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 (July 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 […]

  • Jury Reaches Verdict In River Valley Sports Complex Lawsuit, Awards Contractors Almost $200,000

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A jury has reached a verdict in favor of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against the city of Fort Smith over a failed sports complex headed by Lee Webb Jr. and former state senator Jake Files. The plaintiffs include four companies that are suing the city of Fort Smith because they were hired to help construct the River Valley Sports Complex at Chaffee Crossing. By a vote of 11 to 1, the jury decided that Files […]

  • 9/11 Memorial Fire Truck In Fort Smith Preserves Powerful Day In History

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — September 11th, 2018 marks 17 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City. Varying tributes have poured in from across the country, including one unique memorial set up along Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith. The memorial is an older-generation fire truck built in 1969 in New York that now belongs to the local non-profit group 9/11 Memorial Fire Truck. It carries the identity ‘Engine 343’, which is named after the 343 firefighters who died […]

  • Police Release Dash Cam Video And Audio In Van Buren Officer-Involved Shooting

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — Van Buren police released new dash cam audio and video on Thursday(Aug. 30)  that shows the moments leading up to a deadly officer-involved shooting from earlier this month. Police responded to a domestic disturbance call on Granite Circle on August 5th. “You never know what’s going to happen,” explained Van Buren Police Chief Jamie Hammond. “It wasn’t one of those where the victim, or the lady, was pleading with the officers, ‘help me, help me, help […]

  • Van Buren Truck Company Combats Human Trafficking Through Training

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Truck drivers in our area are battling more than just vehicles, they are also fighting the criminal enterprise that flies under the radar in our communities known as human trafficking. On Wednesday, USA Truck in Van Buren continued its commitment to educating its employees and the public about it by hosting the Freedom Drivers Project (FDP), which was put on by Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). FDP is a mobile exhibit that contains several different features including […]

  • Police Records Show Violent History Between Murder Suspect And Victim In Pocola

    POCOLA (KFSM) — A man is facing murder among several other charges in the slaying of his girlfriend. On Monday, several law enforcement agencies responded to 505 Fuller Ave. in Pocola for a disturbance. Police say they found Amanda Millar, 27, stabbed to death outside of the home. Police spent most of Monday using K-9 officers and a helicopter to locate Steven Asher, 31, who police confirm ran from the scene. On Tuesday, 5NEWS obtained two affidavits from the Pocola […]

  • Silver Alert Canceled After Missing Couple Involved In Car Crash, Killing One

    RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM) — A couple who were the subjects of a Silver Alert were found Tuesday after a car crash killed one and injured the other. According to a report from the Arkansas State Police, the 2018 Buick Encore driven by Lee Hopkins, 87, of Russellville was northbound on state Highway 7 when he failed to negotiate a left curve and left the roadway. The car went down an embankment and struck a tree. Elizabeth Hopkins, 90, Lee Hopkins’ wife, […]

  • Liability Questions Linger After Golf Ball Smashes Into Moving Vehicle’s Windshield

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — A car ride for one local couple turns frightening when a golf ball flies through their windshield. “All of a sudden there is a loud noise. The windshield shattered. Glass shrapnel flew all inside the car,” said Tim Garrett. A police report shows Garrett was driving on North 11th street in Van Buren near Cedars Country Club on Friday evening (August 17th). Garrett said he got out and had cuts on both his arms. He also […]

  • Prized Pumpkins Destroyed In Fort Smith By Reportedly High Driver

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A local woman’s annual tradition of growing and giving away pumpkins to the less fortunate is stopped after a freak vehicle wreck in Fort Smith. On Saturday (Aug. 18), police were called to 321 May Street in Fort Smith in reference to an unknown type of accident, according to an arrest report. Lackey says she was watching TV at the time when she heard a loud explosion right outside the window that was cracked open. “Smoke […]

  • The City Of Fort Smith Strives To Keep Sewer Rates From Rising

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The City of Fort Smith wants to protect its residents from having to pay higher sewer rates in the near future. Last Friday (Aug. 10th), city leaders met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 members in Dallas to request changes to the federal court order they received in 2015. The city got the federal court order, also known as a consent decree because it had violated the Clean Water Act by allowing certain sewer overflows […]

  • Police Need Help Finding Those Responsible For Shooting Man In Head In Fort Smith

    Police are now offering a $1,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest of those responsible for shooting a man in the head in Fort Smith. On Tuesday (August 14th), police received two calls to the 600 block of North 18th St. According to Corporal Anthony Rice with the Fort Smith Police Department, they first were called about a man being beaten. Shortly after, he says they got a call about a man being shot. Officers arrived on scene to […]

  • Log Truck Driver Risks His Life To Potentially Save Kids On School Bus

    HOWARD COUNTY, AR (KFSM) — A man is being credited for risking his life to potentially save the lives of countless students on their way to school. On Tuesday morning, Ricky Broach said he was driving his log truck on Highway 70 in Dierks when he saw a school bus filled with kids on their way to class. Broach said the bus was signaling to turn, and with the distance he was from it, he thought he had plenty of […]

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.