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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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    Bottled Water Donated to Scott County Flood Victims

    An estimated four thousand gallons of water was donated to flood victims in Scott County Thursday (June 6). It’s going to homes where well water could be contaminated from last week’s floods. Approximately 1,000 gallons of water was donated by the River Valley Regional Food Bank. Another 3,000 gallons of water was shipped in by Mountain Valley Water later Thursday afternoon. The supply should get residents through the next week or so. Other items such as heavy duty bleach and […]

  • Memorial Service Held for Sheriff Killed in Flood

    A memorial ceremony was held Wednesday (June 5) for Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter who died last week during a swift water rescue attempt. Hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the state and many from the community gathered at the Waldron High School Football Field to mourn the loss. The ceremony began at 1 p.m. “Law enforcement in general has a bond,” said Ronny Baldwin, president of the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association. “But the sheriffs have a brotherhood so to […]

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    Suspect Identified in Fort Smith Home Invasion, Shooting

    Fort Smith Police have identified 25-year-old Daniel Elon Bell as the suspected shooter in Monday night’s home invasion that left one man injured. An arrest warrant on the charges of Aggravated Residential Burglary, Aggravated Robbery, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Battery 1st Degree carrying a $500,000 bond has been issued for Bell, according to Fort Smith Police Sgt. Daniel Grubbs. Bell could possibly be armed and is considered dangerous, Grubbs said. If you have any information that can […]

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    EPA Cleaning Up Oil Spill in Fort Smith

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working to clean up 15,000 gallons of spilled mineral oil from an OG&E transformer that exploded at a utility substation on Cavanaugh Road in Fort Smith Saturday (June 1), said Jeff Turner, Sebastian County emergency manager. Oil spilled into Massard Creek in Oklahoma and flowed nearly 200 yards into Arkansas before crews stopped the downstream flow, said Adam Adams, the EPA’s on-scene coordinator. “There is a significant amount that did leak off [OG&E] property and we […]

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    PHOTOS: Storage Tank Fire At LeFlore County Metal Plant

    Emergency crews responded early Monday afternoon to storage tank fire at a metal plant in LeFlore County, Okla. Police and fire crews were on the scene of the fire at Yaffe Iron and Metal in Arkoma at about 1 p.m. No injuries were reported, and firefighters extinguished the fire about one hour later. A storage tank used for cutting metal exploded, after which sparks started flying and the tank caught fire, said firefighter Don King with the Arkoma Fire Department. […]

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    Search Resumes for Missing Game Warden, Scott County Woman

    The search has resumed for Joel Campora, an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officer, and an unidentified women who went missing Friday (May 31) during severe flooding in the Y City area of Scott County, after heavy rain forced the search to stop earlier Saturday. 12 teams have been formed to search the land around the swollen Fourche River, Sebastian County Investigation Phillip Pevehouse said in an update on the Sheriff’s Department Facebook page Saturday around noon. K-9’s have […]

  • Scott County Sheriff Found Dead During Severe Flooding

    The search for Joel Campora, an Arkansas Game and Fish Warden concluded after river boats pulled onto shore. The body of Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter was found around 8 a.m. Friday (May 31) after a major flooding event in Scott County, according to Arkansas Game and Fish spokesman Keith Stephens. Law enforcement officials and volunteers with the Red Cross in Arkansas lined the road as Carpenter’s body was escorted back from where he was found. Joel Campora, an Arkansas […]

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    Music Begins as Wakarusa Organizers Monitor Storms

    The Wakarusa Music Festival kicked off three hours later than expected due to severe weather in Franklin County. The music was supposed to begin at noon, but concert goers were told move to tents until about 3 p.m. when the storms calmed down. More severe weather is expected for that area Thursday night (May 30) so organizers are keeping an eye on it and discussing possible evacuations. “We have protocols for bull horns on stages and announcements and how we […]

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    Wakarusa Ramps Up Security for Music Festival

    A beefed-up security force is in place for the opening of the annual Wakarusa Music Festival in Franklin County. The detail’s main concern is keeping the estimated 25,000 concert-goers safe. Jonathan Keogh, the head of security at the festival, said to make sure that happens, an additional 300 private security officers are in place at Wakarusa. “We started locking down the site on Monday and our numbers of security staff have come up from there,” Keogh said. “So we’re securing […]

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    ‘Snoop Lion’ to Play Wakarusa

    Just days before the 10th annual Wakarusa music festival kicks off, volunteers and staff are busy preparing for thousands of people. “This is our tenth anniversary and we’re very proud of that,” Brett Mosiman, Wakarusa director, said. “A lot of people thought when we moved to Arkansas we wouldn’t make it ten years and we found a great home here in Northwest Arkansas. We love Mulberry Mountain.” An estimated 25,000 people are making their way to Franklin County this week […]

  • 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 […]


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