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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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    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 […]

  • Guardsmen Evacuated After Fort Chaffee Building Catches Fire

    Two National Guardsmen who are staying in a supply administration building at Fort Chaffee were evacuated early Friday morning (June 20) after their building caught fire, according to authorities. Fort Chaffee’s Chief of Operations Commander Lt. Col. Dwight Ikenberry said the guardsmen were asleep inside the building, when another guardsman who was assigned to watch the facility, because of the guns and gear inside, noticed the fire spark. He was able to wake up the other guardsmen and get them […]

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    Bicyclist Hospitalized After Accident in Sequoyah County

    A bicyclist is recovering in the hospital Thursday morning (June 19) after an accident in Sequoyah County, according to authorities. Officers on scene said the accident happened around 12:15 a.m. on Highway 64, just east of Roland. Several law enforcement agencies, including the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, as well as Muldrow and Roland Police, were on scene for several hours working to clear the scene. Authorities said they’re still investigating what exactly happened, and plan to release more details about the […]

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    Four Hospitalized After Accident in Crawford County

    Four people have been hospitalized after a two-car accident in Crawford County Thursday morning (June 19), according to authorities on scene. Arkansas State Police troopers say the accident happened on U.S. 64 and Firefly Lane, just east of Alma in the county limits around 7 a.m. Traffic was blocked in that area, but has now re-opened according to troopers on scene. At this point, authorities are not releasing the names of those involved in the accident. 5NEWS does have a […]

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    Authorities Search for Driver After Woman Struck, Killed in Hit and Run

    A woman is dead after a hit and run accident in Booneville Tuesday night (June 17th). Now, authorities are searching for the driver that hit her, according to Bill Sadler with Arkansas State Police. Joy Duvall, 50, from Booneville, was struck by a vehicle as she walked southbound along the northbound shoulder of State Highway 23 approximately one-half mile south of Highway 10, according to Bill Sadler with Arkansas State Police.  Duvall was pronounced dead at the scene. “It was […]

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    New $1 Million Training Facility Approved For Fire Department

    Fort Smith Fire Chief Mike Richards request for the city to sign off on a new four-story training tower for firefighters was approved at Tuesday’s (June 17) Board of Directors meeting. “We can do live fire training that is the primary purpose of the building,” Richards said. ” It’s unlike anything else in this area we can set a fire in certain parts of the building and simulate real heat real smoke.” Plans for the new facility have been in […]


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