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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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    Woman Drowns in Scott County Creek

    A River Valley woman drowned Saturday (July 27) while swimming in a swollen creek on Brushy Hollow Road in Scott County. According to Lt. D.J. Pyles with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, 30-year-old Jodie Hogan was swimming with three friends in runoff water from Lake Hinkle which was covering the road. Lt. Pyles said Hogan got caught in a current that pushed her into a culvert under a low-water bridge. “These folks decided to go swimming off of that low-water […]

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    Recent Rains Cause Concern in Scott County

    Recent rainfall is focusing attention on a levee in Scott County that ruptured during spring flooding on May 31 as deadly and destructive flood waters ripped through the area. People in YCity say they’re keeping a close eye on the river as it continues to rise. Rick Hawthorne, who lives next to the broken levee, said just the sound of round causes concern. “That flood of that night changed everything,” Hawthorne said. “We just couldn’t believe that it happened. One […]


    Veteran Hospitalized in the River Valley During Multi-State Journey

    A 68-year-old Vietnam veteran from Michigan, traveling through the River Valley on his way to Oklahoma to see his father’s grave for the very first time has had his journey cut short. Charles Peters left his home in Owosso, Mich. on May 1 hoping to thank veterans across the country for their service. To do so, he loaded up his belongings in a green covered wagon, with a sign that reads “Thank you for your service,” on the back. Peters, […]

  • Severe Storms, Floods Cause Problems In Oklahoma

    Storms overnight Wednesday (July 24) brought heavy rain and gusty winds across the River Valley. Some of the strongest damage was reported throughout parts of LeFlore County.  In Spiro a large tree fell over, taking down part of a chain-link fence on S. Alaska Street.  Downed tree limbs were also reported on N. Main St. and Lakeview Drive. “It rained pretty hard,” said Officer Jaclyn Emmert with the Spiro Police Department. LeFlore County Emergency Management said tornado sirens in Wister […]

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    40-Foot Flames Destroy Fort Smith Business

    A Fort Smith business was destroyed in a fire Monday morning (July 22). The fire began around 10:30 a.m. at MJM Used Cars located at 2908 N. 6th. Eyewitnesses said popping noises and explosions could be heard as the fire grew. Residents who live and work near the auto body shop and car lot were briefly evacuated. The fire department requested residents be evacuated because of auto body paints inside the business that could produce harmful fumes, according to Patricia […]

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    Man Speaks Out About Ex-Wife’s Alleged Murder Plot

    A West Fork man who was the target of his ex-wife’s alleged murder plot says her arrest Friday shocked him. Shirley Ann Mugley, 40, was arrested Friday (July 19) after authorities say she made a pipe bomb in a plot to kill her husband, Michael Mugley, according to a preliminary arrest affidavit from the Washington County prosecuting attorney. She was booked into the Washington County Detention Center on $50,000 bond and faces felony charges of conspiracy, criminal possession of explosives […]

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    Debt Could Change School’s Lunch Program

    Some students in the Van Buren School District are eating lunch on the school’s dime. Now, the school district is weighing its options. That’s after Deputy Superintendent Kerry Schneider says the school district says it had to foot a nearly $46,000 bill. “If they don’t have any money in their account or they don’t have any money with them, we allow the students to charge a meal,” Schneider said. But the option to charge could soon change. The school board […]

  • Murder Suspect: Gregory Aaron Kinsey

    Machete-Killings Suspect in Court; Judge Reviews Motions

    A Sebastian County judge needs more information before making a decision on whether to issue a gag order in a capital murder trial in Fort Smith. Gregory Aaron Kinsey, 20, accused of attacking 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. Attorney Teri Chambers, who represents Kinsey, requested a gag order be issued. Judge Stephen Tabor told the attorneys in a Wednesday (July […]

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    Archaeologists Dig Up History in Fort Smith

    Archaeologists from the National Park Service are in the River Valley making sure construction can move forward at a Fort Smith landmark without disturbing the land that’s underneath. The team is looking for artifacts that could date back to prehistoric times at the Commissary Building on Garrison Avenue in Fort Smith. The dig to make sure a proposed sidewalk construction project can be completed. Archeologists must give the green light since the proposed project is located next to the city’s […]

  • Crews Clean Up

    Storm Leaves Damage in Van Buren

    A series of thunderstorms swept through the River Valley last night, causing damage outside homes in Van Buren.

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    Gas Leak Repaired After Retirement Center Evacuated

    Authorities repaired a gas leak that evacuated a senior citizen center in Greenwood Friday (July 12) afternoon. Staff at the Greenwood Retirement Center called police after smelling gas inside the building. Sixty-two people were inside the building at the time. All of them were moved outside as authorities located the leak inside the building. “We tried to keep them in the shade and made sure they had water and the staff here did a good job keeping them calm and […]

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    Authorities Seeking Escaped Rapist in Oklahoma

    Authorities are still searching for a convicted rapist who escaped from a minimum-security prison in LeFlore County, Okla. on Monday (July 1). Curtis Edwin Gibson, 51, has 11 Oklahoma convictions on his record, including rape and three instances of assaulting a police officer. Gibson went missing from the Jim E. Hamilton Correctional Center in Hodgen, Okla., around 4 p.m., according to Monika Benton, the assistant to the warden of the facility. “All the offenders were accounted for except for Curtis […]


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