Katie joined the 5NEWS team in October 2012 as a general assignment reporter. She previously worked as a news writer for WGN-TV in Chicago.
Katie likes to stay active and can often be found hiking in one of the many state parks or jogging around town. She also likes to travel (be it half way around the world or on a road trip across town), practice yoga and listen to music. She loves to learn and is always on a quest to try new things.
Katie received her B.A. from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN and her M.A. in Journalism from DePaul University in Chicago.
One man is dead and another is in critical condition following a shooting at a Fort Smith home Thursday morning. Police said Mike Underwood, 47, shot and killed his ex-wife’s father before turning the gun on himself in a murder-suicide attempt. Underwood survived, though, and was airlifted to a Little Rock hospital in critical condition after being taken to a Fort Smith hospital. Michale Schook, 63, was pronounced dead by responding medical crews. The shooting occurred about 6 a.m. at 2000 […]
A task force is working to determine whether Fort Smith has too many wild cats roaming its streets. Fort Smith’s Animal Services Advisory Board says it wants to stop the feral cat population from becoming a problem before it gets any worse. To do that, board members say they need some input from Fort Smith residents. Specifically, the board wants to know where the feral cat problem is in Fort Smith and just how bad others think it is. Not […]
Crawford County Quorum Court members, law enforcement and concerned citizens met Monday night (April 7) for a brainstorming session on how to sell voters on the idea of new taxes to pay for a new county jail. Specifically, the group begin to develop a plan to market a sales tax proposal for the new detention center. Voters will head to the polls to decide on the tax, which has been rejected at three prior elections, May 20. Those plans include […]
Progress is being made in the city of Greenwood as the community looks to expand its borders. The Greenwood city council is holding a study session to discuss the annexation of the Shadow Lake community tonight(April 3). Greenwood Fire and Police departments already back up county responders on calls to Shadow Lake, many Shadow Lake residents receive Greenwood city water, and several kids who live in Shadow Lake attend Greenwood schools. “It’s either Greenwood or Fort Smith,” said Greenwood Chief […]
Airmen at the 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith said farewell Wednesday (April 2) to another one of their A10 planes as the base transitions to a new mission with unmanned aircraft. The Flying Razorbacks said they’re having to learn new skills as they make the transition to the drone mission. “It’s a huge change for some of our pilots and a lot of our maintainers as well to go into a completely new career field,” explained Major Heath Allen, […]
Crews were putting the final touches on the new Mulberry City Park Friday (March 28) in preparation for the first ever Edamame Festival happening at the park Saturday (March 29). The new park, located on Highway 64, features a playground, horseshoe pit, disc golf course and walking trails. This week, crews installed restroom facilities and a pavilion and bandstand paving the way for future concerts and performances in the park. The Edamame Festival celebrates the success the town has seen […]
Safety and injury prevention will be the main topics for the Spring Break event at the Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club Thursday (March 27). A Sebastian County coalition called “Your Cares Our Concerns” partnered with the Boys & Girls Club to put on the educational experience. The event will feature interactive games and learning opportunities aimed at tobacco and alcohol awareness and prevention. Kids will also learn about bike and ATV safety so they’re prepared as the warmer weather […]
Hundreds of people gathered in Poteau Wednesday (March 26) to cheer on the athletes participating in the Area 10 Special Olympics track and field events. Tanna Weaver, Special Olympic coach for Poteau schools, said 80 of the athletes will now go on to compete in the state championship in May. “It’s just as big as any football championship, any softball championship,” said Weaver. “This is what they live for all year-long.” More than 100 athletes, ages eight and older, from […]