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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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    Report: Arkansas Struggling with Hunger

    Arkansas is now the worst state in the nation for hunger-related problems. New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service shows more people are going without food in the Natural State than in any other state across America. Even with hundreds of bags full of food ready to go out in the community, the report shows that 20 percent of people in Arkansas are food insecure, meaning that they don’t know when they’ll get their next meal. […]

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    Dora Road Reopened After Paving Project

    Highway 64, also known as Dora Road was closed for Thursday (Sept. 5) as crews paved a portion of it near the railroad tracks. It’s part of a project that will continue at railroad crossings throughout the area. Union Pacific says over the next several weeks, they’ll be repaving the road at every railroad crossing between Van Buren and Gore, Okla. It’s an effort to make the driver smoother and safer. That adds up to about 200 projects. “We’re working […]

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    Dump Truck Crash Kills Alma Teacher

    The Alma School District is mourning the loss of one of their math teachers. “It’s been a very, very tough day for us,” said Principal Jerry Valentine. Crystal Gale Buswell, 31, was killed in a collision with a dump truck in south Fort Smith on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 29). Buswell taught Geometry and Algebra at Alma High School for six years. Before that she taught in the Ozark School District for two years. “Alma High School is a family,” Valentine […]

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    Highway Officials Discuss Ways to Speed Up I-49 Corridor

    Interstate 49 will connect Louisiana to Minnesota one day. However, right now the issue is figuring out how to speed up construction of the part running through Arkansas. Representatives from Arkansas, Missouri, and Louisiana state highway departments met Thursday to talk about the future of the project. They also discussed efforts to secure funding for the interstate project which would connection Louisiana to Minnesota. The meeting was held at the new Arkansas Highway District 4 Headquarters in Chaffee Crossing. Randy Ort, […]

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    Fort Smith Razorback Club Ready for Season Opener

    Hog fans from across the state are headed to Razorback Stadium for Saturday’s season opener against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. In the River Valley, fans are already gearing up for the game. They say it’s been a long off season and they’re ready for kickoff. “I’m very excited,” said Steve Rappeport, who belongs to the Fort Smith Razorback Club. “With football season, there’s so many people that are worried about how many games we’re going to win or lose or […]

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    Boozman Works to Bring Money to Scott County Flood Victims

    U.S. Senator John Boozman surveyed the flood damage in Scott County Tuesday (Aug. 27), working to see whether the county qualifies for federal disaster money. As part of the tour, Boozman met with people who are still working to rebuild their homes and their lives after deadly flood waters ripped through the community three months ago. Boozman said seeing the flood damage first hand has really opened his eyes to how much devastation happened as waters swamped the area on […]


    Two Sent to Hospital After Collision on Hwy 45

    Highway 45 between Commerce Road and Burrough Road in Fort Smith was closed Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 27) as police investigated an accident that sent two people to the hospital. Cpl. Michael Moss with Fort Smith Police says eyewitnesses claim the accident happened when a white truck crossed the center line on Highway 45 and hit a sports utility vehicle traveling southbound. Both vehicles ended up on a grass embankment. Medical personnel had to administer CPR to the driver of the truck. He was […]

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    Security Ramped Up After Thieves Make Off with Cash, Golf Balls

    Security is being beefed up at a River Valley Golf Club after thieves made off with thousands of dollars and dozens of expensive golf balls. The burglary happened at the Deer Trails Country Club at Chaffee Crossing on Sunday (Aug. 18). “The suspects gained entry through the back door and apparently went through different rooms inside the pro shop,” said Cpl. Patricia Sullivan with Fort Smith Police. “It wasn’t anything very high-tech,” said Ivy Owen, Executive Director at Chaffee Crossing. […]

  • Murder Suspect: Gregory Aaron Kinsey

    Death Penalty Sought for Accused Machete Killer

    Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Shue says he will seek the death penalty for a Fort Smith man accused of killing two men with a machete in June. Gregory Aaron Kinsey, 20, accused of attacking and killing two men, Nathan Young and Brandon Prince, with a machete in Fort Smith on June 26.  Kinsey is charged with two counts of capital murder. Shue filed a letter with the circuit clerk’s office Thursday stating that he was planning to seek the […]

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    Anti-Terrorist Training Held at Fort Chaffee

    More than a dozen law enforcement agencies geared up to respond to a terrorist attack Wednesday morning (Aug 21) at Fort Chaffee. It was all part of an exercise working to teach authorities how to save lives during a large-scale emergency. “We have an annual requirement to test our anti-terrorism program,” explained Maj. Kevin Cox, the operations supervisor at Fort Chaffee. “However this one was much more complicated than what we usually do. With the recent Boston bombing we decided […]

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    Firefighters Take to Water for Recovery Training

    Fort Smith firefighters trading in their axes and fire hoses for flippers and snorkels Tuesday (Aug. 20). 15 firemen plunging into the pool water at Creekmore Park as part of a training exercise on how to work with dive teams in emergency situations. “We start off with a swim test, 200 meters without gear 200 meters with gear,” explained Captain Chris Taylor. “Then it’s a 10-minute tread. Then the divers get in the deep pool and we do full face […]

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    Clarksville Teachers Unarmed on First Day of Class

    School safety is still a top priority at one River Valley school district. With kids headed back to class in Clarksville, administrators say they’re still working to be able to arm faculty and staff. However, that plan’s been put on hold. Over the summer, administrators at the district worked to come up with security plans in case students lives are ever threatened, according to Superintendent David Hopkins. More than 20 teachers and staff members were trained on a professional level […]


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