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.
Four vehicles collided on North Crossover during Wednesday (April 10) morning traffic, with only minor injuries, said Fayetteville Police Sgt. Craig Stout. The four vehicles rear-ended and sideswiped each other near the intersection of East Par Court. Dawn Edwards said it wasn`t the rain or the slick roads that caused the crash. ”Due to the road construction, my tire hit the little edge that’s on the road and it threw my car into another SUV totaling my car and three […]
Rodgers Drive in Fayetteville is closed due to necessary road work Tuesday (April 9.) It’s a race against time, though, because crews are trying to install a drainage pipe before storms roll in. The issue, where the road slides off at the edge, was caused by heavy rain in the first place. The city will install the drainage pipe crossing the road that should fix the problem. The road will reopen at 2 p.m.
Two local ladies have teamed up to spread hunger awareness in Northwest Arkansas. 5NEWS Reporter Christine Whitten was Keeping it Local in the kitchen Friday morning with Rhonda Crone and Maliah Pinkleton, the authors of “Local Flavor of Northwest Arkansas.” Crone and Pinkleton unveiled the cookbook at Fayetteville’s First Thursday on April 4. They shared one recipe with us: Caprese Omelet 5 eggwhites, separate yolks1/2 stick of frozen butter 1 ball of fresh mozzarella, sliced thin 1 tomato, chopped Fresh […]
University of Arkansas administrators are discussing building a large-scale, high-quality hotel on the Fayetteville campus. Right now, university officials are calling the prospective hotel, the University of Arkansas Executive Education Center. It’s being billed as a hotel and conference center, with a suggested 125 rooms and 13,600 square feet. Administrators said they want to build it so that it connects to the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development’s east side. There’s currently an empty lot that separates the center […]
It’s the day baseball fans have been waiting for, opening day for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. The Naturals take on the Midland Rockhounds during the season opener Thursday (April 4) at 6:20 p.m. A lot will be going on out at Arvest Ballpark before the game including food, tailgating, thousands of fans, special guests, autograph opportunity and even a helicopter! At 6 p.m. a helicopter is set to land on the field and Benjamin ‘Coach’ Wade from Survivor will throw […]
The National Rifle Association announced its plan for school safety Tuesday (April 2), nearly four months after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. The nation’s largest gun lobby is offering guidelines to state and local officials on how they can alter current laws to allow armed personnel on school campuses. It`s part of what the NRA calls its comprehensive plan for school safety, unveiled during a news conference in Washington, D.C. During the news conference, Asa Hutchinson, a Rogers attorney […]
Some of the area’s most successful people were at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers Thursday (March 28) for the first ever Tomorrow’s Leaders of Northwest Arkansas Conference. ”This is an annual event,” said Steve Clark, Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, president and CEO. “We’ve already got the date scheduled for next year. We are working on a speaker for next year. We really believe that in Northwest Arkansas, the more leaders we can train and develop, the more successful […]
A “suspicious” unmarked package found at the back door of a Bentonville preschool Thursday morning (March 21) was deemed arts supplies. After a two hour investigation, the Bentonville Bomb Squad, police and fire crews said the Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center was safe. The center enacted its risk management protocol and the Bentonville police were called to review the situation, according to a news release from the child center. “We sent some officers out and they helped them try […]
Harps Food Stores opened a new location on Walton Boulevard in Bentonville Wednesday (March 20). “We are really excited because we are getting to open our brand new store in Bentonville,” said Kim Eskew, Harps president and COO. “It’s a new format for us, a little bit more upscale than most of our stores and we have the most variety of any store that we have in Northwest Arkansas.” The new location is one of several Harps popping up across […]
A major problem area in Fayetteville could soon see a solution, the Fayetteville City Council is set to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday (March 19) to make a decision regarding the Wedington Corridor Project. The goal of the project is to ease traffic congestion and make the area more pedestrian friendly. City employees are also looking to fix safety issues west of the intersection of Wedington Drive and Interstate 540. Drivers say congestion is a huge problem in that area. […]
The Northwest Medical Center-Springdale cafeteria recently got a facelift and so did its menu. It’s all part of an initiative to get people to eat healthier. Northwest Health System is one of the first hospital systems in the nation to implement this kind of wellness platform. “We are bringing a lot of innovation, a lot of tools, education tools and healthy options so that our retail customer and our internal hospital customer can benefit from the wellness and the healthier […]