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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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    Mercy Hospital Hosts Turkey Run at Fort Chaffee

    FORT CHAFFEE (KFSM) – Hundreds of runners are getting ready for The Most Fun Turkey Run in the River Valley Thursday morning (Nov. 27). More than 500 racers will be out at the starting line, at Constitution Park, when things kick off at 8 a.m. That’s at the intersection of Ward Avenue and Collier Street. It’s all being put on by Mercy Hospital. All of the proceeds raised will benefit the Ronald McDonald Room, organizers said. Registration at the race […]

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    Salvation Army Dishes Up Thanksgiving For Those in Need

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Salvation Army in Fort Smith is getting ready to serve up a big Thanksgiving Dinner for those in need Thursday (Nov. 27). Organizers say they’ve got 37 turkeys ready to be smoked this morning. They’re also whipping up all of the fixings for the estimated 200 people who will make it out for the holiday. “We serve people all day until you are fat and happy, or skinny and happy… but at least full,” Johnathan […]

  • Malik Drummond

    Search Continues for Missing 2-Year-Old in Searcy

    SEARCY  (KTHV) — Arkansas State Police issued a Morgan Nick Amber alert for a missing 2-year-old in Searcy late Sunday night. Since then, almost 80 volunteers have showed up in the effort to find him. According to police, Malik Drummond walked away from his home on the 700 block of West Park around 5:45 p.m. Sunday. As of 5 a.m. Monday, Malik still had not been found. The child is said to have last been seen wearing brown pants and […]

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    Fort Smith Apartment Complex Damaged After Early Morning Fire

        FORT SMITH (KFSM) – One person is without a home after an apartment complex caught fire early Thursday morning (Nov. 20). The fire sparked around 2:30 a.m. at the Westark Inn Motel on Towson Avenue, after an electrical outlet shorted out in one of the apartments on the first floor, said Capt. Jim Bettis of the Fort Smith Fire Department. The fire then spread to the second floor. The motel manager saw heavy smoke coming from the building and called 911, Bettis said. […]

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    Multiple Award-Winning Director Mike Nichols Dies at 83

    (CNN) — Director Mike Nichols, one of the few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award, died Wednesday evening, according to a note from ABC News’ president to its staff. Nichols, 83, who directed “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” and “The Graduate,” was the husband of former “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer. Photos: People we lost in 2014 Born Michael Igor Peschkowsky in Berlin in 1931, Nichols got his start as a stage […]

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    Mercy Hospital Offers Drive-Thru Flu Shots Thursday

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Mercy Hospital is offering free flu shots in Fort Smith Thursday morning, as part of their drive-thru flu shot clinic. It’s all taking place at the intersection of 74th and Rogers in the parking lot across from the Red Lobster. Nurses will be ready to give the shots as drivers pull up. All drivers will have to do is roll down their window, sign the consent form, get shot and be on their way. “They don’t […]

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    3 Shot at Florida State University Before Gunman Killed by Police

    Tallahassee, Florida (CNN) – Florida State University students huddled together in the aisles of a packed campus library early Thursday after a gunman opened fire, injuring three. Two of the shooting victims were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. One was in critical condition; the other was stable, the hospital said. The third victim was treated and released at the scene. All three are students. Campus officers later shot the gunman to death after they asked him to drop his handgun, […]

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    Fort Smith Home Destroyed in Early Morning Fire

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A Fort Smith home was destroyed in an early morning fire Tuesday (Nov. 18). Neighbors called 911 after seeing heavy smoke at 8601 32nd Terrace around 3:30 a.m., according to authorities. When crews arrived at the house fire, they said they saw heavy smoke coming out of the top of the roof. “The first units arrived and found the house fully involved in the attic area,” said Battalion Chief Chris Scherff. Firefighters fought the flames in defensive mode […]

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    Semi And Car Collide On I-40 In Sequoyah County

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY, Okla. (KFSM) – Investigators are working to figure out what caused a two-vehicle crash involving a semi truck and a passenger car Monday morning (Nov. 17) on Interstate 40 in Sequoyah County. Oklahoma state troopers said the driver of the semi rear-ended a car near mile marker 327 just after 5 a.m. Traffic in the west bound lanes of I-40 was blocked while crews worked to the get car out of the road. The car was damaged in […]

  • Murder Suspect: Gregory Aaron Kinsey

    Jury Selected In Fort Smith Machete Murder Case

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The jury was selected Thursday in the capital murder case of a Fort Smith man accused of killing two others with a machete, according to Sebastian County Circuit Judge Stephen Tabor’s office. Jury selection was scheduled to take place Thursday and Friday, but the full jury was selected before the close of business Thursday. The trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Sebastian County Circuit Court. Kinsey was charged with two counts of capital murder in […]

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    Houston Bakery Stuffs Three Pies into Giant Cake

    HOUSTON (KFSM) – Are you having a hard time deciding between which pie or cake you’ll serve up for Thanksgiving? A Houston bakery came up with the perfect solution! It’s called the ‘Pumpecapple Piecake’, and it looks too good to eat. “It’s a pumpkin pie in a pumpkin spice cake, a pecan pie in a chocolate cake and an apple pie in an apple spice cake,” according to the bakery’s chef and owner, Bobby Jucker. The dessert stands 11 inches […]

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    One Dead in Icy Collision Near Little Rock

    SHERWOOD (KTHV) – One person has been reported dead in an icy collision on Highway 67/167. According to the Sherwood Fire Chief, ice was the cause of the nine-car collision that killed one person early Thursday morning on southbound Highway 67 at Wildwood Avenue. No other injuries have been reported so far. If you are taking this route for your morning commute, traffic is currently being diverted down Frontage Road, and movement is very slow. Responders said clearing the accident […]


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