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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.

Recent Articles

    One Hospitalized After Rollover Accident In Springdale

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – A man is in critical, but stable condition at an area hospital after a rollover accident in Springdale. Officers said the two-vehicle accident happened just before 11:30 p.m. Monday (Aug. 3) on Highway 412 West, near the Pilot Travel Plaza. When Springdale Police arrived, they found one of the drivers trapped inside his vehicle, unconscious. The driver was later identified as 22-year-old Arron Martin. Martin was pulled from the vehicle and transported to Washington Regional Medical Center. […]

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    PHOTOS: Fort Smith Home Destroyed In Early Morning Fire

      FORT SMITH – A home is destroyed after going up in flames. Two neighboring homes also have noticeable damage from the fire. Fire crews and first responders were called to the home located on 36th street around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday (July 29). When firefighters arrived on the scene, the home was fully engulfed in flames and spreading quickly to the homes on both sides. Battalion Chief Chris Scherff told 5NEWS that a neighbor is the one who called 911 […]

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    Five-Year-Old Confirmed Dead In Scott County House Fire

    SCOTT COUNTY (KFSM) –  A five-year-old boy is dead after a home is destroyed in an early morning fire, according to the Scott County Sheriff’s Department. First responders and the Scott County Coroner found the body in the rubble. Dispatchers confirmed the fire happened off Highway 71 South near Waldron around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday (July 28). The house was destroyed in the flames. A friend of the family told 5NEWS that the family was asleep when the home caught fire. […]

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    PHOTOS: Fort Smith Crews Battle Flames After Attic Catches Fire

      FORT SMITH (KFSM)- Firefighters in Fort Smith were hard at work this morning after an attic caught fire on Lookout Road. Dispatchers said the call came in around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday (July 28). The homeowner said she reported smelling smoke while getting ready for work. She then told the man of the house that she was smelling smoke and asked if he would check it out. Smoke detectors then started to sound. Fire crews on scene said that they […]

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    Fort Smith Hosts PGA Junior Tour Regional

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Some of the best golfers in the area will be in Fort Smith to compete in the PGA Junior Tour Regional for a chance to go to Nationals. The competition is being held at the Ben Geren Golf Course, off Zero Street, throughout the day Thursday (July 23). The kids, all of whom are between the ages of 10 and 17, are from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Channon Toland, the Parks Administrator for Sebastian County, said […]

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    Thousands Of Dollars In Damage Done After Vandals Hit Van Buren Cemetery

      VAN BUREN (KFSM) – Several thousands of dollars in damage has been done at Fairview Cemetery in Van Buren after vandals cracked and destroyed headstones, according to city officials. Officials with Fairview Cemetery said the damaged and broken headstones are all from the mid-1800s to late-1800s, and could cost up to $2,500 a piece to repair, according to a post on the Friends of Fairview Cemetery Facebook Page. 35 monuments are damaged and five of those are shattered, however […]

  • VIDEO: Tontitown Home Extensively Damaged In Early Morning Fire

    TONTITOWN – A Tontitown home was partially destroyed after it went up in flames early Wednesday morning (July 15th). Dispatchers said the fire at 268 Liberty Avenue began around 2 a.m. By the time the Tontitown Area Fire Department arrived on scene, flames were shooting out of the roof. Firefighters said about 25% of the home was engulfed with flames at that point. Crews then called for backup from both the Wheeler and Cave Springs Fire Departments. One person was […]


    Water Back On For 500 Barling Residents But Boil Order Remains In Place

    BARLING (KFSM) – Water was turned back on for about 500 Barling residents overnight, according to dispatchers with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office. Even though the water is back on Wednesday morning (July 15th), the boil order remains in place as a precautionary measure. Crews say they need to test the water to make sure it is safe to drink before that boil order will be lifted. Residents were without water for more than 12 hours Tuesday (July 14th) after […]


    Bond Set At $50,000 For Alleged Accomplice In Manhunt Investigation

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – The State of Arkansas has set the bond for Nancy Cox, 23, at $50,000 for her alleged role in Christopher Hood’s attempted escape. She is facing a felony charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution, according to deputies. She was arrested after authorities said she had been communicating and assisting Hood in his attempts to flee from law enforcement after he reportedly shot at a Benton County deputy on Friday night (July 10). According to a probable […]

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    Big Bass Bonanza Pushed Back Due To High Water

    RIVER VALLEY (KFSM) – Organizers with the Big Bass Bonanza Fishing Tournament stated that the event will be postponed until July 31 and Aug. 1-2. The decision was made to push the event back following recent flooding across the River Valley. The tournament was scheduled for Friday and Saturday (July 17-18). An official said the Arkansas River has to be under 70,000 cubic feet per minute to have the tournament, and it stands at 136,000 cubic feet per minute.

  • VIDEO: Apartment Complex Building Destroyed In Early Morning Fire

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The maintenance building at The Links Apartment Complex in Fort Smith is a complete loss after an early morning fire Monday (July 13th). An employee noticed the flames burning and called 911, firefighters on scene said. 5NEWS was there as firefighters responded and battled the flames around 1 a.m. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the maintenance building, and said they did not have to evacuate any residents as a result. “We don’t know […]

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    Sebastian County Sheriff To Discuss Minority Shootings with Area Leaders

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) – Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck has called for area leaders to come together Monday morning (July 13th) for the second Leaders Coalition Meeting. Those in attendance will discuss how law enforcement can be more proactive when it comes to relationships with the minority community within the county, according to Hollenbeck. The discussion is in light of several officer-involved shootings in recent years across the nation. Hollenbeck said the meeting also serves as an opportunity for the […]


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