Jo has been with 5 NEWS as a reporter for three years. She is one of the 5NEWS evening weekend anchors. She grew up in the River Valley. She has worked in the T.V. news business over 10 years. She lives in Van Buren with her husband David and their daughter Hattie.

Recent Articles
  • FEMA Could Reconsider Giving Individual Assistance For LeFlore County

    SPIRO, Okla. (KFSM) — Oklahoma’s Governor has declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties due to flooding and severe storms. So far, 17 of those counties has been approved by FEMA for individual assistance. An area hit hard in the River Valley, LeFlore County, was not approved originally by FEMA. According to Oklahoma FEMA officials, there could still be a chance for homeowners, renters, landowners and others to still receive individual assistance. “Local emergency manager in Leflore County […]

  • Body of Missing Boater Recovered In Greenwood

    UPDATE: The Fort Smith Fire Department announced that they have recovered the body of the boater. GREENWOOD, Ark. (KFSM) — The Fort Smith Fire Department’s diving team is at Lake Jack Nolen near Greenwood to perform a recovery after an elderly boater fell into the water. Rescue crews from Greenwood police, fire, Fort Smith fire, the Sebastian County Sheriff and Game and Fish are also on the scene. Crews are set up at the main dock of the lake with at […]

  • U.S. Corps Of Engineers Talk About Damage To Levees, Flooding Aftermath In Arkansas, Oklahoma

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — As historic flooding levels continue to weigh on the River Valley, those with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are monitoring levee conditions in Arkansas and Oklahoma. “In 1990, we had a high-water event through here, and it was only on the levees for a short period of time. So, this is a much greater event. Right now, we are passing about 570,000 cubic feet per second. In 1990, it was 360,000. That’s a lot more […]

  • Army Corps Inspecting Levees In Sebastian And Crawford Counties

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — Engineers with the Army Corps has set up in Sebastian and Crawford counties to help emergency managers monitor flooding near levees. “They are working how they were designed to work,” Crawford County Emergency Manager Brad Thomas said about the levees in his county. “I can’t reassure the public enough. We are watching from air and on land.” The Army Corps is helping monitor all 26 miles of the levees in Crawford County. Thomas said engineers will […]

  • Newborn Puppies Dumped At Backdoor Of HOPE Humane Society In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Workers at the HOPE Humane Society in Fort Smith say on Tuesday night (May 14) a man dumped a litter of newborn puppies at their back door. Workers said the shelter had already closed when the puppies that are expected to be a week or so old were left without their mother or any food. “They are still nursing, so that’s a big deal,” said Chelsea Ghar with the HOPE Humane Society. “Puppies nurse 24/7. […]

  • Springdale Mother Shares Story Of How Her Son’s Life Was Saved By CPR

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM)–This Mother’s Day, a story of two local mothers is warming the hearts of those in Northwest Arkansas. Their story shows us what moms are made of. One mother recalls the moment her son had a seizure and stopped breathing. The other mother stepped in and because of her quick action saved Millie Peters’ son. “It was a pretty uneventful night. We were just hanging out at the house playing 2K, normal stuff like that,” recalled Gabe Peters. In […]

  • Fort Smith Pastor Chosen To Be Part Of Arkansas’ MLK Commission

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Arkansas is now one of only a few states in the country that has formed a committee centered around the ideas and values of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The commission for the state was established in the 1990s under then-Governor Bill Clinton by executive order. Senior Pastor of St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Paul Davis was chosen to head the Arkansas MLK Commission’s third congressional district. That district covers Northwest Arkansas, the […]

  • SKY5: Drone Footage Shows Destruction From Strong Winds In Johnson County

    JOHNSON COUNTY, Ark. (KFSM) — Strong winds ranging from 74-105mph hit areas of Johnson County late Tuesday night. 5NEWS surveyed the damage on Wednesday, finding a path of destruction left behind by the storms. A tornado has not been confirmed by the National Weather Service in Johnson County, but thunderstorm winds can often equal that of tornadoes. Additional storm surveys are ongoing. Many families in Johnson County have been left picking up the pieces left behind. Several people in Knoxville […]

  • Family Escapes House Fire In Cedarville

    CEDARVILLE (KFSM) — Fire crews were called to the scene of a house fire in Cedarville. The fire broke out at a home along Highway 162 in Cedarville. Several fire stations were called to assist and put out the flames. Investigators said they believe the fire started in the living room area. A family of four was home at the time when the fire broke out after 4 a.m. Sunday (April. 28) morning and were able to escape the flames. […]

  • Van Buren Police Release Dash Cam Footage After Child Hit By Driver

    VAN BUREN, Ark. (KFSM) — A child was struck by a car around the 200 blocks of Azure Hills Dr. in Van Buren Thursday (April 25) evening. According to Sgt. Jonathan Wear of the Van Buren Police Department, the 6-year-old boy was hit by a northbound vehicle around 9 p.m. In the audio of dash-cam footage released by police, you can hear officers allude to the child as Hunter. You can also hear the mother of the child talk to […]

  • Board Recommends Arkansas Colleges Of Health Education For Chaffee Crossing Land After Property Dispute

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) and real estate developer ERC Properties went head-to-head on Thursday (April 25) in hopes of purchasing a prime piece of land in the Chaffee Crossing area of Fort Smith. About 80 acres of land was originally given to Fort Smith Public Schools as a potential site for a secondary school, but it was returned to the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority when the district decided to build at another […]

  • Parents Speak Out About Teen’s Death Due To Fall From Moving Vehicle

    FORT SMITH, Ark.—17-year-old Jasmine Phelps died Saturday (April 20) in Fort Smith after her father says she most likely and unknowingly jumped from a moving vehicle on I-540 near the Kelley Highway exit. He said she was in the custody of a Fort Smith girls shelter at the time. “As they were bringing her and somewhere around the Kelley exit, around 65 mph it’s been stated she jumped out of the vehicle,” Jasmine’s father Brian said. “I’d like to know […]

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