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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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    Tougher Guidelines Set for Elementary Students in Oklahoma

    Tougher guidelines are now in effect for students at elementary schools across Oklahoma. Under the third-grade amendment to the Reading Sufficiency Act, third graders are now required to pass a state test before moving up to the fourth grade. Students who don’t pass the reading portion of the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test, proving that they can read on at least a second-grade level, will not be advance to the fourth grade, under the act. This third-grade amendment to the Reading […]

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    OSHA Investigates Deadly Explosion

    An investigation is underway after a 33-year-old Clarksville man identified as Daniel Rice was killed in an explosion in Johnson County on Friday (Jan. 24), according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. “He was a terrific, hard working man,” said Rice’s cousin Nicole Rice. “Everybody loved him.” Quick Transports Inc. said investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were on site Monday (Jan. 27). The explosion happened about 7:30 a.m. at Quick Transports Inc., an oil field tanker company, authorities […]

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    Teachers Gear Up For Saturday School

    Fayetteville Public Schools students will have to be in class Saturday (Jan. 25). Students made up their first day missed on Monday (Jan. 20) for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Saturday will be the second snow make up day. Alan Wilbourn with the Fayetteville School District said if a student already had a trip planned or can’t get off of work, the absence will be excused. However, parents must call the school to get the absence excused. “It will be […]

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    Hundred-Year-Old Home Burns in Hartford

    A hundred-year-old home in Hartford burned Friday morning (Jan. 24). Firefighters on scene said there was no one living in the home when it caught fire. The woman who owns the home said she hadn’t lived there for a while, but still did have belongings inside her home that she lost in the fire. According to crews on site, the fire began on the main level of the home. It then spread quickly into the attic and the roof of […]

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    Arraignment for Ex-Cop Accused of Rape Pushed Back

    A Washington County Judge has rescheduled an arraignment for a former Fayetteville police officer accused of rape. According to a court clerk, Jamison Stiles is now scheduled to be in court for his arraignment on Feb. 12. Originally, he was scheduled to appear in court Friday (Jan. 24). Stiles faces felony charges of rape, second-degree sexual assault and residential burglary, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Washington County Detention Center on Dec. 20 and […]

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    Rail and River Traffic Back Moving After Bridge Repaired

    Both rail and river traffic is back moving Friday morning (Jan. 24) along the Arkansas River after crews made repairs to fix a broken bridge. A & M Railroad Police Chief Ron Sparks says crews were working as quickly as possible to make needed repairs to the bridge that extends over the Arkansas River, between Fort Smith and Van Buren. The bridge has now been lowered and locked into position where trains are able to cross it. Repair crews met […]

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    Panama Mayor Dies After Being Hospitalized With Pneumonia

    The Mayor of Panama, Okla. died Sunday (Jan. 19) after being hospitalized with pneumonia earlier in the week, according to Chief John Whiteaker with Panama Police. Mayor Johnny Martin, 69, passed away Sunday at a hospital in Fort Smith, according to his obituary posted online.  “Johnny has served our city for over 20 years,” Whiteaker said. “He was a very good man and will definitely be missed by our community.” Whiteaker said Martin has had cancer in the past. “There’s […]

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    Murder Trial Postponed in Sequoyah County

    The trial for the last of four defendants accused of killing a Sequoyah County man while posing as a U.S. Marshall has been postponed until Feb. 20. Craig Hart, 55, was scheduled to appear in court in Sequoyah County Monday (Jan. 13) to face murder charges in his alleged role in the 2011 killing of Jack “Vince” Purselley. According to investigators, Hart and two other men, David Danylchuk, 54, and William “Doug” Daniel, 54, posed as U.S. Marshals and entered […]

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    Gentry Home Destroyed in Fire

    A Gentry home is reduced to a pile of rubble after a late night house fire, according to Benton County Dispatchers. Dispatchers said the fire sparked at a home on Taylor Orchard Road just before midnight Thursday (Jan. 9th). A family was inside a the time, but made it out safely, officials said. The fire was put out just by about 2:30 A.M. Friday (Jan. 10th). Dispatchers said the person who called in the fire said it started in a […]

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    iPix: Winter Weather Moves Through the Area

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    More than 2,000 Homes Without Power in the River Valley

    Icy conditions have caused a handful of power outages for Thursday morning.

  • First Local Babies Ring in 2014

    Lots of babies will be born in 2014, and some are already here. Landon Shane Johnson is the first one born in Fort Smith in the new year. Johnson rang in 2014 weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 19 inches long. He was born at 1:04 a.m. on Jan. 1, at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith. “He just didn’t want to come out until midnight,” mother Jessica Wheeler said. “I didn’t start pushing him out until midnight.” The baby […]

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