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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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    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 […]

  • Man Shoots Stepson in LeFlore County, Authorities Say

      SHADY POINT, OKLA. – Authorities said one person has been hospitalized and is undergoing surgery after being shot in Shady Point. Shady Point Police Chief Keith James said the shooting happened at a home on Reagan Street after 11 p.m. Sunday night (Aug 10). Authorities said they were first dispatched out to the scene for a domestic disturbance call between a father and his stepson. “They went to the ground and the firearm discharged,” said James. Once they were on scene, they […]

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    Woman Hospitalized in Accident in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A woman was hospitalized after an early morning accident in Fort Smith. Authorities on scene said the accident happened around 1:10 a.m. Friday (Aug. 8). at the intersection of 74th and Rogers. Authorities said the driver t-boned another car at the intersection, which was being driven by Larry Kimbley of Van Buren. His wife, Alaina Kimbley, was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital, according authorities on scene. The Kimbley’s told 5NEWS they had just left Mercy […]

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    Dead Driver Identified After Accident On Interstate 49 Near Johnson

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – Troopers with Arkansas State Police said one man is dead after an accident on Interstate 49, near Johnson Thursday morning (Aug. 7). Ted Wayne Coody, 53, of Mountainburg was identified as the body found in the crash, according to Arkansas State Police. He did not have any passengers in the car, a 1995 green Honda Civic, according to authorities. The driver lost control on the wet pavement, went off the road, down a steep embankment and […]


    Lightning Sparks Fire in Crawford County

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – A Crawford County storage shed is destroyed after fire tore through it Thursday morning (Aug. 7). Crawford County Rural District Five Fire Chief Dale Ingle said lightning struck a utility pole next to the shed around 8:15 a.m., which then caused it to catch fire. The fire also threatened a barn next door; however, fire crews were able to keep the flames from spreading. The shed is located near Highway 59 in the Figure Five community, […]

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    Power Outages Reported in Crawford County

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – More than 80 customers in the Alma, Cedarville, and Figure Five areas of Crawford County are without electricity Thursday morning (Aug. 7). Of those, 52 are customers with OG&E, according to the company’s website. 30 customers from Arkansas Valley Electric are also without power, according to the company’s website. Crews are working to get the power to those areas restored; however, it’s unclear how long it will take. Stay with 5NEWS for more on this story […]

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    Bella Vista Bypass Extension Project Dead Ends After Missouri Vote Fails

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) – Plans to extend the Bella Vista Bypass have hit a dead end after voters in Missouri defeated a multibillion dollar sales tax hike Tuesday night (Aug. 5). Election results show 59 percent of voters opposed the highway tax, while 41 percent were in favor of it passing. If approved, the highway tax would’ve funded more than 800 highway and transportation projects across Missouri, including the extension of the Bella Vista Bypass across state lines. The 19-mile […]


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