I’m an early-riser and go-getter who loves telling the stories where you live . I moved to Fort Smith several years ago, where I began my career with 5NEWS as a reporter. After trying my hand at that, I decided that my true passion was writing and made the switch to producer.

I’ve worked on several different shows with 5NEWS. My latest venture, being the 4 p.m. newscast which I’m helped build from the ground up.

I’ve also spent time working with t.v. stations in both Columbia, Missouri and Kansas City, Missouri.

If you’d like to reach out with a story idea, feel free to email me at meredith.baldwin@kfsm.com.

Recent Articles
  • Investigation Underway After Arkansas National Guard Soldier Dies During Training At Fort Chaffee

    FORT CHAFFEE (KFSM) — A death investigation is underway after an Arkansas National Guard soldier died while training at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center Tuesday night (June 14). Joel Lynch, the Public Affairs Officer for the Arkansas National Guard, identified the victim as Specialist Sylvester Cline, 32, of Pine Bluff.  A statement released from Lynch states Cline died at approximately 6:15 p.m. Tuesday night at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith. Spec. Cline was assigned to the Arkansas Army National […]

  • Carroll County Meth Bust Nets Two Arrests

    CARROLL COUNTY (KFSM) — Two Carroll County residents are facing charges after a recent meth bust. Darryl Birchfield and Laura Green were both arrested Friday (June 10) as Carroll County deputies searched their current and former residences on County Road 108. While at their homes, investigators recovered evidence of both the use and manufacturing of methamphetamine. Two separate one-pot meth labs were recovered from 1823 County Road 108, as well as a product used to manufacture the drug. Both Birchfield […]

  • Walton Family Foundation Names New Executive Director

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — A new executive director is set to join the Walton Family Foundation this September. Kyle Peterson, a  managing partner and board member of leading nonprofit consulting firm FSG, was named for the new position Wednesday morning (June 15). A press release from the Walton Family Foundation states that Peterson brings 25 years of social innovation to the organization. “Kyle is an innovative, entrepreneurial and idea-driven executive who will lead the foundation as we continue to focus on […]

  • UPDATE: Two Brothers Arrested In Connection To Multiple Oklahoma Burglaries

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) — Two brothers are behind bars and facing multiple charges after being linked to a string of burglaries across Sequoyah County. Sheriff Ron Lockhart identified the two men as Coltin and Cody Sparks, both of whom are from Cookson, Oklahoma. They brothers were arrested Monday morning (June 13) after a deputy responded to a break-in at Gene’s Dive Shop. Lockhart said the brothers had entered the shop after breaking the window. The deputy who responded was patrolling […]

  • Community Garden Built By Northside High School Students Wins $20,000 Grant

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A community garden, built by students at Northside High School in Fort Smith, beat out 851 other community gardens across the country to win a $20,000 grant Tuesday night (May 3). The garden, which consists of 22 raised beds was created earlier this year and is located on North 8th Street between K and L streets. Those who worked to put the project together named it the “Antioch Discovery Garden”. Organizers said the idea behind the […]

  • Students, Drivers OK After Bus Crashes With Truck In Lavaca

    LAVACA (KFSM) — Lavaca high school students had a scare early Tuesday morning (April 26) when their school bus crashed along Highway 96. No students were injured during the accident, according to Lavaca superintendent Steve Rose. There were elementary, middle and high school students on the bus at the time. The accident happened just after 7 a.m., Rose said. A white pickup truck was also involved in the accident. The truck overturned and slid into a ditch, but that driver was also […]

  • Gore Schools Closed Thursday Due To Police Emergency, Superintendent Says

    GORE, Okla. (KFSM) — Gore Schools are closed Thursday due to a police emergency near the elementary school, according to Superintendent Lucky McCrary. Colton Cheater barricaded himself inside a trailer home near the elementary school overnight, leading to a standoff which then caused the closure at all Gore Schools, according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart. Cheater is facing multiple charges. Cheater threatened to kill his girlfriend after an accident on Highway 64 overnight, Lockhart said. When his girlfriend called 911 […]

  • Bricks For General Darby Project Now Available For Purchase

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) -A project honoring a Fort Smith legacy is nearing completion, but organizers are asking for the public’s help finishing it up. Specifically, they’re asking area residents to purchase a brick which will then be laid near the base of the historical monument downtown. Those who purchase the brick can also have a name engraved on it. Organizers said some engrave the names of their family members while others choose to engrave the name of a military member […]

  • UPDATE: Fayetteville Woman Hospitalized After Meth Lab Explosion Takes Responsibility

      FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Fayetteville Police said that the woman being treated for injuries from a meth lab explosion has taken responsibility. She said the man that was also treated for injuries was not at fault. No names have been released. ===== A woman is being treated for injuries at an area hospital after an explosion inside a Fayetteville apartment complex early Monday morning (April 18), according to Sgt. Craig Stout with Fayetteville Police. Stout said the explosion happened at […]

  • UPDATE: Missouri Jail Escapees Captured In Texas; Vehicles Stolen From NWA Recovered

    PINEVILLE (KFSM) — Two inmates who escaped from a Missouri jail Sunday night were captured in Bowie County, Texas Tuesday (April 12) after stealing a vehicle and two dirt bikes from a Springdale dealer ship Monday morning. The inmates have been identified as Matthew Miller, 22, of Eagle Rock, Missouri and Keith Davis, 24, of Anderson, Missouri. According to Texas authorities, workers on a railroad spotted the vehicle and two motorcycles around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning and contacted law enforcement. […]

  • Central EMS: Man Falls Off Washington County Bluff

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) — Crews are working to rescue a man who fell off a Washington County bluff Monday afternoon (April 11). Dispatchers with Central EMS said the accident happened around 12:15 p.m. near the Winn Creek and Bethlehem intersection. The car was going around a hairpin turn at the intersection, when his car slid. The man got out to look at his vehicle, and he fell about 5 or 6 feet down the bluff. The man’s injuries are not […]

  • Sebastian County Robbery Suspect Captured In Poteau

    POTEAU (KFSM) — A Sebastian County robbery suspect was captured in Poteau Friday afternoon (April 1), according to Poteau Police Chief Stephen Fruen. Officers were tipped that Tyler Dunigan was inside a home at 607 Holson Street earlier in the day. He was found with several other people, according to law enforcement officials. Dunigan was then taken into custody and booked at the LeFlore County Jail. He’s facing several charges in connection to a recent robbery in Sebastian County, as well […]