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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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    Crews Battle Fire Near Muldrow Overnight

    Authorities in Sequoyah County are investigating what caused a shed to catch fire north of Muldrow early Saturday morning (April 12). Crews say the fire happened off Highway 64B and East 1080 Road around 3 a.m. When crews got on scene, they found the shed burning close to a home. The fire then spread to nearby grass. Fire crews say they were able to get the flames out without having to evacuate any families. Crews say the cause of the […]

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    Man Rescues Minister, Family From Burning Parsonage

    A man dropping his daughter off at a church day-care center in Johnson early Friday (April 11) noticed smoke coming from the parsonage and banged on the door and windows to alert the minister and his family inside the burning residence, authorities said. Scott Stilwell was dropping his daughter off at Little Prayers Daycare, which is affiliated with the Johnson Church of Christ, when he banged on the parsonage door and windows, he said. The minister, Larry Culbreath, was inside […]

  • FLW Tour Kicks Off on Beaver Lake

    Anglers from across the world loaded up in their fishing boats Thursday morning (April 10) for the first day of the Walmart FLW Tour at Beaver Lake. There are 346, both bass fishing professionals and co-anglers. They compete in the tournament for a $125,000 cash prize. Nichole Mara, a co-angler from Illinois, said she’s excited to be out on the water competing. She is one of the few women competing in the tournament. She talked with 5NEWS Reporter Jocelyne Pruna […]

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    Fort Smith Elementary School Evacuated After Bomb Threat

    Students at Beard Elementary School in Fort Smith were evacuated Thursday morning (April 10) after a bomb threat was found inside the school, according to district officials. Fort Smith Police did a sweep of the school after the threat was found, but have given the all clear. Students were allowed to return to class as of 9 a.m. Thursday, the school said. This is the second threat made at Fort Smith Schools in the past two days. Stay with 5NEWS […]

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    First Thursday Starts in Fayetteville

    People from across Northwest Arkansas will make their way to Fayetteville Thursday night (April 10) to join in on First Thursday. The family-friendly event is an outdoor art walk with more than 40 visual artists. There are performances, poetry-related activities and live music. It’s a free event on the Fayetteville Downtown Square. Leonard said the amount of people who attend help the local economy. “A lot of the stores stay open later and everyone is really great about getting in […]


    Naturals Season in Full Swing With Home Opener

    The Northwest Arkansas Naturals season will be in full swing Thursday night (April 10) as they take on the Frisco Roughriders for their home opener at Arvest Ball Park in Springdale. Gates open at 5, and the first pitch will be thrown just after 6. At the end of the game, the Naturals will put on a giant fireworks display.

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    Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Competes in ‘Roadeo’

    Crew members form the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will compete in a variety of events Thursday (April 10) at their annual ‘Roadeo’. Representatives from the seven counties served by District 4 will face off for the 24th annual ‘Roadeo’ at the AHTD Headquarters in Barling. As part of the competition, the workers will be showing off their speed and skill using their heavy machinery. The events will test their techniques in timed events, as well as showcase their ability […]

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    Earthquake Wakes Up Central Oklahoma Overnight

    In Oklahoma, some people had a pretty scary wake up call Thursday morning (April 10). A 4.1 magnitude earthquake hit the central part of the state just after 2:30 a.m., according to the United States Geological Survey. Officials said the epicenter of the earthquake was located about six miles southwest of Guthrie. So far, no reports of damage have been called in to local authorities.  

  • Task Force Addresses Growing Wild Cat Problem

    A task force is working to determine whether Fort Smith has too many wild cats roaming its streets. Fort Smith’s Animal Services Advisory Board says it wants to stop the feral cat population from becoming a problem before it gets any worse. To do that, board members say they need some input from Fort Smith residents. Specifically, the board wants to know where the feral cat problem is in Fort Smith and just how bad others think it is. Not […]

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    Road in Roland Back Open After Truck Vs. Tractor Accident

    Roland Police say a road is back open Wednesday morning (April 9) after a truck vs. tractor accident closed it earlier in the day. The accident happened on South Paw Paw Road near the Cherokee Casino just after 7:45 a.m., according to dispatchers. Traffic was blocked for a short time due to the accident, according to police. By 8:45 a.m. authorities had cleared the accident. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating what caused the truck and tractor to collide. At […]

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    Two Missing After Barge Capsizes in Arkansas

    Search and rescue crews are back out in Mississippi County, Arkansas Wednesday morning (April 9), after two men went missing after a barge capsized on the Mississippi River Tuesday afternoon (April 8). The two workers were on board the barge, unloading 50,000 pounds of steel coils when the barge capsized at the shipping terminal they’d stopped at in Hickman, Arkansas. The Coast Guard, who was called in to help with the search efforts, shut down part of the river as […]

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    F16 Fighter Aircraft to Arrive at 188th Fighter Wing

    U.S. Air Force F16 fighter aircraft will be on the ground at the 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith for the next two months. The base is hosting seven F16C Falcons and 40 maintenance, operation and support personnel from the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s Tulsa-based 138th Fighter Wing. The F16s and the airmen who fly and maintain them will be at the 188th through the middle of June, according to a news release from Colonel Mark Anderson. The decision to […]


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