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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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    Arkansas Edamame To Be Exported Internationally

    Arkansas edamame will soon find its way onto dinner tables of people around the world as American Vegetable Soybean and Edamame begins shipping its locally grown soybeans internationally. The crop, originally grown in Asia, was introduced to the Natural State just two years ago.  This year will be the third growing season locally. The River Valley has the best soil for growing edamame, as it produces a much sweeter soybean, according to Raymond Chung, President of AVSE in Mulberry. Chung […]


    NWA Poultry Workers in Washington D.C.

    Members of the Northwest Arkansas Workers’ Justice Center are in Washington, D.C., Thursday (Feb. 27) to testify against a proposal aimed at increasing processing line speeds at poultry plants. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is finalizing a rule to increase processing line speeds from 140 birds per minute to 175. Workers in Northwest Arkansas say this new rule would increase injuries among workers and threaten food safety. The rule is expected to take effect this April.

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    NASA Discovers 715 New Planets Outside the Solar System

    (CNN) — Our galactic neighborhood just got a lot bigger. NASA on Wednesday announced the discovery of 715 new planets, by far the biggest batch of planets ever unveiled at once. By way of comparison, about 1,000 planets total had been identified in our galaxy before Wednesday. Four of those planets are in what NASA calls the “habitable zone,” meaning they have the makeup to potentially support life. The planets, which orbit 305 different stars, were discovered by the Kepler […]

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    Gunmen Seize Government Buildings in Ukraine

    Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) — Dozens of armed men seized the regional government administration building and parliament in Ukraine’s southern Crimea region Thursday and raised the Russian flag, in a challenge to the Eastern European country’s new leaders. Crimea, with its ethnic Russian majority, is the last big bastion of opposition to the new political leadership in Kiev after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s ouster Saturday. The incident, coming a day after Russia ordered surprise military exercises on Ukraine’s doorstep, has raised […]

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    North Korea Launches Missiles into East Sea

    (CNN) — North Korea launched four short-range missiles into the East Sea, the South Korean Defense Ministry said Thursday. The ministry said it would provide more details at a news conference later. South Korea and the United States are currently carrying out joint military exercises that North Korea opposes. The South Korean and U.S. militaries are not specific about where they are conducting drills, and it was unclear if the missiles were fired in the direction of the exercises. The […]

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    Decades-Old Cold Case in Oklahoma Gets New Lead

    In Oklahoma, a cold case that’s haunted people for decades has a new lead. Nearly 35 years ago, the body of a woman was discovered on the bank of the North Canadian River, 20 miles east of Oklahoma City. Authorities ruled that she had been shot to death, and then her killer covered her body with lime. Authorities believe the person responsible for her death thought it would speed up the decomposition process, but it actually mummified her and preserved […]

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    4-Year-Old Killed in Accident at Oklahoma School

    A man from Nichols Hills, Oklahoma hit and killed his 4-year-old son while dropping him off at his school Tuesday (Feb. 25). Authorities said the father was dropping several children off at Christ The King School when his son, Quaid Dolan, decided to run back to the car after everyone was out. The father was not aware that Quaid had come back, and accidentally hit him with the vehicle. His school mates then ran inside the building, asking teachers for […]

  • New Fire Station Opens in Fort Smith

    A new multimillion-dollar fire station opened in Fort Smith Monday morning (Feb. 24). Four fire trucks and 18 firefighters will call the new station home, according to Fire Chief Mike Richards. The station is the 11th in the city and is located along Massard Road at Chaffee Crossing. Although there are 10 other stations serving the Fort Smith area, this is the first station to be built near the growing Chaffee Crossing area. This new station will serve Chaffee Crossing […]

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    Pedestrian Hospitalized After Being Hit By SUV

    A pedestrian was hospitalized Monday (Feb. 24) after being struck by a sport utility vehicle in Rogers, police said. Tommy Watson, believed to be 58-years-old, was taken to Northwest Medical Center-Springdale with minor injuries, police said. Watson was walking northbound on South 8th Street when he was hit just before 8 a.m. by a 1991 Ford Explorer driven by Nancy Johnson, police said. Johnson received an improper-driving citation in the incident, according to police. Johnson was southbound in the SUV […]

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    Greenwood Teacher Resigns Amid Investigation

    Police are investigating a teacher from the Greenwood School District, although Police Chief Will Dawson says he cannot release much information about the case.

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    Burn Bans Continue To Appear

    Dry and windy conditions continue to cause more burn bans to be declared in Arkansas and Oklahoma counties. Currently in Arkansas, the following counties are under a burn ban: Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Pope and Washington, according to the Arkansas Forestry Commission website. In Oklahoma, Le Flore county and Sequoyah county are both under burn bans, according to the Oklahoma Forestry Service website. Stay tuned to 5NEWS for further updates on county burn bans.

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    Sallisaw Schools Coping With Student’s Death

    Sallisaw Schools’ Superintendent Scott Farmer says teachers are planning to address students Thursday (Feb. 20) after an 8th grade boy committed suicide late Wednesday night (Feb. 19). “Our most heartfelt sympathies are extended to the family during this difficult time of loss,” Farmer said. “We have support systems available and grief counselors on site to assist students and staff as we all cope with this unexpected and tragic loss.” Authorities confirmed that the boy committed suicide, but are not releasing the […]


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