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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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  • Scott County Damage 2

    Residents Tackle Rebuilding Without Flood Insurance

    Two weeks after a deadly flood swamped Scott County, people who lost everything are working to rebuild their homes and their lives. “None of us had flood insurance,” explained Bruce Tinsley, whose home was severely damaged. “We couldn’t get it here or if you could it was prohibitively expensive. So we pretty much just lost everything we had.” Tinsley, and his wife Peggy are now working to rebuild their home. They’ve completely stripped it in an effort to let the […]

  • Scott Co Damage

    YCity Flood Victims ‘Start from Scratch’

    Nearly two weeks after flash flooding ripped through Scott County, destroying homes and leaving a path of destruction in the area behind, residents are now focusing on rebuilding and on moving forward. “It’s all gone,” Bernis Rogers, whose home was destroyed in the flooding, said. “I mean we have to start from scratch. But it’ll come together.” Rogers’ home was one of more than 50 that was destroyed or damaged in flash flooding near YCity. “You know I’ve never seen anything […]

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    Body of Drowning Victim Recovered in Mulberry

    Authorities have found the body of a 19-year-old man who went missing in the water at Bluff Hole Park in Mulberry. The body of Timothy Thompson, of Spiro, Okla., was found shortly after noon Tuesday (June 11), according to police. Family and friends gathered at the search site as crews pulled the body from the water and loaded him into an ambulance. “The family indicated that they definitely wanted to find their boy,” explained Mulberry Police Chief Shannon Gregory. “I […]

  • Cathy Byers

    Scott County Flooding Victim Still Not Laid to Rest

    The body of a woman who died in Scott County flooding on May 30 is still at the county coroner’s office. 40-year-old Cathy Byers from Dallas, Texas is one of five victims who died when flash flooding swamped parts of Scott County near Y-City. Now, local authorities are working with her family on getting her body back home to Texas. “Now that she’s gone, I don’t really have an answer here,” explained her husband, Jodie Byers. “I mean there’s no […]

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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. […]

  • Joel Campora, Photo from Facebook

    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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