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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

    VIDEO: Man Hospitalized After Crashing Into Barrier On Garrison Avenue

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — One man was hospitalized when his car struck a traffic light, then a streetlight and finally a barrier early Wednesday in Fort Smith (April 29). The accident happened about 3 a.m. at Garrison Avenue and 11th Street in front of the Riverfront Inn. After the accident, the light at the intersection was out for several hours, delaying traffic, police said. First responders had to use the jaws of life to free Bryan Loftin, 46, from his […]


    One Injured in Crawford County Rollover Accident

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – Dispatchers with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office said one person is injured after a rollover accident Monday morning (April 27th). The accident happened on Kibler Road around 8:30 a.m., dispatchers said. A deputy with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office is on scene with troopers from Arkansas State Police and first responders. It’s unknown what caused the crash at this time. 5NEWS has a crew on their way to the scene and will bring you more information […]

  • PHOTOS: One Hospitalized After Fort Smith Home Burns

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A woman is being treated for burns to her face and arms at a local hospital after her home went up in flames Friday morning (April 24). Neighbors tell 5NEWS the couple were asleep inside the home on Brockman Avenue when the fire started around 7:00 a.m. Fire crews say they believe the fire may have started in the living room. Firefighters and first responders remained on scene for a few hours watching for hot spots.  Animal […]


    Victim In Franklin County Hit-And-Run Dies, Sheriff Says

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) – A 25-year-old man from Mulberry died from his injuries at Washington Regional Medical Center Tuesday morning (April 21) after a hit-and-run accident in Franklin County the night of April 14, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen identified the victim as Shawn Ichertz and said deputies are still looking for the driver. Randy Boren, with Franklin County EMS, said the accident happened near the intersection of Highway 64 and Moon Road, […]

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    Woman Accused of Shooting Man in Head Being Held Without Bond

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) – A woman accused of shooting a LeFlore County man in the head is being held without bond Tuesday morning (April 21). Jailers at the Sebastian County Detention Center said Felicia Carshall, also known by her alias “Felicia Raymond”, is expected to be booked Tuesday. This, after she was arrested by Fort Smith Police Monday afternoon  on several charges, including being a fugitive for justice in LeFlore County following the shooting this weekend. Carshall is also facing charges in Sebastian County after authorities […]


    Traffic Moving Again After Seven-Car Pileup on I-540 in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Southbound traffic on Interstate 540 in Fort Smith is moving again after a seven-car pileup earlier Wednesday morning (April 15). The accident happened around 8:30 a.m., according to an eyewitness. Traffic was very slow-going in that area for about half an hour while crews worked to clear the accident. No one was injured. Troopers said it’s unclear what caused the accident to happen at this time.  

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    UPDATE: Lawn Mower Repair Shop Destroyed in Early Morning Fire

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – A lawn mower repair shop in Crawford County is destroyed after a fire early Wednesday morning (April 15), according to District Five Fire Chief Dale Ingle. Jone’s Repair Shop, located at the intersection  of Richman and Old Uniontown Road, caught fire around 4 a.m. Dispatchers with Van Buren Police said a neighbor called 911 after seeing flames shooting out of the building. Firefighters and first responders arrived on scene minutes later and began working to get […]


    Fort Smith Apartment Complex Burns In Early Morning Fire

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A family of four is without a home after an apartment complex went up in flames Tuesday morning (April 14). According to Fort Smith Fire Department Battalion Chief Tery Graves, the fire started around 6:30 a.m. at the College Terrace Apartments in the 4300 block of Kinkead Avenue. Graves says that a family of four woke up to smoke in their apartment this morning. Lloyd Woodfield says he immediately grabbed his two children, and ran out […]

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    21-Year-Old Flown To Washington Regional After Rollover In LeFlore County

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A Poteau man is being treated at Washington Regional Medical Center Friday morning (April 10) after being involved in a rollover accident in LeFlore County. Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Jacob McMillin, 21, was driving northbound on a county road around 12:40 a.m. Friday when his vehicle ran off the road, struck a ditch and rolled twice. McMillin was ejected from his vehicle during the accident, troopers said. Authorities said he was speeding when the […]

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    Maggie House Receives More Than $100K From Arkansas Gives Day

    CHARLESTON (KFSM) – The results are in and the Maggie House in Charleston came out on top as the winner of Arkansas Gives Day last week. The one-day initiative works to raise money for non-profits around the natural state. The Maggie House is a facility currently under construction in Charleston for abused and neglected children. Once construction is complete, the Maggie House will serve children from the following counties: Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Johnson, Scott and Yell Counties. The Charleston […]

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    Two-Story Home Burns in Bentonville

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – Bentonville Fire and first responders are on the scene of a two-story house fire Friday morning (April 10), according to authorities. Benton County Deputy Chief Curtis Sharp said the home, which is on the 3800 block of Southwest Osprey Drive, caught fire around 7:30 a.m. Crews on scene said the fire was under control by 8:30 a.m., and that they’re just watching for hot spots, Sharp said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Authorities said […]

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    Children’s Clothing Recalled by Land’s End

    Land’s End is recalling some pajamas and robes for kids over concerns that they could catch fire. The recall includes 25 different styles of sleep sets for boys, girls and toddlers as well nightgowns and bath robes. Lands End officials said no injuries have been reported; however, they added that the clothing “fails to meet federal flammability standards” and “poses a risk of burn injuries to children.” Here’s a look at what items have been recalled: 434255 toddler girl long […]


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