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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.

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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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  • Ouro Mining

    Coal Could Spur Job Growth In LeFlore County

    LeFlore County continually has one of the highest unemployment rates in Oklahoma. But now, a coal mining company says they’re planning to bring hundreds of new jobs to the area. Ouro Mining, Inc. says they want to build the state’s third underground coal mine, according to the company’s website. The proposed site is just a few miles east of Heavener. Jobs will include both underground and above ground work. They say they’re expecting to add up to 400 jobs with […]


    City Declares Whirlpool Cleanup an Emergency

    Fort Smith City Directors have now passed an emergency resolution to clean up a 30-year-old chemical spill at the old Whirlpool plant in Fort Smith. The board met Tuesday (April 2), and unanimously passed a resolution urging Whirlpool and the state to quickly cleanup the site of a trichloroethylene (TCE) spill. Director Mike Lorenz told 5NEWS he’s glad the city is finally holding Whirlpool responsible. “The emergency was there 20 years ago,” explained Lorenz. “Unfortunately it’s kind of been brushed […]

  • Cook Elementary

    New Check-In System Installed at Fort Smith Schools

    The Fort Smith Public School District is taking a look at how to make their students safer. Administrators say a new security system is in place to better protect students during the school day. The new high-tech system is part of a pilot program at both Cook Elementary and Trusty Elementary. Gordon Floyd, ED.D, the Deputy Superintendent at Fort Smith Schools, explained that to get in to the schools now, visitors must first ring a door bell. Secretaries will then […]

  • Sallisaw Home

    Family Cleans Up After Tornado Destroys Home

    A Sallisaw family has found a new place to live after their home was destroyed in an EF-1 tornado. Chris Reese and his two sons, Everett, 9, and Garrison, 7, have been sorting through debris, trying to salvage what’s left of their belongings before moving in to their new home. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down south of Sallisaw at 11:20 p.m. Saturday. The tornado was 250 yards wide and traveled for one-half mile with winds […]

  • Anthony Price

    Suspect in Officer-Involved Shooting Out of Hospital

    The suspect in Sunday morning’s officer-involved shooting in Fort Smith has been released from the hospital. Anthony Price, 31, was immediately booked into the Sebastian County Detention Center on charges of aggravated assault, drug possession and parole violation, according to Sgt. Daniel Grubbs. Price was shot in the leg by Officer Brandon Djordjevic because he thought the man may have been reaching for a weapon while the two struggled after a post-party traffic stop. Djordjevic was placed on paid administrative […]

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    Fallen Clarksville Officer Honored

    Hundreds of people came together Friday night (March 29) in Clarksville to honor an officer who died in the line of duty earlier this week. Larry Johnson, the Director of the Fifth Judicial Task Force died in the line of duty Tuesday. “At the end of the day, he was making this community safer,” Clarksville Police Chief Greg Donaldson said. “That’s the best thing I can say about him. My community is safer today because of Larry Johnson. You want […]

  • Fort Smith Makes Changes to Billboards

    Driving down some of Fort Smith’s busiest streets, it’s hard not to notice the big, bright billboards. “You know you have to pay attention to the road no matter what distracts you,” driver Josh Martin said. “You just have to pay attention. But it’s kinda hard with all of this different stuff like LCD TVs and all this other cool stuff you know.” Now, the city of Fort Smith is working to change that. They’ve adopted new billboard regulations, in […]

  • sallisawpd

    Embattled Chief Files Suit Against Sallisaw

    A local police chief files suit against his own city. That’s after he says city administrators are keeping him from doing the job he was elected to do. Shaloa Edwards is asking a judge to help him get his authority as the Sallisaw Police Chief back. He filed a petition with the Sequoyah County District Court on March 20 asking for an injunction against the city of Sallisaw, Mayor Shannon Vann and City Manager Bill Baker. “I think there was […]

  • Kenneth Rowan EZ mart suspect

    EZ Mart Robbery Taken into Custody

    Kenneth Neil Rowan, 37, was taken into custody by police Thursday (March 28) afternoon in connection with an aggravated robbery at the EZ Mart on Country Club in Fort Smith. Officers saw Rowan riding as a passenger in a Ford Taurus traveling west in the 1700 block of Fresno around 2:20 p.m., according to a police report. As they approached the vehicle, Rowan was observed trying to hide something inside the vehicle. Officers found a loaded .45 caliber handgun underneath […]


    City Demands Whirlpool, State Come Up With Cleanup Plan

    What was supposed to be a meeting about drilling wells near the old Whirlpool facility turned into a heated debate between the city, Whirlpool and a state agency over a 30-year-old chemical spill at the plant. Fort Smith City Directors were supposed to discuss a proposed drilling ordinance at the meeting Wednesday night (March 27, 2013), which would have banned any drilling on the site were Whirlpool and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) are concerned about a chemical […]

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    Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest in Greenwood

    A traffic stop leads to a drug bust in Greenwood. Grant Cacy, 28, of Greenwood, was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant and for suspected possession of methamphetamine after a crystal-like substance was found in his vehicle Tuesday (March 26), according to police. “Patrolman Wisner from Greenwood P.D. caught the suspect moving yesterday and pulled him over,” explained Investigator Jerry Foley with the 12th Judicial Drug Task Force. “When he made contact with him about the warrant the suspect […]

  • Bowcock

    Brockovich’s Research Team Investigates Contaminated Water

    A well- known environmental activist, Erin Brockovich, will be in Fort Smith Tuesday (March 26, 2013). But her team of researchers is already in the River Valley testing for trichloroethylene, or T.C.E. contamination near the former Whirlpool plant. Bob Bowcock got to town Monday afternoon (March 25, 2013) and began looking through binders full of research and testing the ground water near the old Whirlpool plant for T.C.E. contamination. “The chemical industry promised it wouldn’t end up on the ball […]