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
  • Authorities Arrest Three Suspects Involved In High-Speed Chase

    Authorities in Crawford County have arrested three suspects after a high-speed chase that, at times, got up to 100 miles-per-hour, but one suspect is still on the loose. Several different law enforcement agencies in the River Valley are searching for one remaining suspect involved in a high-speed chase that spanned three counties Wednesday night (May 28), according to Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown. The stolen flatbed truck used in the chase was found abandoned in south Logan County Thursday morning. […]

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    Report: Officer Arrested After Holding Gun To 5 Year Old’s Head

    A Fort Smith police officer was arrested and placed on administrative leave Tuesday after Sequoyah County deputies said he fired a gun inside his home and held a gun to a five-year-old child’s head. Officer Naaman Adcock was placed on administrative leave with pay while authorities conduct an internal investigation. Sequoyah County authorities said they took nine guns from Adcock’s possession after he fired off several rounds into a wall inside his home after he got into a drunken dispute […]

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    NRA Grants $65K to Clarksville Schools for Security

    The National Rifle Association gave Clarksville Schools a $65,000 grant to be used for it’s security measures, according to Superintendent David Hopkins. This, after administrators at Clarksville Schools decided to equip more than a dozen teachers and staff with guns and badges to act as security guards in a controversial decision that made national headlines last fall. Superintendent David Hopkins repeatedly defended the school’s position, saying that arming the teachers and staff was the best way to protect students at […]

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    One Arrested, One Hospitalized in Bentonville Stabbing

    One person is behind bars and another is in the hospital after a stabbing Sunday night (May 25) in Bentonville, said Lt. Randy Wood of the Bentonville Police Department. Nathan Stines, 22, is being held without bond at the Benton County Jail and faces a felony charge of first-degree battery, the lieutenant said. The stabbing happened around 8:15 p.m. at 2319 S.W. 17th St, Wood said. When authorities arrived at the site, they found the victim injured and then transported that person […]

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    $14 Million Donated to Planned Chaffee Medical School

    $14 million has been donated to a planned medical school at Chaffee Crossing, according to Ivy Owen, who is the Executive Director for the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority. The donation was anonymous and was announced Thursday (May 22) at the Chaffee Crossing board meeting, Owen said. The Fort Smith Regional Healthcare Foundation announced it’s  plans to build the new medical center at Chaffee Crossing this past February. The proposed school will be able to teach approximately 150 students and is designed […]

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    Springdale Man Injured In Accidental Shooting Wanted

    Springdale Police are looking for a man who claimed he was shot, but now police say that shooting was accidental. Dakota Rogers, 35, is wanted for felony Filing a False Police Report, according to Lt. Derek Hudson. Rogers walked into the Northwest Medical Center emergency room around 12:30 a.m. Monday (May 5th) with gunshot wounds, according to Sgt. Chad Niccum of the Springdale Police Department. Rogers was taken into surgery for wounds to his abdomen and wrist, according to the […]

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    Bomb Squad Investigates Suspicious Package at Gas Station

    The Bomb Squad, Fort Smith Police and Fire Departments were all called out to a gas station Thursday morning (May 22) after employees discovered a ‘suspicious’ package. A briefcase was found sitting in the middle of one of the gas station stalls at the Jam Mart on Cavanaugh Road, just off of Highway 71, according to police. Employees said they first noticed the briefcasearound 2:30 a.m., but decided to wait until their manager came in at 6:00 a.m. before calling […]


    University of Arkansas System Approves Tuition Hike

    The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees approved the tuition increase for its 18 campuses in the U of A System. Under the plan, the board said tuition would increase by five percent at its flagship campus in Fayetteville. Breaking down the numbers means the increase tuition would go from its current rate at $7,818 to $8,209. The plan calls for a 6 percent hike at the U of A Fort Smith campus, raising tuition from $5,624 to $5962. Students […]

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    Sebastian County Home Destroyed in Fire

    A Sebastian County home was reduced to rubble early Thursday morning (May 22), after a fire broke out overnight. Authorities said the fire happened around midnight at a home  in the 4000 block of Hidden Lane, just off of Highway 71 in the Jenny Lind community. Authorities said when they got on scene, they found a wire that went to the house on fire. They say they called SWEPCO and had the power to the home turned off. Authorities said […]


    Power Line Company Meets with Affected Homeowners

    Homeowners will meet with officials from a power line company to talk about a planned construction project, which has some upset. If all goes as planned, the power line company would put high-voltage power lines on their land. The company, Clean Line Energy, which is based out of Houston, is meeting with homeowners in a handful of cities this week, to talk about the project. When built, the company says the 750-mile electric transmission line will deliver low-cost, renewable energy […]

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    Fayetteville Approves 100K in Improvements to Mount Kessler

    Leaders in Fayetteville gave the thumbs up for more than $100,000 in improvements to Mount Kessler at their city council meeting Tuesday night (May 20). The city council says the newly-approved funding will pay for water main improvements at the regional city park. Alderman have been focused on restoring the park since they purchased the land at Mount Kessler this past February, in hopes of building a trailhead.  

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    Shotgun Shooting Sends Booneville Man to Hospital

    Booneville police are investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital. The shooting took place around 10:30 p.m. Monday (May 19) on Broadway Street, according to Booneville Police Chief Albert Brown. Roy Wingate, 36, is in jail as a suspect. He’s accused of shooting Aaron Henry, 24, in his right leg with a shotgun. Henry is at UAMS in Little Rock where he is listed in stable condition awaiting surgery from the shotgun blast, according to authorities. Wingate […]


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