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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.

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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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  • VIDEO: Fort Smith House Destroyed in Flames Overnight

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A Fort Smith house on the south side of town was destroyed in an early morning fire, according to Battalion Chief Stanley Cole. The fire was first called in around 2:30 a.m. When firefighters arrived at the house on Waco Street, near the intersection of 32nd Street, Cole said they saw flames shooting out of the roof of the home. “It was already through the roof of one side of the house,” Cole explained. “We just […]

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    Red Cross Helps Poteau Residents Displaced in Storm

    POTEAU (KFSM) – A team with The American Red Cross is set up in Poteau Tuesday morning (May 26th) to help people who were displaced in Monday night’s storms. Dispatchers with the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office said the Red Cross is at Bob Lee Kidd Community Center on 100 Pirate Lane providing shelter, food and other necessary items for people following the storms. The Red Cross said they will be there until at least 11 a.m. Wednesday (May 27). The […]

  • RV Park Submerged in Water, Roads Closed in Crawford County

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – The Lee Creek RV Park in Van Buren is submerged in flood waters Tuesday morning (May 26th), leaving several trailer homes damaged as a result. The owner of the Lee Creek RV Park, Steve Nichols, said residents were warned about the approaching storms and flooding danger Sunday afternoon. Several residents decided to evacuate the area at that time, Nichols said. “The good people of the RV Park all worked together to get everyone moved out,” Nichols […]

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    More Than 30 LeFlore County Roads Closed Due to Flooding Following Storms

    Several roads across both Arkansas and Oklahoma are closed Tuesday morning (May 26th) after storms rolled through the area Monday night. LeFlore County Highway 82 North, West of Talihina Gilmore Road, North of 83 Sumler Road 212th Avenue Hontubby Road at Blackfork Highway 270 by Wister Dam Williams Road Hudson Corner and Highway 9 Lower Dam Road near Fisherman’s Corner Highway 270 and AR Stateline In Cameron:                 Rabbit Road Old Tarby Road, at the 2nd lower bridge In Fort […]

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    Waldron Schools Without Power, Closed Tuesday

    WALDRON (KFSM) – The Waldron School District is without power and will be closed Tuesday (May 26th), according to Ryan Walker, the assistant principal at Waldron Elementary School. More than 4,500 Scott County residents were without power on Tuesday morning. Dispatchers at the Scott County Sheriff’s Office said only minor damage was reported across the area from Monday night’s storms. A handful of roads were closed while water rose overnight, but all roads are back open to traffic Tuesday morning. […]

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    Power Lines Down Along Alma Highway in Crawford County

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – Power lines are down along Alma Highway in Crawford County Tuesday morning (May 26th), according to dispatchers at the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. The downed lines, which are located around the 5300 block of Alma Highway, were first reported to authorities during Monday night’s storms, dispatchers said. Crews with the power company were out in that area around 8 p.m. Tuesday night working to get the electricity to those lines turned off and the power turned […]

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    Missing Man Found Safe Near Mulberry River By Search & Rescue Crews

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) — Search and rescue crews located a missing Van Buren man after he disappeared near the Mulberry River overnight, according to Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen. The man’s girlfriend reported him missing around 3:00 a.m. Friday morning (May 22nd), Sheriff Boen said. Dozens of search and rescue crew members searched the surrounding area both on foot and ATV’s. Lance Reese, who is in his 50’s, was camping near the Mulberry with family and friends decided to go […]

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    Injured Classmate to be Honored at Muldrow’s Graduation Ceremony

    MULDROW (KFSM) – A Muldrow high school student, who should be graduating with the Class of 2015, will be honored at the spring commencement ceremony Friday night (May 22nd), district administrators said. A chair at the ceremony will be left empty for Christian Mayberry, who was injured in an ATV accident on September 1st, 2013, Muldrow High School Principal Steve Page said. Speakers will also say a few words about Christian at the ceremony in his honor. Students who are […]

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    VBHS Graduation Moved Inside Due to Rain in the Forecast

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – Administrators at Van Buren High School have moved Friday night’s (May 22nd) graduation ceremony inside the basketball arena, according to the district’s text alert system. Administrators said earlier this week that, due to rain in the forecast, plans to have the ceremony on the school’s football field could be changed. They alerted parents and staff Thursday afternoon (May 21st) about the change. As a result of moving the graduation ceremony inside the arena, the event is […]

  • PHOTOS: Heavy Rain At Fort Smith Pavilion

      FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Heavy rain overnight caused flooding at the Fort Smith Pavilion. As a result, Old Navy, Shoe Carnival and Sports Clips were all flooded. The Fort Smith Pavilion’s property managers contacted the three store owners that received damage in the early morning hours Wednesday (May 20). The owners of the Shoe Carnival said that the water was so high that they can’t even open their backdoor. They also told 5NEWS an emergency response team from Tulsa […]

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    Lavaca Apartment Complex Evacuated Due to Flooding

    LAVACA (KFSM) – An apartment complex in Lavaca was evacuated overnight after flood waters rushed in from a nearby creek, Lavaca Police said. Sgt. Randy Toon said a tenant at the apartment complex, located on North Davis, called 911 around 3 a.m., saying water was coming in from all sides of the apartment. Officers arrived at the complex a short time later, where they found about two to three inches of water inside the buildings, Sgt. Toon said. “We just […]

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    Intersection of Highway 45 and Planters Back Open After Early Morning Closure

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The intersection of Highway 45 and Planters Road in Fort Smith is now back open after an early morning closure, according to Fort Smith Police. Captain Levi Risely with Fort Smith Police said the intersection had to be shut down around 4 a.m. after someone reported a downed power line sparking in that area. Crews with OG&E and Fort Smith Police were able to get the power turned off and the line removed. Traffic was diverted […]

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