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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: Lawn Mower Repair Shop Destroyed in Early Morning Fire

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – A lawn mower repair shop in Crawford County is destroyed after a fire early Wednesday morning (April 15), according to District Five Fire Chief Dale Ingle. Jone’s Repair Shop, located at the intersection  of Richman and Old Uniontown Road, caught fire around 4 a.m. Dispatchers with Van Buren Police said a neighbor called 911 after seeing flames shooting out of the building. Firefighters and first responders arrived on scene minutes later and began working to get […]


    Fort Smith Apartment Complex Burns In Early Morning Fire

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A family of four is without a home after an apartment complex went up in flames Tuesday morning (April 14). According to Fort Smith Fire Department Battalion Chief Tery Graves, the fire started around 6:30 a.m. at the College Terrace Apartments in the 4300 block of Kinkead Avenue. Graves says that a family of four woke up to smoke in their apartment this morning. Lloyd Woodfield says he immediately grabbed his two children, and ran out […]

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    21-Year-Old Flown To Washington Regional After Rollover In LeFlore County

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A Poteau man is being treated at Washington Regional Medical Center Friday morning (April 10) after being involved in a rollover accident in LeFlore County. Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Jacob McMillin, 21, was driving northbound on a county road around 12:40 a.m. Friday when his vehicle ran off the road, struck a ditch and rolled twice. McMillin was ejected from his vehicle during the accident, troopers said. Authorities said he was speeding when the […]

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    Maggie House Receives More Than $100K From Arkansas Gives Day

    CHARLESTON (KFSM) – The results are in and the Maggie House in Charleston came out on top as the winner of Arkansas Gives Day last week. The one-day initiative works to raise money for non-profits around the natural state. The Maggie House is a facility currently under construction in Charleston for abused and neglected children. Once construction is complete, the Maggie House will serve children from the following counties: Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Johnson, Scott and Yell Counties. The Charleston […]

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    Two-Story Home Burns in Bentonville

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – Bentonville Fire and first responders are on the scene of a two-story house fire Friday morning (April 10), according to authorities. Benton County Deputy Chief Curtis Sharp said the home, which is on the 3800 block of Southwest Osprey Drive, caught fire around 7:30 a.m. Crews on scene said the fire was under control by 8:30 a.m., and that they’re just watching for hot spots, Sharp said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Authorities said […]

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    Children’s Clothing Recalled by Land’s End

    Land’s End is recalling some pajamas and robes for kids over concerns that they could catch fire. The recall includes 25 different styles of sleep sets for boys, girls and toddlers as well nightgowns and bath robes. Lands End officials said no injuries have been reported; however, they added that the clothing “fails to meet federal flammability standards” and “poses a risk of burn injuries to children.” Here’s a look at what items have been recalled: 434255 toddler girl long […]

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    Fort Smith Police to Inspect Child Safety Seats Saturday

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A free child safety seat check will be happening in Fort Smith Saturday (April 11). Certified child safety seat inspectors from the Fort Smith Police Department will be out at The Pavilion, making sure all child’s safety seats are installed correctly. They’ll also replace any recalled or unsafe seats free of charge. Parents who make it out will also get some paperwork on making sure their child is safe in the car. The safety check begins […]


    UPDATE: Amber Alert Cancelled,12-Year-Old OKC Girl Now Considered A Runaway

    OKLAHOMA COUNTY (KFSM)-  The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office has cancelled an Amber Alert for 12-year-old Ashley Schoenecke of Oklahoma City as of early Wednesday morning (April 8). The alert was cancelled because authorities now believe the girl willingly got into a vehicle and ran away from home, and was not kidnapped as originally believed. The Amber Alert was issued Tuesday night (April 7) after neighbors reported seeing the getting into a silver minivan with dark tinted windows around 7:30 p.m. […]

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    Winning Lottery Ticket Sold at Hot Springs Gas Station, Prize Remains Unclaimed

    HOT SPRINGS (KFSM) – A winning lottery ticket worth $150,000 was recently sold at a Hot Springs gasstation; however, the prize remains unclaimed as of Tuesday morning (April 7), according to officials with the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. . The winning Natural State Jackpot ticket was purchased at the EZ Marton Summer Street in Hot Springs, officials said. The numbers drawn Monday night (April 6) were 02-09-30-35-36. Along with the top prize winner, lottery officials said there were 3,661 Arkansans who […]

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    Van Buren Leaders Working to Add More Sidewalks Around Town

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – The Van Buren Planning Commission is meeting Tuesday (April 7) to talk about adding more sidewalks to area neighborhoods. City planners said it’s important they begin requiring sidewalks in new subdivisions as well as into the plans for any future commercial development around town. The planning commission will also talk about how to repair existing sidewalks as well as how to construct sidewalks in already-established neighborhoods. For the past several months, a four-member group has been […]

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    PHOTOS: Sebastian County House Destroyed In Early Morning Fire

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM)–  A house in Sebastian County is destroyed after an early morning fire Wednesday (April 1). Firefighters said the home, which is located at 5017 Slaytonville Road, near the Hackett area, went up in flames around 4:30 a.m. The Sugarloaf Fire Department and the Claytonville Fire Department responded to the call. They were later assisted by the Hackett Fire Department. Firefighters on the scene say the home was unoccupied at the time and no one was injured. The […]

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    PHOTOS: Former Football Coach’s Home Destroyed in Early Morning Fire

    BOONEVILLE (KFSM) – A Booneville home was destroyed after it caught fire early Monday morning (Mar. 30). Deputies with the Logan County Sheriff’s Office said the fire started just before 4:40 a.m. behind Booneville High School. Firefighters on scene said the home belonged to former Booneville High School Head Football Coach Kenneth Rippy. Rippy also served as an assistant football coach at Van Buren High School in the past, according to district officials. No one was home when the fire started, authorities […]


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