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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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    Teen Killed After Accident on Muskogee Turnpike

    WAGONER COUNTY, OKLA. – A 19-year-old from Utah is dead after an accident involving three vehicles on the Muskogee Turnpike in Wagoner County, Oklahoma. 12 people out of the 13 involved, including the teen who has since died, were hospitalized with injuries. Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Nancy Vea died from her injuries at a Tulsa hospital Saturday morning (Aug. 23) around 9:15 a.m. Troopers said the accident happened around 8:30 a.m. Friday morning (Aug. 22) after Duane Carter, 53, from Greenwood tried to make […]


    Pedestrian Hospitalized in Hit-and-Run in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Authorities said a pedestrian is injured after a hit-and-run accident in Fort Smith Friday morning (Aug. 22). Officers on scene said it happened on North 4th and North F just after 8:30 a.m. At this point, more information about the driver who hit the pedestrian is not available. However, Sgt. Daniel Grubbs with Fort Smith Police said they do have a suspect description, and are currently working to find the driver. The pedestrian is now being transported […]

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    Suspect Captured in Van Buren After Foot Chase

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – A suspect, who led authorities on a foot chase in Van Buren Thursday morning (Aug. 21) is in custody, according to Detective Jonathan Wear with Van Buren Police. Wear said the search for the suspect started after he ran from police during a routine traffic stop at 9th and Jefferson around 8:30 a.m. Both Van Buren Police and Crawford County deputies are currently searching for the suspect. Wear with Van Buren Police said it’s unclear at […]

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    Former Police Officer Who Pointed Gun at Child’s Head to Appear in Court

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) – A former Fort Smith Police officer and his wife will appear before a Sequoyah County judge at 9 Wednesday morning (Aug. 20). Former Officer Naaman Adcock was arrested last May after Sequoyah County deputies said he fired his gun off several times and pointed a gun at a 5-year-old’s head inside his Muldrow home. Deputies also said they confiscated nine guns from Adcock’s possession that night. Adcock was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly […]

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    ‘Needed’ Storm Shelter Opens in Denning After Deadly Tornado

    DENNING (KFSM) – Three and a half years after a deadly tornado ripped through Franklin County, the Denning community is opening a new storm shelter Wednesday (Aug. 20). Several area leaders will be holding a grand opening ceremony for the new shelter at 11 a.m. With construction on the facility complete, people in town said they’re thankful the new building has been built. Tornado-survivor and alderman Randy  Harris said he remembers the storm hitting on the night of May 25, […]

  • Students Head Back to School in Oklahoma

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) – Students at Sallisaw, Roland and Muldrow Schools headed back to school for their first day of class Thursday morning (Aug. 14). With the new school year, comes changes to national academic standards. In several states, legislators have placed new restrictions on state boards of eduction, meaning they have to update their academic standards. However, in Oklahoma, lawmakers repealed the national common core standards.  The Oklahoma Supreme Court affirmed that decision. Now, Oklahoma’s State Board of Education is […]

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    Cedarville Hires Interim Police Chief

    CEDARVILLE (KFSM) – Cedarville Mayor Glenanna O’mara said the city has hired an interim police chief, after the former chief unexpectedly resigned. Jim Freeman will now take over the department as chief, according to O’mara. In addition, Freeman will also help the city search for a permanent chief, O’mara said. Over the past four years, the police department in Cedarville has had four different chiefs over the past four years, according to a post on Crawford County Prosecutor Marc McCune’s […]


    Invasive Asian Insect Found in Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – A tiny Asian insect called the Emerald Ash Borer has made it’s way to the Natural State, according to state officials. The insect is responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of trees in the U.S. since 2002. Now, state officials said they’re worries about Ash Trees in Arkansas. The insects have been found in six counties, all in the southern part of the state, according to Sam Kim, an entomologist and the State Survey […]

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    Crews Break Ground on Whole Foods in Fayetteville

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – City leaders are breaking ground on a new Whole Foods Market going up on North College Avenue in Fayetteville Wednesday morning (Aug. 13). The ceremony is slated to start at 10 a.m. Officials said the organic supermarket store will employ 140 full-time workers at a wage of $40,000 per year, once construction is complete. It’s also expected to bring Fayetteville between $800,000 and $1.3 million in tax revenue every year, according to city aldermen. In addition to […]

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    New Walmart Neighborhood Market Opens in Farmington

    FARMINGTON (KFSM) – A new Walmart Neighborhood Market will open its doors Wednesday morning (Aug. 13) in Farmington, bringing 95 new jobs to the area. Representatives from Walmart and Farmington City leaders are holding a grand opening ceremony for the new store on West Main Street at 7:30 a.m. Those who attend will get to hear Alaska and Madi from the last season of The Voice perform the national anthem. After that, the new store will be open to the […]

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    Administrators, Teachers At Fort Smith Schools Prepare For Students

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Administrators and teachers with Fort Smith Schools are busy preparing for the first day of class. They’re having their annual back-to-school meeting Tuesday (Aug. 12) at the Fort Smith Convention Center. District employees will hear from Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, as well as Richard Cornelison with OG&E. Special presentations will also be made by district administrators. 5NEWS will have a crew there, and will bring you that story on your 5NEWS at 12. Below is a […]

  • Security Upgrades Installed at Van Buren Schools

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – New security measures are going into effect at Van Buren Public Schools ahead of the upcoming school year. At Parkview Elementary School, one of those upgrades include new security cameras being installed throughout the building. Not only will the cameras keep an eye on what’s going on throughout the day, but they are also part of a new buzzer system. All visitors will now have to use the buzzer system to enter the building, according to […]


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