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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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    Fort Smith Police Search for Gunman After Overnight Shooting

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith Police are searching for a gunman after an overnight shooting that happened at the Pho Vietnam Restaurant in the 2200 block of Rogers Avenue. Sgt. Waymon Parker with Fort Smith Police said the shooting happened around 11 p.m. Monday night (Mar. 24). The owner Erick Nguyen and his wife said they were inside Pho Vietnam Restaurant when they heard gunshots. He was able to get to a window safely where he saw a black […]

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    Three Hospitalized After Flash Fire at OK Foods Feed Mill

    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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    Power Restored After Brief Outage in Benton, Carroll Counties Tuesday Morning

    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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    Security Increased At Springdale High After Rumor Of Gang Retribution

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – Security will be increased at Springdale schools Friday (March 20), one week after a gang-related shooting death in Springdale, officials said. Teachers and staff received a letter on Thursday from Peter Joenks, the principal at Springdale High, stating there would be a beef-up police presence at the high school on Friday after rumors spread on social media sites regarding alleged retaliation for the gang violence in town last week. More officers with Springdale police will be patrolling […]

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    Highway Shuts Down In LeFlore County After Semi Overturns

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) – Both lanes of Oklahoma State Highway 83, just west of Monroe, are shut down after a semi overturned and leaked fuel, according to troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Several agencies, including OHP and the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office, are on scene, working to direct traffic around the accident on the shoulder. They’ve also set up road blocks in that area. Authorities said the accident happened just after 5:00 a.m. The semi was the only vehicle […]

  • Semi Catches Fire On Interstate 49 in Lowell

    LOWELL (KFSM) – A semi caught fire on Interstate 49 in Lowell, at the Monroe exit, Friday morning (March 20th) according to troopers with Arkansas State Police. Troopers said it was the semi’s brake line that caught fire. The fire was quickly extinguished and no one was hurt, troopers said. Traffic is now moving in that area like normal.  


    Johnson County Deputies Search for Suspect’s Vehicle After Burglaries

    JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM) – Deputies with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a suspect’s vehicle, after it was seen in the area of two recent residential burglaries. Sheriff Larry Jones said those two burglaries happened in the past month and a half in the western part of the county and are believed to be connected at this time. Sheriff Jones described the vehicle they’re looking for as a bronze-colored Chevy S-10 single-cab truck with damage all the way down […]

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    Motorcycle Rider Killed In Bentonville Crash Identified

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – Authorities have released the name of the motorcycle driver who died in a Bentonville crash on Tuesday morning (March 17). The Bentonville Police Department is searching for a suspect involved the deadly hit-and-run incident that left the scene. Aron Nathanial Romero, 33, of Centerton was identified as the dead motorcycle driver, authorities said. He was driving a 2003 Honda XTR when the incident took place. On Tuesday at 6:54 a.m., officers were sent to Southwest Regional Airport […]

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    Fort Smith Police Search For Suspect After Gas Station Robbery

      FORT SMITH (KFSM) -Fort Smith Police are searching for a man who robbed the Pic N’ Tote gas station at the intersection of 66th Street and Phoenix Avenue Friday morning (Mar. 13). Cpl. Vincent Clamser with Fort Smith said the call came in just after 6:15 a.m. “I was actually already in the area, and was on scene within one minute of the robbery,” Clamser said. Clamser talked with the clerk who got robbed, Jake Patterson, who said the […]

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    One Dead in Semi Accident on I-40 West of Alma

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — According to Arkansas State Police, one person was killed during an accident involving a semi on Interstate 40 just west of Alma Friday morning (Mar. 13th). ASP troopers are on scene, along with the coroner. Traffic is being diverted around the accident for the time being. Stay with 5NEWS for the latest information as it becomes available.

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    PHOTOS: Crews Investigate “Suspicious Fire” After Corvette Burns Overnight

        FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Fort Smith Fire Marshal is investigating what’s being called a “suspicious fire” that destroyed a Corvette in the 700 block of North 18th Street early Thursday morning (Mar. 12). Battalion Chief Skip Mathews said the family found their 2000 Corvette convertible, which was parked in the front yard, on fire just before 2 a.m. and called 911. “We had a full response coming [to the scene], but once the first pumper arrived they […]


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