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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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    Rogers Firefighter Injured As Vacant Home Burns Early Monday Morning

    ROGERS (KFSM) – A Rogers firefighter is injured after a vacant house went up in flames early Monday morning (May 11), according to Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenkins. At least 29 firefighters have been battling the flames at the house at 2605 Dogwood Street since 3 a.m., Chief Jenkins said. This, after two neighbors called to report smoke in the area overnight. The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time; however, Chief Jenkins did say with storms […]


    Police Arrest Two Clarksville Teens For Allegedly Robbing McDonald’s

    CLARKSVILLE (KFSM) – A manager at the McDonald’s in Clarksville said he’s beyond grateful to some customers who were in the drive-thru lane early Thursday morning (May 7th). “We had people ordering their food and waiting in line to pick it up, when two men forced their way through the backdoor around 12:50 a.m.,” Manager Jonathon Arredonvo said. According to the Clarksville Police Department, 18-year-old Jaden Logan Richardson, of Clarksville and a juvenile, 16, of Clarksville were arrested in connection […]

  • Softball Team Raises Over $1,600 For Susan G. Komen Foundation

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) —  The Lady Pointers Softball Team at Van Buren High School went to bat this week with a Pink Out game Tuesday afternoon (May 5th). Not only was the team decked out in pink from head-to-toe, but they also had the bases painted pink as they took on Bryant. “We try to just have as much fun as we can with it,” explained Head Coach Andy Williams. “But at the same time, we need the girls to […]

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    IPIX: Happy Mother’s Day!

    We’re helping you wish your mom a very Happy Mother’s Day by sharing some of your beloved photos on 5NEWS This Morning. Here’s a gallery of some of the images submitted the past few days. We’ll be sharing more photos Friday morning (May 8th) on air. If you’d like to submit one of your own, just email us the photo at ipix@kfsm.com.

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    Softball Team Hosts Pink Out Game to Benefit Susan G. Komen Foundation

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – The Lady Pointers Softball Team at Van Buren High School is going to bat against cancer with a Pink Out game Tuesday (May 5th). All proceeds raised will benefit the Ozark affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Not only will the team be decked out in pink from head-to-toe, but they’ll also be painting all of the bases pink as they take on Bryant Tuesday afternoon. “We try to just have as much fun as […]

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    Carl Albert State College Offers New Degree in Occupational Health and Safety

    OKLAHOMA (KFSM) – Students are now enrolling for a new degree in Occupational Health and Safety being offered at Carl Albert State College campuses this fall. Kristi McConnell is the director of the new program. She said the new program will allow students to gain the skills they need to take an entry-level position in the public safety field. Students will also be able to protect people from different environmental factors at work after they graduate from the program. “This […]

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    Alma Man Killed After Motorcycle Collides with SUV in Crawford County

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – An Alma man is dead after crashing his 2000 Yamaha Motorcycle into the back of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) on Highway 162 in Crawford County, according to troopers with Arkansas State Police. Troopers identified the driver killed as Richard Gaither, 55, of Alma. Gaither was driving eastbound on Highway 162, near Sunnyside Road, around 6:20 p.m. Thursday night (April 30th) when the accident happened, according to Arkansas State Police. Gaither was driving behind a Chevrolet SUV, […]

  • VIDEO: Booneville Robotics Team Live on 5NEWS This Morning

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Booneville Robotics team joined 5NEWS Anchors Jay Plyburn and Heather Lewis live Friday morning (May 1). The team returned earlier this week from a global robotics competition held in St. Louis, Missouri. Team members used an XBOX controller to move the robot around the 5NEWS studio, showing off the robot’s specialty which is lifting objects such as large bins or trashcans. The team, named the “Booneville Balboabots” was one of five from Arkansas that went […]

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    Organizers, Business Owners Prepare for Steel Horse Rally to Begin

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Thousands of bikers from across the country are headed to Fort Smith Friday (May 1st) for the inaugural Steel Horse Rally. For the past year, organizers have been hard at work getting everything prepared for the event: everything from vendors to different bands who will take the stage at Harry E. Kelly Park. Organizer Dennis Snow said he can’t wait for everything to finally get underway. “We’ve got a large group of men and women that […]

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    Crews Break Ground on the $20 Million Crawford County Detention Center

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – Crews are set to break ground on the $20 million Crawford County Detention Center Friday morning (May 1). Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown said the new jail is needed to fix overcrowding problems at the current facility.  This, after it failed several state inspections and was placed on probation by the state. Once it’s built, the new detention center will house 300 inmates and feature a courtroom. The groundbreaking ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Friday at […]

  • PHOTOS: SUV Crashes Into Fort Smith Home While Family Sleeps

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Fort Smith Police are searching for a man who crashed a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) into a home on Roosevelt Road Thursday morning (April 30th). Officers said the SUV hit the side of the home, crashing into a child’s bedroom around 6:50 a.m. The child was getting ready for school at the time of the accident. He went to find his mother, and by the time the two got outside, the driver had left the scene […]


    VIDEO: Man Hospitalized After Crashing Into Barrier On Garrison Avenue

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — One man was hospitalized when his car struck a traffic light, then a streetlight and finally a barrier early Wednesday in Fort Smith (April 29). The accident happened about 3 a.m. at Garrison Avenue and 11th Street in front of the Riverfront Inn. After the accident, the light at the intersection was out for several hours, delaying traffic, police said. First responders had to use the jaws of life to free Bryan Loftin, 46, from his […]


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