I’m an early riser and coffee lover who gets to work early enough to manage morning and dayside assignments for reporters at 5NEWS. I also put together the noon show before leaving for the afternoon. I’ve been a producer for about two years now and am excited to deliver the news where you live.

Prior to producing, I was a reporter for 5NEWS based out of Fort Smith. I’ve also worked in both Kansas City and Columbia, Missouri in a variety of different roles throughout my career.

If you’d like to touch base with me, or talk about a story idea in the area send me an email at I’d love to hear from you!

Recent Articles

    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, […]

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    Construction Begins On Addition At Greenwood Fire Department

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — Construction crews began working on a new $600,000 addition at the Greenwood Fire Department Wednesday morning (Jan. 27). Fire Chief Stewart Bryan said the addition will consist of three garage-type buildings, which will be used to house emergency rescue vehicles and equipment which is currently out in the weather. Bryan said construction is expected to wrap up by summer.

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    UPDATE: Large Section Of Towson Avenue Reopens After Early Morning Accident

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Fort Smith crews were on the scene of an accident on Towson Avenue and South Q Street near Sparks Hospital around 6:30 a.m. Monday (Jan. 25). Police said three vehicles were involved. Officers and paramedics spoke to those involved in the accident. Crews said no one was seriously hurt. Fort Smith Police were directing morning commuters until the scene was cleared around 7:30 a.m.

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    Chief: Alma Man Loses Leg After Being Hit By Train In Van Buren Overnight

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — A 32-year-old man is severely injured after accidentally being hit by a train overnight in Van Buren, according to Chief Ron Sparks with the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad. Chief Sparks said the victim, Dustin Limbocker from Alma, was trespassing on the train tracks, located in the downtown area, around 2:25 a.m. Friday morning (Jan. 22) when he was struck by the train. Limbocker’s leg was severed below the knee by the train, according to Chief Sparks. […]

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    Pulaski County Firefighter Shot, Killed While Responding To Medical Call

    PULASKI COUNTY (KFSM) — An Arkansas firefighter was shot and killed while responding to a medical emergency in Pulaski County early Friday morning (Jan. 22), Capt. Carl Minden with the sheriff’s office told THV 11. The incident happened in the 200 block of Dortch Loop.  Capt. Minden said a person was having a seizure, so emergency services were called. East Pulaski Volunteer Fire Department (EPVFD) was first on scene. Deputies reportedly found EPVFD firefighter Ronald Jason Adams, 29, suffering from gunshot wounds, THV […]

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    Bentonville Family To Be Reunited With Missing Dog Found In California 18 Months Later

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — A Bentonville family will be reunited with their 3-year-old Siberian husky who went missing 18 months ago, this Saturday (Jan. 23). Liam went missing from his Bentonville home in October of 2014. Fast forward to last week, when Liam was found running loose down a road in Ontario, California. Someone spotted him, and took him to a local humane society, where workers discovered Liam’s microchip. They were then able to contact Liam’s family and let them know where […]


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