I’m an early riser and coffee lover who gets to produce the morning show for 5NEWS. I’ve been the lead producer of the broadcast for about a year and a half now and am excited to continue working on our product, delivering the news where you live.

Prior to producing, I was a reporter for 5NEWS based out of Fort Smith. I’ve also worked in both Kansas City and Columbia, Missouri in a variety of different roles throughout my career.

If you’d like to touch base with me, or talk about a story idea in the area send me an email at Meredith.Baldwin@kfsm.com. I’d love to hear from you!

Recent Articles

    High School Student Expected To Be Okay After Accident At Clarksville School

    JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM) — A Clarksville high school senior is expected to be released from Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock Tuesday evening after he was hit by a vehicle in one of the district’s parking lots Monday night (Sept. 14), according to Clarksville police. Clarksville Schools Superintendent David Hopkins said the accident happened at the Junior High School parking lot after school let out for the day. Students who were outside and witnessed what happened alerted the district’s activity […]

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    UPDATE: Students Return to Class At Roland Junior High After Oven Explodes

    ROLAND (KFSM) — Students have returned to class Tuesday morning (Sept. 15), after firefighters said a natural gas explosion caused an oven in the school’s cafeteria to explode around 8:15 a.m. Students, who were in class at the time of the explosion, were evacuated to the gym as a precautionary measure following the explosion. District administrators are currently at the Junior High working to determine what happened.  

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    Clarksville Man Arrested After Hit and Run Severely Injures One

    JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM) — A man is behind bars without bond Tuesday morning (Sept. 15) at the Johnson County Detention Center after a hit and run severely injured another person Monday night in Clarksville (Sept. 14). Cesar Alvarado, 21, is facing a charge of ‘Hit and Run with Grave Personal Injury’. His next court date is set for the morning of November 6th, according to his intake report. Details of the hit and run accident are not currently available from […]

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    Fort Smith Police: Missing Child Found Safe In Mexico; Not An Abduction

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A two-year-old child reported missing in Fort Smith Sunday (Sept. 13) was found safe overnight in Mexico, according to Detective Michael McCoy with Fort Smith Police. An Amber Alert was first issued for David Mauricio-Castillo after his mother told police he disappeared while playing in his front yard at 3606 Marshall Drive. Police spent several hours attempting to locate the child’s father, Raul Mauricio-Parga, 29, who was identified as a suspect in Mauricio- Castillo disappearance. “They […]


    Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Raises $1,500 For Shop With A Cop

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office raised $1,500 for its Shop With a Cop Program this weekend, according to Sheriff Anthony Boen. The department sold hundreds of pumpkins in front of the Franklin County Courthouse, located on the Ozark Square both Thursday (Sept. 10) and Friday (Sept. 11). All of the pumpkins had been grown and harvested by trustees at the county jail. “We didn’t charge a set price for the pumpkins,” Sheriff Boen explained. “Instead, we […]

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    The Pioneer Woman Makes Special Appearance At Bentonville Walmart Monday

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — Ree Drummond, also known as “The Pioneer Woman”, is set to make a special appearance in Bentonville Monday afternoon (Sept. 14). She’ll be meeting fans, signing autographs and posing for pictures at the Walmart on S. Walton Boulevard from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. It’s all to celebrate the in-store launch of her new Pioneer Woman collection, featuring modern country housewares, which will be sold exclusively at the retail giant. Drummond owns her own blog, hosts a TV […]

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    91st Annual Crawford County Fair Kicks Off Monday

    MULBERRY (KFSM) — The 91st Annual Crawford County Fair kicks off Monday (Sept. 14) at Kirksey Park in Mulberry. Organizers said they’re getting excited for all of the fun over the next few days. There will be traditional fair rides, a mechanical bull, 4H Competitions, pet shows, an equine expo and beauty pageants. There will also be Mutton’ Bustin’ this year! Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for kids. Organizers said a weekly gate pass will also be available […]

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    Both NB Lanes Of I-49 Open After Early Morning Semi Accident

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Both northbound lanes of Interstate 49 at the Porter Road Exit are open after a semi driver crashed into a concrete barrier early Friday morning (Sept. 11). The accident happened at the Porter Road Exit around 4:30 a.m., according to officers on scene. The driver of the semi told officers that he fell asleep behind the wheel before it happened. The driver was not injured in the accident; however, it did cause some serious traffic problems for […]

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    Konsplosion Returns to Fort Smith Convention Center

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — One of the biggest Anime conventions in the Midwest will get underway Friday (Sept. 11) at the Fort Smith Convention Center. It is the fourth year for Konsplosion. The conference features science fiction, anime, comic books and video games. Several special guests are also set to make appearances over the next few days. Many who attend will be dressed in costumes, taking on the identity of one of their favorite characters. Konsplosion runs through Sunday. For […]

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    Alma Students To Remember 9/11 Attacks With Special Ceremony

    ALMA (KFSM) — Students at Alma Schools are busy preparing for a special ceremony in honor of the 9/11 attacks Friday night as they take on the Springdale Bulldogs. “Our game is on Sept. 11, which is one of those days where we all remember where we were when that morning occurred,” explained Assistant Superintendent Mike McSpadden. “So, we are going to do some things in our pregame ceremony to both remember that event and celebrate our freedoms, celebrate our […]

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    Free Dental Services Offered Friday In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A dental office in Fort Smith is offering free services to those in need Friday (Sept. 11). It’s all happening at My Dentist, located at 6323 Rogers Avenue, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Dentists taking part said they plan to perform all sorts of procedures including routine cleanings, fillings or even extractions, at no cost to the patient. “Our mouth is pretty much connected to everything in our body,” explained Dr. Brenda Donato, who works […]

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    Arkoma Man Arrested After Crashing Motorcycle Overnight

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — An Arkoma man has bonded out and faces charges after he crashed his motorcycle around 3:30 a.m. Monday morning (Sept. 7), according to the Sebastian County Detention Center. Russell Garrett, 46, was driving west on South Y Street, just past the Wheeler Avenue intersection, when he drove off the road to the right and crashed his motorcycle in a ditch, according to Sgt. Jason Thompson with Fort Smith Police. Officers on scene said Garrett was not injured and […]


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