I’m an early riser and coffee lover who gets to produce the morning show for 5NEWS. I’ve been the lead producer of the broadcast for about a year and a half now and am excited to continue working on our product, delivering 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!

Recent Articles

    Deer Causes A Rollover Accident In Crawford County

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – A driver is okay after flipping her car multiple times down a steep ditch in Crawford County early Friday morning (Feb. 27). The single-vehicle accident happened on Old Uniontown Road around 5:30 a.m., authorities said. Once first responders arrived on scene, they talked with the driver who said she swerved while trying to avoid hitting a deer. Authorities said no one was seriously injured in the accident; however, the driver is currently at a local hospital […]

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    Fort Smith Police Search For Gunman In Gas Station Robbery

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Officers with Fort Smith Police are searching for a man who they say robbed a Fort Smith gas station at gunpoint early Thursday morning (Feb. 26). The robbery happened at the Jet-Away on 3638 Midland Blvd. around 2:20 a.m., said Sgt. Dewey Young with Fort Smith police. “The suspect came in, demanded money from the clerk and showed [her] his gun,” Young said. The clerk told officers on scene that the suspect then took off on-foot […]

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    One Dead, Two Injured After Four Semis Crash on I-49

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – One person is dead and two others are hurt after four semis crashed into each other on Interstate 49 in Washington County Wednesday night (Feb. 25). Troopers with Arkansas State Police said the accident happened in the northbound lanes at the 57 mile marker, near Greenland, just before 10 p.m. after a Volvo semi ran off the road and into the median. The driver, Mark Newswander, 48, of Harrison, Arkansas, then over-corrected causing his semi to […]

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    Oklahoma Man Arrested After Fatal Washington County Wreck

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – An Oklahoma man is facing a negligent homicide charge after a Saturday night (Feb. 21) wreck that killed a man and critically injured a woman, according to an arrest report form the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Benn Garrett, 26, of Stillwell, was arrested Monday (Feb. 23) by Arkansas State Police and released on a $15,000 bond, according to jail records. On Saturday, around 11:20 p.m., Garrett was driving on Highway 16, just west of Fayetteville, when […]


    Machine At Former Whirlpool Facility Catches Fire

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A machine at the former Whirlpool Facility in Fort Smith caught fire Thursday morning (Feb. 22), according to Capt. Levi Risley with Fort Smith Police. Dispatchers said someone called just after 7 a.m., reporting the roof of the building was on fire. Crews with Fort Smith Fire arrived on scene minutes later and were able to get the fire put out. They left the scene by 7:45 a.m. At this time, it’s unclear what caused the […]

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    Main Street Back Open In Greenwood

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) – Main Street, between Bell Park and Meadow Bridge, was shut down due to ice on the roads Tuesday morning (Feb. 24), according to Greenwood Police Chief Will Dawson. Dawson said signs are up in that area, alerting drivers to the closure. Anyone who drives around those signs will be ticketed for disobeying a traffic control device. Main Street will reopen to drivers at 10 a.m., granted it is safe to drive at that point, Dawson said. Officers are […]

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    17-Year-Old That Died After An SUV Plunged Into Lake Atalanta Identified

    ROGERS (KFSM) – A 17-year-old boy, identified as Trenton Whitfield, was killed when the SUV he was riding in crashed into Lake Atalanta in Rogers on Friday (Feb. 20), according to officials. Justin Richards, 18, was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo around the west side of the lake when the vehicle slid on the icy road, traveled down the embankment and into the water, according to police. Richards and a 15-year-old passenger in the back seat of the SUV were […]

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    Sallisaw Home Destroyed in Morning Fire

    SALLISAW (KFSM) – A Sallisaw home was destroyed in a fire early Friday morning (Feb. 20). Authorities said a neighbor woke up to the trailer home on South Farm Road burning just before 6 a.m. and called 911. He told authorities he believed the homeowner was inside the burning home at the time because his car was out front all night. Firefighters spent more than an hour working to locate the homeowner while the home burned. Fire investigators even combed […]

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    Firefighters Battle Large House Fire in Washington County

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – Firefighters from three departments are battling large flames at a home on County Road 99, near the Nob Hill area. Nob Hill, Lowell and Hickory Creek Fire Departments are all on scene, working to get the fire under control. Crews on scene say the fire started in the basement just after 6 a.m. and then spread to the rest of the house. EMS is on scene, but authorities are not saying if anyone was hurt or […]

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    Van Buren Motel Fire Forces Overnight Evacuations

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – Fire crews fought large flames at a Van Buren motel early Thursday morning (Feb. 19). An air conditioning and heating unit on the second floor of the Motel 6 on Highway 59 caught fire around 1 a.m., according to Stanley Clark with Van Buren Fire. Crews arrived on scene in a matter of minutes, and immediately began evacuating people who were staying at the motel. “Our top concern is getting those people out of the rooms,” Clark said. […]

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    Elderly Woman Dies From Severe Burns After Van Buren Fire

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) –  An elderly woman died Wednesday (Feb. 18) from severe burns after a fire at her Van Buren home Tuesday morning (Feb. 17), according to family members. The fire started in one of the bedrooms just after 2 a.m., according to fire crews on scene. A man and his mother were both asleep inside at the time. The woman identified as Polly Ashing and her son Michael Ashing. They woke up to smoke and were able to […]

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