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I’m an early riser and coffee lover who gets to work early enough to manage morning and dayside assignments for reporters at 5NEWS. I also put together the noon show before leaving for the afternoon. I’ve been a producer for about two years now and am excited to deliver the news where you live.

Prior to producing, I was a reporter for 5NEWS based out of Fort Smith. I’ve also worked in both Kansas City and Columbia, Missouri in a variety of different roles throughout my career.

If you’d like to touch base with me, or talk about a story idea in the area send me an email at Meredith.Baldwin@kfsm.com. I’d love to hear from you!


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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 […]

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    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 […]

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    Carroll County Meth Bust Nets Two Arrests

    CARROLL COUNTY (KFSM) — Two Carroll County residents are facing charges after a recent meth bust. Darryl Birchfield and Laura Green were both arrested Friday (June 10) as Carroll County deputies searched their current and former residences on County Road 108. While at their homes, investigators recovered evidence of both the use and manufacturing of methamphetamine. Two separate one-pot meth labs were recovered from 1823 County Road 108, as well as a product used to manufacture the drug. Both Birchfield […]

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    Walton Family Foundation Names New Executive Director

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — A new executive director is set to join the Walton Family Foundation this September. Kyle Peterson, a  managing partner and board member of leading nonprofit consulting firm FSG, was named for the new position Wednesday morning (June 15). A press release from the Walton Family Foundation states that Peterson brings 25 years of social innovation to the organization. “Kyle is an innovative, entrepreneurial and idea-driven executive who will lead the foundation as we continue to focus on […]

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    UPDATE: Two Brothers Arrested In Connection To Multiple Oklahoma Burglaries

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) — Two brothers are behind bars and facing multiple charges after being linked to a string of burglaries across Sequoyah County. Sheriff Ron Lockhart identified the two men as Coltin and Cody Sparks, both of whom are from Cookson, Oklahoma. They brothers were arrested Monday morning (June 13) after a deputy responded to a break-in at Gene’s Dive Shop. Lockhart said the brothers had entered the shop after breaking the window. The deputy who responded was patrolling […]

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    Community Garden Built By Northside High School Students Wins $20,000 Grant

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A community garden, built by students at Northside High School in Fort Smith, beat out 851 other community gardens across the country to win a $20,000 grant Tuesday night (May 3). The garden, which consists of 22 raised beds was created earlier this year and is located on North 8th Street between K and L streets. Those who worked to put the project together named it the “Antioch Discovery Garden”. Organizers said the idea behind the […]

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    Students, Drivers OK After Bus Crashes With Truck In Lavaca

    LAVACA (KFSM) — Lavaca high school students had a scare early Tuesday morning (April 26) when their school bus crashed along Highway 96. No students were injured during the accident, according to Lavaca superintendent Steve Rose. There were elementary, middle and high school students on the bus at the time. The accident happened just after 7 a.m., Rose said. A white pickup truck was also involved in the accident. The truck overturned and slid into a ditch, but that driver was also […]

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    Gore Schools Closed Thursday Due To Police Emergency, Superintendent Says

    GORE, Okla. (KFSM) — Gore Schools are closed Thursday due to a police emergency near the elementary school, according to Superintendent Lucky McCrary. Colton Cheater barricaded himself inside a trailer home near the elementary school overnight, leading to a standoff which then caused the closure at all Gore Schools, according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart. Cheater is facing multiple charges. Cheater threatened to kill his girlfriend after an accident on Highway 64 overnight, Lockhart said. When his girlfriend called 911 […]

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    Bricks For General Darby Project Now Available For Purchase

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) -A project honoring a Fort Smith legacy is nearing completion, but organizers are asking for the public’s help finishing it up. Specifically, they’re asking area residents to purchase a brick which will then be laid near the base of the historical monument downtown. Those who purchase the brick can also have a name engraved on it. Organizers said some engrave the names of their family members while others choose to engrave the name of a military member […]

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