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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
  • Quaid Dolan

    4-Year-Old Killed in Accident at Oklahoma School

    A man from Nichols Hills, Oklahoma hit and killed his 4-year-old son while dropping him off at his school Tuesday (Feb. 25). Authorities said the father was dropping several children off at Christ The King School when his son, Quaid Dolan, decided to run back to the car after everyone was out. The father was not aware that Quaid had come back, and accidentally hit him with the vehicle. His school mates then ran inside the building, asking teachers for […]

  • New Fire Station Opens in Fort Smith

    A new multimillion-dollar fire station opened in Fort Smith Monday morning (Feb. 24). Four fire trucks and 18 firefighters will call the new station home, according to Fire Chief Mike Richards. The station is the 11th in the city and is located along Massard Road at Chaffee Crossing. Although there are 10 other stations serving the Fort Smith area, this is the first station to be built near the growing Chaffee Crossing area. This new station will serve Chaffee Crossing […]

  • Rogers Accident

    Pedestrian Hospitalized After Being Hit By SUV

    A pedestrian was hospitalized Monday (Feb. 24) after being struck by a sport utility vehicle in Rogers, police said. Tommy Watson, believed to be 58-years-old, was taken to Northwest Medical Center-Springdale with minor injuries, police said. Watson was walking northbound on South 8th Street when he was hit just before 8 a.m. by a 1991 Ford Explorer driven by Nancy Johnson, police said. Johnson received an improper-driving citation in the incident, according to police. Johnson was southbound in the SUV […]

  • Huerta

    Greenwood Teacher Resigns Amid Investigation

    Police are investigating a teacher from the Greenwood School District, although Police Chief Will Dawson says he cannot release much information about the case.

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    Burn Bans Continue To Appear

    Dry and windy conditions continue to cause more burn bans to be declared in Arkansas and Oklahoma counties. Currently in Arkansas, the following counties are under a burn ban: Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Pope and Washington, according to the Arkansas Forestry Commission website. In Oklahoma, Le Flore county and Sequoyah county are both under burn bans, according to the Oklahoma Forestry Service website. Stay tuned to 5NEWS for further updates on county burn bans.

  • Sallisaw Middle

    Sallisaw Schools Coping With Student’s Death

    Sallisaw Schools’ Superintendent Scott Farmer says teachers are planning to address students Thursday (Feb. 20) after an 8th grade boy committed suicide late Wednesday night (Feb. 19). “Our most heartfelt sympathies are extended to the family during this difficult time of loss,” Farmer said. “We have support systems available and grief counselors on site to assist students and staff as we all cope with this unexpected and tragic loss.” Authorities confirmed that the boy committed suicide, but are not releasing the […]

  • Tyler Steel

    Detention Deputy Arrested For DWI After Car Accident

    A Sebastian County Detention Deputy is facing charges after police say they arrested him on suspicion of DWI early Thursday morning (Feb. 20) after he was involved in a car accident, according to authorities. Investigator Philip Pevehouse confirms Detention Deputy Tyler Steel was arrested on and booked on suspicion of DWI. As a result, Steel has been suspended from his duties while his arrest is under investigation, Pevehouse said. The accident happened at the intersection of I-540 and Zero around […]


    Family Says Body of Missing Girl Found

    There are new developments in a Amber Alert case in Springfield, Missouri Wednesday morning (Feb. 19). Family members told a reporter at the missing girl’s home that her body was found, our sister station in St. Louis reports. Authorities say 10-year-old Hailey Owens was abducted Tuesday night (Feb. 19) around 5 p.m. in front of her neighbors house in Springfield, Missouri. An Amber Alert was immediately issued in Missouri and was later extended to nearby states. As of this morning, that Amber Alert has been lifted. According […]

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    Gebhart Pleads Not Guilty to Internet Stalking of a Child

    Barry Gebhart, a former Fayetteville athletic director, pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of internet stalking of a child Tuesday (Feb. 18) in Benton County. His next court date is set for April 7. Gebhart’s attorney Drew Miller said during the next “discovery hearing” they’ll be able to review the state’s evidence in this case. Authorities said Gebhart was trying to meet up with who he thought was a 14-year old girl he met online but it was actually […]

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    Tulsa Pharmacy Says It Won’t Provide Drug for Execution

    A Tulsa pharmacy has agreed not to give authorities in Missouri a specific drug for an inmate’s execution, according to court documents filed Monday (Feb. 17). This, after a federal judge out of Oklahoma City barred the state of Missouri from importing the drug used for lethal injections last Wednesday (Feb. 12). According to court documents, The Apothecary Shoppe in Tulsa said Monday that it will not provide pentobarbital or any other drug for use in Michael Taylor’s lethal injection. […]

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    81 Acres Burned in Scott County Grass Fire

    Fire Crews in Scott and Logan Counties worked to put out a large grass fire Sunday afternoon (Feb. 16). Northwest Scott County Volunteer Fire Chief Donnie Adkins said by the time crews got the fire put out Sunday night, a total of 81 acres had burned. Adkins also added that there were several homes threatened while the fire burned, but that crews were able to keep the fire from reaching those homes. Adkins said the fire started early Sunday afternoon, […]

  • Brush Fire in Sequoyah County

    Crews Respond to Several Grass Fires Sunday

    There were a handful of grass fires in Sequoyah County Sunday (Feb. 16). Authorities said 3 acres burned on South Paw Paw Road in Roland Sunday afternoon. Roland Fire Chief James Edwards said a family was burning brush when the fire got away from them due to extremely windy conditions. Edwards said no one was hurt in that fire.  Crews also responded to a large grass fire in the Liberty area, just off Old Remy. Authorities said about 20 acres […]


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