Austin Reed is happy to finally call the South, his home again. Austin was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina and joined the 5NEWS team in May 2013, as weekend anchor and weekday reporter. Austin works out of both the Fayetteville and Forth Smith newsrooms.

Austin loves meeting the folks of Northern Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma, sharing their stories and making history, all at the same time.

When Austin isn’t working, he loves to spend time with his wife and pets (one dog and two cats), try new restaurants, enjoy the state’s gorgeous outdoors, volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and root for his favorite basketball team, the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Recent Articles
  • Bentonville Teacher Suspended; Police Investigate Allegations

    A Bentonville middle school teacher has been suspended while police look into allegations made against the instructor. The Ardis Ann Middle School teacher’s suspension began Wednesday and will continue until law enforcement is done investigating and the school district is finished with its review process of the situation, said Mary Ley, spokeswoman for the Bentonville School District. Police and the school began investigating the teacher following allegations made by parents against the instructor. Ley said she could not release the […]

  • Cold Has Energy Bills At 3-Year High

    An icy, snowy winter left many Arkansans with dents in their wallets in the form of higher energy bills, according to a local electric company. Due to one of the coldest arctic outbreaks in two decades, the bitter cold and well-below normal temperatures have heating and electric costs at a three-year high, according to Ozarks Electric Cooperative in Fayetteville. “I have noticed my energy bill go up, especially for my business,” said Pat Wheeler, a Fayetteville man, although he wasn’t […]

  • Benton County Officials Vote To Fund Rural Ambulance Service

    Benton County officials Thursday night voted to fund rural ambulance services, two days after voters soundly rejected an annual fee that would have funded ambulances making calls to unincorporated areas. Members of the Benton County finance committee said they do not yet know how they will fund the continuation of rural ambulance service, but assured county residents they will find a way. Committee members said they would fund the full $796,339, the amount needed to continue service. “We are going […]

  • Suspect Hospitalized After Shootout With Deputies In Rogers

    A man is in the hospital after investigators say he held two small children and his wife hostage before being shot by deputies in Rogers early Thursday morning. Benton County deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call around 1 a.m., after a female victim called 911 requesting help. After that, the phone was immediately disconnected, according to a statement released by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. After deputies arrived, they were met in the front yard of the home by […]

  • Rural Ambulance Service In Jeopardy After Benton County Vote Fails

    The proposed fee to fund ambulance service to rural parts of Benton county failed in a public vote Tuesday night, leaving the prospects for service to those areas uncertain. Moving forward, Benton County officials will meet at the Benton County administration building Thursday night to discuss what can or cannot be done, funding wise, to keep crews responding to rural ambulance calls. “There are so many people that can die from not having the service,” rural county resident Summer Kennedy […]

  • Workers Close Lane To Replace Reflectors Scraped Off By Plows

    Local snow plows scraped off the reflective markings on part of the interstate in Fayetteville this week, causing the state highway department to close a lane over the weekend.  Officials said traffic will be reduced to one lane in the northbound direction of Interstate 540 between Wedington Drive and Porter Road at various times from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Arkansas Highway Commission said the lane closure is necessary to allow for replacement of the reflective pavement […]

  • Man Hospitalized After Fire Destroys Fayetteville Home

    A fire destroyed a Fayetteville home Friday afternoon, hospitalizing the owner and displacing the family. Firefighters responded to the call shortly after 2 p.m. at 4056 N. Salem Road. They arrived to find a fully-engulfed house fire. Crews battled the fire while an ambulance transported a man to a local hospital with burn injuries. There were two people at home at the time of the fire, a man and a woman. The home sustained significant damage, displacing the family. Crews […]

  • Trash Services Delayed By A Week For Some In Bentonville

    Winter weather delayed trash pickup for thousands of residents in Northwest Arkansas earlier this week. While trash collection is now back on track, some in Bentonville will have to wait until next week for their garbage to be picked up, the city announced Wednesday. For the last few days, it has been unusually quiet at the Allied Waste Management yard in Benton County. Because of slick road conditions, trash collection is one day late in Rogers and has just picked […]

  • Benton County Roads Slick, But Mostly Crash Free

    Authorities prepared Tuesday for a tough day of traffic crashes because of snow and ice on the roads. But emergency crews say they were surprised by how quiet their day was. Streets were slick and slushy Tuesday night near the intersection of Eighth Street and Pleasant Grove Road in Rogers. Rogers police responded early Tuesday afternoon to the same intersection for one of only a few weather-related wrecks in Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday, according to local police. No injuries were […]

  • 21-Vehicle Accident Snarls Traffic In Fayetteville

    A 21-vehicle pileup snarled traffic Sunday afternoon (Feb. 2) in Fayetteville on Mission Boulevard near Tim’s Pizza East, officials said. Most of the cars were out of the way by late Sunday afternoon, but a few are still stuck in a ditch into the evening. There were no reported injuries. A tow-truck driver on the scene told 5NEWS his company worked that section of the road much of the day. Five inches of snow blanketed Fayetteville on Sunday, making driving conditions hazardous. The manager […]

  • Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Seeing Delays/Cancellations

    Are you flying out of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) on Sunday Feb. 2? There are numerous delays and cancellations, according to the airport’s website. Officials said it is due to winter weather.  For arriving flights, at least 5 flights are delayed and 3 flights have been cancelled. As for departing flights, at least 2 delays are being reported and there are 2 cancellations. For a complete list of delays and cancellations, head to

  • Police: Possible Shots Fired Outside Fayetteville Apartment Complex

    Fayetteville police on Saturday night (Feb. 1) were investigating a possible shooting outside the Parkside apartments at 3992 N. Parkside Dr., authorities said. Investigators said several shots were fired and said they found shell casings outside the front of apartment No. 5 upon arrival. No one was hurt. There were reports of possible suspects running into nearby woods at the time of the incident. Fayetteville police sent their K-9 unit into the woods, but discovered no one, officials said. Police said a […]