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 Meredith.Baldwin@kfsm.com. I’d love to hear from you!

Recent Articles
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    Child Abuse Suspects From Van Buren Captured in Alabama

    Van Buren Police say a local man and woman wanted in connection with a felony child abuse case have been captured in Gulf Shores Alabama. Jordan Whitney, 31, and his live-in girlfriend, Brandie Lindemann, 28, are now in police custody, according to Detective Jonathan Wear with Van Buren Police. Both Whitney and Lindemann are expected to be extradited back to Van Buren later this week, Wear said. This, after a child abuse investigation started on May 5th, according to a […]

  • Guardsmen Evacuated After Fort Chaffee Building Catches Fire

    Two National Guardsmen who are staying in a supply administration building at Fort Chaffee were evacuated early Friday morning (June 20) after their building caught fire, according to authorities. Fort Chaffee’s Chief of Operations Commander Lt. Col. Dwight Ikenberry said the guardsmen were asleep inside the building, when another guardsman who was assigned to watch the facility, because of the guns and gear inside, noticed the fire spark. He was able to wake up the other guardsmen and get them […]

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    Bicyclist Hospitalized After Accident in Sequoyah County

    A bicyclist is recovering in the hospital Thursday morning (June 19) after an accident in Sequoyah County, according to authorities. Officers on scene said the accident happened around 12:15 a.m. on Highway 64, just east of Roland. Several law enforcement agencies, including the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, as well as Muldrow and Roland Police, were on scene for several hours working to clear the scene. Authorities said they’re still investigating what exactly happened, and plan to release more details about the […]

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    Four Hospitalized After Accident in Crawford County

    Four people have been hospitalized after a two-car accident in Crawford County Thursday morning (June 19), according to authorities on scene. Arkansas State Police troopers say the accident happened on U.S. 64 and Firefly Lane, just east of Alma in the county limits around 7 a.m. Traffic was blocked in that area, but has now re-opened according to troopers on scene. At this point, authorities are not releasing the names of those involved in the accident. 5NEWS does have a […]

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    Authorities Search for Driver After Woman Struck, Killed in Hit and Run

    A woman is dead after a hit and run accident in Booneville Tuesday night (June 17th). Now, authorities are searching for the driver that hit her, according to Bill Sadler with Arkansas State Police. Joy Duvall, 50, from Booneville, was struck by a vehicle as she walked southbound along the northbound shoulder of State Highway 23 approximately one-half mile south of Highway 10, according to Bill Sadler with Arkansas State Police.  Duvall was pronounced dead at the scene. “It was […]

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    New $1 Million Training Facility Approved For Fire Department

    Fort Smith Fire Chief Mike Richards request for the city to sign off on a new four-story training tower for firefighters was approved at Tuesday’s (June 17) Board of Directors meeting. “We can do live fire training that is the primary purpose of the building,” Richards said. ” It’s unlike anything else in this area we can set a fire in certain parts of the building and simulate real heat real smoke.” Plans for the new facility have been in […]

  • Fort Smith Set to Decide on Road Projects

    The Fort Smith Board of Directors will be talking road projects at their meeting Tuesday night (June 17). They’re set to decide whether to spend a maximum of 183,842 for the design of two new roads being built ahead of the new ArcBest Corporation headquarters at Chaffee Crossing. ArcBest, a freight transportation company, announced its plans to build their headquarters there in June, bringing an estimated 975 jobs to the region. To accommodate the growth, the city and the Fort […]

  • Teachers Attend Crisis Training Session After Numerous Threats

    Teachers and staff at Fayetteville Public Schools attended a crisis training session Monday (June 16) to learn how to improve the district’s response to emergencies. After a high number of bomb threats were reported throughout the area over the past school year, the district addressed their current plans in hopes of having a uniform policy ready for the future. During the training session, school staff members discussed how to better manage emergency situations, like bomb threats. Two campus emergency specialists […]

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    Victim Identified In Sonora Car Accident

    The identity of the deceased victim in a vehicle accident that took place in Sonora late Sunday night (June 15) has been released, according to Washington County deputies. Lorianne Gillespie, 24, of Springdale has been named as the victim, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said the accident happened around 10 p.m.  near the Blue Springs Bridge. The vehicle, a 2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara, failed to negotiate a curve just after crossing the bridge, authorities said. The vehicle then left […]

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    Former Teacher Accused of Molestation Back in Court

    A former teacher, accused of sexually molesting two children in 2009, was back in court Thursday morning (June 12). Jason Rider is accused of fondling and molesting a teenage boy and a younger boy on multiple occasions during that year. Rider will be back in court on Aug. 14 at 9 a.m. for his jury trial sounding docket, which will lead to his jury trial, set for Oct. 6, according to a court official. He was a science teacher at Dahlonegah Public […]

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    Suspect In 1997 Sequoyah County Murder Back In Court

    The accused killer in a 1997 Sequoyah County cold case was back in court Thursday morning (June 12). Rex Robbins is accused of beating Mitchell Nixon to death in Sallisaw 17 years ago. He was arrested in March of 2013 after authorities cracked the cold case back open. Robbins was in court for his jury trial sound docket, which is preparation for his jury trial. His jury trial has been scheduled for June 30 at 1:30 p.m., according to a court […]

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    Priest Killed, Another Injured During Attack at Church

    (CNN) — A shooting at a Catholic church in Phoenix left one priest dead and another one in critical condition, authorities said early Thursday. A 911 call came in about 9 p.m. Wednesday local time from the Mother of Mercy Mission Catholic Church, said Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department. One of the victims made the call about the attack, which Martos described as a burglary. When police arrived, they found the two priests badly injured. One had […]


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