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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
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    Nearly 2,000 Homes Without Power Tuesday

    About 1,878 homes are still without power Tuesday morning (Dec. 10) after ice and snow pummeled the region several days ago. Many of them have been in the dark since the brunt of this winter storm first hit Thursday. All of the outages being reported are from Arkansas Valley Electric customers. The large majority of the outages are coming from the Waldron area. Greg Davis, with Arkansas Valley Electric, told 5NEWS they will have to rebuild portions of the power […]

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    Nearly 6,000 Homes Still Without Power Sunday

    About 5,700 homes in the 5NEWS viewing area were without power Sunday morning (Dec. 8) after ice and snow pummeled the region. Arkansas Valley Electric: 4,503 homes were without power, with the majority of the outages occurring in Waldron, Booneville, Greenwood and Clarksville. OG&E: 250 homes were without power. All are reported in the Fort Smith area. Swepco: 1,098 homes were without power, with the large majority of the outages being reported in Sebastian County. Ozark Electric: Not reporting any […]

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    Warming Centers Stay Busy During Winter Blast

    With temperatures dropping below freezing outside, warming centers have opened their doors in both Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley.

  • Crawford Co. Home Destroyed in Fire

    A Crawford County family was forced out of their home early Saturday morning (Dec. 7) after it caught fire. The house, which was located on East Northbrook Circle north of Van Buren, went up in flames just after 4:30 a.m., according to dispatchers with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. Neighbors told 5NEWS they heard a loud explosion then saw flames shooting out the roof. Crawford County Fire Chief Dale Ingle said crews determined that the fire had started in the […]

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    Driving Conditions Still Dangerous Sunday

    All of this winter weather is causing problems on the roads across the area Sunday morning (Dec. 8). In both Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley authorities said black ice and slick spots are to blame for accidents. Freezing rain that moved in overnight made the roads even more dangerous. The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office said every road in the area has been coated with another sheet of ice as of Sunday morning. Downed trees and tree limbs also created […]

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    More Than 12,000 Homes Without Power Saturday

    Some 12,346 homes in the 5NEWS viewing area were without power Saturday night (Dec. 7) after ice and snow pummeled the region. Arkansas Valley Electric: 7,475 homes were without power, with the majority of the outages occurring in Waldron, Booneville and Clarksville. OG&E: 1,988 homes were without power. Most were reported in the Fort Smith area. Hundreds of homes in Lavaca experienced outages. Swepco: 2,883 homes were without power, with the large majority of the outages being reported in Sebastian […]

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    36,100 Homes Without Power Friday Morning

    About 36,100 homes in our area are without power Friday morning after ice and snow pummeled the area. Arkansas Valley Electric: About 16,400 homes are without power, with the majority of the outages occurring in Waldron, Shoal Creek, Booneville, Ozark and Clarksville. Swepco: About 10,100 homes are without power, with the large majority of the outages being reported in Sebastian County. OG&E: More than 9,000 homes are without power. About 5,000 of those outages are in the Fort Smith area. […]

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    Icy Roads Cause Concerns for Friday Morning Commute

    Weather Alert: Winter weather is causing traffic accidents and slowdowns across the area during morning commutes. Both snow and sleet are expected to come down Friday morning which will only further impact the commute. State police troopers said nearly every road in the River Valley iced over prior to the snow falling, making them that much more dangerous. Northwest Arkansas: Bentonville – Northwest 2nd Street between Northwest D Street and Northwest A Street will be closed to one lane.  The […]

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    Man Hospitalized After Fight in Fort Smith

    Fort Smith Police said one man has been arrested after a fight broke out Wednesday (Dec. 4) night, sending another man to the hospital. Officers said they were called around 9:30 p.m. to 5715 Towson Avenue where a man was found lying on the pavement, bleeding from his face. Police say the victim, Gregory Stone, was unconscious when they arrived on scene. He suffered trauma to his face, but officers said they were not sure if he had fallen or […]

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    Winter Weather to Impact Thursday Commute

    Weather Alert: Winter weather moving in across the area is expected to cause traffic slowdowns during morning commutes. WHEN: Precipitation will begin around Thursday morning and continue into the day. Travel conditions are expected to worsen during the day despite a relatively easy drive to work or school. Totals: Upwards of .50″ of ice are possible in the River Valley causing widespread power outages and travel problems. Anywhere between 4 and 6″ of sleet and snow is possible in NWA. […]

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    Fort Smith Man Arrested In Shooting Incident And Police Standoff

    A Fort Smith man is in police custody and facing charges after investigators say he barricaded himself inside his home early Tuesday (Dec. 3). Miguel Angel Gonzales, 28, was arrested after he fired a gun several times in his yard Monday night (Dec. 2) and Tuesday morning (Dec. 3), police said. He is being held at the Sebastian County Detention Center without bond. Authorities said Gonzales faces a charge of discharging a firearm in the city limits. Officers are also […]

  • Teen Dies After Being Shot By Friend

    A 16-year-old boy from Panama, Okla., was pronounced dead in a Tulsa hospital Sunday (Dec. 1), after being shot by a friend Saturday (Nov. 23), according to Panama Police. The incident happened Saturday afternoon around 2 on Pierce Road in Panama, authorities said. The victim and a 14-year-old friend were returning from a camping trip when the 14-year-old tripped, causing his gun to go off, according to Sgt. Andrew Bevil with Panama Police. The bullet struck 16-year-old Ryan Self in […]