I’m an early-riser and go-getter who loves telling the stories where you live for a living. 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 helping build from the ground up.

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

I truly love what I do and cannot imagine doing anything else. If you’d like to reach out with a story idea, or just to meet up for coffee, feel free to email me at meredith.baldwin@kfsm.com.


Recent Articles
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    Pocola Business Destroyed In Early Morning Fire

    POCOLA (KFSM) — A Pocola business was destroyed after it caught fire early Tuesday morning (Mar. 22). Firefighters said an antique store along Highway 271 went up in flames around 3:30 a.m. When fire crews arrived on scene, the building was fully engulfed in flames. Pocola Fire Chief Wesley Riggs said that the fire could have started in the north side of the building. At this time, they think the fire sparked due to an electrical issue. They were out there […]

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    Driver Hospitalized After Overnight Rollover Accident On Highway 112

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A man is being treated for injuries at the Northwest Medical Center Wednesday morning (Mar. 16) after being involved in a rollover accident overnight. The single-vehicle accident happened just north of Carrie Smith Road and Highway 112 intersection. The driver was the only person inside the vehicle, according to police. Officers on scene said it’s unclear what caused the accident at this time.

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    Vian Toddler Life Flighted After Being Hit By Car

    VIAN (KFSM) — A Vian toddler is being treated for injuries in St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa after he was hit by a vehicle on Friday (March 4). Vian Police said the accident happened in the 200 block of Leftwhich Friday afternoon. The toddler was struck when he was behind a four-door passenger car while the driver attempted to back out of the driveway. The toddler’s parents were outside when the incident happened. They were watching their other children and told police they did […]

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    EXCLUSIVE: More Than 30 Arrested In Year-Long Narcotics Investigation

    POTEAU (KFSM) — A year-long undercover narcotics investigation has resulted in more than 30 arrests Wednesday morning (Mar. 3), according to Poteau Police Chief Stephen Fruen. The arrests were part of a joint operation between the Poteau Police Department and undercover agents with both the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the District 16 Drug Task Force. All of the men and women arrested as part of “Operation The Highest Hill” are facing various charges and are now being booked into […]

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    Super Tuesday Voting Begins; Polls Open In Arkansas And Oklahoma

    (KFSM) — Voting began for the Presidential Primary Election in both Arkansas and Oklahoma Tuesday (March 1). Polling sites in Arkansas are open from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. For polling sites in Washington County, click here. Voters no longer have to vote by precinct, they can now go to any of the polling sites on the list. However, there will be no voting at the county courthouse on Super Tuesday. For information on where to vote in Benton County, […]

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    ASP: Booneville Man Killed in Accident With Semi

    LOGAN COUNTY (KFSM) — A 25-year-old man from Booneville is dead following an accident with a semi-truck in Logan County, according to troopers with Arkansas State Police. Troopers identified the victim as Dakota Quijada. A fatal crash summary report states Quijada was headed westbound on State Highway 10 Thursday morning (Feb. 25) when his Pontiac Sunfire crossed the center line and clipped a semi from behind. Quijada’s vehicle then left the roadway, according to the report. Quijada was pronounced dead […]

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    UPDATE: Fort Smith Stabbing Suspect Arrested

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Fort Smith Police Department has arrested John Bruesch, 37, on suspicion of being involved with a stabbing early Friday morning (Feb. 19). Bruesch was placed under arrest following an interview at the police department on suspicion of second-degree battery, according to a release from the Fort Smith Police Department. The release stated that Bruesch was listed as a suspect after Christopher Cantrell suffered a minor wound to his stomach during the incident. His bond has […]

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    Mountainburg Police To Host Self-Defense Class For Women Friday

    MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) — Officers with the Mountainburg Police Department are hosting a self-defense class for women Friday evening (Feb. 19th). The class comes after a number of women in town came forward, asking for such a training to be offered. Officers said they plan to review things such as how to always be aware of your surroundings as well as how to properly use both a taser and pepper spray. Officers will also demonstrate how you can get yourself out […]

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    No Injuries Reported After LeFlore County Wildfire Spans Hundreds Of Acres

    POTEAU (KFSM) — Firefighters battled a large grass fire Thursday (Feb. 18) in LeFlore County. The fire started near Greentop and Peck Roads just outside of Poteau city limits. The fire threatened several homes in the area, but flames did not catch any on fire, according to authorities on scene. The fire burned two nearby barns and dozens of bales of hay and nearby treetops. The Poteau, Pocola, Wister, Monroe and Hogeye fire departments were on scene and contained the […]

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    Construction Work Causes I-49 Lane Closures Through Crawford County

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — Lane closures are in effect for portions of Interstate 49 through Crawford County as crews with the state’s highway  department work to repave the road Tuesday (Feb. 16). Officials with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said the closures will alternate as needed between both the inside and outside lanes of traffic over the next few weeks. Crews will be working from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday until the work is complete. AHTD […]

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    Fort Smith Post Office Reopened After ‘Suspicious Item’ Identified

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Fort Smith Post Office has reopened Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 10) after a “suspicious item” was found earlier today. The post office was put on lock down when a package was found face down in the parking lot on South 74th Street Wednesday afternoon. Officers roped off the area where the item was and then x-rayed the box. Officers said there was rubber foam inside the package, which contained nothing dangerous. The postmaster said it is their protocol to call […]

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    One Dead, One Hospitalized After Franklin County Fire Destroys Home

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) — A man is dead and his mother was hospitalized Wednesday morning (Jan. 27) after a fire destroyed a home in Franklin County. Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen said the 27-year-old man didn’t make it out of the home on Oak Bend Road. His body was found in the rubble just after 9 a.m. Travis Ball, a criminal investigator with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office released the identities of the family members: Loka Lee was the son, […]