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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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    City Budget Cuts Mean Changes for Police, Fire, Parks

    The city of Fort Smith is working to trim $1.5 million from its budget for the year. Those cuts are coming directly from the general funds budget due to a drop in sales tax revenue, according to City Administrator Ray Gosack. As a result, Fort Smith’s police, fire and parks departments are each working to make budget cuts. “We decided it was prudent to go ahead and make some budget adjustments now earlier in the fiscal year while we could […]

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    Dentist Encourages Visits Despite Recent Scares

    Recent dental scares in our area have raised questions for some patients wondering whether they should be worried about their own dentist. Medical professionals say the recent scares are isolated and add the profession is closely monitored. Some patients began expressing these concerns over their own safety after state officials say an Arkansas dentist, who has since died, might have exposed patients in our area to an infectious disease. Meanwhile, authorities say a Tulsa dentist is being investigated after possibly […]

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    Business Owner Works to Place Employees After Fire

    Charleston business owner Phil White said he’s coming up with a plan for his displaced workers after a fire heavily damaged his pallet factory. About 25 employees of Medlock Forest Products are affected. White said he plans to put about a third of them to work at his Fort Smith Plant on Highway 71 South, a third at the Clarksville site and the rest of them will be out of work until he can restore the Charleston plant. White said […]

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    Late-Night Construction Keeps Fort Smith Families Awake

    The state highway department is working to replace a Fort Smith bridge, but the constant construction has some nearby residents annoyed at the noise. “At first, I thought it was someone who maybe had a stereo that was, like, thumping,” said Autumn Lee, who lives near the construction. “And then we came outside.” Officials with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department are working to reduce noise, but the best time to replace the bridge is at night because of traffic, […]

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    Vehicle Catches Fire, Spreads to Fort Smith Home

    A Fort Smith man is recovering after his car exploded in his garage, causing his home to catch on fire, according to police. Chris Cross lost his car, his home and almost everything inside. Cross’ neighbor, Gary Reichard, said he was mowing his yard Friday afternoon (April 5) when he heard the explosion. “I looked up and I didn’t see anything for a while and then I looked up and I saw that black smoke start coming up,” Reichard said. […]

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    Naked Man Drags Officer, Crashes After Chase, Police Say

    A naked man is in custody after police say he dragged a Fort Smith officer along his car before causing a crash and launching through a windshield. Police responded to a car crash Friday night near on Phoenix Avenue in Fort Smith in which a witness said a naked driver caused the crash. When Capt. Edward Smalley approached the naked suspect’s car, the suspect grabbed Smalley and accelerated the vehicle, dragging Smalley for a short distance before the officer was […]

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    New Jobs to Impact Local Restaurants, Housing Market

    With hundreds of jobs moving in to the Fort Smith area, local restaurants and realtors say it can only mean good things for business. Lucy’s Diner serves up home-style southern food on Towson Avenue. Waitresses say when new businesses move into the area, it means more customers filling the booths. Health Management Associates is bringing 500 jobs to Fort Smith this summer. Their offices will be located in the former Phoenix Village Mall, next to the Sykes call center. Community […]

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    Health Management Group to Bring Hundreds of Jobs to Fort Smith

    More than 500 jobs are coming to the Fort Smith area over the next 12 months, according to officials. Health Management Associates (HMA) executive director Shannon White made the announcement Thursday afternoon (April 4) at the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce. “I’m very excited. I was born and raised here, so this is my home and it’s very important to me that Health Management has recognized local talent and has opted to allow us to stay local and that’s very […]

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    Coal Could Spur Job Growth In LeFlore County

    LeFlore County continually has one of the highest unemployment rates in Oklahoma. But now, a coal mining company says they’re planning to bring hundreds of new jobs to the area. Ouro Mining, Inc. says they want to build the state’s third underground coal mine, according to the company’s website. The proposed site is just a few miles east of Heavener. Jobs will include both underground and above ground work. They say they’re expecting to add up to 400 jobs with […]

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    City Declares Whirlpool Cleanup an Emergency

    Fort Smith City Directors have now passed an emergency resolution to clean up a 30-year-old chemical spill at the old Whirlpool plant in Fort Smith. The board met Tuesday (April 2), and unanimously passed a resolution urging Whirlpool and the state to quickly cleanup the site of a trichloroethylene (TCE) spill. Director Mike Lorenz told 5NEWS he’s glad the city is finally holding Whirlpool responsible. “The emergency was there 20 years ago,” explained Lorenz. “Unfortunately it’s kind of been brushed […]

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    New Check-In System Installed at Fort Smith Schools

    The Fort Smith Public School District is taking a look at how to make their students safer. Administrators say a new security system is in place to better protect students during the school day. The new high-tech system is part of a pilot program at both Cook Elementary and Trusty Elementary. Gordon Floyd, ED.D, the Deputy Superintendent at Fort Smith Schools, explained that to get in to the schools now, visitors must first ring a door bell. Secretaries will then […]

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    Family Cleans Up After Tornado Destroys Home

    A Sallisaw family has found a new place to live after their home was destroyed in an EF-1 tornado. Chris Reese and his two sons, Everett, 9, and Garrison, 7, have been sorting through debris, trying to salvage what’s left of their belongings before moving in to their new home. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down south of Sallisaw at 11:20 p.m. Saturday. The tornado was 250 yards wide and traveled for one-half mile with winds […]