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.
NorthWest Arkansas Community College leaders voted Monday night to officially disallow anyone from carrying guns onto the campus. The school’s Board of Trustees voted 5-1 at its regular meeting to opt out of the recently-passed state law allowing staff and faculty with concealed-carry permits to carry firearms on college campuses. Faculty and staff at colleges and universities across the state can carry guns on campus unless their institution opts out of the law. “I think the decision behind it was […]
As of Wednesday morning (May 8), former Northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber was still behind bars in the Washington County jail. Barber was ordered into jail Tuesday afternoon in the federal courthouse in Fayetteville. Barber left the federal courthouse Tuesday in handcuffs, led away by Washington County Sheriff’s deputies to the county detention center. Judge Erin Setser ordered the fraud suspect to stay in jail until his attorney Asa Hutchinson III files a motion for a permanent location for his […]
Wednesday (May 1) Benton County road crews spent the morning repairing the historic bridge at War Eagle Mill after a box van clipped the rails at the top of the bridge. Crews are quickly working to repair the bridge before Friday’s annual War Eagle Craft Fair. The bridge clearance is 10’6, according to Jack Brown, superintendent of Benton County Roads. Brown said the driver reportedly hit the top of the bridge, and continued to drive along the bridge, causing significant […]
If you’ve driven through north Fayetteville recently, you’ve probably noticed some serious construction going on in the area. Police are now sitting in that construction zone, looking to ticket people who are breaking the law. The Fayetteville Police Department is out in full force, working to cut back on the number of accidents in the construction zone. Sgt. Craig Stout with the Fayetteville Police Department said officers are working the area around North College Avenue near the Fulbright Expressway Interchange, […]
Once again, Bentonville’s School Board is trying to get a second high school built because of overcrowding. Board members are hosting a series of public forums over the next two weeks. The series kicks off Monday (April 29) at 5:30 p.m. at Bright Field Middle School in Bentonville. Bentonville High School junior, Brittany Berk, said overcrowding is definitely an issue at her school. “It’s really crowded, it’s really hard to get to and from classes, on time, just because of […]
Day two of the 36th annual Joe Martin Stage Race takes off Friday (April 26). The biggest names in cycling are in Northwest Arkansas this weekend for the competitive cycling event. Thousands of people are already in town spending their money and thousands more are expected to join them. Day one was Thursday afternoon at Devils Den State Park with 700 riders enduring the 2.5 grueling miles uphill. Courteney Lowe is one of many competitors from around the globe. She`s […]
Travis Fox, a Springdale man charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of his two infant sons, pleaded not guilty in a Washington County court Wednesday (April 24.) Washington County Prosecuting Attorney John Threet said Fox is being held at the county detention center without bond. His hearing Wednesday before Magistrate Judge Ray Reynolds was held at the detention center in Fayetteville. “He’s been charged with two counts of capital murder,” Threet said. “That means he is […]
Tuesday (April 23) the chance of storms threatened rain crews cleaning up after heavy rain that damaged rural Benton County Thursday. State Emergency Management Officials are meeting with Benton County Emergency Managers for their second straight day to assess damage. Teams will visit Sulphur Springs and Bentonville Tuesday (April 23). If there is $450,000 in damages or more, the state will reimburse 35%, however Robert McGowen, Benton County Emergency Manager said it could take up a year for the county […]
Benton County is still cleaning up after flood waters wreaked havoc last Thursday. County Judge Bob Clinard is waiting to see if the county is eligible for state money. Representatives from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management are expected to do a preliminary survey of the damage. As of Monday (April 22) three roads in Benton County remain closed. Those are as follows: Price Coffee Road in Bentonville, Parrick Road in Gravette and Georgia Flat Road, also in Gravette. But […]
A possible tornado hit Delaware County near Grove, Okla, around 1:30 a.m. Thursday (April 18). The Butler Volunteer Fire Department was hit as well as several homes, power lines and trees in Delaware County. Several doors on the fire department were blown in and part of the roof ripped off but no equipment was damaged. One woman was taken to a nearby hospital after she was hit by flying glass. County officials say the storm damage was sporadic. “About six miles […]
A hog farm near a Buffalo National River tributary in Newton County has some members of the Fayetteville City Council fighting against the farm’s operation. The Fayetteville City Council is set to meet Tuesday (April 16) to discuss the large scale sow hog farm but the the Farm Service Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the operation. The Fayetteville City Council agreed this week to address a resolution to oppose a 6,500 hog factory farm near Harrison. […]
Day one of the Walmart FLW Bass Fishing Tour kicked off Thursday (April 11) at 7 a.m. on Beaver Lake. The cold, snowy start to the day did not slow down the anglers. There are 320 anglers and 160 boats participating this year. Eager anglers from all over the country launched their boats from Prairie Creek before daybreak. Despite some snow and winter-like temperatures, the professional anglers said the fish will still be biting. ”It’s an advantage mentally,” said Professional […]