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
  • Former Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Director Talks About Settling Lawsuit Over Job

    FORT CHAFFEE, Ark. (KFSM) — The former Director of the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority, Ivey Owen, has settled a lawsuit out of court after suing to get his job back. Owen held the position for 12 years and was heavily involved in millions of dollars of development at Chaffee Crossing. “It was my responsibility to get the rest of this seven thousand acres developed,” Owen told 5NEWS. Owen helped shape what Chaffee Crossing is now; subdivisions lining every corner, a […]

  • Rogers Parents Concerned Over School Bus Confusion

    ROGERS, Ark. (KFSM) — Some parents in the Rogers School District are calling for change after their children were put on the wrong bus during the first day back to school. One parent says her child was dropped off at the wrong stop and picked up by strangers. Luckily the couple turned out to be friendly people, but Westside Elementary parent Amanda DeMent said she’s speaking out in hopes that the school will take a closer look at its policies […]

  • Sole Survivor Of Mulberry Mountain Helicopter Crash Speaks Out

    OZARK, Ark. (KFSM) — Three people were killed and another severely injured when a sightseeing helicopter crashed in June 2019 at Mulberry Mountain’s Backwoods Music Festival. Pilot Chuck Dickson, of Tulsa, Oklahoma and two passengers — Sarah Hill of Austin, Texas, and Marco Orneals of Mexico — died after crashing not far from the landing site. A third passenger, Zacharia Peterson of Omaha, Nebraska was taken to a Tulsa hospital and is still recovering today. “Honestly, it’s probably the most […]

  • Benton County Fair Ride Shut Down After Family Injured

    Bentonville (KFSM)– According to Benton County Fire Officials, a family was injured on a ride at the Benton County Fair Saturday (Aug. 10) night. “We are aware of an incident with a carnival ride at our fair Saturday evening at approximately 8:00 pm. We don’t have additional information to comment other than to share the ride involved was shut down, and the state will conduct a thorough investigation,” said an official associated with the fair. Fire crews, along with an […]

  • Greenwood Wrestling Team Helps Family Move Into New Home Following Tragic Accident

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — Scott Branton’s hobby almost cost him his life. His wife said he was at the drag strip when his brake pedal went to the floor with no resistance, and he wrecked at nearly 107mph. Branton survived with an injury to his spine. The family was in the middle of moving into a new home in Greenwood when the accident happened. Scott Branton wasn’t able to help his family. “We got on social media. My board president got […]

  • Alma Police Find Body In Trench

    Alma (KFSM) — Alma Police and Arkansas State Police investigators are looking into the death of 48-year-old Gene Charles Taylor. Investigators said Taylor was discovered Sunday morning (Aug.4.) in a trench on Fayetteville Avenue in Alma’s downtown area. The trench is part of an ongoing storm drain and sewer construction project, according to Arkansas State Police. Taylor was last seen the night before after 10:30 p.m. riding his bicycle. He was reportedly on his way home. Agents are now looking […]

  • Woman Dies After Crashing Vehicle On Bella Vista Golf Course

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — A woman who drove her vehicle off of a roadway and onto the Bella Vista Country Club golf course died, according Bella Vista Communications Director Cassi Lapp. According to Lapp, the woman was traveling on Highway 71 South around 5:00 p.m. Sunday (July 14.) when she veered off of the road and onto the golf course. Lapp said she believes the woman had suffered from some sort of medical condition. The 62-year-old woman was the only […]

  • FEMA Registration Center Operating In Spiro For A Few Days Only

    SPIRO, Okla.(KFSM) — Many in the River Valley who never thought they would need flood insurance or see the water from the river come close to their homes were caught in the worst flooding our area has seen. F.E.M.A. came into the area and set up mobile registration centers shortly after the historic flooding. Eventually, they did move on to other cities in Oklahoma and Arkansas to help others facing the same disaster. This week F.E.M.A. announced they were coming […]

  • Family Of Woman Killed By Train In Poteau Speaks Out

    POTEAU, Okla. (KFSM) — Thursday evening (July 4) 43-year-old Tina Jo Hickman was hit and killed by a train off Witte Street in Poteau. “Everybody is like, ‘oh she stepped in front of the train’. No, she didn’t. It was an accident. She wouldn’t have done that to her kids,” Hickman’s sister Melissa Williamson said. Williamson said her sister loved life and she knows in her heart it was a tragic accident. “She was busy, focused, trying to get to […]

  • Justice Group Claims Fayetteville Police Are Making Discriminatory Marijuana Arrest

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — The non-profit law firm Arkansas Justice Collective is claiming the Fayetteville Police Department is violating a 2008 ordinance to make marijuana arrests a lower priority, citing there’s been a 284% increase in marijuana arrests in the last 10 years. City leaders told 5NEWS most misdemeanor marijuana cases are citations rather than jail time, making it a lower priority.  Arkansas Justice Collective, who met on the steps of Fayetteville City Hall Thursday (June 27), says that isn’t […]

  • Multiple Shots Fired At Fayetteville Apartment Complex; One Person Injured, Suspect Arrested

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)– A man has been arrested in connection with a shooting in Fayetteville where one person was injured. Johari Matthews, 28, faces a felony charge of first-degree battery. Matthews allegedly shot a man after a fight Saturday (June 24) night at the Southmont Apartments on Curtis Street. One person was shot in the leg. He was treated and released earlier today (June 23). Witnesses told 5NEWS they saw multiple people flee the scene after they heard shots fired. Rachel […]

  • Highway 64 To Open As A Crossover Until Bridges Are Reconstructed

    ROLAND, Okla. (KFSM) — A portion of Highway 64 over the Garrison Avenue Bridge in Roland was shut down when historic flooding hit the River Valley. After the water receded, two bridges in between Roland and Moffett were left severely damaged. The Arkansas River had washed out portions under the bridges. “What we are going to have to do is take up part of the approaches on the bridges, put soil and materials down there to replace everything that is […]

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