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
SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM)- The inaugural Badges and Bagels event at the Siloam Springs Police Department gave the community a chance to meet new Police Chief James Wilmeth. It took place Tuesday (Jan. 13) at the new police department on highway 412 at 7:30 a.m. It’s lasted for about an hour. “Since I’m the chief of police of this community, they have the right to get to know me, understand where I come from and the best way to do that […]
WINSLOW (KFSM) – Drivers experienced major delays on the southbound lane of Interstate 49 near Winslow on Sunday (Jan. 11th) morning. Cars were bumper to bumper with some waiting on the side of the road heading south. Some of the bridges in the area were icy and highway department crews treated the troubled spots. Arkansas State Police responded to several car accidents, but have reported no serious injuries. “Drivers must not get on the roads unless absolutely necessary,” says Senior […]
WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM)- The Springdale man accused of killing two people in Missouri on Monday (Jan. 5) and kidnapping his daughter faces new charges in Washington County. Christopher Paschall, 37, was booked Tuesday (Jan. 6) in the Washington County Detention Center in Fayetteville. He was arrested one day earlier in Springdale hours after the killings in Barry County, Missouri. He was set to appear in court on Wednesday (Jan. 7) in Fayetteville to face a previous local charge regarding revocation […]
BENTONVILLE (KFSM)- Hundreds of students across Northwest Arkansas woke up early Monday (Jan. 5) to start the second semester after Christmas vacation. Early morning temperatures were in the teens with wind chills in the single digits. Students at Willowbrook Elementary were some of those students. The school is one of 10 elementary schools in the district. Superintendent Michael Poore said cold temperatures doesn’t cancel class but they do notify parents if the weather becomes dangerous. By this time last year, […]
BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against the Bentonville man accused of killing his grandmother and leading authorities on a week-long manhunt last summer, Benton County prosecutor Nathan Smith said in a pretrial hearing Monday morning. Michael Conklin, 26, appeared in Benton County Circuit Court for a hearing ahead of his unscheduled trial. The prosecutor announced his intentions at the hearing to seek the death penalty against the suspect. Conklin has a mental evaluation scheduled for […]
TONTITOWN (KFSM)- Karissa Hobbs composed a thank you melody to travel nurses who work around the clock including the holidays and this Christmas is no different. The song and music video features a nurse who’s leaving her loved ones behind to take care of other people. Hobbs is a recruiter for The Right Solutions in Tontitown, which is a nursing staffing company that connects nurses to where there is a need. She created the video alongside her co-workers. “They are […]
FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A Fayetteville woman crashed into a plaza on Dec. 23 before 9 a.m. after an issue with her car’s brakes, police say. Odette Havel, 65, was driving her Honda Accord and attempting to pull into a parking space at 3416 N. College Ave. when she crashed into the Snell Prosthetic and Orthotic Laboratory, according to police. She told officers that she tried to apply the brake, but she wasn’t sure if it didn’t work or she just […]
ROGERS (KFSM)- Souls Harbor NWA is building a new kitchen and dining hall for homeless men living in their transitional program. They hope to raise $30,000 by Christmas. It’s a quarter of a million dollar project, according to Joel Atchison, executive director. He said they expect to complete it for less than $100,000 since volunteers and area businesses have donated materials and their time in the construction process. The new kitchen and dining hall is called “The Mustard Seed.” There […]
WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM)- Firefighters and emergency crews responded to a house fire at 23954 highway 62 west of Summers, which is an unincorporated area in Washington County. The fire destroyed the home, according to Jay Norton, with the Lincoln Fire Department. The call came in at 2:24 a.m. Monday (Dec. 22). Luis Ruiz, 70, his son Leon Ruiz, 33, and son’s friend Micah Lance Edwards were at home at the time of the fire, according to Soledad Ruiz, daughter. Soledad […]
ELKINS (KFSM)- Mrs. Melissa Eaton’s second grade class in Elkins raised $4,595 to help families in the school district with toys this Christmas. Her 20 students wrote letters to businesses in town asking for donations. Eaton has been doing this for three years and said this year surpassed the amount raised in the past. One of her students Logan Haller, 8, wrote a letter. In it he stated, “I want to change my world. I want to be sure everyone […]
FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- Many stores are opening their doors earlier and staying open later to allow shoppers more time to scratch people off their Christmas lists. According to the National Retail Federation, a little more than half of consumers (52.9%) wrapped up their Christmas shopping by Dec. 10. However, hundreds of shoppers were seen doing their last-minute Christmas shopping at the Northwest Arkansas Mall Sunday (Dec. 21). Resident Nathan Cox was one of those people. “We have not bought any gifts yet […]
FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM), Ark. – More than 1,000 University of Arkansas students received their diplomas during the Fall commencement ceremony Saturday (Dec. 20) at 9 a.m. It’s a record number of graduates, according to the university. Barnhill Arena was filled with family and friends of graduates. Doors opened and the Boston Mountain Brass performed before the ceremony began. Three leaders received honorary degrees. Gov. Mike Beebe; Mike Duke, former president and CEO of Walmart, and Andrew Hamilton, vice chancellor of the […]