Tori Johnson joined the 5NEWS team in May of 2019, just one week after graduating from the University of Oklahoma.
Tori graduated with a bachelors in journalism and mass communication. While at OU she hosted a nationally broadcast sports show called Sooner Sports Pad, reported for the news and sports departments of their daily campus newscast, OU Nightly, and she anchored the school’s Big Friday Sports show.
Tori is a River Valley native; she grew up in Howe, Oklahoma and is happy to be working so close to her hometown.
Tori is a proud OU alum so you won’t catch her calling the hogs but she does enjoy college sports and will be attending Razorback games as often as possible.
When she’s not in front of the camera you can find her spending time with her family, visiting friends or exploring her new home: NWA.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Drivers should be extra vigilant this weekend as hundreds of motorcycles will be on the road in Northwest Arkansas during Bikes, Blues & BBQ. “Keep your eyes open, second look, I mean it’s just like mom taught you, safety first,” said Fayetteville resident Chris Taylor. It can be stressful navigating through Fayetteville with so many motorcycles in town. “There’s hundreds of bikes on our roadways and those bikes can sometimes be hard to see. Sometimes they […]
FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — The best bull riders have been in the River Valley to compete in Harper Stadium. 40 of the world’s best bull riders were in Fort Smith Wednesday (Sept. 25) and took on some of the toughest bulls. “It’s man versus beast. It doesn’t get any better than this,” said rodeo clown John Harrison. The PRCA Xtreme Bulls featured some of bull ridings biggest stars. “Just pull right in here it’s the best of the best,” […]
BELLA VISTA, Ark (KFSM)— The Bella Vista Fire Department threw a party to celebrate its 50th year. The Bella Vista Fire Department became official in 1969 and have been serving the community ever since. Friday (Sept. 20) they served lunch, offered kids’ activities and CPR and Stop the Bleed classes to those who were interested. “It’s really just a time for us all to get together in fellowship with guys he used to work here and let some of the […]
VIAN, Okla. (KFSM) — A local family is speaking out after a man’s body was found in Vian over the weekend. Thursday (Sept. 19) the man was identified as 38-year-old David Johnson Jr. The family of David, who went by DJ, reported him missing on Aug. 31. His body was found near a creek where his family says he would hang out. “He was human with lots of problems that needed help and he just did not get the help […]
HACKETT, Ark. (KFSM) — Sebastian County teens will soon have a place of refuge after school. The Hackett Hornet’s Nest will open in October and officials say it will provide a safe and fun environment for teens. “We’re just building that bridge in between the children and the families. We’re here to step in between,” said Kim Henry, one of the organizers behind the facility. “When there’s no one we want to be that someone. We want to give them […]
ALMA, Ark. (KFSM) — A church in Alma became a pile of rubble after construction workers made a major mistake. The pastor of the Alma Seventh-day Adventist Church says the error now has them looking for a new place to hold services. Contractors were doing some excavation next to the church. They dug too deep, more in-depth than the church’s footings. The footing slipped away, and the wall of the church began to fall. “That was very sudden. Because we […]
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — 17-year-old Austin King of Fayetteville is still recovering after being rushed to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the neck on Friday, September 6. His family spoke with 5NEWS about how they’ve been dealing with the tragic shooting as police continue to search for the gunman. King was placed in intensive care. He has undergone two surgeries since the shooting. “Austin’s doing great, all things considered,” said Austin’s brother Jason Smithwick. Doctor’s set the bar […]
MULBERRY, Ark. (KFSM) — It’s fair season across the area and this week the Crawford County Fair is underway. One of the most popular events is mutton bustin’. Along with the usual carnival rides and fair food, a lot of kids were interested in the mutton bustin’ happening Wednesday (Sept. 11) night. Mutton bustin’ experience levels ranged from rookie to seasoned vets. 5NEWS asked Josie Metcalf, a rookie mutton buster what she was thinking about when it was her turn. […]
SALLISAW, Okla. ( KFSM) — An investigation is underway after someone vandalized a cemetery in Sequoyah County. The county is now sending in some extra help. Some of the inmates from the jail are helping clean up the mess the vandals left behind at Peters Cemetery in Sallisaw. Headstones and decorations were pushed over and even burned. “It’s sad, I don’t know why people would even want to do that, especially at a cemetery,” said Luke Tucker, Inmate Work Crew […]
BETHEL HEIGHTS, Ark. (KFSM) — Some Bethel Heights residents plagued with toxic wastewater will soon be annexed into Springdale. Tuesday (Sept. 10) Springdale City Council members voted to annex a portion of Bethel Heights into the city. The vote to annex a Bethel Heights resident’s property into Springdale has been approved by city council members. This year, the city of Bethel Heights was accused of illegally dumping toxic wastewater, which eventually inched closer and closer to homes. The Arkansas Department […]
ROGERS, Ark. (KFSM)— A national nonprofit organization headquartered in Rogers is planning to deploy to the east coast to aid communities affected by Hurricane Dorian. Sheep Dog Impact Assistance had plans to leave Wednesday (Sept. 4) for Florida, but the storm changed its course. The group now believes the most impact from the storm will be in the Carolinas. They are tentatively planning to go there on Friday. “Dorian from all reports is huge and powerful and destructive and unpredictable […]
Warning: The content of this video may be disturbing. GENTRY, Ark. (KFSM) — Owners of the Wild Wilderness Drive-Thru Safari in Gentry responded Monday to a widely circulated video showing a pony in a bear enclosure apparently being pinned by a bear. The video began circulating over the weekend and was shot by a visitor to the Gentry facility. It appeared to show a pony in the enclosure pinned to the ground by a bear. Officials at the safari said […]