ground injured and called police. When they arrived on scene, they spoke with the bicyclist who was complaining of pain. He was then taken by ambulance to Sparks […]

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    Greenwood K-9 Officer Kina Found Alive, But Wounded In Neck, Back

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — A Greenwood K-9 officer, who went missing during a gunfight that killed a Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office corporal Wednesday (Aug. 10), was found alive, but wounded Friday morning. K-9 Kina was found just before 8 a.m. in a fenced in yard about two miles from the scene of the shooting, according to Greenwood police. She was immediately taken to Cornerstone Veterinary Clinic to be treated after she was shot twice and found with bullet entrance and exit wounds, […]

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    One Seriously Injured In Fort Smith Motorcycle Accident

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — At least one person is seriously injured after a motorcycle collided with a car Thursday afternoon (Aug. 4) in Fort Smith, according to Sergeant Wes Milam. The accident happened near the intersection of 41st and Grand Avenue about 12:15 p.m. Investigators say a red Chevrolet car was driving north on 41st Street when the driver pulled out in front of a motorcycle traveling east on Grand Avenue. The motorcyclist had a helmet but police said they were unsure if […]

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    UPDATE: Teenager Stable After Overnight Shooting In Roland

    ROLAND (KFSM) — A teenager is now in stable condition after she was shot overnight at the Garden Walk Apartment Complex in Roland. Police Chief Tommy Sessums said the shooting happened just before midnight Monday (July 25th). Dispatchers received a call a few minutes later stating that there was a gunshot victim who was en route to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries. Sessums said at least one teenager was taken into police custody for questioning in connection to the shooting Tuesday […]

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    UPDATE: Kidnapped Three-Year-Old Located Safely In Illinois

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — Van Buren Police have reported that missing child Layla Munholland, 3, was located safely in Grayville, Ill. Police said Layla Munholland’s mother, Chelsea Munholland, was arrested. Illinois State Police had conducted a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle on Interstate 64. Layla was recovered safely from inside the vehicle. Munholland was taken into custody and Herbert Allen Thomas is being detained. Both are expected to be transported back to Crawford County. ===== Arkansas State Police issued a Level 2 […]

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    Arkansas, Oklahoma Lawmakers Set To Speak At Republican National Convention

    CLEVELAND, Ohio (KFSM) — Lawmakers from both Arkansas and Oklahoma are slated to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio next week. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin are both listed on the Republican National Convention’s website as speakers. Senator Tom Cotton, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and former Governor Mike Huckabee, all of whom are from Arkansas, are also on the list. Other notable speakers include Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Chris Christie, […]

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    All Four Residents Accounted For After Fireworks Set Fayetteville Home On Fire

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The four people who lived in a home that went up in flames Tuesday morning (July 5) have been accounted for, according to Fayetteville Police Department Sgt. Craig Stout. Crews were called to a home on Athens Lane in Fayetteville around 3 a.m., Stout said. There were four men in the house at the time, but when firefighters arrived one of the men was missing, according to Stout. The man was found near 85th Avenue and Forest […]


    Investigation Underway After Arkansas National Guard Soldier Dies During Training At Fort Chaffee

    FORT CHAFFEE (KFSM) — A death investigation is underway after an Arkansas National Guard soldier died while training at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center Tuesday night (June 14). Joel Lynch, the Public Affairs Officer for the Arkansas National Guard, identified the victim as Specialist Sylvester Cline, 32, of Pine Bluff.  A statement released from Lynch states Cline died at approximately 6:15 p.m. Tuesday night at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith. Spec. Cline was assigned to the Arkansas Army National […]