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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.


Recent Articles
  • Rebuilding Jethro Pentecostal

    Work Resumes on Church After Collapse Hospitalizes Volunteer

    Members of the Jethro Pentecostal Church in Franklin County spent much of Wednesday (May 15) cleaning up the site and rebuilding the addition that collapsed, injuring four people last week. The men were working on the roof when it collapsed on May 8. Cody Jones, who is the brother of Sheriff Anthony Boen, is the only one still hospitalized. Jones has no feeling on the right side of his body and limited feeling on the left, according to family members; […]

  • SebCo Sales Tax Vote

    Sebastian County Voters Approve 10-Year Tax Extension

    A countywide sales tax on the books in Sebastian County since 1994 is overwhelmingly approved again Tuesday night (May 14). The final count shows the tax passed with 79 percent voting in favor of the tax. The tax benefits all of Sebastian County, including the city of Fort Smith. The money raised is distributed within the county and its eleven cities based on their share of the county’s population. The money raised from the tax goes to pay for services […]

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    Homeless Told to Leave Camp

    A homeless camp located on railroad property in Fort Smith is being shut down. The camp, known as the ‘North Camp,’ has existed along the Fort Smith riverfront for two decades. But Wednesday (May 15) signs will go up telling them they have to move off the property. Allison McFate moved to the ‘North Camp’ two years ago. She said she’s devastated that she has to move. “It just hurts,” McFate said through tears. “I don’t want to move. I […]

  • Muldrow High School Commandments

    Muldrow School Board Addresses Ten Commandments Issue

    Muldrow Public Schools have been in the spotlight lately with recent lawsuit threats if they did not take down postings of The Ten Commandments in the classroom. The issues were tackled during a regular school board meeting at Muldrow High School Monday night (April 13). “The Supreme Court has of the United States has already decided this issue and said that you can’t post the Ten Commandments on a wall of a public school classroom,”Jerry Richardson, an attorney with Rosenstein, […]

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    Final ‘Turkey Shoot’ for 188th

    They call it a ‘turkey shoot’ and pilots with the 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith put their last one on the books Monday (May 13). “It went really well,” said Major Doug Davis. “We had all of the bombs that were supposed to come off the airplanes, did come off the airplanes. They all hit the ground. So that’s a good thing.” It’s all part of a friendly competition for pilots in the 188th Fighter Wing to see who […]

  • Jethro Church

    Sheriff’s Brother Likely To Walk Again After Church Roof Collapse

    Three of the four men injured when the roof of a church collapsed in Jethro, Ark., Wednesday evening have been released from the hospital. But a fourth man is still badly injured, according to Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen. The sheriff’s younger brother, 21-year-old Cody Jones, is unable to feel below his neck, Boen said. However, Thursday night, doctors told the family that Jones will be able to walk again, Boen said. Jones was one of four men working on […]

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    Was Landowner Justified In Deadly Shooting?

    The shooting near Muldrow Tuesday night (May 8) that left one man dead has raised a question over when you can use deadly force in protecting yourself. John Douglas Elliot, Jr., 23, died after allegedly trying to steal from a homeowner  Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart said. Under Oklahoma law, deadly force can be justified if your life is threatened according to Sallisaw lawyer Dan George. “A person has the right to protect his property and his person,” George said. “Now […]

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    Colleen Nick Says Survival Story Renews Hope

    Colleen Nick, whose daughter went missing in 1995, says the return of three Cleveland women who were reunited with their families after years in captivity, restores her hope that one day her daughter could also come home. Nick’s daughter, Morgan, went missing in June of 1995 from an Alma ball field. Since her disappearance, local law enforcement agencies have been working to bring her home. Nick, still hoping to find her daughter, said she relies on her faith and on […]

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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 […]

  • Cold Baseball

    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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