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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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    Road in Roland Back Open After Truck Vs. Tractor Accident

    Roland Police say a road is back open Wednesday morning (April 9) after a truck vs. tractor accident closed it earlier in the day. The accident happened on South Paw Paw Road near the Cherokee Casino just after 7:45 a.m., according to dispatchers. Traffic was blocked for a short time due to the accident, according to police. By 8:45 a.m. authorities had cleared the accident. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating what caused the truck and tractor to collide. At […]

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    Two Missing After Barge Capsizes in Arkansas

    Search and rescue crews are back out in Mississippi County, Arkansas Wednesday morning (April 9), after two men went missing after a barge capsized on the Mississippi River Tuesday afternoon (April 8). The two workers were on board the barge, unloading 50,000 pounds of steel coils when the barge capsized at the shipping terminal they’d stopped at in Hickman, Arkansas. The Coast Guard, who was called in to help with the search efforts, shut down part of the river as […]

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    F16 Fighter Aircraft to Arrive at 188th Fighter Wing

    U.S. Air Force F16 fighter aircraft will be on the ground at the 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith for the next two months. The base is hosting seven F16C Falcons and 40 maintenance, operation and support personnel from the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s Tulsa-based 138th Fighter Wing. The F16s and the airmen who fly and maintain them will be at the 188th through the middle of June, according to a news release from Colonel Mark Anderson. The decision to […]

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    Cloudy Water in Alma as City Flushes Water Mains

    People in Alma might notice their water turn a little cloudy Friday (April 4), as the city’s water department flushes out their water mains. Crews ask that people run their water for a few minutes until it turns clear again before using it to cook, or drinking it. However, the discolored water does not pose a health threat if you do consume it. The city also recommends that people don’t wash their white clothes in the discolored water. If clothing […]

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    Boil Order Issued in Crawford County

    A boil order has been issued in Crawford County, effecting people who live and work in Mountianburg. The boil order is in effect for people whose home or business is on Rock Creek Road and all areas south, east, and west of Rock Creek Road including: the Turner Community, the Revis Hill Community and the Piney Community, according to a press release from Bill Coleman, the chairman for the waterworks facilities board in Mountainburg. Customers are advised to boil all […]

  • 188th Fighter Wing Says Goodbye to A10 Aircraft

    Airmen at the 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith said farewell Wednesday (April 2) to another one of their A10 planes as the base transitions to a new mission with unmanned aircraft. The Flying Razorbacks said they’re having to learn new skills as they make the transition to the drone mission. “It’s a huge change for some of our pilots and a lot of our maintainers as well to go into a completely new career field,” explained Major Heath Allen, […]

  • Man Hospitalized After Driving Into House

    A car crashed into the back of Fort Smith home around early Wednesday morning (March 26). The accident happened on South Ridge Drive around 6:30 a.m., according to Fort Smith police. “”It was kinda hidden,” said Cpl. Truman Phillips with Fort Smith Police. “He came through a back yard, across the field, so didn’t actually come off any of the streets in the neighborhood, so it took us a little bit to find it.” When police arrived on scene, they said they […]

  • Inmates Released As Arkansas’ Jails Become Overcrowded

    Convicted felons across Arkansas are being released back into the public because state and county jails are full, according to authorities. In Sebastian County, Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck says between 20 and 40 inmates are released from the detention center daily due to overcrowding problems. Of the more than 400 inmates at the jail, nearly 200 of them are waiting to be transferred to the Arkansas Department of Correction, but the state jail is also full. “Over 50 percent of the […]

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    2 Dead, 23 Injured After Car Plows Through Crowd at SXSW

    (CNN) — At least two people died and 23 were injured at the South by Southwest interactive and music festival in Austin, Texas, county medical officials said, who responded to reports that a car had plowed into a crowd. The car ran a barricade, police told CNN affiliate KXAN. Ten of the injured were taken to hospital. Five were in serious condition. Police have apprehended the driver, KXAN reported. Photos and video posted to social media showed people lying on […]

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    Woman Hospitalized After Car Accident in Fort Smith

    Fort Smith Police say a woman was hospitalized after a rollover accident at the intersection of South 21st and Dodson Avenue Wednesday morning (Mar. 12). Crews on scene said the accident happened just before 8 a.m. According to police, the woman, who was driving an SUV, collided with another car at an angle near the intersection. She was taken by ambulance to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries, according to crews on scene. Crews are still at […]

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    iPix: March Winter Storm

    Here’s a look at viewer photos from this last winter storm.

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    I-40 in Van Buren Back Open after Multiple Accidents

    Emergency crews responded to multiple accidents on Interstate 40 Monday morning (March 3) caused by slick roadways. Officials said eastbound lanes near the Dora overpass were affected for more than four hours as crews worked to clear the accidents in the area. The first accident happened just after 5 a.m. Monday when an 18-wheeler lost control, hit the guard rail and jack-knifed, according to Mike Stewart, Asst. Chief of the Butterfield District 5 Volunteer Fire Department. Stewart said the truck’s […]


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