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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.

Recent Articles

    Three Hospitalized After Early Morning Accident On U.S. 412

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – Dispatchers with Springdale Police said three people were trapped in a vehicle following an early morning accident on U.S. 412. The two-vehicle accident happened around 4:40 a.m. Wednesday morning (July 1st). Several agencies responded, working to clear the accident. They are now working to determine what caused the accident. Dispatchers said two people were taken by ambulance to Northwest Arkansas Medical Center. The other person was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center for treatment. The conditions and […]


    Police: DWI Offender Jo Jackson Arrested After Setting Driveway On Fire

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Multiple DWI offender Jo Jackson is back in jail again after police say she set a driveway on fire Tuesday evening (June 23). Jackson was booked into the Washington County Detention Center around 1:15 a.m. on Wednesday (June 24), jail records state. She faces charges of of reckless burning, public intoxication, resisting arrest and fleeing, her intake report states. On Tuesday at 11:02 p.m., police responded to 2670 N. Valencia Ave. in Fayetteville for a call of […]


    Greenwood Woman Accused Of Stealing Police Cruiser To Appear In Court

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) – A Greenwood woman who was arrested on suspicion of stealing a police cruiser and crashing it into a gas line is set to make her first court appearance Wednesday morning (June 24th), according to jailers at the Sebastian County Detention Center. Jessica Sterling, 23, was arrested earlier this month on 15 charges including DWI, criminal mischief and theft of property after Greenwood Police Chief Will Dawson said she stole one of the department’s SUVs. Sterling, who was […]

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    UPDATE: Springdale Man Behind Bars Without Bond After Sunday Stabbing

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – A Springdale man is behind bars without bond after officers with Springdale Police said he stabbed another man three times over the weekend. Melvin Nally, 35, was booked into the Washington County Detention Center just after midnight Monday (June 22nd). He’s facing a first-degree battery charge in connection to the stabbing, according to jail records. Officers said the victim, whose name is not being released at this time, told them that he and a woman were walking in Luther […]

  • Hazmat Crew Responds To Diesel Spill In Johnson

    JOHNSON (KFSM) – A diesel fuel spill early Thursday (June 18) temporarily closed a road running from Johnson into Fayetteville, officials said. The fuel spill began in Johnson on Ball Street and continued into Fayetteville where that street becomes Roosevelt Avenue. Much of the spill happened at the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and Jupiter Drive in Fayetteville. No one was injured in the incident, and the spill did not pose a health hazard to the public, fire officials said. A […]

  • VIDEO: Driver Hospitalized After Wet Roads Cause Early Morning Crash

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A driver is hospitalized after an accident caused by wet roads in Fort Smith. First responders said Michael Sallee suffered neck, back and shoulder injuries after he struck a pole at the intersection of Rogers Avenue and North 21st Street. Sallee was taken to Sparks Hospital to be treated for his injuries. Fort Smith Dispatch said the call came in around 3 a.m. Officers on scene told 5NEWS that the driver said that he tried to stop at the […]

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    Worker Injured After Beam Falls At Fayetteville Construction Site

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A worker is injured after a beam reportedly fell on him  at a construction site on Watson Street around 8 a.m., according to dispatchers with Fayetteville Fire. Officials said the beam fell from between seven and eight feet. Construction workers told 5NEWS the beam was wood, but officials have been unable to verify. The worker was transported to Washington Regional Medical. Initial reports from officials were that the worker only suffered minor injuries.


    Employee Recovering After Severe Shock At Kenco Plastics in Poteau

    POTEAU (KFSM) – An employee with Kenco Plastics in Poteau is recovering at a burn unit in Tulsa Monday morning (June 15th), after being shocked while on the job over the weekend, according to dispatchers with LeFlore County EMS. Dispatchers said other employees at Kenco called 911 around 2 a.m. Sunday morning (June 14th) to report that a coworker had been shocked while working on a machine at the plant. Larry Henry, the president and CEO at Kenco Plastics said the employee, whose name is not being released […]

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    Duggar Sisters Jessa And Jill Speak Out: “We’re Victims”

    (CBS News) – In a preview of their Friday sit-down with Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly, Duggar sisters Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard speak out about the molestation allegations against their brother Josh and the aftermath. Duggar parents Jim Bob and Michelle confirmed during their interview with Kelly that aired Wednesday that Josh was guilty of molesting five victims — four daughters, two of whom were confirmed to be Jessa and Jill, and one babysitter. “They don’t have a right […]

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    Fort Smith Board of Directors to Discuss Homeless Funding Tuesday Night

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Fort Smith Board of Directors is set to tackle a new policy regarding funds for the city’s homeless population Tuesday night (June 2nd). Specifically, the board will vote on a measure to withhold city funding for homeless agencies which more or less duplicate services that will soon be offered at the homeless campus planned for downtown, according to City Administrator Ray Gosack. City leaders said by the time construction is complete on the Riverview Hope […]

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    LeFlore County Health Department Deploying Mobile Immunization Unit Following Severe Weather

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) – The LeFlore County Health Department is deploying its mobile immunization clinic this week, following all of the recent flooding and severe weather in the area. The clinic will provide free Tetanus vaccines and bottled water to residents affected by flooding, according to Leslie Covey who serves as the Public Information Officer for the LeFlore County Health Department. In addition, clinic workers will also be checking on area residents who are still working to clean up debris […]

  • VIDEO: Wister Business Destroyed in Early Morning Fire

    WISTER, Okla. (KFSM) – A Wister business is destroyed after an early morning fire tore through it Tuesday (June 2nd). The Poor Boy Livestock Auction Barn, located just off of U.S. Highway 270, caught fire around 4:45 a.m., according to dispatchers at the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office. Crews from Wister, Poteau and Fanshawe Fire all responded and worked to get the flames under control. The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time, according to firefighters on scene. […]


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