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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 Home Burns After Being Struck By Lightning

    ROGERS (KFSM) – Deloria Gray and her husband Ray salvaged some of their clothes and pictures Friday (Oct. 10). Their home caught fire after being struck by lightning, according to authorities. There were burnt pieces of furniture scattered outside and a large hole where the lightning struck the home in the second floor. The couple made it out safely along with their three dogs Maggie, Fancy and Buddy. The home is located at 1431 Monte Road. Rogers firefighters received the […]

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    Pedestrian Killed, Suspect Behind Bars After Hit-And-Run

    VIAN, Okla. (KFSM) – One person is dead and another is behind bars after a deadly hit-and-run accident in Vian, Oklahoma Tuesday night (Oct. 7). Authorities said the accident happened around 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and East Sanders Street. Officers said a woman, who was walking along side the road with a friend, was killed after being struck by a car. 55-year-old Linda Finney was pronounced dead on scene, according to auhorities. Darrel Vanzandt is now behind […]

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    Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty to Killing His Dad

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A 26-year-old Fayetteville man accused of shooting his father to death has pleaded not guilty to the capital murder charge against him. Samuel Hill made the plea before a Washington County judge Wednesday morning (Oct. 8). Hill was arrested in August, after authorities said he shot and killed his father during an argument and gunfight at his father’s home on Whitehouse Road. Earlier that night, authorities said the younger Hill had beat his wife at their Fayetteville […]


    Investigation Underway After Two Found Dead In Sallisaw Home

    SALLISAW (KFSM) – An investigation is underway after two people were found dead inside a Sallisaw home Sunday night (Sept. 28). Authorities said someone called around 7:05 p.m., asking if officers could do a welfare check on the people living inside a home on Maple Street. When officers arrived on scene, they said they found both people dead inside. The bodies were identified as 47-year-old Vince Rayner and 34-year-old Katie Waggle-Goodman according to the Sallisaw Police Department. Detectives with the Oklahoma […]

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    Suspect Wanted In Real Estate Agent’s Kidnapping Has Ties to Washington, Benton Counties

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – Police have issued an arrest warrant for a man in connection to the disappearance of a Pulaski County real estate agent. Authorities are looking for Aaron Michael Lewis, 33, from Jacksonville, Ark., in connection to the disappearance of Beverly Carter, 51. He’s wanted on the charge of kidnapping, according to investigators. Lewis has a criminal history across Arkansas, including several recent arrests in Benton and Washington counties, authorities said. Currently, Lewis is out of jail and […]

  • Riots Continue in Ferguson after Police Officer Shot

    FERGUSON, Mo. (KFSM) – Protesters were back out in the streets in Ferguson, Missouri Sunday night (Sept. 29). Authorities said eight people were arrested outside the Ferguson Police Department, as part of the latest round of protests over the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The arrests came one night after a Ferguson police officer was shot in the arm. Authorities have identified the officer shot as Tim Zoll. Authorities said Zoll was patrolling the Ferguson Community Center when the […]

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    Oklahoma Beheading Suspect to be Charged

    MOORE, OKLA. (KFSM) – A man accused in the beheading of a woman at a food processing plant in Moore, Okla. is set to appear before a judge Monday (Sept. 29). Officers at the Moore Police Department say charges against Alton Alexander Nolen will include first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Nolen was fired from a food processing plant last Thursday (Sept. 25). Officers said he returned hours later with a knife and attacked the first people he […]


    Food Truck Busted for Selling Tacos ‘With a Side of Meth’

    DENVER, Colo. – Authorities busted a food truck in Denver, Colo. for selling tacos ‘with a side of meth’. The state indicted 17 people for trafficking 55 pounds of meth in the area, which authorities said was all sold out of the food truck. The Colorado Attorney General’s office called the bust one of the largest meth seizures in the state’s history. The drug ring is even being compared to the television series, “Breaking Bad.” Authorities said customers could walk […]

  • 10 Arrested In Prostitution Sting At Pocola Casino

    POCOLA (KFSM) – Ten people are behind bars and facing charges after an overnight prostitution sting at the Choctaw Casino in Pocola, according to Deidre Elrod with the Choctaw Nation. Elrod said four men who were looking for sex at the casino were arrested as well as two women who had been contacted online for prostitution. There were another four women arrested on the casino floor, Elrod said. According to John Hobbs, Director of Public Safety for Choctaw Nation, the sting has been in the […]


    Suspect Arrested After Pulling Knife on Hospital Guard

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A woman is behind bars after pulling a knife on a security guard at Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith early Thursday morning (Sept. 25). Tammie Stansbury is being held at the Sebastian County Detention Center, facing an aggravated assault charge, according to jail officials. Authorities said the security guard called for back up around 2:15 a.m., after Stansbury began acting up near the hospital’s front desk. “According to security, she was being loud and acting irate, […]

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    Road Construction Projects Move Forward After Bids Accepted

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – The Arkansas Highway Transportation Department has approved bids for several road construction projects across the area Monday (Sept. 22). In Benton County, bids were accepted on three projects, according to a press release from the highway department. APAC-Central of Fayetteville was awarded all three of the projects. The first project will be to widen 2.1 miles of Highway 12 to five lanes with a curb and a gutter. The work will extend west from near southwest […]

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    High School Sweethearts Tie the Knot After 63 Years Apart

    LAKE CITY, ARKANSAS (KFSM) – High school sweethearts from Lake City have vowed to spend the rest of their lives together after spending the past 63 years apart. Marcella McCall and Johnny Vick tied the knot at a small ceremony Saturday (Sept. 20) in Lake City. The two first met at a high school basketball game, back when they were teenagers. They said they dated in high school off and on but then each went their separate ways. The couple […]


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