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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

    Police: Man Killed After Truck Accident in Benton County

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – Troopers with Arkansas State Police said a man was killed after he crashed his Chevy truck on U.S. 62 in Benton County Monday night (Nov. 3). Michael Miller, 62, from Green Forest, Arkansas, was killed after authorities said he failed to negotiate a curve and crashed into an embankment just before 8 p.m. Authorities said Miller was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. He was pronounced dead on scene.    

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    Springdale Man Arrested in Child Rape Case

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – A Springdale man is behind bars after being arrested on suspicion of raping a child, according to Washington County deputies. Gregory Finfrock, 45, was arrested Thursday night (Oct. 30) and faces several charges including rape, forcible fondling, sexual indecency with a child and engaging a child in sex, according to the jail. Finfrock is being held behind bars at the Washington County jail without bond, authorities said. His first court appearance is set for Monday morning […]


    Intersection Re-Opens After Being Blocked By Power Line

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A Fort Smith intersection is back open Tuesday morning (Oct. 28), after being closed for a few hours due to a downed power line. Officers with Fort Smith Police said the power line went down at the intersection of 53rd and Kelly just after 4:30 a.m. People who live in that area told authorities it was struck twice by lightning and then fell to the ground as storms moved through the area. “I started hearing some […]

  • Roland Hosts Safe Trick-or-Treat Night

    ROLAND (KFSM) – Halloween is just days away, but Tuesday (Oct.28) your kids can get in their costumes, grab their candy bags, and head out to do a little trick or treating in Roland. It’s all part of their Safe Trick or Treat Night. “Any children that would participate we would love to have them in their costumes of course,” said second grade teacher Kasie Kemp. The student council at Roland High School decided to have the Safe Trick or […]


    Two Hospitalized After Being Hit by Truck in LeFlore County

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) – Two people are recovering in the hospital after being hit by a truck in LeFlore County over the weekend. Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the accident happened after a Dodge truck hit two people walking on East Quarry Island Road near Wister Saturday night (Oct. 25) around 7 p.m. Tammie King, 25, from Bokoshe, was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith to be treated for both head and leg injuries, authorities […]

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    Record Load Being Hauled Through Oklahoma

    OKLAHOMA (KFSM) – Streets in the northern portion of the Sooner State are having to shut down to make room for what’s thought the be the largest object ever hauled through Oklahoma. Crews are preparing for a huge piece of machinery used to process propane to come through. The huge piece of machinery was built in Broken Arrow, and is now on its way to Lupton, Colorado. It’s a 17-story structure comes in at nearly 1.2 million pounds and at […]

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    Phone Bills Could Go Up in Oklahoma to Fund 911 Call Centers

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFSM) – Cell phone users across Oklahoma could soon be paying higher fees to fund 911 call centers. The reason behind the possible increase being that fewer people are using landlines which means money collected from 911 fees are down. It also means that the 911 call centers are underfunded as a result. A state senate subcommittee discussed several different options at their meeting at the state capitol Thursday (Oct. 23). Under current law, wireless customers pay a […]


    Athletes Take Part in Special Olympics Bowling Competition

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Some very special elementary school athletes are coming together Thursday (Oct. 23) for a Special Olympics Bowling Competition in Fort Smith. It all kicks off at 9 a.m. at Bowling World on South 36th Street. The athletes let 5NEWS Reporter Meredith Marney in on their practice rounds ahead of the big competition. In addition to bowling, kids in the special olympics program also participate in basketball, as well as track and field competitions throughout the year.  

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    Johnson County Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Raping 13-Year-Old

    JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM) – A Johnson County man is behind bars after being arrested on suspicion of two counts of rape, authorities say. Elvert McCormick, 54, was arrested and booked Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 21) into the Johnson County Detention Center after deputies say he raped a 13-year-old on multiple occasions, according to the jail administrator. The investigation began in July after a complaint was filed with authorities. McCormick appeared before Circuit Judge Bill Pearson on Oct. 21, and his bond is set at […]

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    Son Faces Murder Charge In Father’s Shooting Death

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) – A Sequoyah County man accused of shooting and killing his father on Monday evening (Oct. 13) had prior charges filed against him, including two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and domestic abuse, according to court records. Steven Just was taken into custody for questioning after the shooting, then arrested Tuesday (Oct. 14) on suspicion of second-degree murder, according to Sheriff Ron Lockhart. The victim has been identified as Robert Just, 70. Lockhart said […]

  • 3 Killed In Tontitown Crash Identified

    TONTITOWN (KFSM) – State police on Tuesday released the names of the three people who died in a Tontitown head-on collision Monday night on U.S. 412. Anthony R. Morgan, 50, Michelle R. Johnson, 41, and Glen A. Wensel, 84, were pronounced dead at the scene by authorities around 7 p.m. Morgan and Wensel are from Jay, Okla., while Johnson is from Quapaw, Okla., according to Arkansas State Police. All three victims were traveling in a Lincoln Town Car. Jacob N. […]

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    More Than 2,000 Homes Without Power As Storms Move Through

    ARKANSAS (KFSM) – Thousands of homes are in the dark after storms rolled through Friday (Oct. 10). OG&E is reporting that nearly 2,000 homes are currently without power in Fort Smith. Carroll County has nearly 50 homes currently without power in Benton County. Ozarks Electric is reporting 40 homes are in the dark in Washington County, 24 in Madison and 35 in Adair. We’ll continue to keep an eye on the power outages in the area and let you know […]


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