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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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    Van Buren Motel Fire Forces Overnight Evacuations

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – Fire crews fought large flames at a Van Buren motel early Thursday morning (Feb. 19). An air conditioning and heating unit on the second floor of the Motel 6 on Highway 59 caught fire around 1 a.m., according to Stanley Clark with Van Buren Fire. Crews arrived on scene in a matter of minutes, and immediately began evacuating people who were staying at the motel. “Our top concern is getting those people out of the rooms,” Clark said. […]

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    Elderly Woman Dies From Severe Burns After Van Buren Fire

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) –  An elderly woman died Wednesday (Feb. 18) from severe burns after a fire at her Van Buren home Tuesday morning (Feb. 17), according to family members. The fire started in one of the bedrooms just after 2 a.m., according to fire crews on scene. A man and his mother were both asleep inside at the time. The woman identified as Polly Ashing and her son Michael Ashing. They woke up to smoke and were able to […]

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    Missing Fort Smith Man Found Dead in Cedarville

    CEDARVILLE (KFSM)- A Fort Smith man, who went missing earlier this week, has been found dead in Cedarville, according to the Fort Smith Police Department. Authorities said Jimmy Abner’s body was found in a wooded area near Cedarville Road Thursday night (Feb. 12). Abner’s body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab. Authorities said Abner’s cause of death remains under investigation this morning. No other details about his death have been released. Stay with 5NEWS for more on […]

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    Third Graders Create Homemade Valentines for Hospital Patients

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Third graders at Fairview Elementary School in Fort Smith have created some special Valentines for patients at Sparks Hospital. “We’re decorating Valentines for people that are sick in Peachtree Hospice and in senior care,” said third grader Melia Miller. For the past few days, Miller and her classmates have been putting the finishing touches on the cards. “We’ve used lots of sequins,” Miller said. “And I used a coffee filter that I colored and sprayed with […]

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    Fort Smith Mayor Signs Proclamation with School District

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders signed a proclamation with Fort Smith Schools today concerning the need for students to gain career and technical training. “This proclamation will recognize the job that the school system is doing in career and technical education for our students,” Sanders said. As part of their education, students in classes like Business, Family and Consumer Science and Marketing learn trade skills which will help them later in life. “Not everyone is a […]


    Mountainburg Man Killed After Hitting Culvert on U.S. 271

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – A Mountainburg man was killed Tuesday morning after a rollover accident on U.S. 271. Authorities said Jeremy Bentley was driving south on U.S. 271 North when his Kia ran off the road and hit a driveway culvert around 6:30 a.m., according to a preliminary fatal crash report from Arkansas State Police. Bentley’s car then flipped end-over-end before coming to a rest on its top, the report states. Bentley was the only person in the car. He […]

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    Springdale Kidnapping Suspect Arrested In Florida

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – A kidnapping suspect from Springdale was arrested in Key West, Florida Friday (Feb. 6), according to a release from the Springdale Police Department. Johnathan Butler was arrested on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and domestic battery, the release states. Police said Butler was involved in a domestic disturbance on Oak Moore Street about 8:30 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 1) night. When authorities arrived on scene, they talked with the female victim. She told authorities that she and Butler got into a […]

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    Booneville School Board President Arrested In Terroristic Threatening Case

    BOONEVILLE (KFSM) – Booneville’s school board president was arrested earlier this week, according to the Logan County Sheriff’s Office. William Oliver, 67, was booked into the Logan County Jail on Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening. He was released shortly afterward without bond, according to jail records. A jail deputy told 5NEWS that Oliver is the president of the Booneville School Board. Another Booneville man, Harold Shackleford, 69, was also arrested the same day on suspicion of the same […]


    Family “Thankful to be Alive” After Semi Catches Fire, Explodes in Driveway

    ARKOMA (KFSM) – An Arkoma family said they’re thankful to be alive after a semi caught fire and exploded in their driveway early Thursday morning (Feb. 5). The Boen family said they woke up after a neighbor knocked on their door around 2 a.m., alerting them that the semi truck in their driveway was on fire. “I looked out there and I just couldn’t believe it,” said 15-year-old Ethan Boen. Ethan, his brother, his parents and his grandmother were all able to […]

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    Driver Hits Bale of Hay on Highway 271 in Pocola

    POCOLA (KFSM) – Pocola Police responded to a single-vehicle accident on Highway 271 in Pocola just after 7:15 a.m. Thursday morning (Feb. 5). There were two people inside the vehicle when it struck a bale of hay, authorities said. They told authorities on scene that the bale of hay had fallen off the tractor-trailer in front of them. Both people inside the vehicle were okay, authorities said.        

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    Multiple Flights Delayed/Cancelled At XNA Due To Winter Storm

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – Several flights have been cancelled or delayed at XNA due to the winter storm moving across both the Midwest and the Northeast portions of the United States Monday morning (Feb. 2). Arrivals: American Airlines 3553 from LaGuardia Airport delayed to 6:30 p.m. American Airlines 3229 from O’Hare International Airport delayed to 8:08 p.m. American Airlines 3383 from O’Hare International Airport delayed to 9:14 p.m. Departures: American Airlines 3087 to O’Hare International Airport at 5:20 p.m. cancelled. American […]


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