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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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    Carl Albert State College Offers New Degree in Occupational Health and Safety

    OKLAHOMA (KFSM) – Students are now enrolling for a new degree in Occupational Health and Safety being offered at Carl Albert State College campuses this fall. Kristi McConnell is the director of the new program. She said the new program will allow students to gain the skills they need to take an entry-level position in the public safety field. Students will also be able to protect people from different environmental factors at work after they graduate from the program. “This […]

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    Alma Man Killed After Motorcycle Collides with SUV in Crawford County

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – An Alma man is dead after crashing his 2000 Yamaha Motorcycle into the back of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) on Highway 162 in Crawford County, according to troopers with Arkansas State Police. Troopers identified the driver killed as Richard Gaither, 55, of Alma. Gaither was driving eastbound on Highway 162, near Sunnyside Road, around 6:20 p.m. Thursday night (April 30th) when the accident happened, according to Arkansas State Police. Gaither was driving behind a Chevrolet SUV, […]

  • VIDEO: Booneville Robotics Team Live on 5NEWS This Morning

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Booneville Robotics team joined 5NEWS Anchors Jay Plyburn and Heather Lewis live Friday morning (May 1). The team returned earlier this week from a global robotics competition held in St. Louis, Missouri. Team members used an XBOX controller to move the robot around the 5NEWS studio, showing off the robot’s specialty which is lifting objects such as large bins or trashcans. The team, named the “Booneville Balboabots” was one of five from Arkansas that went […]

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    Organizers, Business Owners Prepare for Steel Horse Rally to Begin

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Thousands of bikers from across the country are headed to Fort Smith Friday (May 1st) for the inaugural Steel Horse Rally. For the past year, organizers have been hard at work getting everything prepared for the event: everything from vendors to different bands who will take the stage at Harry E. Kelly Park. Organizer Dennis Snow said he can’t wait for everything to finally get underway. “We’ve got a large group of men and women that […]

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    Crews Break Ground on the $20 Million Crawford County Detention Center

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – Crews are set to break ground on the $20 million Crawford County Detention Center Friday morning (May 1). Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown said the new jail is needed to fix overcrowding problems at the current facility.  This, after it failed several state inspections and was placed on probation by the state. Once it’s built, the new detention center will house 300 inmates and feature a courtroom. The groundbreaking ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Friday at […]

  • PHOTOS: SUV Crashes Into Fort Smith Home While Family Sleeps

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Fort Smith Police are searching for a man who crashed a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) into a home on Roosevelt Road Thursday morning (April 30th). Officers said the SUV hit the side of the home, crashing into a child’s bedroom around 6:50 a.m. The child was getting ready for school at the time of the accident. He went to find his mother, and by the time the two got outside, the driver had left the scene […]

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    VIDEO: Man Hospitalized After Crashing Into Barrier On Garrison Avenue

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — One man was hospitalized when his car struck a traffic light, then a streetlight and finally a barrier early Wednesday in Fort Smith (April 29). The accident happened about 3 a.m. at Garrison Avenue and 11th Street in front of the Riverfront Inn. After the accident, the light at the intersection was out for several hours, delaying traffic, police said. First responders had to use the jaws of life to free Bryan Loftin, 46, from his […]

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    One Injured in Crawford County Rollover Accident

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – Dispatchers with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office said one person is injured after a rollover accident Monday morning (April 27th). The accident happened on Kibler Road around 8:30 a.m., dispatchers said. A deputy with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office is on scene with troopers from Arkansas State Police and first responders. It’s unknown what caused the crash at this time. 5NEWS has a crew on their way to the scene and will bring you more information […]

  • PHOTOS: One Hospitalized After Fort Smith Home Burns

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A woman is being treated for burns to her face and arms at a local hospital after her home went up in flames Friday morning (April 24). Neighbors tell 5NEWS the couple were asleep inside the home on Brockman Avenue when the fire started around 7:00 a.m. Fire crews say they believe the fire may have started in the living room. Firefighters and first responders remained on scene for a few hours watching for hot spots.  Animal […]

  • Victim In Franklin County Hit-And-Run Dies, Sheriff Says

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) – A 25-year-old man from Mulberry died from his injuries at Washington Regional Medical Center Tuesday morning (April 21) after a hit-and-run accident in Franklin County the night of April 14, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen identified the victim as Shawn Ichertz and said deputies are still looking for the driver. Randy Boren, with Franklin County EMS, said the accident happened near the intersection of Highway 64 and Moon Road, […]

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    Woman Accused of Shooting Man in Head Being Held Without Bond

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) – A woman accused of shooting a LeFlore County man in the head is being held without bond Tuesday morning (April 21). Jailers at the Sebastian County Detention Center said Felicia Carshall, also known by her alias “Felicia Raymond”, is expected to be booked Tuesday. This, after she was arrested by Fort Smith Police Monday afternoon  on several charges, including being a fugitive for justice in LeFlore County following the shooting this weekend. Carshall is also facing charges in Sebastian County after authorities […]

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    Traffic Moving Again After Seven-Car Pileup on I-540 in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Southbound traffic on Interstate 540 in Fort Smith is moving again after a seven-car pileup earlier Wednesday morning (April 15). The accident happened around 8:30 a.m., according to an eyewitness. Traffic was very slow-going in that area for about half an hour while crews worked to clear the accident. No one was injured. Troopers said it’s unclear what caused the accident to happen at this time.  

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