Jocelyne Pruna joined the 5NEWS team in October 2011 and is super excited to stay in Northwest Arkansas. She was born in Miami, Florida but has called Fayetteville home since 2000.
She graduated from Fayetteville High School with high honors and received her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science with a minor in Spanish at the University of Arkansas. At the U of A, she made the Dean’s List, received the Broadcast Education Association Scholarship, and the Trish Joyner Journalism Scholarship.
Before joining the 5NEWS team, she worked for La Prensa Libre where she contributed to the newspaper since 2006. She worked for KUAF, the local NPR affiliate, producing on air public service announcements. She also worked for Univision Arkansas covering Northwest Arkansas, the River Valley, and Little Rock.
Her passion, other than news, is encouraging students to get a college education
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM)- There will be free tax services for people who earn less than $58,000 a year. Several places will be open until April 15th. United Way of Northwest Arkansas is partnering with the CARE Community Center in the free tax initiative. The tax centers are run by IRS certified volunteer. Alexa McGriff is the manager of marketing and communications for United Way NWA. “United Way is really excited about the free tax services because last year when we […]
SPRINGDALE (KFSM)- The driver of a white passenger van crashed into a power pole around 9 a.m. in front of the Walmart on Robinson Avenue in Springdale, according to police. It was a single-vehicle accident and no one was hurt, police said. It caused traffic to be shut down on a portion of Robinson while SWEPCO crews fixed the severely damaged pole. Traffic was being diverted through the Springdale Walmart parking lot. The Walmart is also near the heavily traveled […]
FORT SMITH & VAN BUREN (KFSM)- The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) will be doing routing maintenance work on the Interstate 540 bridge that runs over the Arkansas River between Fort Smith and Van Buren. The southbound inside lane will be closed starting Monday (Jan. 26)) through Friday (Jan. 30) between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Traffic will be directed using barrels and warning signs, according to AHTD. The bridge was built in 1967. It is 3,396 […]
ROGERS (KFSM)- The Event Nation Bridal Expo was held today Saturday (Jan. 24) at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers. The cost was $5 to get in. The everything a bride would need for the big day, including wedding gowns, table settings and cakes. Brides also had the opportunity to win door prizes from exhibitors and an entry for a grand prize. EventNation was created in 2011 by Abby Hobbs. Abby has worked in the hospitality field for 14 […]
FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- Investigators with the Fayetteville Police Department are looking for two men who they say stabbed a man early Saturday (Jan. 24) morning. It happened on North Whitham Avenue around 5:30AM. Rita Gustus identified herself as the victim’s wife. She said her husband, age 48, went to get firewood across the street from their apartment complex when he was beaten by two men, for allegedly stealing the wood. She said her husband is recovering at home after he was stabbed […]
SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM)- John Brown University announced a $125 million capital campaign Wednesday (Jan. 21). It’s expected to be complete by the school’s centennial in 2019, according to Dr. Chip Pollard, JBU President. “It’s important to think about our future, to have this campaign and to look back into the past, into the faithfulness of God to this institution,” Pollard said. “It frames the campaign a little bit, the past and the future.” Pollard said the money will be used […]
FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- Northwest Arkansas has more than 500,000 people living in its neighborhoods and its considered one of the nation’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas, according to the NWA Council. However, all the rapid growth has placed some natural habitats in danger and the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission (NWARPC) wants to make sure these open spaces are preserved. The NWARPC is organizing public meetings with community members to develop the NWA Regional Open Space Master Plan. The first meeting is at […]
ELKINS (KFSM) – Elkins Police responded to a school bus vs. truck accident on Highway 16 Tuesday morning (Jan. 20), according to Elkins Schools’ Superintendent Daniel Jordan. No kids were on the bus at the time of the accident, Jordan said. “The driver had already dropped off his students at the Primary School,” Jordan said. “The driver was pulling out of the Primary School when his bus was hit.” Jordan spoke with the driver of the bus after the accident. […]
FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- The Northwest Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Committee has organized several events to honor Dr. King’s legacy. There will be a Youth Prayer Breakfast at the Janelle Hembree Alumni House on the University of Arkansas campus. It starts at 8 a.m. After the breakfast, there will be a march at 11:15 a.m. The meeting spot is at the Walton Arts Center parking lot and marchers will head to the University of Arkansas. Danielle Wood, who’s part of the […]
ROGERS (KFSM) – A man was killed in a house fire in Rogers on Sunday (Jan. 18), according to authorities. Firefighters responded to a house fire at 607 N. 6th Street around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday. There were two people, a woman and a man, inside the home at the time of the fire, said Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenkins. The fire chief said that when firefighters made their way inside the home they found a person dead. He said […]
FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- In honor of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, students and members of the community collected and made fleece blankets in Fayetteville Saturday (Jan. 17). The Blanket & Baby Essentials Drive at St. James Baptist Church on North Street was filled with volunteers. “We thought that this was a great opportunity to work with the MLK Council because one of Martin Luther King’s tenets was helping the next generation of individuals,” said J’onnelle Colbert-Diaz, president […]
FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- The Board of Trustees for the UA System plans to hire an executive search firm to replace Chancellor G. David Gearhart. He announced his retirement on Monday (Jan. 12). Gearhart has been Chancellor since July 2008. Prior to that, he was the vice chancellor for about a decade. His last day is July 31st. Nate Hinkel, UA System interim director of communications, said Board President Don Bobbit will involve others in the process. The first step will be […]