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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.

Recent Articles
  • Lavaca Schools Cancel Classes Due to Power Outage

    LAVACA (KFSM) – Steve Rose, Superintendent at Lavaca Schools, said the district has cancelled classes Thursday (Sept. 18) due to a power outage. “We had a sub-station get hit by lightning last night, and we’re without power,” Rose said. Rose says Thursday’s parent/teacher conferences will be rescheduled to a later date. The volleyball game will still go on as planned inside the high school gym. The 7th grade football game will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Booneville, as well […]

  • New Details in Former Sebastian County Deputy’s Homicide

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office said a neighbor heard gunshots Friday (Sept. 12) morning, the day David Jackson was found dead outside his Bidville home, in the northeast corner of Crawford County. “We did go door-to-door. We did have one witness that felt like earlier that morning they heard a few gunshots,” Sheriff Ron Brown said. “But again, this is a very rural area. [The witness] didn’t know if someone was target practicing or what have […]

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    Fayetteville Police Search for Missing 14-Year-Old

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Officers with Fayetteville Police said a search is underway for a missing 14-year-old girl. Sgt. Craig Stout with Fayetteville Police said Megan Anderson ran away Monday (Sept. 8th) morning, after being dropped off at school. She has not been heard from since, according to authorities. However, at this point, Stout said officer do not have reason to believe she is in danger. She has brown hair and blue eyes, according to her missing poster on the National […]

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    Six People Arrested in Moffett Armed Robbery Months Later

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) – Six people have been arrested and are facing charges in connection to an armed robbery that happened in the Moffett Bottoms this past June, according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart. Authorities said a17-year-old, whose name is being withheld, was arrested Thursday night (Sept. 11) on several charges stemming from the armed robbery at the Freddy’s One Stop in Moffett on June 29th. Deputies also arrested the three people who were hiding the teenager after his […]

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    Former Cedarville Officer Arrested On Suspicion Of Domestic Abuse Again

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY – A former Cedarville Reserve Officer was arrested Wednesday (Sept. 10) on suspicion of domestic assault and battery, authorities say. Ewell Ray Wilbourn, 53, was arrested at a home northeast of Muldrow early Wednesday morning, according to Sheriff Ron Lockhart. Wilbourn was fired from his position with Cedarville Police after being arrested on suspicion of domestic battery after a bar fight with his girlfriend in Fort Smith in April, according to authorities. He’s being held at the Sequoyah […]

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    Fort Smith Man Arrested for Human Trafficking in Multiple States

    BATON ROUGE, La. (KFSM) – Emmanuel Bailey, 22, from Fort Smith, is behind bars and facing charges, after he was arrested for trafficking two women and possibly others. Bailey was arrested by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana Tuesday (Sept. 9). Bailey forced two women into  prostitution in Kansas, and then took them to Louisiana, where he continued to prostitute them out, according to published reports. Bailey has been wanted since March, after authorities said they began […]

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    Man Being Held Without Bond After Being Arrested in His Underwear

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Authorities said a man is being held without bond at the Sebastian County Detention Center Wednesday (Sept. 3) after being arrested in his underwear while refusing to leave a Fort Smith gas station. Josh Spence, 23, from Pocola was arrested for disorderly conduct early Tuesday morning (Sept. 2) at the EZ Mart on Highway 271. The store clerk called police after he said Spence came into the store, stripped down to his underwear and wouldn’t leave. […]

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    Street Reopens After House Catches Fire In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – North O Street in Fort Smith has reopened after being closed due to a house fire on Wednesday morning (Aug. 27). Both lanes of North O Street were shut down while crews investigated the house fire. Battalion Chief Mark Talley said the fire started around 7:15 a.m., and crews at the house said the fire started in the kitchen. One woman was inside the house when it started. She escaped safely, according to officials. The house […]

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    Crews Investigate After Second “Suspicious Fire” in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Authorities are investigating after three buildings burned in a “suspicious fire” in Fort Smith early Wednesday morning (Aug. 27). It was the second time in one week that a fire had sparked at one of the houses, according to Battalion Chief Tery Graves. Crews were dispatched to a fire at a vacant home on Russell Street, just off Midland Avenue, in Fort Smith just before 12:15 a.m. “When we got on scene, the fire was just […]

  • Voters to Decide Future of Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center

    POTEAU (KFSM) – Voters in LeFlore County are headed to the polls Tuesday (Aug. 26) to decide the future of the Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau. This, after administrators shut the surgical and obstetrical departments down in February, after failing a state inspection. “We closed the surgery department because we no longer met state standards when it came to infection prevention,” explained Nancy Frier, who serves as the Chief Financial Officer at the hospital. Once the hospital stopped performing […]

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    Former Razorback RB Behind Bars in Pulaski County

    PULASKI COUNTY, ARKANSAS (KFSM) – Former Razorback Running Back Cedric Cobbs is behind bars Monday morning (Aug. 25) in Pulaski County. Cobbs, 33, was arrested on Saturday (Aug. 23) for not paying his child support, according to his police intake report. It shows he owes more than $10,000 but not more than $25,000 in child support, according to the report. Cobbs was previously arrested and charged in 2013 with conspiracy to obtain drugs by fraud, and for fleeing and driving […]

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    Authorities Search for Missing Muskogee Man

    MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA (KFSM) – Authorities in Oklahoma are searching for a 91-year-old Muskogee man who went missing early Monday morning (Aug. 25). Atchilee Derrick was last seen at the Brentwood Care Center in Muskogee at 4 a.m., authorities said. Derrick was wearing a light-colored striped button up shirt, a white Islamic hat and light blue jeans when he was last seen. Authorities said Derrick suffers from serious dementia, anxiety, depression and hypertension. He does take his medicine daily, which is […]


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