April Baker is an anchor for 5NEWS This Morning and 5NEWS at Noon.

She joined KFSM in September of 2015.

Prior to working in Arkansas, April was a general assignment reporter for WPDE in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Notably, she reported on the Charleston shootings in June of 2015.

Prior to that, she was a general assignment reporter at WSHM in Springfield, Massachusetts.

April earned her Master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

She majored in journalism as an undergraduate at Endicott College, which is also located in the Bay State.

In her spare time, April enjoys photography and working out.

If you have story ideas and/or questions, email her at april.baker@kfsm.com

Recent Articles
  • Fort Smith Family Talks About What’s Next After Fire Seriously Damages Restaurant

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A Fort Smith family who lost a big part of their restaurant to a fire this week allowed 5NEWS inside their business to see the extent of damages done. Madeline Phan, showed 5NEWS around the kitchen of the Taipei Chinese Restaurant on Friday (June 20th), which is where fire investigators say the fire started. Phan told us about what went through her mind when she first heard about the fire. “I was really worried, especially for […]

  • Scammers Posing As Local Officers Target Mountainburg Police Chief

    MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) – Many of us have gotten calls from scammers. It happens daily, and we usually call police to report them. However, it happened on Wednesday (July 19th) to Mountainburg Police Chief Vincent Clamser. He said the call was from someone claiming to be from a local police department and was taking donations for local officers to help them and their families. “I tried to explain to this person that I am the local police officer, and we are […]

  • Ozark Teen Discusses Being A Young Business Owner

    OZARK (KFSM) – An Ozark teenager’s entrepreneurial spirit is contributing to the success of her community’s economy, as well as other economies around the country. Back in April, Gabriella “Gabbie” Stokes, 15, started her own business called Gabriella’s Boutique, located on East Commercial Street In Ozark. “I did it in about a week, almost, with the basics,” Stokes explained Since then, Stokes has been trying to add her own personal flair and products to her business that she describes as […]

  • Study Finds People Become Less Intelligent During A Heat Wave

    FORT SMITH(KFSM) – Imagine you’re outside and the sun is beating down on you. You may have said, “It’s too hot to even think!” Well, there may be some truth to that. The summer heat not only affects how you feel physically, but it can affect your intelligence. Researchers at Harvard University published a study looking at the affects of high temperatures on the human brain and thinking, by looking at 44 college students in 2016. Anthony Dunkerson is in tune […]

  • Feral Kittens In Greenwood Need Homes To Avoid Euthanasia

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — The City of Greenwood is looking to find homes for an abundance of feral kittens recently taken off of the streets. According to Greenwood Animal Control Officer Jerrod Ricketts, they’ve recently gotten several calls from people in the Northern section of the city after kittens started to make their way into peoples’ homes. Ricketts said there are about three litters of cats in just one small section of the city. On Wednesday (July 11), the Greenwood Veterinary […]

  • Preview: Special Election for State Senate District 8 Seat Left Vacant By Jake Files

    (SEBASTIAN COUNTY) – A special election will take place next month to fill the state senate district 8 seat left vacant by former State Senator Jake Files. Files pleaded guilty to wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering earlier this year. For this race, Republican Frank Glidewell will face Libertarian Whitfield Hyman on August 14.They are vying to fill the remainder of Files’ term, which only lasts until the end of December of this year. Glidewell is a former representative. […]

  • Fort Smith Police Response To Illegal Fireworks In The City

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Fireworks may be the primary form of entertainment for people on July 4th, but the explosives can also put a strain on local law enforcement. 5NEWS requested data from the Fort Smith Police Department about how many fireworks calls they responded to, along with how many citations they issued. A law was adopted by the City of Fort Smith in 1979 that prohibits the sale and use of fireworks including sparklers. According to Corporal Anthony Rice, […]

  • How To Stay Cool In The Summer Heat

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — On Tuesday (July 3), heat advisories were issued until 9 p.m. for several counties in Arkansas and Oklahoma including Crawford, Sebastian, Franklin, Sequoyah, and LeFlore. “People are pretty desperate given the heat,” said Brittney Drost, who is a case manager at The Next Step in Fort Smith. She adds that the heat and humidity drives more people through their doors. The Next Step offers homeless people a cool place to rest and sleep, as well as […]

  • “Kickstart My Heart”: Oklahoma EMS, First Responders Jump Into Lip Sync Battle

    POTEAU (KFSM) — Oklahoma first responders have caught on to a lip sync battle that continues to spread across the country. Videos have recently been posted to Facebook that show EMS, police, and fire lip syncing to their favorite songs. 5NEWS caught up with LeFlore County EMS Director Jeff Fishel to discuss his participation in the movement. In the video, you see Fishel begin lip syncing to a country love song, which quickly transitions into Motley Crue’s hit, “Kickstart My […]

  • How To Keep Your Dog From Overheating

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A hot stretch of weather has made its way into our area with no signs of it cooling off anytime soon. Not only is it important to keep yourself protected from the heat, but it’s just as essential to keep your dog happy and healthy in this weather. On Thursday, several people were at the Fort Smith Dog Park taking their dogs out for some exercise. The park had a kiddie swimming pool and water fountain […]

  • Fireworks Safety Ahead Of Explosive, Patriotic Holiday

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Fourth of July is a week away, and a lot of people get into the spirit of the holiday by launching fireworks on their own. This week, several big tents have popped up in different counties and along major roadways to sell various novelty fireworks. This includes Cardinal Fireworks along Highway 271, which is just outside of Fort Smith city limits. “We have lots of families that pool their money together and the come to […]

  • Son Of Veteran Who May Be Victim Of VA Pathologist Misdiagnosis Shares Late Fathers Story

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Crawford County man is speaking out after recently receiving a startling letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs about his father who died from cancer nearly four years ago. Jeremy Goins said he got the letter on Thursday (June 21st) in regards to his late father Stephen. It explains that a former physician in their Pathology and Laboratory Department was identified as misdiagnosing pathology cases. It goes on to say that their family member had one or […]