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
  • Fayetteville Police Release Documents In Officer’s Rape Arrest

    Fayetteville police released previously-sealed documents Wednesday concerning their internal investigation into a former officer accused of raping a woman and sexually harassing a dispatcher while on duty. Officer Jamison Stiles was arrested and fired in December after a woman said the officer sexually assaulted her after handcuffing her and taking her home from a bar while on duty. The newly-released document chronicling the police department’s internal investigation tells what a police recording shows from the night, along with what the […]

  • Police: One Man Killed In Fort Smith Shooting

    A deadly Fort Smith shooting is under investigation, police say. Authorities said they received a call Saturday evening (Jan. 25) regarding a disturbance and possible shots being fired in the area of 3509 Price Circle. When officers arrived on scene they said it was apparent the victim, 28-year-old Robert Snider, suffered several gunshot wounds. Authorities said Snider was transported by EMS to Sparks Hospital with life threatening injuries and later died. Police said witnesses on scene identified, 32-year-old Jonathan Willbourn, […]

  • Arkansas Governor Encourages Everyone To Get A Flu Shot

    Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe used his weekly radio address to talk about this year’s flu season. The governor said it is important for every Arkansan to get a flu shot. Health officials said Friday (Jan. 24) that Arkansas is now in the peak of flu season. There have been 25 flu related deaths in the state. Below is Beebe’s full statement. “Although temperatures have swung wildly this January, one thing has remained consistent in Arkansas: the lingering flu season. While […]

  • Michaels Warns Of Possible Payment Card Breach

    Michaels, the biggest U.S. arts and crafts retailer, said it is investigating a possible breach on its network and advised customers to check financial statements for fraudulent activity. The warning, which comes in the wake of the unprecedented breach at Target Corp over the holiday shopping season, suggests that hackers may be attacking retailers in a spree the extent of which is yet to be fully understood. Target last month disclosed an unprecedented breach that resulted in the theft of […]

  • Sebastian & Crawford County Spelling Bees Have A Winner

    Two youngsters walked away with trophies from the Sebastian and Crawford County spelling bees on Saturday (Jan. 25). Check out the video above to see who won.  

  • Grammy Awards Preview

    (TIME Entertainment) The 56th Grammy Awards are this Sunday, at 8 p.m. ET on KFSM Channel 5, so gather around the television and watch the spectacle of GIFs waiting to happen,  video mash-ups played live and iPod shuffle playlists come to live. The Grammy Awards have become less about which trophy is destined for whose mom’s mantelpiece and more about the incredible performances that the producers can put together. This year the producers are using their super-powers for good and […]

  • Deputies: 18 Year Old Fort Smith Man Stabbed In Parking Lot

    The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a stabbing. Deputies said that at around 2 a.m. on Saturday (Jan. 25) deputies responded to Mercy Hospital for a report of a stabbing. When deputies arrived, they discovered an 18 year old Fort Smith man recovering in the emergency room. According to authorities, the victim was at a private party at the El Far West Club when he was stabbed during a fight in the parking lot. Deputies said the victim was […]

  • GOP: Obama Has Lots Of Explaining To Do

    (CNN) – Pre-empting President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday and the GOP response, Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri on Saturday sought to get ahead of the conversation. The President “has a lot of explaining to do” in his speech, Blunt said in the GOP weekly address, criticizing Obama’s so-called “Year of Action,” a blueprint for 2014 touted by the White House. As both sides gear up for this year’s midterm elections, Blunt said the President’s focus […]

  • Fayetteville Students And Parents Prepare For Saturday School

    Fayetteville students will be heading to class on Saturday. School district administrators chose to hold classes on some holidays and Saturdays because of the time lost to snow days. This week marks the district’s first six-day school week since 2011. Monday was marked as a holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but local school districts held classes to make up the snow days from winter storms in December. Many students are not happy about the decision. “That is terrible, […]

  • Murder-For-Hire Plot Foiled In Bentonville, Deputies Say

    A Kansas City man has been arrested in Benton County in a murder-for-hire plot targeting a Northwest Arkansas man, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office on Thursday (Jan. 23). Leo Mays, 49, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit capital murder. He is being held in the Benton County Jail, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Mays’ arraignment is scheduled for March 3 in Benton County Circuit Court. Deputies said Mays, while in the area […]

  • Following Sudden Resignation, Fayetteville Launches Superintendent Search

    The Fayetteville School Board launched its search Thursday to replace Supt. Vicki Thomas, who suddenly announced her resignation last week. The School Board met and discussed for the first time who will replace Thomas. It is the beginning of a long process that will have to be done by this summer, when Thomas’ resignation will be effective, board members said. “We have a good sense of who we are looking for. There aren’t a million superintendent candidates out there,” said […]

  • Burn Ban Issued For Benton County

    Benton County is under a court-ordered burn ban that could last up to 60 days, county officials announced Wednesday. Benton County Judge Bob Clinard issued the ban, which is eligible to last as long as 60 days. If conditions improve, though, the ban could be lifted. “We have the Arkansas Forestry Commission and our fire marshal look at the national weather service,” Clinard said. “They look at the wind and humidity and moisture and they take all these into consideration.” […]