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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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  • Security Upgrades Installed at Van Buren Schools

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – New security measures are going into effect at Van Buren Public Schools ahead of the upcoming school year. At Parkview Elementary School, one of those upgrades include new security cameras being installed throughout the building. Not only will the cameras keep an eye on what’s going on throughout the day, but they are also part of a new buzzer system. All visitors will now have to use the buzzer system to enter the building, according to […]

  • Man Shoots Stepson in LeFlore County, Authorities Say

      SHADY POINT, OKLA. – Authorities said one person has been hospitalized and is undergoing surgery after being shot in Shady Point. Shady Point Police Chief Keith James said the shooting happened at a home on Reagan Street after 11 p.m. Sunday night (Aug 10). Authorities said they were first dispatched out to the scene for a domestic disturbance call between a father and his stepson. “They went to the ground and the firearm discharged,” said James. Once they were on scene, they […]

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    Woman Hospitalized in Accident in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A woman was hospitalized after an early morning accident in Fort Smith. Authorities on scene said the accident happened around 1:10 a.m. Friday (Aug. 8). at the intersection of 74th and Rogers. Authorities said the driver t-boned another car at the intersection, which was being driven by Larry Kimbley of Van Buren. His wife, Alaina Kimbley, was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital, according authorities on scene. The Kimbley’s told 5NEWS they had just left Mercy […]

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    Dead Driver Identified After Accident On Interstate 49 Near Johnson

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – Troopers with Arkansas State Police said one man is dead after an accident on Interstate 49, near Johnson Thursday morning (Aug. 7). Ted Wayne Coody, 53, of Mountainburg was identified as the body found in the crash, according to Arkansas State Police. He did not have any passengers in the car, a 1995 green Honda Civic, according to authorities. The driver lost control on the wet pavement, went off the road, down a steep embankment and […]

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    Lightning Sparks Fire in Crawford County

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – A Crawford County storage shed is destroyed after fire tore through it Thursday morning (Aug. 7). Crawford County Rural District Five Fire Chief Dale Ingle said lightning struck a utility pole next to the shed around 8:15 a.m., which then caused it to catch fire. The fire also threatened a barn next door; however, fire crews were able to keep the flames from spreading. The shed is located near Highway 59 in the Figure Five community, […]

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    Power Outages Reported in Crawford County

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – More than 80 customers in the Alma, Cedarville, and Figure Five areas of Crawford County are without electricity Thursday morning (Aug. 7). Of those, 52 are customers with OG&E, according to the company’s website. 30 customers from Arkansas Valley Electric are also without power, according to the company’s website. Crews are working to get the power to those areas restored; however, it’s unclear how long it will take. Stay with 5NEWS for more on this story […]

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    Bella Vista Bypass Extension Project Dead Ends After Missouri Vote Fails

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) – Plans to extend the Bella Vista Bypass have hit a dead end after voters in Missouri defeated a multibillion dollar sales tax hike Tuesday night (Aug. 5). Election results show 59 percent of voters opposed the highway tax, while 41 percent were in favor of it passing. If approved, the highway tax would’ve funded more than 800 highway and transportation projects across Missouri, including the extension of the Bella Vista Bypass across state lines. The 19-mile […]

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    Driver Injured After Semi Overturns in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith Police said a semi truck driver is injured after his truck overturned in Fort Smith. The accident happened just after 5 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 5) in front of the Knight’s Inn at 3810 Towson. “I thought it was something in the building exploded, “said Knight’s Inn employee George Addington. Authorities said the semi crashed while trying to avoid a car making an illegal u-turn. “There was an orange Dodge Challenger that cut this driver off […]

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    Farmer Jumps Off Burning Tractor In Sebastian County

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) – A Lavaca farmer is safe Monday (Aug. 4), after jumping off his burning tractor after it burst into flames around 8 a.m. Authorities said the fire happened in a field off of Highway 252, just north of Highway 96, near Lavaca. Dennis Chronister, from Lavaca, told 5NEWS he was brush hogging, when he noticed flames coming from the back of his tractor. He said he then watched his entire tractor go up in flames. “I just […]

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    Heather Lewis and Baby Benjamin

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – 5NEWS Anchor Heather Lewis is enjoying some time at home with her husband, Curt, and their new baby, Benjamin. We touched base with her Wednesday morning (July 30th) to see how their family is doing. Heather said she misses her 5NEWS family, and the viewers, and will be back in September. Until then, she’s just enjoying her time with Curt and baby Benjamin.      

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    Man Accused of Killing Pregnant Woman Pleads Not Guilty

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A man accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend pleaded not guilty before a judge Wednesday (July 30), at the Sebastian County Courts building. Douglas D. True appeared in court on Monday (July 28) before Judge James Cox, where he was charged with two counts of capital murder according to a news release from Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Shue. One count was for the deceased girlfriend, 22-year-old Briana Butler, and the other count was for her unborn child, according […]

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    Power Strip Overheats, Badly Damages Fort Smith Home

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A home was badly damaged after it caught fire early Tuesday (July 29) morning in Fort Smith, according to authorities. Battalion Chief Mark Talley with Fort Smith Fire said crews were dispatched to the house at 1200 North 45th Street just before 3 a.m., after neighbors reported seeing heavy smoke in the area. 9-year-old Cyndee Torries said she woke up to the smell of smoke and immediately called 911. “I smelled the smoke and so I went and […]

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