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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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    Man Being Held Without Bond After Being Arrested in His Underwear

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Authorities said a man is being held without bond at the Sebastian County Detention Center Wednesday (Sept. 3) after being arrested in his underwear while refusing to leave a Fort Smith gas station. Josh Spence, 23, from Pocola was arrested for disorderly conduct early Tuesday morning (Sept. 2) at the EZ Mart on Highway 271. The store clerk called police after he said Spence came into the store, stripped down to his underwear and wouldn’t leave. […]

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    Street Reopens After House Catches Fire In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – North O Street in Fort Smith has reopened after being closed due to a house fire on Wednesday morning (Aug. 27). Both lanes of North O Street were shut down while crews investigated the house fire. Battalion Chief Mark Talley said the fire started around 7:15 a.m., and crews at the house said the fire started in the kitchen. One woman was inside the house when it started. She escaped safely, according to officials. The house […]

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    Crews Investigate After Second “Suspicious Fire” in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Authorities are investigating after three buildings burned in a “suspicious fire” in Fort Smith early Wednesday morning (Aug. 27). It was the second time in one week that a fire had sparked at one of the houses, according to Battalion Chief Tery Graves. Crews were dispatched to a fire at a vacant home on Russell Street, just off Midland Avenue, in Fort Smith just before 12:15 a.m. “When we got on scene, the fire was just […]

  • Voters to Decide Future of Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center

    POTEAU (KFSM) – Voters in LeFlore County are headed to the polls Tuesday (Aug. 26) to decide the future of the Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau. This, after administrators shut the surgical and obstetrical departments down in February, after failing a state inspection. “We closed the surgery department because we no longer met state standards when it came to infection prevention,” explained Nancy Frier, who serves as the Chief Financial Officer at the hospital. Once the hospital stopped performing […]

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    Former Razorback RB Behind Bars in Pulaski County

    PULASKI COUNTY, ARKANSAS (KFSM) – Former Razorback Running Back Cedric Cobbs is behind bars Monday morning (Aug. 25) in Pulaski County. Cobbs, 33, was arrested on Saturday (Aug. 23) for not paying his child support, according to his police intake report. It shows he owes more than $10,000 but not more than $25,000 in child support, according to the report. Cobbs was previously arrested and charged in 2013 with conspiracy to obtain drugs by fraud, and for fleeing and driving […]

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    Authorities Search for Missing Muskogee Man

    MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA (KFSM) – Authorities in Oklahoma are searching for a 91-year-old Muskogee man who went missing early Monday morning (Aug. 25). Atchilee Derrick was last seen at the Brentwood Care Center in Muskogee at 4 a.m., authorities said. Derrick was wearing a light-colored striped button up shirt, a white Islamic hat and light blue jeans when he was last seen. Authorities said Derrick suffers from serious dementia, anxiety, depression and hypertension. He does take his medicine daily, which is […]

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    Teen Killed After Accident on Muskogee Turnpike

    WAGONER COUNTY, OKLA. – A 19-year-old from Utah is dead after an accident involving three vehicles on the Muskogee Turnpike in Wagoner County, Oklahoma. 12 people out of the 13 involved, including the teen who has since died, were hospitalized with injuries. Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Nancy Vea died from her injuries at a Tulsa hospital Saturday morning (Aug. 23) around 9:15 a.m. Troopers said the accident happened around 8:30 a.m. Friday morning (Aug. 22) after Duane Carter, 53, from Greenwood tried to make […]


    Pedestrian Hospitalized in Hit-and-Run in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Authorities said a pedestrian is injured after a hit-and-run accident in Fort Smith Friday morning (Aug. 22). Officers on scene said it happened on North 4th and North F just after 8:30 a.m. At this point, more information about the driver who hit the pedestrian is not available. However, Sgt. Daniel Grubbs with Fort Smith Police said they do have a suspect description, and are currently working to find the driver. The pedestrian is now being transported […]

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    Suspect Captured in Van Buren After Foot Chase

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – A suspect, who led authorities on a foot chase in Van Buren Thursday morning (Aug. 21) is in custody, according to Detective Jonathan Wear with Van Buren Police. Wear said the search for the suspect started after he ran from police during a routine traffic stop at 9th and Jefferson around 8:30 a.m. Both Van Buren Police and Crawford County deputies are currently searching for the suspect. Wear with Van Buren Police said it’s unclear at […]

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    Former Police Officer Who Pointed Gun at Child’s Head to Appear in Court

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) – A former Fort Smith Police officer and his wife will appear before a Sequoyah County judge at 9 Wednesday morning (Aug. 20). Former Officer Naaman Adcock was arrested last May after Sequoyah County deputies said he fired his gun off several times and pointed a gun at a 5-year-old’s head inside his Muldrow home. Deputies also said they confiscated nine guns from Adcock’s possession that night. Adcock was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly […]

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    ‘Needed’ Storm Shelter Opens in Denning After Deadly Tornado

    DENNING (KFSM) – Three and a half years after a deadly tornado ripped through Franklin County, the Denning community is opening a new storm shelter Wednesday (Aug. 20). Several area leaders will be holding a grand opening ceremony for the new shelter at 11 a.m. With construction on the facility complete, people in town said they’re thankful the new building has been built. Tornado-survivor and alderman Randy  Harris said he remembers the storm hitting on the night of May 25, […]

  • Students Head Back to School in Oklahoma

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) – Students at Sallisaw, Roland and Muldrow Schools headed back to school for their first day of class Thursday morning (Aug. 14). With the new school year, comes changes to national academic standards. In several states, legislators have placed new restrictions on state boards of eduction, meaning they have to update their academic standards. However, in Oklahoma, lawmakers repealed the national common core standards.  The Oklahoma Supreme Court affirmed that decision. Now, Oklahoma’s State Board of Education is […]


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