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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
  • Teen Dies After Being Shot By Friend

    A 16-year-old boy from Panama, Okla., was pronounced dead in a Tulsa hospital Sunday (Dec. 1), after being shot by a friend Saturday (Nov. 23), according to Panama Police. The incident happened Saturday afternoon around 2 on Pierce Road in Panama, authorities said. The victim and a 14-year-old friend were returning from a camping trip when the 14-year-old tripped, causing his gun to go off, according to Sgt. Andrew Bevil with Panama Police. The bullet struck 16-year-old Ryan Self in […]


    State Highway Worker Remembered After Deadly Shooting

    A River Valley woman shot and killed on the job at an Arkansas Welcome Center one year ago was honored Wednesday (May 1). Friends and family came together to pay tribute to Sharren Richards. Richards, who worked as an attendant at the Arkansas Welcome Center along Interstate 40 in Van Buren, was collecting trash around 6:30 in the morning on May 1, 2012. Authorities said she walked around the side of the building, where she noticed a car parked in […]


    Two Rescued In Fort Smith House Fire

    Dozens of firefighters are responding to a house fire in Fort Smith.

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    Mulberry Family Safe After House Fire

    A Crawford County family is safe Friday morning (Nov. 29) after their home caught fire. Authorities said the fire broke out around 4 a.m. Friday at a home on Church Street in Mulberry. A Crawford County dispatcher told 5NEWS that the family who lives in the home made it out safely. Firefighters worked for hours Friday morning to put the flames out, according to the dispatcher. No word yet on what caused the fire to spark. Crews on scene are […]

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    Head-On Collision Backing Up Traffic in Arkoma

    Police are on the scene of a head-on collision in Arkoma Friday morning (Nov. 29). The accident happened on Highway 112 and CNG Road just before 6 a.m. Pocola Police said two cars were involved in the accident. At this time, it’s unclear how many people in the cars at the time of the accident, or the extent of their injuries according to Pocola Police. Authorities said traffic in the area has backed up as a result of the accident. […]

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    Police Search For Injured Driver After Wreck

    Fort Smith police and fire officials are searching for a driver they believe was injured in an early morning accident in Fort Smith on Thursday (Nov. 28). The single-car accident happened on 70th Street and Dallas Drive. Because of the damage to the car, authorities said they believe the driver was injured in the accident. However, the driver left the scene before crews got on site, authorities said. Police said they believe the driver may have hit some gravel near a […]

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    Ice In Poteau, Sunday Afternoon

    5NEWS reporter Meredith Baldwin captured these pictures of ice on cars and roadways, Sunday afternoon (Nov. 24). The temperature in Poteau, OK. is below freezing at 29 degrees. No major accidents have been reported, but police say drivers do need to take it slow and use extra caution. Meredith will be LIVE with the latest weather conditions across the River Valley tonight at 5:30, 9:00 and 10:00 on 5NEWS.

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    Food Bank Works to Feed Families in Need For Thanksgiving

    An estimated 62,000 people in the River Valley don’t have enough food or money to eat Thanksgiving dinner with their loved ones this year, according to statistics from the River Valley Regional Food Bank. “Every year there’s a knock at the door and there’s a family that says ‘I don’t know what I was going to do for Thanksgiving,'” said Ken Kupchick with the food bank. The food bank is now working to make sure that all of the families […]


    Woman Rushed To Hospital After Being Declared Dead

    A Fort Smith woman pronounced dead was rushed to the hospital after the deputy coroner discovered she was still breathing. Fort Smith Police say Bonnie Bolen, 87, of Fort Smith, was found slumped over on her couch by a neighbor Thursday (Nov. 14) morning. When Fort Smith EMS and Fire arrived on scene at 10:15, a paramedic with the EMS crew pronounced Bolen dead and called the Sebastian County Coroner’s Office, according to the police report. “She started breathing and […]

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    Outer Zone Owner Arrested With Gun And Drugs, Deputies Say

    The owner of a local smoking and novelty shop was arrested Friday after police say they found drugs and a gun on him during a traffic stop in Fort Smith. His arrest comes a year after authorities raided his business during a drug investigation. Jason Tuck, owner of the Outer Zone in Moffett, Okla., was transported to the Sebastian County Detention Center on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and synthetic marijuana, as well as simultaneous possession of a firearm and […]

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    Chicken Blood Cleaned Off Highway

    For the past five days, chicken blood and guts have covered a 20-mile stretch of a River Valley highway. But, as of Saturday (Nov. 17) morning, the mess is cleaned up. Even though the blood isn’t caked on to the roadway anymore, those who live in Greenwood said they’re still concerned about the effects it had while it was on the ground. “I’m very disgusted to find out that that’s what was actually on the roads,” said Stacy Ingram, who […]

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    Veterans Honored With Medals for Service Overseas

    Three veterans in the River Valley were honored for their sacrifice and service while overseas Saturday (Nov. 16) at a ceremony in Van Buren. Retired Col. Steve Gray presented two of the veterans distinguished medals and ribbons they earned while serving decades ago. Eddie Alderson, who lives in Mulberry, was awarded several medals including the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster and National Defense Service […]


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