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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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    How To Keep Your Pets Warm In The Cold

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – As temperatures drop, you’ll want to make sure your four-legged friends stay warm. Terrance Richardson, with the Sebastian County Humane Society, gave us a few tips on how you can both survive the winter, together. “Number one: bring them in as much as possible,” Richardson said. Another good idea is to dress your dog in clothes so their bodies stay warm. If your pets must stay outdoors while you’re at work, Richardson said it’s important that […]

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    Search Crews Find Hunter Missing For 2 Days In Sebastian County

      SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) -Search crews early Tuesday afternoon found the hunter who had been missing since Sunday on top of Poteau Mountain, south of Hartford, according to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office. The hunter was found safe and is being examined by medical crews, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Search crews spent most of the day Monday (Nov. 10) looking for Wylie Peters, 22, calling their search off for the night after it got dark out. As the search […]

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    Court Jails Captain of Capsized South Korean Ferry to 36 Years

    Gwangju, South Korea (CNN) – Lee Joon-seok, the captain widely derided by families for leaping to safety while the hundreds of people remained inside the sinking South Korean ferry, was sentenced Tuesday to 36 years in jail. Although he was acquitted of murder, Lee was found guilty of violating “seamen’s law” and abandonment causing death and injury. The sentence was the culmination of a five-month trial. A panel of three judges delivered the verdict and the sentence for Lee, who […]

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    Tuesday Traffic and Construction Delays

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) - Fayetteville- Armstrong Ave. – Stone Bridge Road will see delays in construction zones while crews widen State Highway 16 from two lanes to four lanes with sidewalks and bike lanes. Traffic signals will be installed at three intersections. Should be complete by early 2015. I-49- Slowdowns expected in Washington County as crews work to widen the Johnson Mill Blvd. overpass and access ramps on Interstate 49. This project is expected to be completed later this year. […]

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    Van Buren Church Destroyed in Early Morning Fire

        VAN BUREN (KFSM) – A Van Buren church was destroyed in an early morning fire Monday (Nov. 10). Neighbors called 911 after seeing smoke billowing out of the Current Church on South 4th Street around 2:15 a.m. Crews arrived on scene and battled the flames for about two hours before giving the all-clear. Firefighters said the fire started in the church’s storage shed and then spread to the main sanctuary and chapel. “It may possibly have been a small space heater […]

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    AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Arrested on Murder Plot Charges

    NEW ZEALAND (CNN) – Phil Rudd, the drummer for legendary hard rock band AC/DC, has been charged with attempting to have two men killed. The 60-year-old appeared in a New Zealand court Thursday facing a count of attempting to procure the murder of two men, said Bay of Plenty district’s police spokesperson, Kim Perks. Photos: Aussie rock legends AC/DC He was also charged with threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis, Perks said. The names of the […]

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    Confusion At Fort Smith Polling Site Leaves Voters Upset

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Some voters in Fort Smith said they’re upset after some confusion at a Fort Smith polling site this morning. Voters said they arrived at Temple Baptist Church on South 31st to find the front doors locked. Violet Adams said she arrived at the church 10 minutes early so she could vote right away at 7:30 a.m. However, she said the doors were locked and the church appeared empty when she arrived. She said she and several […]


    Police: Man Killed After Truck Accident in Benton County

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – Troopers with Arkansas State Police said a man was killed after he crashed his Chevy truck on U.S. 62 in Benton County Monday night (Nov. 3). Michael Miller, 62, from Green Forest, Arkansas, was killed after authorities said he failed to negotiate a curve and crashed into an embankment just before 8 p.m. Authorities said Miller was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. He was pronounced dead on scene.    

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    Springdale Man Arrested in Child Rape Case

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – A Springdale man is behind bars after being arrested on suspicion of raping a child, according to Washington County deputies. Gregory Finfrock, 45, was arrested Thursday night (Oct. 30) and faces several charges including rape, forcible fondling, sexual indecency with a child and engaging a child in sex, according to the jail. Finfrock is being held behind bars at the Washington County jail without bond, authorities said. His first court appearance is set for Monday morning […]


    Intersection Re-Opens After Being Blocked By Power Line

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A Fort Smith intersection is back open Tuesday morning (Oct. 28), after being closed for a few hours due to a downed power line. Officers with Fort Smith Police said the power line went down at the intersection of 53rd and Kelly just after 4:30 a.m. People who live in that area told authorities it was struck twice by lightning and then fell to the ground as storms moved through the area. “I started hearing some […]

  • Roland Hosts Safe Trick-or-Treat Night

    ROLAND (KFSM) – Halloween is just days away, but Tuesday (Oct.28) your kids can get in their costumes, grab their candy bags, and head out to do a little trick or treating in Roland. It’s all part of their Safe Trick or Treat Night. “Any children that would participate we would love to have them in their costumes of course,” said second grade teacher Kasie Kemp. The student council at Roland High School decided to have the Safe Trick or […]


    Two Hospitalized After Being Hit by Truck in LeFlore County

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) – Two people are recovering in the hospital after being hit by a truck in LeFlore County over the weekend. Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the accident happened after a Dodge truck hit two people walking on East Quarry Island Road near Wister Saturday night (Oct. 25) around 7 p.m. Tammie King, 25, from Bokoshe, was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith to be treated for both head and leg injuries, authorities […]


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