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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.

Recent Articles

    Victim Identified In Van Buren Fatality Accident

    A man that was hit and killed just off the interstate in Van Buren, moments after surviving a rollover accident, has been identified by authorities. Karl Brandon Kasprytzki, 34, of Mulberry was named as the victim by authorities. Others involved in the accident haven’t been named yet. Troopers with Arkansas State Police said the first single-vehicle accident happened on East Pointer Trail around 6:40 a.m. Authorities said the car struck a barrier cable, which then caused the vehicle to roll over multiple times. The […]

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    One Hospitalized With Injuries After Accident in Fort Smith

    Authorities say one person was hospitalized with injuries after an accident in Fort Smith Wednesday morning (July 9). The accident happened at the intersection of Phoenix and Towson around 5:40 a.m., when a minivan ran a red light, according to authorities on scene. Officers with Fort Smith Police said that was when the minivan was t-bond by another car. The driver of the car that hit the minivan was taken to the hospital by ambulance with minor injuries, according to […]


    Authorities Search For Armed Robbery Suspects

    Authorities in the River Valley are searching for two armed men after they robbed a convenience store in the Moffett bottoms late Sunday night (June 29), according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart. He said the robbery happened around 11:15 p.m. The suspects left in a silver Nissan Frontier crew cab pickup truck with a luggage rack on top, authorities say. Surveillance video from the crime scene showed the men walked into the store wearing dark clothing with scarves covering their faces. […]

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    Arkansas Teen Struck, Killed by Lightning

    A teenager was killed after being hit by lightning in Etowah, Arkansas earlier this week. 16-year-old Steven Sheppard was volunteering at a church with his brother, just down the road from his house Tuesday night (July 1) when the storm rolled in. The two tried to run back to their house to take cover from the storm, when lightning bounced off a tree and hit Steven, killing him instantly. Steven’s father, Nute Sheppard, said he was heartbroken after finding out […]

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    Police Respond to Bomb Threat Found at Fayetteville Walmart

    Fayetteville Police said they responded to a bomb threat at the Walmart on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard early Wednesday morning (July 2). Dispatchers said an employee called to report the threat around 4 a.m., after finding a note written on a bathroom wall inside the store. The threat said that someone had a bomb, according to police. All employees and shoppers who were inside the store at the time were evacuated as police did a sweep of the building. […]

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    Body Found In Shallow Grave In Crawford County Identified

    A man whose body was found in a shallow grave in Crawford County has been identified as Jamison Lee Plum, Sheriff Ron Brown said. “I can`t even look at a picture right now without breaking down,” Plum’s aunt Lindsey Dunn said. The Alma man died of a gunshot to the chest and was buried in a sallow grave behind a house in Rudy, officials said. “He was completely black from being there for a whole week in a shallow grave,” […]


    Fallen Highway Worker Honored With Safety Event

    After a handful of road workers have been hit and killed on the job in Arkansas over the past few years, the state’s highway and transportation department is working on how to better keep their crews safe. Department heads from across Arkansas will host the inaugural “Stand Down for Safety Day” at the District Four Headquarters in Barling Tuesday (July 1). Dozens of highway workers will be in attendance to learn more about how to stay safe on the job. […]

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    Armed Suspect Locks Down Fort Smith Businesses

    An armed suspect is on the run after police say he robbed a Fort Smith gas station around 9 a.m. Monday (June 30). Cpl. Scott Jackson said the robbery happened at the Jenny Lind Mart at the intersection of Jenny Lind and Jackson St. One suspect came into the store, armed with a handgun and demanding money. The suspect ran away from the store on foot. Authorities say they’re not sure if he or she got away with any cash. […]

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    Both Lanes of Interstate 40 WB Reopened After Accident

    The westbound lanes of Interstate 40 were shutdown for nearly three hours following a semi-truck rollover accident.

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    One Dead After Semi Vs. Motorcycle Accident on I-40

    A 36-year-old man is dead after a motorcycle versus semi truck accident on Interstate 40 in Sequoyah County, according to troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The victim was driving a Kawasaki motorcycle westbound on Interstate 40 when, for an unknown reason, he hit the back of the semi truck trailer Monday evening (June 23), according to authorities. The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead on scene, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. His name is not being released […]

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    Driver Detained In DWI Arrest After Hitting Gas Main

    Springdale police arrested Olson Lejjena, 29, Monday (June 23) on suspicion of DWI and failure to submit to a breath test. Lejjena crashed into a gas main at the intersection of Old Wire Road and Dodd Avenue causing a gas leak. The single-vehicle accident happened around 2:15 a.m., according to authorities. Source Gas crews were at the site for hours repairing the damaged gas main. Early in the morning, they deemed the gas leak safe and didn’t evacuate any homes […]

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    Child Abuse Suspects From Van Buren Captured in Alabama

    Van Buren Police say a local man and woman wanted in connection with a felony child abuse case have been captured in Gulf Shores Alabama. Jordan Whitney, 31, and his live-in girlfriend, Brandie Lindemann, 28, are now in police custody, according to Detective Jonathan Wear with Van Buren Police. Both Whitney and Lindemann are expected to be extradited back to Van Buren later this week, Wear said. This, after a child abuse investigation started on May 5th, according to a […]


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