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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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    Three-Year-Old Tells Dad House is On Fire

    A little boy, saving his family just moments before their house went up in flames Sunday morning (Oct. 6). The fire happened on South R Street around 9:30. Ian Taylor said his 3-year-old son, A.J. ran out of his room this morning and said not to go in there. “We looked in there and his bed was on fire,” Taylor said. The Taylor family ran outside, managing to get everyone along with a pet rabbit out safely. “It spread really […]

  • Man Stabbed in Sequoyah County, Suspect in Custody

    Sequoyah County deputies are on scene of a stabbing north of Vian and Gore, according to Sheriff Ron Lockhart. According to authorities, a 50-year-old man was stabbed in the abdomen Sunday afternoon. The victim is being taken by helicopter to a Tulsa-area hospital to be treated for his injuries, Lockhart said. However,  the extent of his injuries is not being released at this time. The suspect involved is in custody and is being held at the Sequoyah County Detention Center, […]

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    People Brave Rainy Weather to Paint the Park Pink

    Despite the rainy weather, hundreds of people showed up to Paint the Park Pink Saturday (Oct. 5) at the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith. “It’s just a little rain,” said Teresa Jones, who is a coordinator with Ozark’s Susan G. Komen branch. “It’s not going to stop us. This is nothing compared to what breast cancer survivors have endured through their treatments and battling their illness so we can be out here in the rain for a little bit.” With their […]

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    Sallisaw Officer Arrested for Allegedly Giving Alcohol to Minors

    Sallisaw Police officer John Weber was arrested Friday (Oct. 4) after allegations of misconduct on duty surfaced last week. Weber is facing two felony counts of furnishing alcohol to a person under 21 and a misdemeanor count of furnishing alcohol to a minor, according to court documents. According to the OSBI, felony counts are for providing hard liquor or high-point beer. The misdemeanor is for providing 3.2 beer. Weber was booked into the Sequoyah County Jail and released on a […]

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    Schools Left to Come Up with Lunch Money During Shutdown

    As Congress continues to seek a budget resolution, school lunch and food programs at local schools could be cut. Funding for the free and reduced meal programs at public schools is now in question. A slice of pizza and a scoop of fruit were among items dished out at Cavanaugh Elementary Wednesday (Oct. 2). But soon that meal could start costing the district money out of its own pocket until a budget agreement can be met and the shutdown is […]

  • Teen Arrested for Allegedly Vandalizing LeFlore County Farm

    A 17-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday (Oct. 2) for allegedly causing $300,000 worth of damage at a LeFlore County farm last month. According to Undersheriff Kendall Morgan, the teen was booked into a juvenile detention center in Talihina, Okla., on a $100,000 bond. His next court appearance is Oct. 22, Morgan said. The teen was arrested on charges of molesting farm equipment, malicious injury to property and intimidating a state’s witness, Sheriff Rob Seale said. On Sept. 22, a new […]

  • Community Steps in With Donations After Shutdown Threatens Shelter’s Budget

    After Tuesday’s federal government shutdown put their food budget in jeopardy, community members came forward to support the Children’s Emergency Shelter in Fort Smith with donations. On Wednesday (Oct. 2), the shelter posted on their Facebook page that they had received practically enough canned fruit to last until the end of the year. “We won’t turn away fruit, but if you’re interested in donating food, we are now more in need of boxes of instant potatoes, boxes of Mac-n-Cheese and […]

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    Fire Chief Saves Woman in Poteau Head-On Collision

    A Heavener woman was flown to a Tulsa hospital after a head-on collision Monday evening (Sept. 30) in LeFlore County. The accident happened on Highway 59 South between Poteau and Howe, according to Sheriff Rob Seale. An accident report from Oklahoma Highway Patrol states Hannah Wagner, 18, of Heavener crossed the center line, hitting a Dodge pickup driven by Robert Hunt, 23, of Waldron. The truck caught fire. Seale said the Poteau fire chief was nearby when the accident happened. […]

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    Crews Take Down Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair

    The cotton candy machines are off, the animals with the petting zoo are back home and all of the rides have been taken down at the 77th Annual Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair. Crews spent Sunday morning (Sept. 29) tearing everything down. “We’re going to take this thing apart,” said Hari Paizis, one of the food vendors at the fair. “We’re going to clean everything inside and outside and put everything away.” For nine days, it’s been funnel cakes and cotton candy, […]

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    Archery Deer Season Opens in Arkansas

    Bow hunters across the state set their alarms early Saturday (Sept. 28), waking up before sunrise to head out for the first day of archery deer season. The Brandenburg family winded through their woods in Booneville to stake out the perfect spot. “We come out and set Mary up a blind out here and we got her a feeder here so the deer can come across,” Bobby Brandenburg said. While Mary gets in her blind, Bobby and his son Hunter […]

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    Bond Set for Paris Brothers Arrested on Suspicion of Murder

    The Logan County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men in connection with the May shooting death of a Paris man. Harry Bodine, 53, and Brett Bodine, 51 were arrested Wednesday (Sept. 25) on suspicion of first degree murder and hindering apprehension in the death of 33-year-old Joseph Stapleton, according to Logan County Chief Deputy David Spicer. Formal charges were filed Friday and bond was set at $1 million for each defendant. On May 14, Stapleton was found lying dead in the […]

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    Greenwood Man Spins Wheel of Fortune

    A Greenwood man spun the Wheel of Fortune on national TV Friday night (Sept. 27). Todd Koch of Greenwood took home $13,500 on the popular game show. His family and friends held a watch party for him at Joe’s Cantina in Fort Smith. Even though the episode was taped in July, Koch said he kept the results to himself so they had to watch to find out how much he’d won. In the end, Koch came out in second place. […]


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