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.
BENTONVILLE, Ark (KFSM) — The second medical marijuana dispensary in Northwest Arkansas opens today (Aug. 15). The first, Releaf Center, opened last week. The pair are located in Bentonville. The Source opened its doors to customers at 8 a.m. The Source underwent two Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) inspections. According to the owner, the store failed the first one due to issues with software vendor. Between the first failed inspection and opening day, The Source had a name change. It was […]
VAN BUREN, Ark. (KFSM) — In May the historic flooding in the River Valley cut the school year short for several schools. On Wednesday (Aug. 14) Van Buren students went back to school for the first time since their unexpected last day. They had typical first-day nerves and excitement. “I’m excited but nervous, I’m ready to see everyone. Excited to be back,” seventh-grader Emely said. “A little bit more nervous than excited,” seventh-grader Whitley said. “I actually like starting over, […]
FORT SMITH, Ark (KFSM) — On Tuesday (Aug. 13) more than 14,000 kids returned to school in Fort Smith, the largest school district in the River Valley. The start of the new school also marks the first day of implementing new safety measures. In 2018, voters passed a millage which granted many updates and new facilities to the district. Over the summer, “secure vestibules” were constructed in several elementary schools and two middle schools. The vestibules help staff monitor who […]
MOUNTAINBURG, Ark (KFSM) — Flash flooding throughout the River Valley devastated the town of Mountainburg and even caused damage to a local church. The Pigeon Creek Freewill Baptist Church was filled with water after Pigeon Creek overflowed during the overnight flash flooding. “You can see the devastation. We’re standing in our food pantry ministry and as you can see it’s pretty well gone. Our fellowship hall is flooded, about three feet of water standing in the building has flooded on […]
SPRINGDALE, Ark (KFSM) — Today marks the 53rd time the City of Springdale has celebrated its school teachers with a back to school kick-off event. According to the Springdale Chamber of Commerce, it is the biggest teacher appreciation event in the country. “This event is important because our business community truly understands and appreciates the high quality our teachers produce in educating our kids. So if your children are learning at the highest possible rate, that gives these businesses great […]
SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — More than 2,000 Springdale teachers were honored Thursday morning (Aug. 8) in one of the largest teacher appreciation celebrations in the nation. The event was held to mark the beginning of the new school year, which starts next week, and to honor the instructors that will educate thousands of students daily in the Springdale School District. The Springdale Chamber of Commerce worked with the district to provide breakfast and lunch for the teachers during the event. More […]
BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — The ReLeaf Center in Bentonville opened its doors Wednesday (Aug. 7), becoming Northwest Arkansas’s first dispensary. The store allowed invited VIP customers to enter at 8 a.m. and everyone else at noon, but people started lining up before 7 a.m. Scott Miller, a disabled veteran, was the very first customer. “All I can say is it’s finally here, and all the wait was worth it,” said Miller. The ReLeaf Center superintendent, Buddy Wayne, said that today was […]
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Washington County held a special meeting Monday to discuss solutions to their overcrowded jail, which the sheriff is calling dangerous. According to Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder, the overpopulated detention center has become a danger to employees. The limited space in the facility has some detainees sleeping on the floor. “When you’re overcrowded, and you’ve got people in there that may have a lot of violent history anyway…they all have, for the most part, an innate […]
BENTONVILLE, Ark (KFSM) — The second annual Bike Summit kicked off Friday (Aug. 2) in Northwest Arkansas. The two-day summit is one of Bentonville’s only events solely produced by Visit Bentonville and Bike Bentonville. “Putting together an event like this is super fun. It’s great when it all comes together and you have some really great presentations that really hit home,” said Bike Bentonville Director Aimee Ross. Cycling celebrities from all over the country are invited to the event. On […]
SPRINGDALE, Ark (KFSM) — A communication team from Walmart visited Springdale High School teachers on Thursday (Aug. 1) to teach them a highly distinguished concept. Walmart will be training the SHS Business and IT academies’ staff on Agile. “I feel like it’s really important for our students to know what’s going on in the world around them. Some of our kids do go on to intern at Walmart and Tyson. We’re hoping to expand those programs so I feel like […]
MOFFETT, Okla. (KFSM) — The River Valley was devastated by the historic flooding in May and the town of Moffett, Oklahoma may have seen the worst of it. One of the businesses the flooding closed in Moffett is making a comeback, reopening its doors this week. Roberts Parts U-Pick opened back up for business since it was evacuated in May. The owner, Billy Roberts, said it hasn’t been an easy process and without flood insurance, he’s been on his own […]
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark (KFSM) — Today the City of Fayetteville held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of two new lanes of traffic in the Rupple Road Improvement Project. Construction of the road began about a year ago and officials have been planning more than four years before that. Today two of the four new lanes opened at 1 p.m. The city’s engineer, Chris Brown, said the project was necessary to improve the mediocre driving conditions that were previously available in […]