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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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    Van Buren Police Search for Suspected Car Thief

    Van Buren Police are searching for a suspect accused of crashing a stolen vehicle into a ditch. Authorities were called around 3 a.m. Tuesday (May 6) after a report of a badly damaged Gold-colored Dodge Durango on its side in a ditch at Lovers Lane and Rena Road. Van Buren Police said the vehicle had been reported stolen. Police said the vehicle had hit a mailbox before crashing into the ditch. “This morning, I don`t know, when I woke up […]

  • Sebastian County to Decide on Penny Tax

    Early voting starts Tuesday (May 7) as voters in Sebastian County decide whether to continue a one cent sales tax which was first approved in 1994. Voters renewed the tax again in 2004. The tax benefits all of Sebastian County, including the city of Fort Smith. The money is distributed within the county and its eleven cities based on their share of the county’s population. “The main usage is public safety,” explained Sebastian County Judge David Hudson. “That would be […]

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    Man Drives Into Fort Smith Chicken Store

    A River Valley man who suffered cuts to his head when his car crashed into a chicken store early Friday morning (May 3) has been released from the hospital. Jonathan Sevenstar, 21, drove a Ford Taurus with passenger Brittany Qualls, 19, nearly all the way through the Poultry Direct at the corner of Zero Street and Highway 271 around 1 a.m., according to Sgt. Brandon Byrd with the Fort Smith Police Department. Sevenstar allegedly told officers we was on his […]

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    Kids Keep Playing Ball, Even in Cold Rain

    It’s definitely not baseball weather outside and for many teams, games were cancelled or postponed until the sunshine returns. But for some, the rain just meant muddy pants. “It’s pretty nasty out,” Johnny Young, the coach for ASE, said. “It’s usually by now that we’re wearing shorts. Of course, earlier in the week we were wearing shorts. Now it feels like a November football game out here.” But even as temperatures continued to plunge, the team kept playing ball. Each […]

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    Families Displaced After Apartment Fire

    Four families have been forced out of their homes in Van Buren after a fire ripped through an apartment, destroyed what was inside and damaged neighboring units. The fire started inside an apartment the Vista Hills Apartment Complex just off of Bella Vista Road around 1 p.m. Thursday (May 2). Sabra Richmond, who lives next door to the apartment that burned, says she was just inside with her 5-month-old baby when she says she saw smoke drifting in her window. […]

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    Deputies Make Pot Bust Near Greenwood

    Three people were arrested on drug and weapons charges near Greenwood Tuesday (April 30) after Sebastian County deputies discovered large amounts of marijuana. Donald Norman, 56, Diana Norman, 44, and Richard Willis, 42, were arrested on felony charges of possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining premises for narcotic sales, and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. Willis was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Deputies received a tip that […]

  • Shirley Banning, 36, was last seen in Broken Arrow, Okla. (Photos Courtesy: TheCharleyProject.org, a cold case search engine)

    Family Waits for Answers in Cold Case Disappearance

    Franklin County Deputies and members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are searching an area of the county for the remains of an Oklahoma woman who went missing in 1975. The search began Tuesday for a woman who disappeared from the Tulsa area nearly 40 years ago (April 30), according to Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen. Authorities say the victim is Shirley Joann Banning, who also went by the name Shirley Joann Snow. Her family, who called her Joann Snow, […]

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    UAFS Students Hold Memorial Run for Boston Bombing Victims

    Students at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (UAFS) held a memorial run to raise funds for recent victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The event, named #BostonStrongFortSmith, started at the Bell Tower on the UAFS campus Monday (April 29) night. UAFS student Casandra Bright, of Alma, who is vice chair of the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at UAFS, said her group got together with Western Arkansas Runners to hold the three-mile walk/run. “This […]

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    Budget Cuts Affect Summertime Pool Hours

    Fort Smith is working to trim $1.5 million from its budget this year. The cuts are coming directly from the general fund which means the police and fire departments, along with the parks department are facing budget cuts. “The general fund projections haven’t been coming in as we anticipated,” explained Fort Smith Deputy City Administrator Jeff Dingman. “We do a conservative budget estimate but sales taxes, which is a large portion of our general fund budget, have come in behind […]

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    Fans Remember Country Legend George Jones

    Country legend George Jones died Friday at the age of 81. He died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He had been hospitalized since April 18 with both a fever and irregular blood pressure. Jones, the man behind some of the most revered country songs, including “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Grand Tour” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” remembered for his contributions to country music. Fans of his in the River Valley said even though he’s […]

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    Car Thief Crashes into Panama Swamp

    Panama police are looking for a young white man who allegedly stole a Camaro Friday afternoon (April 26) and crashed it into a swampy area. The theft was reported around 1:30 p.m. Larry Royrie, the car’s owner, had stopped by at a friend’s house and left his vehicle running outside. “I just ran in for a minute, left the keys in the car, then I heard someone peal out,” Royrie said. “He looked out there and said, ‘Someone’s taking your […]

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    Driver Struck By 13-Pound Wood Block Recovering

    A Fort Smith woman is recovering after a 13-pound block of wood came crashing through her car windshield, smashing both her hand and her face. The victim, Samantha Baker, said the driver responsible took off. Now, her family is working with police to try to figure out what happened. Baker was on her way home, driving from Fort Smith to Van Buren on Highway 64-D Wednesday (April17). Her dad and her three-year-old daughter were both in the car with her. […]


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