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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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    UPDATE: Springdale Man Behind Bars Without Bond After Sunday Stabbing

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – A Springdale man is behind bars without bond after officers with Springdale Police said he stabbed another man three times over the weekend. Melvin Nally, 35, was booked into the Washington County Detention Center just after midnight Monday (June 22nd). He’s facing a first-degree battery charge in connection to the stabbing, according to jail records. Officers said the victim, whose name is not being released at this time, told them that he and a woman were walking in Luther […]

  • Hazmat Crew Responds To Diesel Spill In Johnson

    JOHNSON (KFSM) – A diesel fuel spill early Thursday (June 18) temporarily closed a road running from Johnson into Fayetteville, officials said. The fuel spill began in Johnson on Ball Street and continued into Fayetteville where that street becomes Roosevelt Avenue. Much of the spill happened at the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and Jupiter Drive in Fayetteville. No one was injured in the incident, and the spill did not pose a health hazard to the public, fire officials said. A […]

  • VIDEO: Driver Hospitalized After Wet Roads Cause Early Morning Crash

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A driver is hospitalized after an accident caused by wet roads in Fort Smith. First responders said Michael Sallee suffered neck, back and shoulder injuries after he struck a pole at the intersection of Rogers Avenue and North 21st Street. Sallee was taken to Sparks Hospital to be treated for his injuries. Fort Smith Dispatch said the call came in around 3 a.m. Officers on scene told 5NEWS that the driver said that he tried to stop at the […]

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    Worker Injured After Beam Falls At Fayetteville Construction Site

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A worker is injured after a beam reportedly fell on him  at a construction site on Watson Street around 8 a.m., according to dispatchers with Fayetteville Fire. Officials said the beam fell from between seven and eight feet. Construction workers told 5NEWS the beam was wood, but officials have been unable to verify. The worker was transported to Washington Regional Medical. Initial reports from officials were that the worker only suffered minor injuries.


    Employee Recovering After Severe Shock At Kenco Plastics in Poteau

    POTEAU (KFSM) – An employee with Kenco Plastics in Poteau is recovering at a burn unit in Tulsa Monday morning (June 15th), after being shocked while on the job over the weekend, according to dispatchers with LeFlore County EMS. Dispatchers said other employees at Kenco called 911 around 2 a.m. Sunday morning (June 14th) to report that a coworker had been shocked while working on a machine at the plant. Larry Henry, the president and CEO at Kenco Plastics said the employee, whose name is not being released […]

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    Duggar Sisters Jessa And Jill Speak Out: “We’re Victims”

    (CBS News) – In a preview of their Friday sit-down with Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly, Duggar sisters Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard speak out about the molestation allegations against their brother Josh and the aftermath. Duggar parents Jim Bob and Michelle confirmed during their interview with Kelly that aired Wednesday that Josh was guilty of molesting five victims — four daughters, two of whom were confirmed to be Jessa and Jill, and one babysitter. “They don’t have a right […]

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    Fort Smith Board of Directors to Discuss Homeless Funding Tuesday Night

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Fort Smith Board of Directors is set to tackle a new policy regarding funds for the city’s homeless population Tuesday night (June 2nd). Specifically, the board will vote on a measure to withhold city funding for homeless agencies which more or less duplicate services that will soon be offered at the homeless campus planned for downtown, according to City Administrator Ray Gosack. City leaders said by the time construction is complete on the Riverview Hope […]

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    LeFlore County Health Department Deploying Mobile Immunization Unit Following Severe Weather

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) – The LeFlore County Health Department is deploying its mobile immunization clinic this week, following all of the recent flooding and severe weather in the area. The clinic will provide free Tetanus vaccines and bottled water to residents affected by flooding, according to Leslie Covey who serves as the Public Information Officer for the LeFlore County Health Department. In addition, clinic workers will also be checking on area residents who are still working to clean up debris […]

  • VIDEO: Wister Business Destroyed in Early Morning Fire

    WISTER, Okla. (KFSM) – A Wister business is destroyed after an early morning fire tore through it Tuesday (June 2nd). The Poor Boy Livestock Auction Barn, located just off of U.S. Highway 270, caught fire around 4:45 a.m., according to dispatchers at the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office. Crews from Wister, Poteau and Fanshawe Fire all responded and worked to get the flames under control. The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time, according to firefighters on scene. […]

  • VIDEO: Fort Smith House Destroyed in Flames Overnight

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A Fort Smith house on the south side of town was destroyed in an early morning fire, according to Battalion Chief Stanley Cole. The fire was first called in around 2:30 a.m. When firefighters arrived at the house on Waco Street, near the intersection of 32nd Street, Cole said they saw flames shooting out of the roof of the home. “It was already through the roof of one side of the house,” Cole explained. “We just […]

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    Red Cross Helps Poteau Residents Displaced in Storm

    POTEAU (KFSM) – A team with The American Red Cross is set up in Poteau Tuesday morning (May 26th) to help people who were displaced in Monday night’s storms. Dispatchers with the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office said the Red Cross is at Bob Lee Kidd Community Center on 100 Pirate Lane providing shelter, food and other necessary items for people following the storms. The Red Cross said they will be there until at least 11 a.m. Wednesday (May 27). The […]

  • RV Park Submerged in Water, Roads Closed in Crawford County

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – The Lee Creek RV Park in Van Buren is submerged in flood waters Tuesday morning (May 26th), leaving several trailer homes damaged as a result. The owner of the Lee Creek RV Park, Steve Nichols, said residents were warned about the approaching storms and flooding danger Sunday afternoon. Several residents decided to evacuate the area at that time, Nichols said. “The good people of the RV Park all worked together to get everyone moved out,” Nichols […]


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