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
  • Two Suspects Arrested in Booneville Homicide Investigation

    BOONEVILLE (KFSM) – Booneville Police said two men have been arrested in connection to a homicide investigation. The names of those men are not being released at this time. Authorities said they were arrested in connection to the death of Greg Kennedy, 40, from Booneville, who died Tuesday afternoon (July 22). Details of how Kennedy died are still not being released, according to Booneville Police. Investigators said Kennedy was taken to an area hospital Tuesday afternoon, where he was later pronounced […]

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    Arrest Warrant Issued For Fort Smith Shooting Suspect

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect in a Fort Smith shooting case that took place on Wednesday morning (July 23), police said. Authorities have issued the warrant for Stacy Lisenbery on suspicion of first-degree battery. Lisenbery was last seen driving a gold SUV, according to police. The shooting left one woman hospitalized with a non-life threatening injury, police said. The woman identified as Elisa Nakedhead was shot once inside a duplex on Phoenix Avenue near […]

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    Fort Smith Apartment Complex Burns Twice in One Week

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Fire Marshal is investigating after an abandoned apartment complex in Fort Smith burns twice, in just over a week. The former “Village Apartments” complex caught fire again Wednesday morning (July 23), at 3:40 a.m., according to Battalion Chief Mark Talley. That complex is located at the intersection of 36th and Kinkead near Tilles Park. Multiple people saw large amounts of smoke coming from the complex early Wednesday morning and called authorities, according to Talley. Crews […]

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    Poteau House Damaged in Early Morning Fire

    POTEAU (KFSM) – A house in Poteau was damaged after an early morning fire Wednesday (July 23). Crews said the fire started inside the house, located at 608 Hardy, just before 2:30 a.m. Poteau Fire was able to keep the fire contained inside the house while they got the flames put out, according to dispatcheres. Authorities said the house was abandoned, and no one was inside the house when the fire started. The cause of the fire is still under […]

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    Spiro Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges

    SPIRO (KFSM) – Billy Fuller, 48, of Spiro, Oklahoma, has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. He is now in the custody of the United States Marshal Service until he is formally sentenced, authorities said. Fuller was arrested after an investigation by the Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration in District 16. Their investigation started in early 2011 and continued until December 31, 2013, authorities […]

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    Crawford County Investigates After Camper Burns

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – Deputies with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office are investigating after a camper burned on Highway 220, near Cedarville Tuesday morning (July 22). Another driver saw the camper burst into flames near Lee Creek Road just after 5:30 a.m. and called authorities, according to dispatchers. According to Crawford County Chief Deputy Jimmy Damante, “The fire had been burning for quite some time probably all through the night, at the point smoldering more or less.” Authorities said no […]

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    Power Restored To 2,000 Homes In Sebastian County

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) – Nearly 2,000 homes and businesses have had their power restored in Sebastian County Tuesday morning (July 22), according to SWEPCO. At this point it’s not clear what caused the outages. Stay with 5NEWS for more on this story as more information becomes available.

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    Boil Order Issued in Crawford County

    NATURAL DAM (KFSM) – A boil order is now in effect for people who live and work in Natural Dam, according to Cedarville Water Department Superintendent Fred Snipes. The boil order affects people whose homes and businesses are on Peaceful Home Road and in surrounding areas in that community. Authorities said 20-feet of the water line broke earlier Tuesday morning (July 22). Crews are out now, working to repair the line. Once the necessary repairs are made, officials said they’ll […]

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    Two Hospitalized After Motorcycles Collide Near Sallisaw

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY, OKLA. (KFSM) – Two men are recovering in the hospital after their motorcycles collided on U.S. Highway 59 near Sallisaw. Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the accident happened Monday night (July 21) around 10:30 p.m. Shawn Chambers, 42, of Muldrow, was taken by ambulance to Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith with trunk-internal injuries, troopers said. Craig Silvay, 48, of Fort Smith, was taken by helicopter to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with arm, leg, head, […]


    Fort Smith Bomb Squad Investigates Suspicious Device

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Fort Smith Bomb Squad was called in to investigate a suspicious device early Thursday morning (July 17). The device, which Bomb Squad Commander Skip Mathews said turned out to just be a fan motor, with an LED light attached to it, was found just after 2 a.m. in a field near the Fred’s off of Phoenix Avenue. A Fort Smith police officer, who was working his normal route, said he found the device and decided to have the […]

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    Crews Investigate After Abandoned Apartment Building Burns

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- Fort Smith Fire crews are investigating after an abandoned apartment building went up in flames early Tuesday morning (July 15). Crews on scene said they got a call about the former Village Apartments complex, located at the intersection of Kinkead and 36th, burning around 2 a.m. “Once the crews got on scene, they saw a lot of flames and smoke coming out of the complex here and just went to work,” Battalion Chief Skip Mathews said. Mathews […]


    Victim Identified In Van Buren Fatality Accident

    A man that was hit and killed just off the interstate in Van Buren, moments after surviving a rollover accident, has been identified by authorities. Karl Brandon Kasprytzki, 34, of Mulberry was named as the victim by authorities. Others involved in the accident haven’t been named yet. Troopers with Arkansas State Police said the first single-vehicle accident happened on East Pointer Trail around 6:40 a.m. Authorities said the car struck a barrier cable, which then caused the vehicle to roll over multiple times. The […]


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