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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.

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    UPDATE: Amber Alert Cancelled,12-Year-Old OKC Girl Now Considered A Runaway

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    Winning Lottery Ticket Sold at Hot Springs Gas Station, Prize Remains Unclaimed

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    PHOTOS: Sebastian County House Destroyed In Early Morning Fire

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM)–  A house in Sebastian County is destroyed after an early morning fire Wednesday (April 1). Firefighters said the home, which is located at 5017 Slaytonville Road, near the Hackett area, went up in flames around 4:30 a.m. The Sugarloaf Fire Department and the Claytonville Fire Department responded to the call. They were later assisted by the Hackett Fire Department. Firefighters on the scene say the home was unoccupied at the time and no one was injured. The […]

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    WASHINGTON D.C. (KFSM) – Arkansas Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with Fourth District Congressman Bruce Westerman, announced Thursday (Mar. 26) three United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants totaling $104,000, which will help Franklin and Yell Counties purchase emergency response equipment. “Our first responders must have the necessary tools to safely react to emergency situations,” Boozman said. “These funds will help keep families safe and protect the communities in Franklin and Yell counties.” In Franklin County, first responders […]

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    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) – Three people are hospitalized with severe burns Tuesday morning (Mar. 24) after a flash fire at the OK Foods Feed Mill in LeFlore County. Two people remain in critical condition at a hosptial in Tulsa. The other worker was transported to Sparks Hospital with minor injuries. An officer with Heavener Police said the flash fire happened at the mill on Highway 128 around 7:30 p.m. Monday night (Mar. 23). Authorities said it happened on the third floor of the mill, […]

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    BENTON AND CARROLL COUNTIES (KFSM) – Power has been turned back on for thousands of Carroll Electric Cooperative Cooperation customers in Benton and Carroll Counties Tuesday morning (Mar. 24), after a brief outage. The company said roughly 18,730 people were without power after crews accidentally turned a transmission line off. Power was restored to all customers by 8 a.m.

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    PHOTOS: McDonald’s Employee Hospitalized After Being Hit By Car

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) -A McDonald’s employee is being treated for injuries to her shoulder and leg after being hit by a car in the McDonald’s parking lot on Towson Avenue in Fort Smith Tuesday morning (Mar. 24). The accident happened just after 6 a.m. while a driver was attempting to pull into the drive-thru, according to Fort Smith Police. The manager on duty at the McDonald’s said the employee was walking across the parking lot to begin her shift when she […]

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