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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
  • Two Years After Denning Tornado, Residents More Cautious

    Two years ago a violent and deadly tornado ripped its way through the river valley. Etna, Denning and eventually northern Johnson County were all in the path of an EF-4 tornado. “It’s a night I won’t soon forget,” said Michael Post, an Altus resident. “That night it was very, very loud, high winds, heavy, heavy rain. It was so loud that I couldn’t hear the sirens going off in town. But I didn’t need to.” Three people were killed, dozens […]

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    Whirlpool Neighbors File Lawsuits

    Whirlpool is now facing two lawsuits after growing concern about a chemical spill near the company’s former Fort Smith plant. Neighbors and property owners who live just across the street from the Whirlpool site filed the lawsuits Thursday (May 23) seeking restitution for property damages. Raymond Flowers has lived on Jacobs Street for the past 35 years. For the majority of it, he worked at Whirlpool and retired just before the plant shut down. Now Flowers is among those suing […]

  • Friedman-Mincer Building

    Historic Fort Smith Building to Undergo Renovation

    A historic building in Fort Smith that’s sat empty for many, many years and has been threatened with demolition has a new owner. The Friedman-Mincer Building, also known as the OTASCO building, was purchased Tuesday (May 21) by Steve Clark, the owner and founder of Propak Logistics, for office space. “It’s an icon for this community, for the region really,” Jayne Hughes, the Downtown Development Coordinator for Fort Smith said. Now, nearly a hundred years after it was built, the […]

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    EF-0 Tornado Slams LeFlore County

    National Weather Service officials said an EF-0 tornado caused the Oklahoma damage near Poteau and Cameron during the storms that hit the area Monday night. A National Weather Service team surveyed severe weather damage in the LeFlore County towns Wednesday, trying to determine whether a tornado was to blame. Two members of Tulsa’s National Weather Service office sorted through various forms of the wreckage from high winds. The weather service officials first surveyed Poteau, then traveled to Cameron in the […]

  • Strong Winds Tear Roofs from LeFlore County Businesses

    Residents in Poteau, Okla. are cleaning up after a possible tornado hit Monday evening (May 20).

  • Police Brutality Lawsuit

    VIDEO: Police Brutality Lawsuit Filed By 95-Pound Disabled Woman

    What started off as a noise complaint has now turned in to a federal police brutality lawsuit between a Clarksville woman and the city’s police department. Jacqueline Hennick filed the federal lawsuit after she claims a patrolman threw her to the ground and beat her outside her home on South Elm Street. The trial date is now set for Sept. 30. The problem began in 2011 in response to constant loud music in the neighborhood, Hennick said. One night, she […]

  • Boyfriend Named Person of Interest in Attempted Murder Case

    Investigators now have reason to believe the boyfriend of Annette Rapalee, who was shot in the face and left for dead in a Bella Vista Creek bed Saturday (May 11), could be behind the crime. Police say they found blood on the man and inside his vehicle. They also located a weapon. “Right now we’re not at the point where we can make an arrest,” explained Bella Vista Police Chief Ken Farmer. “We’re not at the point where we can  […]

  • Kou Her's Johnson County booking photo

    Johnson County Child Allegedly Stabbed by Relative Dies

    A six-year-old who was allegedly stabbed by a relative last week died from her injuries at Arkansas Childrens Hospital in Little Rock, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. Kou Her, 21, currently faces three counts of second degree battery, one count of residential burglary, one count of attempted kidnapping and one count of attempted murder, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. No word yet on when his charges will be ugraded. Deputies responded to a residence on County Road […]

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

    Family Wants Answers in Cold Case Disappearance

    The family of Shirley Snow, who went missing from the Tulsa area in 1975, is in the River Valley looking for answers about her disappearance. Snow’s family said they believe she is buried in Franklin County and have now put up a $2,000 reward for information about her case. “She’s been gone for 38 years,” Sandra Snow, Snow’s daughter-in-law, said. “They’ve just put a new hole in the hearts of these people. It’s fresh its alive. They’re reliving it all […]

  • 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 […]


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