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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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    Bicyclist Hospitalized After Accident in Sequoyah County

    A bicyclist is recovering in the hospital Thursday morning (June 19) after an accident in Sequoyah County, according to authorities. Officers on scene said the accident happened around 12:15 a.m. on Highway 64, just east of Roland. Several law enforcement agencies, including the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, as well as Muldrow and Roland Police, were on scene for several hours working to clear the scene. Authorities said they’re still investigating what exactly happened, and plan to release more details about the […]

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    Four Hospitalized After Accident in Crawford County

    Four people have been hospitalized after a two-car accident in Crawford County Thursday morning (June 19), according to authorities on scene. Arkansas State Police troopers say the accident happened on U.S. 64 and Firefly Lane, just east of Alma in the county limits around 7 a.m. Traffic was blocked in that area, but has now re-opened according to troopers on scene. At this point, authorities are not releasing the names of those involved in the accident. 5NEWS does have a […]

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    Authorities Search for Driver After Woman Struck, Killed in Hit and Run

    A woman is dead after a hit and run accident in Booneville Tuesday night (June 17th). Now, authorities are searching for the driver that hit her, according to Bill Sadler with Arkansas State Police. Joy Duvall, 50, from Booneville, was struck by a vehicle as she walked southbound along the northbound shoulder of State Highway 23 approximately one-half mile south of Highway 10, according to Bill Sadler with Arkansas State Police.  Duvall was pronounced dead at the scene. “It was […]

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    New $1 Million Training Facility Approved For Fire Department

    Fort Smith Fire Chief Mike Richards request for the city to sign off on a new four-story training tower for firefighters was approved at Tuesday’s (June 17) Board of Directors meeting. “We can do live fire training that is the primary purpose of the building,” Richards said. ” It’s unlike anything else in this area we can set a fire in certain parts of the building and simulate real heat real smoke.” Plans for the new facility have been in […]

  • Fort Smith Set to Decide on Road Projects

    The Fort Smith Board of Directors will be talking road projects at their meeting Tuesday night (June 17). They’re set to decide whether to spend a maximum of 183,842 for the design of two new roads being built ahead of the new ArcBest Corporation headquarters at Chaffee Crossing. ArcBest, a freight transportation company, announced its plans to build their headquarters there in June, bringing an estimated 975 jobs to the region. To accommodate the growth, the city and the Fort […]

  • Teachers Attend Crisis Training Session After Numerous Threats

    Teachers and staff at Fayetteville Public Schools attended a crisis training session Monday (June 16) to learn how to improve the district’s response to emergencies. After a high number of bomb threats were reported throughout the area over the past school year, the district addressed their current plans in hopes of having a uniform policy ready for the future. During the training session, school staff members discussed how to better manage emergency situations, like bomb threats. Two campus emergency specialists […]

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    Victim Identified In Sonora Car Accident

    The identity of the deceased victim in a vehicle accident that took place in Sonora late Sunday night (June 15) has been released, according to Washington County deputies. Lorianne Gillespie, 24, of Springdale has been named as the victim, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said the accident happened around 10 p.m.  near the Blue Springs Bridge. The vehicle, a 2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara, failed to negotiate a curve just after crossing the bridge, authorities said. The vehicle then left […]

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    Former Teacher Accused of Molestation Back in Court

    A former teacher, accused of sexually molesting two children in 2009, was back in court Thursday morning (June 12). Jason Rider is accused of fondling and molesting a teenage boy and a younger boy on multiple occasions during that year. Rider will be back in court on Aug. 14 at 9 a.m. for his jury trial sounding docket, which will lead to his jury trial, set for Oct. 6, according to a court official. He was a science teacher at Dahlonegah Public […]

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    Suspect In 1997 Sequoyah County Murder Back In Court

    The accused killer in a 1997 Sequoyah County cold case was back in court Thursday morning (June 12). Rex Robbins is accused of beating Mitchell Nixon to death in Sallisaw 17 years ago. He was arrested in March of 2013 after authorities cracked the cold case back open. Robbins was in court for his jury trial sound docket, which is preparation for his jury trial. His jury trial has been scheduled for June 30 at 1:30 p.m., according to a court […]

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    Priest Killed, Another Injured During Attack at Church

    (CNN) — A shooting at a Catholic church in Phoenix left one priest dead and another one in critical condition, authorities said early Thursday. A 911 call came in about 9 p.m. Wednesday local time from the Mother of Mercy Mission Catholic Church, said Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department. One of the victims made the call about the attack, which Martos described as a burglary. When police arrived, they found the two priests badly injured. One had […]

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    Greenwood Police App Becomes Available to the Public

    A new smartphone app created by Greenwood Police has just become available to the public Tuesday (June 10). With just one click, people in town will now be able to alert police to crimes that are happening within the city. The department will also be sending out notifications of its own, to better serve the public, Greenwood Police Chief William Dawson said. Dawson says notifications will also go out when accidents block traffic around town and when severe weather hits. […]

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    Employees Return to Work After Business Catches Fire

    About 60 employees are being allowed back inside a Chaffee Crossing business, after being evacuated after a fire sparked early Monday morning (June 9). The fire happened at Graphic Packaging International, located on Roberts Boulevard at Chaffee Crossing, around 5:15 a.m., according to crews on site. Crews said several people called in to report the building being on fire after seeing heavy smoke in the area. When fire crews got on scene, they did evacuate all employees while they worked […]


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