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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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    Sebastian County Sheriff To Discuss Minority Shootings with Area Leaders

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) – Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck has called for area leaders to come together Monday morning (July 13th) for the second Leaders Coalition Meeting. Those in attendance will discuss how law enforcement can be more proactive when it comes to relationships with the minority community within the county, according to Hollenbeck. The discussion is in light of several officer-involved shootings in recent years across the nation. Hollenbeck said the meeting also serves as an opportunity for the […]

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    Arkansas Association Of Alternative Educators Conference Kicks Off in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Educators from across the Natural State will be in Fort Smith Monday (July 13th) for a conference focusing on how to provide effective education for Arkansas’ youth. The Arkansas Association for Alternative Educators is hosting the conference at the Fort Smith Convention Center, downtown. Educators in attendance will be discussing how the Common Core affects uncommon schools, how alternative schools are unique and how to further the reach of alternative education in the state. The conference […]

  • Lake Atalanta Closes For Repairs And Park Improvements

    LAKE ATALANTA (KFSM) – Construction crews will be closing off Lake Atalanta in Rogers Monday (July 13th) as they start making some needed repairs. Over the next year, crews will be making improvements to the park including the addition of a new boardwalk, new playground equipment and a variety of trails that will connect with a new bike park. While the work is being done, Lake Atalanta will remain closed to the public. All of the recent rainy weather has […]

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    Early Morning Three-Vehicle Accident Blocks I-40 In Sequoyah Co.

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) – The outside west bound lane of Interstate 40 at mile marker 311, near Sallisaw, was blocked while emergency crews worked an accident involving three vehicles. The accident was reported at 5:00 a.m. Friday (July10), dispatchers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. We have not received word yet on the injuries that were reported, or the number of people hurt in the accident. Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol were on scene, working to clear the accident […]

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    North 50th Street At Grand Avenue Open After Power Line Had Fallen

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – North 50th Street at Grand Avenue in Fort Smith was closed Monday morning (July 6) to all traffic due to a downed power line, according to Fort Smith firefighters. Crews on the scene told 5NEWS the line was live at this time and that they were waiting for a crew from OG&E to arrive to shut the line off before the road will be back open to traffic. Stay with 5NEWS for the latest on this […]

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    Power Restored At Mercy Hospital After Transformer Gets Struck By Lightning

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Power has been restored to patients at Mercy Hospital on Rogers Avenue after one of the facility’s transformers got struck by lightning Sunday night (July 5). Natalie Hardin, the Director of Marketing and Communications for the hospital, told 5NEWS that lightning struck the transformer sometime between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, affecting patient areas within the facility. Hardin said she was not sure if any non-patient areas, such as administrative offices, were affected when the transformer […]

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    Ozark Fireworks Show Scheduled for Tonight Postponed Due to Weather

    OZARK (KFSM) – The Ozark Fireworks Show, which was scheduled for Friday night (July 3) at Gar Creek Park, has been postponed due to weather, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Dispatchers said the Ozark Fire Department decided to push the fireworks show back due to expected weather conditions. A post on the Ozark Fire Department’s Facebook Page states that heavy rains and wind in the forecast were the reasons behind the decision. The post goes on to state that: “The time […]

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    Three Hospitalized After Early Morning Accident On U.S. 412

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – Dispatchers with Springdale Police said three people were trapped in a vehicle following an early morning accident on U.S. 412. The two-vehicle accident happened around 4:40 a.m. Wednesday morning (July 1st). Several agencies responded, working to clear the accident. They are now working to determine what caused the accident. Dispatchers said two people were taken by ambulance to Northwest Arkansas Medical Center. The other person was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center for treatment. The conditions and […]

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    Police: DWI Offender Jo Jackson Arrested After Setting Driveway On Fire

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Multiple DWI offender Jo Jackson is back in jail again after police say she set a driveway on fire Tuesday evening (June 23). Jackson was booked into the Washington County Detention Center around 1:15 a.m. on Wednesday (June 24), jail records state. She faces charges of of reckless burning, public intoxication, resisting arrest and fleeing, her intake report states. On Tuesday at 11:02 p.m., police responded to 2670 N. Valencia Ave. in Fayetteville for a call of […]

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    Greenwood Woman Accused Of Stealing Police Cruiser To Appear In Court

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) – A Greenwood woman who was arrested on suspicion of stealing a police cruiser and crashing it into a gas line is set to make her first court appearance Wednesday morning (June 24th), according to jailers at the Sebastian County Detention Center. Jessica Sterling, 23, was arrested earlier this month on 15 charges including DWI, criminal mischief and theft of property after Greenwood Police Chief Will Dawson said she stole one of the department’s SUVs. Sterling, who was […]

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    UPDATE: Springdale Man Behind Bars Without Bond After Sunday Stabbing

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – A Springdale man is behind bars without bond after officers with Springdale Police said he stabbed another man three times over the weekend. Melvin Nally, 35, was booked into the Washington County Detention Center just after midnight Monday (June 22nd). He’s facing a first-degree battery charge in connection to the stabbing, according to jail records. Officers said the victim, whose name is not being released at this time, told them that he and a woman were walking in Luther […]

  • Hazmat Crew Responds To Diesel Spill In Johnson

    JOHNSON (KFSM) – A diesel fuel spill early Thursday (June 18) temporarily closed a road running from Johnson into Fayetteville, officials said. The fuel spill began in Johnson on Ball Street and continued into Fayetteville where that street becomes Roosevelt Avenue. Much of the spill happened at the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and Jupiter Drive in Fayetteville. No one was injured in the incident, and the spill did not pose a health hazard to the public, fire officials said. A […]

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