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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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    US to Charge Chinese State Officials for Hacking

    (CNN) – The U.S. Justice Department is filing charges against five Chinese officials, accusing them of hacking into U.S. industrial companies to spy and steal secrets, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation. These are the first ever charges against Chinese state officials for what the U.S. says is a widespread problem. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was expected to announce the charges and provide more details Monday. Stay with 5NEWS for more on this story as we learn […]

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    Authorities Investigate Gun Threat Made at Spiro Schools

    Spiro Police say they’re investigating a gun threat made at Spiro Schools. Additional officers are on campus Thursday (May 15). Police say they’re checking students’ backpacks as they head into Spiro High School and Spiro Middle School. However, neither of the schools are on any sort of lock down at this point. Spiro Police said a threat was made Wednesday night (May 14), claiming that a gun would be brought to one of the schools Thursday morning. Authorities say at […]


    Authorities Interview Suspect in Crawford County Stabbing

    Crawford County authorities are interviewing a suspect involved in a late-night stabbing in Uniontown. Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown said they are interviewing 33-year-old Billy Joe Nelson. He is described to have brown hair and hazel eyes. He is 5’9 tall and weighs 130 pounds. At this time, the suspect has not been arrested. He is just being interviewed as a “person of interest,” authorities say. Brown said the stabbing happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday night (May 13) on Confederate Lane in Uniontown. The victim […]

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    GOP Candidates Talk Politics in Fort Smith

    Several GOP candidates are on their way to Fort Smith Tuesday morning (May 13) to talk politics ahead of the upcoming election. Among the candidates that will be in attendance are Asa Hutchinson and Curtis Coleman. It all kicks off at 8 a.m. at the Fort Smith Holiday Inn. 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb will be there to talk with the candidates, and will bring us more about the discussion later in the day.

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    Same-Sex Couples Make Changes to Birth Certificates

    Same-sex couples are working to make changes to their children’s birth certificates after a judge struck down Arkansas’ gay marriage ban, according to published reports. For the time being, the Arkansas Department of Health is allowing the changes to be made. A spokesman for the department says two gay couples are already working to be listed as parents on their child’s state-issued birth certificates. The couples are required to fill out the same paperwork as if they were a heterosexual couple […]

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    Storm Shelter Registry Created in Benton County

    In Benton County, the Emergency Management Agency has developed a storm shelter registry which allows people who have created a storm shelter inside their home to provide certain information to first responders. All of the information gathered from the registry is then put into the county’s graphical information system (GIS) mapping system. That way, if a natural disaster hits, emergency personnel will be able to get their hands on that information, and find your storm shelter to make sure you are safe. To register your […]

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    Carroll County Stops Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

    Carroll County has stopped issuing marriage licenses, according to the county’s Justice of the Peace, Eva Madison Several county clerks told 5NEWS that they will not be issuing same-sex marriage licenses Monday (May 12). Among them are Benton, Crawford, Sebastian, Franklin, Madison, Scott and Johnson Counties. County clerks told 5NEWS they were planning to wait for a ruling from a higher court before issuing same-sex marriage licenses in their counties. Stay with 5NEWS for more on this story as it […]

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    First Same-Sex Couple Legally Married in Washington County

    Diana Rister and Amy Grigg are the first same-sex couple to legally get married in Washington County. Rister and Grigg tied the knot as the doors opened at 8 a.m. Monday morning (May 12) at the Washington County Clerk’s Office. “It’s a lot I mean we have such a small window this morning because I know they’re going to put a stop to it as soon as they can,” Rister said. Rister and Grigg told 5NEWS they arrived at the […]

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    Greenwood Man Drowns At Shadow Lake

    Right now an investigation is underway after a young man drowns in a local lake. Sebastian County dispatch said it happened at Shadow Lake yesterday (Saturday May 10th). Authorities said the young man was 17 years old and from Greenwood. The name of the victim has not yet been released and his body has been sent to a crime lab for an autopsy.

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    Sebastian County Early Morning House Fire

    This morning officials in Sebastian County want answers after an early morning house fire. Sebastian County Dispatch said it happen after four this morning in Hartford.               (Sat. May 11th) Four fire departments worked the scene and right now no injuries have been reported. No word on how the fire started. Stay with 5Newsonline for the latest on this story.

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    ‘Significant Damage’ From Flooding in Polk County

    Authorities in Mena say there is ‘significant damage’ left behind after flood waters tore through Polk County Thursday (May 8th). “They came in and rescued me out of here,” Aubrey Floyd said. “I can’t walk because I only have one leg.” Mena Police told 5NEWS that they worked more than 40 swift water rescues as the rain poured down. Authorities say they were able to rescue all of the stranded drivers and get them to safety, without any major injuries. […]

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    Deputies Head to DC to Memorialize Fallen Officer

    A Sebastian County Sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty last Spring is being honored in Washington D.C. The troop of Cpl. Terry Johnson, who died while on patrol in March of 2013, will be there as he is recognized for his dedication and service. Cpl. Johnson will be honored for his sacrifice in a candlelight vigil during National Police Week on Tuesday night. President Barack Obama will speak at a formal dedication ceremony, thanking the fallen officers for […]


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