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
  • Community Mourns The Loss of Fayetteville Police Officer Stephen Carr

    Fayetteville, Ark. (KFSM) — On Sunday (Dec.8), people left flowers at the base of a Fayetteville Police Department patrol car. They left their condolences for officers who have lost a fellow officer. Officer Stephen Carr was killed by gunman, London T. Phillips on Saturday night (Dec. 7) in the back parking lot of the Fayetteville Police Department. Carr was waiting for his partner in the patrol car when the shooting happened. They were going to set out on their nightly […]

  • Fayetteville Officers Names Released In Deadly Officer Involved Shooting

    Fayetteville Ark, (KFSM) — Fayetteville Police have released the names of the two officers who shot and killed suspect London Phillips. According to the department, Crpl. Seay Floyd, a seven year veteran of the department and Officer Natalie Eucce, a two and a half year veteran, both fired their weapons during the incident. According  to a Facebook post by the Fayetteville Arkansas Police Department, Stephen Carr and Natalie Eucce started their first day together in the Fayetteville Police Department on […]

  • Barling Police Chief Relieved From Position During Special Meeting

    BARLING, Ark. (KFSM)  — Early Saturday morning (Dec.7), Barling Police Chief Jerry Foley was relieved of his duties during a special meeting at City Hall. City leaders sent out a notification Friday (Dec. 6) that said there would be a special meeting with the Board of Directors the following day at 7a.m. The notification said the meeting would go into executive session. During that session, Barling Police Chief Jerry Foley was fired and “relieved of his duties,” according to Barling […]

  • Community Helping Jen’s Kitty Rehab In Fort Smith Overcome Vandalism

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Owners of Jen’s Kitty Rehab in Fort Smith have spent months trying to get their Fort Smith shelter complete and up and running. Now, they’ve hit a setback after someone shot out their windows and vandalized their building. Those behind the future cage-free cat shelter say it’s the community who is now holding them up and keeping them going. “We’re doing this out of pocket and through the donations only. For something completely unnecessary to […]

  • Two Teenagers Missing From Mental Health Facility in Fayetteville

    Fayetteville, Ark. (KFSM) — Fayetteville Police said two teenage girls are missing after walking out of Fayetteville mental health facility. According to the mother of 16-year-old Kristen French-Taylor, her daughter was a patient at Vantage Point facility on Crossover Road when she went missing. The mother said she left the facility with another female patient through a window. Kristen was last seen at the facility on Friday (Nov. 29) night around 8:30 p.m. She describes her daughter as 127lbs, 5 […]

  • Kopper Kettle Candies Make First Holiday Candy Cane Batch Of Season

    VAN BUREN, Ark (KFSM) — Dozens of families gathered at Kopper Kettle Candies in Van Buren to see the first batch of candy canes being made this holiday season Friday (Nov. 29). The owners of the store have been making the candy canes since the 1950s and every year they open the kitchen and let families watch the candy being cooked, hand-rolled and packaged. “It’s nice to know that what you are doing, people enjoy watching,” said store owner Tommy […]

  • Two Fayetteville Junior Highs Settle On New Mascots

    Fayetteville, Ark. (KFSM) — On Friday (Nov. 22), Fayetteville Public Schools announced a mascot change for two of their junior high schools. Ramay Junior High’s mascot is currently the Indians. Woodland Junior High’s mascot is the Cowboys and Cowgirls. After reviewing dozens of submissions, committees at both schools narrowed the mascot choices down for students, community members, and staff to vote on. For Ramay Junior High, the choices were the Red Wolves, Rams, or Bison. For Woodland Junior High, the […]

  • Clarksville Navy Veteran Returns Home To Surprise Brother And Sister

    Clarksville, ARK. (KFSM) — Two Clarksville students were given a special surprise when their brother, who is currently serving in the Navy, returned home. Navy damage control fireman Greyson Mullins hasn’t been home to see his family in Clarksville in nearly a year. On Thursday (Nov. 21), Greyson showed up at the Clarksville Middle School to surprise his little sister, 8th grader Mckenna Mullins. She didn’t know he was coming and ran into his arms when the teacher in the […]

  • The City Of Centerton Looks At Alleviating Traffic Congestion

    CENTERTON, Ark. (KFSM) — Centerton mother Kayla Batts said getting her kids to and from school, when she has to use Highway 102, one of the busiest roads in Northwest Arkansas, can be frustrating. “It takes probably about 15 minutes to even get out of the stop sign,” Batts said about sitting at a stop sign waiting to turn onto Highway 102. “I have lived in Centerton for three years now. For the three years, I have lived here, it’s […]

  • 19-Year-Old Falls From Cliff At Devil’s Den State Park

    WEST FORK, Ark (KFSM) — Just after 2 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 17), emergency crews were called to the Yellow Rock Trail area of Devil’s Den after a teen fell from a cliff. According to Central EMS, the 19-year-old fell about 20 to 30 feet from the cliff while free climbing. Round Mountain Fire Department responded with the Washington County Rescue Team for the high-angle rescue. Due to his injuries, it took rescue crews nearly two hours to retrieve the […]

  • Fort Smith’s 12th Annual Black Tie Bingo Is A Night Of Elegance

    Fort Smith, Ark. (KFSM) — On Saturday (Nov. 6), the Fort Smith Public Library held its 12th annual Black Tie Bingo event. The night consists of fine dining, bingo, and raffles that support the Fort Smith Public Library (FSPL) Endowment Trust. The Fort Smith Public Library Endowment Trust started out as a $1.7 million gift from Leah Cohn Arndt and has been continually growing over the years. The event also provided entertainment by  Don Bailey Jazz Ensemble and Violinist Dr. […]

  • Indian Culture Rises As NWA Population Grows In Diversity

    Bentonville, Ark. (KFSM) — Diversity in Northwest Arkansas is changing by the day and seems to be shaping the economy, education and growth of one or the fastest growing areas in the U.S. The growth includes thousands from India who now call Northwest Arkansas home. Many moved here for employment opportunities such as I.T. jobs within Wal-Mart. Diversity in Northwest Arkansas looks nothing like it did 30 years ago when the population was predominately white. NWA’s population has more than […]

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