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I’m an early riser and coffee lover who gets to work early enough to manage morning and dayside assignments for reporters at 5NEWS. I also put together the noon show before leaving for the afternoon. I’ve been a producer for about two years now and am excited to deliver the news where you live.

Prior to producing, I was a reporter for 5NEWS based out of Fort Smith. I’ve also worked in both Kansas City and Columbia, Missouri in a variety of different roles throughout my career.

If you’d like to touch base with me, or talk about a story idea in the area send me an email at Meredith.Baldwin@kfsm.com. I’d love to hear from you!


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    Swift Water Rescue Crews Save Man Who Drove Around Barricades In LeFlore County

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) — A swift water rescue team saved a man whose truck got stuck in floodwaters in the Poteau area Monday afternoon (Dec. 28), according to troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Troopers said the incident happened at Old State Highway 112 at James Fork Creek, which was closed because of heavy flooding overnight. Troopers said the man physically drove around barricades and into the floodwaters around 11:30 a.m. Monday morning. Other people were in the area at the time […]

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    POLICE: Woman Faces Charges After Crashing Stolen Vehicle Overnight

    Fort Smith (KFSM) — A woman is behind bars at the Sebastian County Jail Tuesday morning (Dec. 15), after authorities say she stole a car and crashed it into a utility pole. Officers say Stephanie Cooper was taken into custody following the accident, which happened around 3 a.m. on North 37th Street. Cooper was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, theft of property as well as driving with a suspended license. Her bond is set at $2,850.  

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    Man Arrested After Driving Truck Into Fort Smith Home

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A 26-year-old man is behind bars after Fort Smith Police said he crashed into a home on 96th Street late last night. Officers said they arrested Derek Burks, of Fort Smith, on suspicion of both driving while intoxicated and reckless driving after the accident happened. 5NEWS spoke with the family who was inside the home at the time. They said they were shaken up by the whole ordeal, but were glad no one was hurt. Burks […]

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    Sallisaw Woman Hospitalized After Head-On Crash

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) — A Sallisaw woman remains in guarded condition after a head-on crash Thursday evening (Nov. 24), according to troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Leona Johnson, 67, was driving her 2011 Chevrolet car on Wildhorse Mountain Road, just off of U.S. 59,  around 7:45 p.m. when she crossed the center line and hit another vehicle head on, troopers said. Johnson was pinned in the wreckage for about 45 minutes while firefighters from Sallisaw worked to free her, […]

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    PHOTOS: Arson Investigation Underway After Truck Burns in Howe, Five Children Unharmed

      HOWE (KFSM) — LeFlore County deputies are investigating if arson is to blame after a truck went up in flames early Monday morning (Nov. 23), according to Undersheriff Kendall Morgan. The truck was parked on a dirt driveway in front of the Dominguez family’s home on Highway 83 when it caught fire around 4 a.m. The family said they thought the house was on fire at first. “My daughter comes running up stairs and yelling, ‘Mom the house is […]

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    Bond Set At $100,000 For Woman Who Shot LeFlore County Man, Deputies Say

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) — A woman who deputies said shot a man near Shady Point early Sunday morning is being held on a $100,000 bond, as the man undergoes treatment for his injuries at a Tulsa-area hospital. Undersheriff Kendall Morgan said Jessica Hardesty, 33, of Bixby, Oklahoma, was taken into custody Sunday morning (Nov. 22) on suspicion of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon with the intent to cause bodily injury following a shooting near Shady Point earlier […]

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    Brother In Custody After Man Killed In Van Buren Shooting

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — Police are questioning the brother of a man who was found dead after an overnight shooting in Van Buren. Police found the body of Michael Roberts, 55, early Thursday morning (Nov. 19) in a home in the 400 block of N. 24th St. Police said they got a call that there had been a shooting last night around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night (Nov. 18), but they had to wait outside the home while they obtained a search warrant. […]

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    PHOTOS: One Injured After Trucks Collide In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — One man is injured after two trucks collided in Fort Smith early Thursday morning (Nov. 19). The accident happened at the intersection of North 6th Street and Brockman Avenue around 5:45 a.m. Officers on scene said one driver pulled out on to North 6th Street in front of the other and was then t-boned by the other driver. Police said the driver who pulled out in front of the truck has been issued a ticket for […]

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    Lightning Strike & Thunder Near Elmdale Elementary In Springdale Breaks Out Windows

      SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A lightning strike near Elmdale Elementary in Springdale led to a brief evacuation at the school Tuesday morning (Nov. 17). The lightning strike and smell of smoke was reported at around 8 a.m. Students were evacuated to a church next door while fire crews checked the building, according to Springdale police. The thunder that accompanied the lightning broke four windows in two classrooms, according to school officials. Police said there was no fire and no injuries. […]

  • Charlie Sheen Announces He’s HIV Positive

    (CNN) — Actor Charlie Sheen told NBC’s “Today” show on Tuesday that he was diagnosed as HIV-positive about four years ago, and that a few people who knew it demanded money from him to keep the secret. “I’m here to admit that I am in fact HIV-positive,” Sheen told NBC’s Matt Lauer. “And I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about the [alleged] […]

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    One Man Hospitalized After Semi-Truck Rolled Over In Barling

    BARLING (KFSM) – One man is hospitalized after a rollover on Highway 59 in Barling early Monday (Nov.16) morning. Barling Police said the driver was heading north around 6:00 a.m. when he rolled his OK Foods truck over into the ditch alongside the road. The accident caused dozens of chickens to be scattered along the roadway. Police worked to get the chickens, both alive and dead, off the road as fast as possible. The driver was taken by ambulance to an area hospital […]

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    Traffic Resumes After Accident On I-540 In Fort Smith

      FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A trash truck crashed on Interstate 540 near Fort Smith Wednesday morning (Nov. 11) , blocking traffic  for about an hour. One person was sent to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to Arkansas State Police dispatchers. Southbound traffic was blocked starting near the Rogers Avenue exit in Fort Smith, when the truck driver crashed into the steel poles in the middle of the median at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday morning (Nov. 11), ASP said. ASP troopers had […]

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