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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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    Spiro Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges

    SPIRO (KFSM) – Billy Fuller, 48, of Spiro, Oklahoma, has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. He is now in the custody of the United States Marshal Service until he is formally sentenced, authorities said. Fuller was arrested after an investigation by the Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration in District 16. Their investigation started in early 2011 and continued until December 31, 2013, authorities […]

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    Crawford County Investigates After Camper Burns

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – Deputies with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office are investigating after a camper burned on Highway 220, near Cedarville Tuesday morning (July 22). Another driver saw the camper burst into flames near Lee Creek Road just after 5:30 a.m. and called authorities, according to dispatchers. According to Crawford County Chief Deputy Jimmy Damante, “The fire had been burning for quite some time probably all through the night, at the point smoldering more or less.” Authorities said no […]

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    Power Restored To 2,000 Homes In Sebastian County

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) – Nearly 2,000 homes and businesses have had their power restored in Sebastian County Tuesday morning (July 22), according to SWEPCO. At this point it’s not clear what caused the outages. Stay with 5NEWS for more on this story as more information becomes available.

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    Boil Order Issued in Crawford County

    NATURAL DAM (KFSM) – A boil order is now in effect for people who live and work in Natural Dam, according to Cedarville Water Department Superintendent Fred Snipes. The boil order affects people whose homes and businesses are on Peaceful Home Road and in surrounding areas in that community. Authorities said 20-feet of the water line broke earlier Tuesday morning (July 22). Crews are out now, working to repair the line. Once the necessary repairs are made, officials said they’ll […]

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    Two Hospitalized After Motorcycles Collide Near Sallisaw

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY, OKLA. (KFSM) – Two men are recovering in the hospital after their motorcycles collided on U.S. Highway 59 near Sallisaw. Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the accident happened Monday night (July 21) around 10:30 p.m. Shawn Chambers, 42, of Muldrow, was taken by ambulance to Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith with trunk-internal injuries, troopers said. Craig Silvay, 48, of Fort Smith, was taken by helicopter to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with arm, leg, head, […]


    Fort Smith Bomb Squad Investigates Suspicious Device

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Fort Smith Bomb Squad was called in to investigate a suspicious device early Thursday morning (July 17). The device, which Bomb Squad Commander Skip Mathews said turned out to just be a fan motor, with an LED light attached to it, was found just after 2 a.m. in a field near the Fred’s off of Phoenix Avenue. A Fort Smith police officer, who was working his normal route, said he found the device and decided to have the […]

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    Crews Investigate After Abandoned Apartment Building Burns

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- Fort Smith Fire crews are investigating after an abandoned apartment building went up in flames early Tuesday morning (July 15). Crews on scene said they got a call about the former Village Apartments complex, located at the intersection of Kinkead and 36th, burning around 2 a.m. “Once the crews got on scene, they saw a lot of flames and smoke coming out of the complex here and just went to work,” Battalion Chief Skip Mathews said. Mathews […]


    Victim Identified In Van Buren Fatality Accident

    A man that was hit and killed just off the interstate in Van Buren, moments after surviving a rollover accident, has been identified by authorities. Karl Brandon Kasprytzki, 34, of Mulberry was named as the victim by authorities. Others involved in the accident haven’t been named yet. Troopers with Arkansas State Police said the first single-vehicle accident happened on East Pointer Trail around 6:40 a.m. Authorities said the car struck a barrier cable, which then caused the vehicle to roll over multiple times. The […]

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    One Hospitalized With Injuries After Accident in Fort Smith

    Authorities say one person was hospitalized with injuries after an accident in Fort Smith Wednesday morning (July 9). The accident happened at the intersection of Phoenix and Towson around 5:40 a.m., when a minivan ran a red light, according to authorities on scene. Officers with Fort Smith Police said that was when the minivan was t-bond by another car. The driver of the car that hit the minivan was taken to the hospital by ambulance with minor injuries, according to […]


    Authorities Search For Armed Robbery Suspects

    Authorities in the River Valley are searching for two armed men after they robbed a convenience store in the Moffett bottoms late Sunday night (June 29), according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart. He said the robbery happened around 11:15 p.m. The suspects left in a silver Nissan Frontier crew cab pickup truck with a luggage rack on top, authorities say. Surveillance video from the crime scene showed the men walked into the store wearing dark clothing with scarves covering their faces. […]

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    Arkansas Teen Struck, Killed by Lightning

    A teenager was killed after being hit by lightning in Etowah, Arkansas earlier this week. 16-year-old Steven Sheppard was volunteering at a church with his brother, just down the road from his house Tuesday night (July 1) when the storm rolled in. The two tried to run back to their house to take cover from the storm, when lightning bounced off a tree and hit Steven, killing him instantly. Steven’s father, Nute Sheppard, said he was heartbroken after finding out […]

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    Police Respond to Bomb Threat Found at Fayetteville Walmart

    Fayetteville Police said they responded to a bomb threat at the Walmart on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard early Wednesday morning (July 2). Dispatchers said an employee called to report the threat around 4 a.m., after finding a note written on a bathroom wall inside the store. The threat said that someone had a bomb, according to police. All employees and shoppers who were inside the store at the time were evacuated as police did a sweep of the building. […]


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