I’m an early-riser and go-getter who loves telling the stories where you live . I moved to Fort Smith several years ago, where I began my career with 5NEWS as a reporter. After trying my hand at that, I decided that my true passion was writing and made the switch to producer.

I’ve worked on several different shows with 5NEWS. My latest venture, being the 4 p.m. newscast which I’m helped build from the ground up.

I’ve also spent time working with t.v. stations in both Columbia, Missouri and Kansas City, Missouri.

If you’d like to reach out with a story idea, feel free to email me at meredith.baldwin@kfsm.com.

Recent Articles
  • Two Hospitalized After Semi Jackknifes, Burns On Interstate 40

    JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM) – Two people are being treated for minor injuries  at a Clarksville Hospital after their semi jackknifed on Interstate 40 early Thursday morning (Jan. 14). Arkansas State Police said the accident happened in Johnson County around 2 a.m. The driver was headed westbound when his truck ran off the roadway and caught fire. Troopers said three men stopped to help pull both the driver and passenger from the burning truck. Both men injured are expected to be […]

  • One Injured After Collision On Highway 271 South In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — One person was severely injured after a collision at the intersection of Fianna Place Court and Highway 271 South in Fort Smith. Police said a dump truck leaving a Fort Smith landfill collided with an SUV around 5:40 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 13). Police said they do not know at this time who is at fault. Stay with 5NEWS as this story continues to develop.

  • Police Release Photos Of Suspects Wanted In Armed Robbery At Fayetteville Motel

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Two men are being sought after they robbed a Fayetteville motel Monday morning (Jan. 11), police said. The robbery happened at the Super 8 motel on S. Shiloh Drive just after midnight, according to police. The motel’s overnight clerk called dispatch around 12:10 a.m. and told police that he had been robbed at gunpoint minutes earlier, officers said. The clerk also told police that he gave the suspects all of the cash out of the cash register. […]

  • PHOTOS: Crews Investigate After House Burns In Poteau

    POTEAU (KFSM) — Poteau Police, Fire and EMS were at the scene of a house fire on LeFlore Avenue Monday morning (Jan. 11). Crews are working to figure out what caused the house to go up in flames. Firefighters on scene said the fire was called in around 7:15 a.m. When they arrived at the house, flames were shooting out of the roof. Firefighters said the home was abandoned, and that no one was inside the home when the fire started. They […]

  • Crews Working To Repair Fayetteville Water Main Break

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Crews with the Fayetteville Water Department are currently working to repair a water main break that occurred early Monday morning (Jan. 11). The break is in the 1200 block of Jasmine Lane, according to officers with Fayetteville Police. Officers said they were notified about the break around 3:45 a.m., when crews called to notify them of emergency line work as they began digging in the ground. Crews say these types of fixes usually take about six hours, […]

  • Family Offers $10,000 Reward In 2014 Missing Persons Case

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) — The Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday (Jan. 5) that a $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest or conviction of anyone involved in the disappearance of Judge Will, 39, in March 2014. Will’s father, Jim, put up the reward. Jim Will said he doesn’t believe his son is still alive and is desperately seeking answers. Judge Will was last seen in the East Hills Community east of Tenkiller Lake during the […]

  • Barling Firefighter Hospitalized After Falling Through Attic At Burning Home

    BARLING (KFSM)– A Barling firefighter has been released from Mercy Hospital after falling through the attic of a burning home early Tuesday morning (Jan. 5). Firefighter Robert Barker was treated for both lower back pain and arm pain following his fall at a home on Meadow Lane around 1 a.m., according to Edwin Anderson with the Barling Fire Department. Barker was one of several firefighters working to put out a chimney fire at 2207 Meadow Lane when the accident happened. […]

  • New EMS Services Now Available In Southeast Benton County

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) — New EMS services are now available for a large area near Hickory Creek in the southeast portion of Benton County. The services, which are provided through Mercy Northwest Arkansas, began on January 1st. Under their contract with the county, Mercy says it will provide at least one response ready ALS unit with a minimum of one Paramedic and one EMT 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An on call staff will also be on […]

  • Swift Water Rescue Crews Save Man Who Drove Around Barricades In LeFlore County

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) — A swift water rescue team saved a man whose truck got stuck in floodwaters in the Poteau area Monday afternoon (Dec. 28), according to troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Troopers said the incident happened at Old State Highway 112 at James Fork Creek, which was closed because of heavy flooding overnight. Troopers said the man physically drove around barricades and into the floodwaters around 11:30 a.m. Monday morning. Other people were in the area at the time […]

  • POLICE: Woman Faces Charges After Crashing Stolen Vehicle Overnight

    Fort Smith (KFSM) — A woman is behind bars at the Sebastian County Jail Tuesday morning (Dec. 15), after authorities say she stole a car and crashed it into a utility pole. Officers say Stephanie Cooper was taken into custody following the accident, which happened around 3 a.m. on North 37th Street. Cooper was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, theft of property as well as driving with a suspended license. Her bond is set at $2,850.  

  • Man Arrested After Driving Truck Into Fort Smith Home

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A 26-year-old man is behind bars after Fort Smith Police said he crashed into a home on 96th Street late last night. Officers said they arrested Derek Burks, of Fort Smith, on suspicion of both driving while intoxicated and reckless driving after the accident happened. 5NEWS spoke with the family who was inside the home at the time. They said they were shaken up by the whole ordeal, but were glad no one was hurt. Burks […]

  • Sallisaw Woman Hospitalized After Head-On Crash

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) — A Sallisaw woman remains in guarded condition after a head-on crash Thursday evening (Nov. 24), according to troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Leona Johnson, 67, was driving her 2011 Chevrolet car on Wildhorse Mountain Road, just off of U.S. 59,  around 7:45 p.m. when she crossed the center line and hit another vehicle head on, troopers said. Johnson was pinned in the wreckage for about 45 minutes while firefighters from Sallisaw worked to free her, […]