I’m an early riser and coffee lover who gets to produce the morning show for 5NEWS. I’ve been the lead producer of the broadcast for about a year and a half now and am excited to continue working on our product, delivering the news where you live.

Prior to producing, I was a reporter for 5NEWS based out of Fort Smith. I’ve also worked in both Kansas City and Columbia, Missouri in a variety of different roles throughout my career.

If you’d like to touch base with me, or talk about a story idea in the area send me an email at Meredith.Baldwin@kfsm.com. I’d love to hear from you!

Recent Articles
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    Big Bass Bonanza Pushed Back Due To High Water

    RIVER VALLEY (KFSM) – Organizers with the Big Bass Bonanza Fishing Tournament stated that the event will be postponed until July 31 and Aug. 1-2. The decision was made to push the event back following recent flooding across the River Valley. The tournament was scheduled for Friday and Saturday (July 17-18). An official said the Arkansas River has to be under 70,000 cubic feet per minute to have the tournament, and it stands at 136,000 cubic feet per minute.

  • VIDEO: Apartment Complex Building Destroyed In Early Morning Fire

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The maintenance building at The Links Apartment Complex in Fort Smith is a complete loss after an early morning fire Monday (July 13th). An employee noticed the flames burning and called 911, firefighters on scene said. 5NEWS was there as firefighters responded and battled the flames around 1 a.m. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the maintenance building, and said they did not have to evacuate any residents as a result. “We don’t know […]

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    Sebastian County Sheriff To Discuss Minority Shootings with Area Leaders

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) – Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck has called for area leaders to come together Monday morning (July 13th) for the second Leaders Coalition Meeting. Those in attendance will discuss how law enforcement can be more proactive when it comes to relationships with the minority community within the county, according to Hollenbeck. The discussion is in light of several officer-involved shootings in recent years across the nation. Hollenbeck said the meeting also serves as an opportunity for the […]

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    Arkansas Association Of Alternative Educators Conference Kicks Off in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Educators from across the Natural State will be in Fort Smith Monday (July 13th) for a conference focusing on how to provide effective education for Arkansas’ youth. The Arkansas Association for Alternative Educators is hosting the conference at the Fort Smith Convention Center, downtown. Educators in attendance will be discussing how the Common Core affects uncommon schools, how alternative schools are unique and how to further the reach of alternative education in the state. The conference […]

  • Lake Atalanta Closes For Repairs And Park Improvements

    LAKE ATALANTA (KFSM) – Construction crews will be closing off Lake Atalanta in Rogers Monday (July 13th) as they start making some needed repairs. Over the next year, crews will be making improvements to the park including the addition of a new boardwalk, new playground equipment and a variety of trails that will connect with a new bike park. While the work is being done, Lake Atalanta will remain closed to the public. All of the recent rainy weather has […]

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    Early Morning Three-Vehicle Accident Blocks I-40 In Sequoyah Co.

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) – The outside west bound lane of Interstate 40 at mile marker 311, near Sallisaw, was blocked while emergency crews worked an accident involving three vehicles. The accident was reported at 5:00 a.m. Friday (July10), dispatchers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. We have not received word yet on the injuries that were reported, or the number of people hurt in the accident. Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol were on scene, working to clear the accident […]

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    North 50th Street At Grand Avenue Open After Power Line Had Fallen

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – North 50th Street at Grand Avenue in Fort Smith was closed Monday morning (July 6) to all traffic due to a downed power line, according to Fort Smith firefighters. Crews on the scene told 5NEWS the line was live at this time and that they were waiting for a crew from OG&E to arrive to shut the line off before the road will be back open to traffic. Stay with 5NEWS for the latest on this […]

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    Power Restored At Mercy Hospital After Transformer Gets Struck By Lightning

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Power has been restored to patients at Mercy Hospital on Rogers Avenue after one of the facility’s transformers got struck by lightning Sunday night (July 5). Natalie Hardin, the Director of Marketing and Communications for the hospital, told 5NEWS that lightning struck the transformer sometime between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, affecting patient areas within the facility. Hardin said she was not sure if any non-patient areas, such as administrative offices, were affected when the transformer […]


    Ozark Fireworks Show Scheduled for Tonight Postponed Due to Weather

    OZARK (KFSM) – The Ozark Fireworks Show, which was scheduled for Friday night (July 3) at Gar Creek Park, has been postponed due to weather, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Dispatchers said the Ozark Fire Department decided to push the fireworks show back due to expected weather conditions. A post on the Ozark Fire Department’s Facebook Page states that heavy rains and wind in the forecast were the reasons behind the decision. The post goes on to state that: “The time […]


    Three Hospitalized After Early Morning Accident On U.S. 412

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – Dispatchers with Springdale Police said three people were trapped in a vehicle following an early morning accident on U.S. 412. The two-vehicle accident happened around 4:40 a.m. Wednesday morning (July 1st). Several agencies responded, working to clear the accident. They are now working to determine what caused the accident. Dispatchers said two people were taken by ambulance to Northwest Arkansas Medical Center. The other person was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center for treatment. The conditions and […]


    Police: DWI Offender Jo Jackson Arrested After Setting Driveway On Fire

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Multiple DWI offender Jo Jackson is back in jail again after police say she set a driveway on fire Tuesday evening (June 23). Jackson was booked into the Washington County Detention Center around 1:15 a.m. on Wednesday (June 24), jail records state. She faces charges of of reckless burning, public intoxication, resisting arrest and fleeing, her intake report states. On Tuesday at 11:02 p.m., police responded to 2670 N. Valencia Ave. in Fayetteville for a call of […]


    Greenwood Woman Accused Of Stealing Police Cruiser To Appear In Court

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) – A Greenwood woman who was arrested on suspicion of stealing a police cruiser and crashing it into a gas line is set to make her first court appearance Wednesday morning (June 24th), according to jailers at the Sebastian County Detention Center. Jessica Sterling, 23, was arrested earlier this month on 15 charges including DWI, criminal mischief and theft of property after Greenwood Police Chief Will Dawson said she stole one of the department’s SUVs. Sterling, who was […]


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