I’m an early riser and coffee lover who gets to produce the morning show for 5NEWS. I’ve been the lead producer of the broadcast for about a year and a half now and am excited to continue working on our product, delivering 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

    Woman And Cat Escape Bella Vista House Fire

    An overnight fire left a Bella Vista home in ruins Thursday (April 24). The homeowner and her cat escaped without injury, according to Battalion Chief Terry Whiteside. Firefighters responded to a house fire at 128 Leicester Drive about 12:30 a.m. Only the front brick walls are left from the fire. The windows are blown out and the house is in shambles. Whiteside said the house was engulfed when crews arrived. According to dispatchers, multiple structures were threatened when the house […]


    Juvenile Arrested For Reporting False Abduction

    A Van Buren boy was arrested after he filed a false police report claiming a man attempted to kidnap him. The boy, whose name won’t be released due to his age, is facing a felony charge of filing a false police report and a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of governmental operations, according to a report released by Van Buren Police. Shortly after 7:30 a.m. Thursday (April 24), the juvenile told authorities a man in a red pick-up followed him near […]

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    All Clear In Springdale High Bomb Threat; Students Back In Class

    Springdale High students returned to class early Wednesday (April 23) after being evacuated in a bomb threat at the school, officials said. Students were let back into class about 10:05 a.m. after being out for 1 hour and 18 minutes, said Rick Schaeffer, school district spokesman. Parents were allowed to pick up students during the threat. The evacuation happened after scribblings that included the word “bomb” were found on a wall outside the school, Schaeffer said. The message was noticed when the first students arrived this […]

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    Seven Departments Respond to Large House Fire in Sebastian County

    Sebastian County fire crews are on the scene of a large house fire in the 4000 block of Hidden Lane in the Jenny Lind area. Authorities say the house fire is large and seven area departments are en route to the scene, including Huntington Fire, Greenwood Fire, Greenwood Rural Fire, White Bluff Fire, Bonanza Fire, EMP Fire and Jenny Lind Fire. Dispatchers say they’re unsure if anyone is inside the home at this point. Dispatchers say a neighbor called authorities […]

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    Driver Was Drinking Before Deadly Motorcycle Wreck, Police Say

    A deadly motorcycle accident in Sequoyah County leaves one woman dead, and sends another man to the hospital. Investigators say the driver, Jimmie Lovell, 72, from Muldrow was drinking when he crashed on Highway 59 near Sallisaw, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Peggy Sue Taylor, 63, who was riding on the back of the bike, was pronounced dead on scene. Lovell was taken to a Fort Smith hospital with life-threatening leg, arm and trunk injuries. There, authorities tested his […]

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    Fort Smith Families Evacuated After Two-Story House Fire

    A Fort Smith home is a loss after a fire tore through it early Tuesday morning (April 22nd). Crews on scene said they had to evacuate nearby families due to the large flames while they worked to get the fire under control. Fort Smith Fire Battalion Chief Phil Christensen said the fire started in the 600 block of North Lecta Avenue just before 1 a.m. “The smoke detectors went off, and the family started searching the house for smoke but […]

  • I-540 Signs Come Down as I-49 Signs Go Up

    The Interstate 540 signs are coming down Monday (April 21) as the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department prepares to put up new Interstate 49 signs. The sign transition will begin where Interstate 40 changes over to Interstate 540 in Alma. Crews will then work on changing the signs north along the interstate until reaching Bella Vista. Highway administrators said I-49 in Arkansas would be apart of a larger project, connecting the Gulf of Mexico to Canada. For more coverage on […]

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    Hundreds Attend Sunrise Easter Service at Mount Sequoyah

    Hundreds of people came together Easter morning (April 20) for a special sunrise service at the top of Mount Sequoyah in Northwest Arkansas. The Easter morning service began at 6:30 a.m., just before the sun came up. Those in attendance said it was worth waking up in the dark to see the beautiful service. “We were up kind of late preparing for Easter lunch and so it was pretty early,  but definitely worth the early morning wake up call. It […]

  • Authorities Search for Driver That Hit ASP Patrol Car

    An Arkansas State Police Trooper’s patrol car was struck by a hit and run driver Tuesday morning (April 15) in Fort Smith. Now, all authorities in the River Valley are on the lookout for the driver involved. Lt. Bryan Davis with Arkansas State Police said the hit and run accident happened on the Interstate 540 bridge that spans the Arkansas River around 6 a.m. The trooper was out working an accident on the bridge, when a car struck the side […]

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    iPix and Video: Storm Damage

    Here’s a look at the photos viewers sent us of storm damage from Sunday night (April 13).

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    Strong Winds Damage Buildings in Van Buren

    Storms ripped through the River Valley and Northwest Arkansas Sunday night (April 13), causing damage. In Van Buren, the Meadors Inn off of Alma Highway was damaged by the gusty winds. The roof of the motel was ripped off, the inside of the building flooded and those who were staying there were evacuated. Fire Marshal Stanley Clark said crews responded to the Meadors Inn around 8:30 Sunday night, after someone called in to report that the roof had blown off. […]

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    Benton County House Destroyed By Lightning

    A house in Benton County was destroyed after being struck by lightning Sunday night (April 13) as storms rolled through the area, officials said. Fire officials said they are letting the house smolder and burn itself out. The house is near the intersection of Mary Hill Drive and W.P.A Road in rural Benton County near Decatur. Officials said the house was abandoned. This was the only report of damage in Benton County caused by overnight storms.  


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