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.
If you have a story for Austin, or a question, please contact him by e-mail: email@example.com
The burn ban in Benton and Washington counties, in place for much of the weekend, has been lifted as of 8 a.m. on Monday (Jan. 20), officials said. Sebastian, Scott, Polk, Logan, Pope and Johnson counties remained under a state red-flag warning on Monday (Jan. 20), meaning that the Little Rock Weather Service is advising people in those areas not to burn anything. Benton County Fire Marshall Mark Trollinger said the bans on burning were in effect due to windy […]
Washington (CNN) – As the Patriots, Broncos, Seahawks and 49ers prepare to battle for two spots in the Super Bowl, President Barack Obama says if he had a son, he wouldn’t let him play pro football. With an ever-growing amount of evidence linking the brutal sport with serious head and brain trauma, the President, who has two daughters, told New Yorker editor David Remnick he would bar his son from playing the sport. “I would not let my son play […]
Sebastian County fire officials confirm to 5NEWS that on Saturday night (Jan. 18) they were still battling a large brush fire, just south of Bonanza on Highway 45. By 2p.m. Saturday, crews blocked traffic in the area as the fire continued to grow. According to firefighters on scene, the fire has burned at least 100 acres, so far. “When the fire started the wind was blowing hard. We had trouble accessing the fire because there’s no roads in or out so we […]
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office tells 5NEWS that during an arrest Saturday morning (Jan. 18) a suspect ingested an unknown amount of meth. Thomas Jetton, 24, was arrested for a breaking-and-entering case in December. DNA evidence linked Jetton to the crime, investigators said. Deputies say when he was in the back seat of a cruiser, authorities noticed Jetton ingesting meth. Thomas was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence and driving on a […]
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Fire Warning effective until 6 pm Saturday evening (Jan. 18). The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office said with dry conditions and strong wind gust up to 35 mph, there is a real danger of grass and brush fires. In 2014, SCSO has dispatched several rural fire departments to grass and brush fires from the Slaytonville area to the Bloomer area. Several residences have been in close proximity to these fires. So far […]
JACKSON, TENN. (WBBJTV) -Jackson police identify second shooting suspect as Johnny Wade, 19, of Jackson. The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Task Force and Ripley police arrested him around 6 a.m., Saturday, at a home in Ripley. A tip led them to Lauderdale County. STORY: ASU football player dies in Jackson, Tenn. shooting (http://on.kthv.com/1j2hvs6) STORY: ASU Athletics releases statement on death of player Markel Owens (http://on.kthv.com/1dUrevS) Both Johnny and Derrick Wade are now in custody at the Madison County Jail. […]
CNN — A juvenile suspect wanted in a Philadelphia high school shooting that injured two students turned himself in Saturday, police said. The suspect, accompanied by his lawyer, was taken into custody about 1 p.m. ET, police said. The charges against him include two counts of aggravated assault. The shooting occurred about 3:30 p.m. Friday in the gym at Delaware Valley Charter High School. Detective Don Suchinsky said Saturday that a second male held for questioning was released to his […]
The Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality (AIME) will start collecting signatures for The Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (ASSMA) on Saturday (Jan. 18). Supporters will start collecting the signatures on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol, in Little Rock. Officials said AIME will have to collect signatures from 10 percent of the number of voters in the next gubernatorial race for the state of Arkansas (2014), and supporters must also collect 5 percent of the number of voters in 15 […]
Barrett Baber, a teacher at Fayetteville High School, has won the CBS “Grammy Gig of a Lifetime” contest. Baber’s music company, Graydog Music, made the announcement in a news release on Friday (Jan. 17). CBS also announced on its website that Baber won the music popularity contest determined by fans in online voting. As the winner, the 33-year-old debate and forensics teacher is scheduled to open on Jan. 26 for the California-based band The Neighbourhood at the “Grammy Gig of […]
More low-income kids might have a shot at college, under a new program at the University of Arkansas. U-of-A Chancellor G. David Gearhart returned to Fayetteville from Washington D.C. on Friday (Jan. 17) after a day-long Presidential summit. The topic was how low-income students and families can afford college. The Chancellor spoke with 5NEWS reporter Austin Reed about his plans. Watch the video above for the full interview.
A Rogers businessman whose cancer clinic was raided by the FBI last year pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to three fraud counts, according to prosecutors. James W. Bolt, 60, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, one count of mail fraud and one count of money laundering, according to U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge’s office. His prison sentence will be determined by a federal judge after fully reviewing factors of the case, Eldridge said in a release. The defendant […]