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.
Parks in Van Buren are getting a makeover. The city is working to clean up several parks and has hired an engineering firm to help with the redesign. Lee Creek Park is one of the areas that will receive extra work from volunteers after it was abandoned due to tornado damage and sat empty for years. City leaders said they’re in the early stages of forming a comprehensive parks plan. The city will partner with CEI Engineering in Bentonville, which […]
The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees voted Friday (March 21) to prohibit faculty and staff from carrying concealed handguns on all UA campuses. The board had previously voted in 2013 to ban faculty and staff from carrying guns on campus. The president of the university system was expected to propose a continuance of the ban for the upcoming year. “The president heard from our chancellors and from public safety officers and faculty across the system, and they all […]
The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees’ annual meeting was held at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Thursday (March 20). During the two-day meeting the board will vote on two big topics: a new online university and guns on campus. On Thursday, the board discussed a proposal to expand its focus on online education and establish a new, for-profit online university. If the board approves the proposal it will then choose how to structure the strictly online campus. The […]
Deputies have learned that a potential home invasion in Sallisaw was falsely reported following a domestic dispute, according to the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office. One man is in jail accused of assault in the incident. A woman called authorities last night to report two men had broken into a home in Sallisaw, and upon further investigation, deputies discovered the altercation began as a domestic dispute and no burglary was committed. Thomas Condit has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. […]
The grand opening of the new Cedarville school-based health clinic was held Tuesday (March 18). The clinic offers optometry and dental care as well as physical and mental evaluations. Under the guidance of Mercy Healthcare System, the old classrooms were renovated into exam rooms. Cedarville Public Schools received a $150,000 grant from the state, and additional funding came from in-kind gifts and another $75,000 grant for dental equipment. The clinic is open to Cedarville students, faculty and staff as well […]
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission evacuated all campgrounds near the Mulberry River on Sunday (Mar. 16). Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen said heavy rains caused the Mulberry River to rise. Parts of the River Valley saw between one and three inches of rain during the recent storm, and the Mulberry River rose to almost 13 feet. Eric Savage was camping with more than 80 Boy Scouts over the weekend when the Game and Fish evacuated the Redding Campgrounds. Savage […]
Convicted felons across Arkansas are being released back into the public because state and county jails are full, according to authorities. In Sebastian County, Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck says between 20 and 40 inmates are released from the detention center daily due to overcrowding problems. Of the more than 400 inmates at the jail, nearly 200 of them are waiting to be transferred to the Arkansas Department of Correction, but the state jail is also full. “Over 50 percent of the […]
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith students, faculty and fans gathered at the Stubblefield Center Thursday morning (March 13) to send the men’s basketball team off to the NCAA Division II tournament in Colorado. The No. 6 Lions (21-6) will face the No. 3 Midwestern State Mustangs (22-7) in this weekend’s regional tournament. It is the first NCAA appearance for the Lions in the school’s history as a Division II program. The team received the news Sunday, and 2014 Coach of the […]
A $100,000 cash bond has been set for a man accused of leading officers on a 100 miles-per-hour chase before crashing at a 5K running event this weekend in Fort Smith. Kyle Spoon, 23, appeared before a judge Wednesday (March 12) at an arraignment on closed-circuit television from the Sebastian County Detention Center. Spoon is charged with six counts of aggravated assault, two counts of second-degree battery and one count each of fleeing from police, driving while intoxicated and refusing a breath test, records […]