Laura joined the 5NEWS team in June 2014. She moved to Fort Smith from Ottumwa, Iowa where she worked as a reporter/anchor for the ABC/CBS affiliated station KTVO-TV. Laura also volunteers at the local Humane Society and in her hometown of St. Louis for the Cancer Support Community.

Prior to her time in Ottumwa, Laura worked as a general assignment reporter at KODE/KSNF in Joplin, MO. She graduated summa cum laude from Columbia College Chicago with a major in Broadcast Journalism/Television.

When she isn’t working, Laura enjoys exploring all that Arkansas has to offer, yoga, hiking, water sports, attending St. Louis Cardinals games, trying new restaurants, spending time with friends, family and traveling.

If you have any story ideas, volunteer opportunities or would just like to say hello, she’d love to hear from you! Email her at Laura.Simon@kfsm.com.


Recent Articles
  • Northwest Arkansas Students Head Back To School

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — There was a buzz of excitement — and maybe a few nerves — as students throughout Northwest Arkansas headed back to school on Monday. Rick Schaeffer, communications director of Springdale Public Schools, said nearly 23,000 kids are returning to Springdale, and he warns drivers to watch for children returning to school and school buses making frequent stops. “Be careful as you drive,” Schaeffer said. “Anytime you see that stop sign come out from a bus, be sure […]

  • Van Buren Police, Firefighters Hosting Blood Drive

    VAN BUREN (KFSM)–A friendly competition between police and firefighters is happening Tuesday (June 12), and members of the public can help. All they have to do to help is give blood. The Van Buren Fire Department and Van Buren Police Department are going head to head to see which team can donate the most blood. The annual Boots and Badges blood drive is from noon to 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Van Buren. The […]

  • Semi Driver Taken To Hospital After Rollover Crash, Interstate 40 Reopened

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM)–A semi-driver was taken to the hospital early Tuesday (June 5) morning after his 18-wheeler overturned. It happened on Interstate 40 East at the 42 mile-marker just east of Wiederkehr Village. A mile stretch of I-40 E closed at 12:20 a.m. It re-opened just before 3:30 a.m, according to IDrive Arkansas. Dispatchers with Arkansas State Police said the semi was carrying chicken guts. No word on the extent of the driver’s injuries. No one else was hurt. Stay […]

  • Poteau Teacher Explains Why Proper School Funding Is Important

    POTEAU (KFSM) — The Oklahoma teacher walkout continues at the State Capitol for the third day in a row. Teachers say they need more funding from the state to help students in the classroom. Ashlee Taylor is a biology teacher at Poteau High School. Her classroom has an aquarium and gerbils to help make learning more hands on. These are educational tools she said she pays for out of her own pocket. “We’ve been lucky because our school has taken […]

  • Oklahoma Students Support Teachers Protesting For More School Funding

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) — As Oklahoma teachers demand higher pay and more school funding at the State Capitol, some students are making their voices heard here at home. Student Aiden Parks spent hours holding a sign in front of the LeFlore County Courthouse. The fifth grader said his textbooks are older than he is. “I’m out here for our education,” he said. “Because we don’t have enough funding for enough stuff for education.” Teacher Erich Sweet is Aiden’s adviser for […]

  • Poteau Schools To Offer Breakfast & Lunch For Students Tuesday

    POTEAU (KFSM) — Poteau schools will be closed Tuesday (April 3) All school activities with the exception of state competitions are also canceled. Breakfast and lunch will be available in the primary and middle schools. Students may get breakfast between 7:45-8:45 a.m., and lunch between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Schools were closed Monday (April 2), as well. School administrations said more than half of the district’s teachers went to Oklahoma City to participate in today’s walkout. A big concern […]

  • Flooding Still Affects Parts Of Crawford County

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — Parts of the area are still dealing with flooding Wednesday(March 28) as a handful of roads are still washed out. Heavy rain typically means flooding at the bridge on Natural Dam Road in Crawford County. For people who live across the bridge, there’s not much of an alternate route in and out. Despite warnings not to drive through high water, some people did anyways. Other residents said they know better. “You gotta be careful no matter […]

  • Woman Claims She Got Infection From Nail Salon In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Whitley Roberts claims she got an infection after visiting Nail Design on U.S. 71. “I don’t want anybody else going through the pain that I’ve gone through,” Roberts said. Roberts said she went to the nail salon March 10. She claims the nail technician dropped the tools on the floor and never cleaned them off. “I didn’t really think anything of it,” she said. “I didn’t think I would get an infection from it. The redness […]

  • March For Our Lives Fort Smith & Bentonville

    ARKANSAS (KFSM) —  Fort Smith, Bentonville and in areas in between, students are hosting a March for Our Lives rally on Saturday (Mar. 24). Dozens of people are gathering outside the old Sebastian County Courthouse.  A “March For Our Lives-Fort Smith” Facebook page has been created for the gathering. Many demonstrators are asking for stricter gun control and demanding action from Congress. The rally brought several speakers to the Courthouse steps including Southside High School senior Kirk Linam. Students who […]

  • Allergy Season Kicks Off In Our Area

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Spring is officially here, and while that means warmer weather is on the way, it also means seasonal allergies for some. So how bad is this allergy season projected to be? Doctors say the cooler weather has allergy season off to a later start than usual, however some people are already dealing with allergy symptoms. Larry Robinson has allergies. “I don’t know if it’s ragweed or pollen (but) I’ve wondered if it’s a certain type of […]

  • Crews Work Early Morning Fire In Benton County

    HICKORY CREEK (KFSM)–Multiple agencies worked an early morning fire Sunday (March 18) in Benton County. It happened just after 2 a.m. at a homeowner’s shop building on private property. The building is located between Hidden Hills Road and Ervin McGarrah Road on State Highway 264. According to a post on the Hickory Creek Fire Department’s Facebook page, the fire was extinguished quickly, saving the structure and most or the building’s contents. Dispatchers said no one was hurt, and no homes were […]

  • Several Accidents Near Construction On Interstate 540

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Construction on a stretch of Interstate 540 is proving to be dangerous for several drivers. Police responded to a three-car crash Wednesday at about 1 p.m. Arkansas State Police said a white Chevy Avalanche crashed into a Ford F250 construction truck. That truck then crashed into a white Honda Accord. Police said the driver who caused the crash was given a citation. Despite his car being badly mangled, police said he walked away with minor injuries. […]