Christine Whitten joined the 5NEWS team in March of 2012. She comes to us from our sister station KFOR in Oklahoma City. Christine was born and raised in Dallas, Texas but is excited to now call Northwest Arkansas home.
She graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Oklahoma. While there she reported and anchored for the university’s newscast, OU Nightly. She also worked in the newsroom at KFOR, the NBC affiliate in OKC.
Despite being a Sooner at heart, Christine can’t wait to cheer on the Razorbacks.
When she’s not out chasing breaking news, you can find Christine working out, reading a book, shopping, or watching a movie.
A 62-year-old man who was rushed to the hospital after falling in a pond at Murphy Park in Springdale early Thursday (June 6) has died, according to Washington County Coroner Roger Morris. The man, identified as Jasper Zornes of Springdale, was unconscious when he was taken out of the water, then was rushed to the hospital, said Springdale Police Capt. Mike Peters. The call to emergency personnel came in at 8:43 a.m., Peters said. Bystanders were pulling the man out […]
An elderly woman was killed Wednesday (June 5) in a house fire in Prairie Grove, said Capt. Chris Workman of the Prairie Grove Police Department. The fire started at 201 Kate Smith St. about 8 a.m., police said. Neighbors reported seeing a flash and hearing a boom, indicating lightning might have struck the house, but that has not been confirmed, Workman said. Lynnwood Holloway, a close friend of the victim, identified her as 85-year-old Billie Marie Kidd. “I just can’t get […]
Wednesday afternoon, a fallen sheriff will be laid to rest after he was killed in the line of duty. Local sheriff’s will get the closure they are needing, as Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter will be buried in Waldron. A funeral service for Sheriff Carpenter is set for 1 p.m. at the Waldron High School football field. Hundreds of local law enforcement, friends and family members will be there honoring the life of Sheriff Carpenter. Carpenter died alongside Wildlife Officer […]
Fort Smith Police have identified 25-year-old Daniel Elon Bell as the suspected shooter in Monday night’s home invasion that left one man injured. An arrest warrant on the charges of Aggravated Residential Burglary, Aggravated Robbery, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Battery 1st Degree carrying a $500,000 bond has been issued for Bell, according to Fort Smith Police Sgt. Daniel Grubbs. Bell could possibly be armed and is considered dangerous, Grubbs said. If you have any information that can […]
Walmart’s first official shareholder’s event of the year kicks of Tuesday night. Sir Elton John will perform at Bud Walton Arena. Thousands of Walmart shareholders and associates from all across the world are staying in the dorms on the University of Arkansas campus. The visitors have been spotted touring the region, shopping, eating local food and of course.. meeting lots of Arkansans. We caught up with some international associates, one from South Africa, the other from Chile. Both say they’re […]
Overnight storms caused significant damage through Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley Thursday morning (May 30). Shortly before 1 a.m. the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Sequoyah County with dangerous rotation sighted near Gore, Okla. The storms later weakened and the warning was downgraded to a severe storm warning. After the storm went through multiple power lines and trees were knocked down near Sallisaw, Okla. as straight line winds hit the area, according to Sequoyah County dispatchers. […]
Thousands of veterans are buried at the Fayetteville National Cemetery, but with space for future burials limited a local state representative is stepping up with a donation. State Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, presented a $3,303 check at Monday’s (May 27) Memorial Day ceremony. The money will be used to buy additional land to ensure there will be room for future burial sites. “What this group does is help the Fayetteville National Cemetery by purchasing additional land, if we didn’t have […]
Police Chief Jon Simpson said several various, suspicious items were found inside a vacant motel room Wednesday (May 22). Simpson said the reason those items were inside the empty motel is a mystery. Around 7 a.m. Bentonville police officers, along with the Bentonville Bomb Squad, and the Bentonville Fire Department arrived at the Travelodge motel at 2307 SE Walton Blvd. after multiple suspicious items were found inside an unoccupied motel room. The Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy next door was […]
Gusts between 60 and 80 miles per hour uprooted trees, downed power lines, and left debris scatted on Benton County roads late Monday night (May 20). Crews are trying to assess the damage, even with more storms on the way. “The road department has been out working on trees that are across the road,” said Robert McGowen with Benton County’s emergency management department. “Also, volunteer fire departments have been out throughout the night clearing roads from numerous reports throughout the […]
Firefighters responded to a fire near the University of Arkansas campus Friday morning. The machine shop on Cassatt Street near Garland Avenue caught fire before 6:30 a.m., officials said. Crews responding said a pallet of biochar inside the building caught fire. No one was inside the building at the time and it took firefighters about 30 minutes to put out the flames, said Vaughn Skinner, the Resident Director for the Arkansas Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Vaughn said they have […]
Anthony Jacob Oliver is set to appear in court Thursday for a bond hearing. The manhunt for a shooting suspect in Gravette ended Tuesday night when the homeowner who was shot was arrested, accused of shooting himself and making up a story about a burglary. Oliver, 25, was arrested on suspicion of felony filing a false police report, felony theft of property, felony residential burglary and felony communicating a false alarm. He was booked just after 8 p.m. into the […]