Chandler joined the 5NEWS team in June 2015 as a reporter. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism from Oklahoma State University.

Chandler’s first internship was with a radio station where she had her own show. From there, she moved on to intern with a news station and then a tourism show, both in Oklahoma City.

She has spent many of her summers on Beaver Lake, so Arkansas is just as much her home as Oklahoma, and she’s excited to report in area that let’s her cover both states.

Chandler enjoys trying new restaurants and discovering the unique things to do in each city she visits, so she can’t wait to find all the best spots in West Arkansas.

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Recent Articles
  • Former Marshals Museum CEO To Focus On Fundraising

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — It’s not built yet, but the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith has hired a new CEO. Patrick Weeks is taking over as the new CEO starting in July. “He has extensive experience in working with museums,” former CEO Jim Dunn said. Dunn has begun his focus on something else; fundraising. “I’ve been wearing two hats for seven years,” Dunn said. “One operations and one fund raising, so I’m going to get to take the hat […]

  • Local LGBTQ Community Reacts To Orlando Shooting

    (KFSM)– After the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Saturday (June 11) many members of the LGBTQ community continued their pride celebrations Sunday (June 12) and organized candlelight vigils to honor those who were killed It’s being called the deadliest mass shooting in US history, and many people said it left them in fear. “I had an immediate reaction to just cry, stay in my room,” Jess Harness, a member of the River Valley LGBTQ community, said. But, for […]

  • Motorcycle Safety: More Than Wearing A Helmet

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–Many motorcyclists will say they ride simply because it’s fun, but with every ride comes some risk. Rocky Demire has been riding motorcycles for 21 years and said he always wears a helmet, but the one time he didn’t, he said he learned his lesson. “I hit my head on the pavement and split my head open, you know, and like I said I was two, I mean literally, two miles from the house,” Demire said. “I thought, […]

  • Lavaca Woman Enters All-Female Aviation Race

    LAVACA (KFSM) — A local woman has entered a women’s-only race, but instead of running or driving, these women will be flying. Cindy Coleman is originally from Lavaca and has been interested in flying since a young age. “My mother worked for Grady Stone Aviation, and so I came out there a lot, and I flew with him and his son,” she said Tuesday (June 7). Coleman she was hooked after her first flight, but it was not until later […]

  • Local Girl Recovering Following Old Fort Days Rodeo Injury

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A local girl who is part of the Old Fort Days Dandies was recovering Monday (June 6) after she was injured during a performance Friday night. LeAnn Ing, 14, collided with another rider during their routine. They were performing a move called a weave, which Ing said is one of the more dangerous parts of their performance. “Whenever we collided then my foot got hung up in my stirrup and I twisted my body to get […]

  • Sun And Water Safety Tips For Summer

    (KFSM)–For many people summer means enjoying the outdoors, and that means being out in the sun. Dr. Sandy Johnson is a dermatologist with Johnson Dermatology in Fort Smith. She said people are being diagnosed with skin cancer at a higher rate than ever before, so it’s important to protect yourself from the sun. “One in five people now develop skin cancer, and having one sunburn before the age of 18 greatly increases your risk of having skin cancer,” Johnson said. […]

  • Washed-Out Crawford County Bridge Called A ‘Major Inconvenience’

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — Flooding last week washed out a bridge in Crawford County making the drive to work nearly impossible for some people, many of whom are upset because the bridge is still out. The bridge crosses Jones Fork Creek on Winfrey Valley Road between Mountainburg and Winslow. Residence said on Thursday (May 26) they got between five and six inches of rain in just about an hour. Now the people living on either side of the bridge, like […]

  • Dog Uses Skype To Teach Fire Safety

    CLARKSVILLE (KFSM)– Molly the Fire Safety Dog has been teaching fire safety at to children for almost four years. She has taught in schools, at summer camps and libraries, and she’s even taught a few adults. So far, she’s taught children in 39 states and 18 different countries on five continents. “I could go and share fire safety all day long with people, but they’ll listen, but there’s just something about a dog that makes it that much more special,” […]

  • UAFS Receives $250,000 Grant To Restore Historic Home

    VAN BUREN (KFSM)– The Wilhauf House is believed to be the second oldest home in Van Buren, and it’s getting restored thanks to a $250,000 grant given to the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith for the project. Tom Wing, a history professor at UAFS, and is also the director of the Drennen Scott Historic Site. He was a part of the restoration of the Drennen Scott House and is now making the plans for the Wilhauf House. “That house was built […]

  • Mild Winter To Blame For Higher-Than-Normal Heartworm Risk

    (KFSM) — Pets could be at a greater risk this summer for getting a common but deadly disease and one mosquito bite is all it takes for a dog to become infected. According to the American Heartworm Society, it is estimated that heartworms are found in one million dogs in the United States every year. Heartworm disease is caused by worms that live in the heart and lungs of an infected pet, and it can lead to a series of […]

  • Ceremony Honors Fallen Officers For National Police Week

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)– U.S. marshal, Mike Oglesby spoke at a ceremony on Saturday (May 21) at the Fort Smith National Historic Site. The ceremony was held on the last day of National Police Week and honored not only the local officers but the officers across the nation who were killed in the line of duty. “129 officers were killed in 2015, and so far this year, the 1st of May which is a third of the year gone by, we’ve […]

  • Ride Of Silence Honors Cyclists Killed Or Injured While Riding

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)– May is National Bike Month, and on Wednesday (May 18) cyclists all over the world participated in a Ride of Silence. This is the 13th year for the Ride of Silence and cyclists in 49 states and 20 countries road at the same time in complete silence. “To honor those who have been killed or have been injured in cycling, and to raise awareness that we’re out here on the roads and we’re out here on the […]

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