Laura Simon is a morning anchor with a zest for life, adventure and spreading positivity. She joined the 5NEWS team in 2014.

Prior to KFSM, Laura was an anchor/reporter at KTVO in the Ottumwa, Iowa/Kirksville, Missouri area.

She was born and raised in a suburb of St. Louis. A high school journalism class inspired Laura to pursue a broadcast journalism degree at Columbia College Chicago, where she graduated with a 3.9 GPA.

During her time at Columbia, Laura got a highly competitive internship at NBC Chicago in her sophomore year where she was able to shadow reporters, anchors, producers and TV executives. That’s where she fell in love with news. She also anchored and produced a weekly live newscast for her school, which aired on a Chicago cable network. During her junior year, Laura was nominated for a student Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award for a piece she did on Mayor Richard M. Daley’s two decades in office. Her greatest mentor was Sam Roe, an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune. In a class project, she conducted a deep dive investigative report on a questionable Chicago police shooting. She interviewed a key player in the shooting who had not been interviewed by police detectives or other media outlets before.

In her free time, Laura loves hanging out with her husband Phillip, exploring the beautiful trails around Arkansas, working out, trying new restaurants, attending Razorback games and watching documentaries.

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Recent Articles
  • Retired Fort Smith Boxer Reflects On 20 Year Career

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Most people in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley know the name, Bobby Crabtree. Boxing is his life. Crabtree’s professional career spans two decades. He retired 17 years ago, but still hits the gym two hours a day, six days a week. He went pro in 1982. He fought out of Fort Smith, throughout the United States and abroad. He says one of his most memorable fights happened to be against George Foreman. “On the […]

  • River Valley Farmers Cling To Hope During Historic Flooding

    RIVER VALLEY (KFSM)–The historic flood is having a devastating impact on farmers from Western Arkansas to Eastern Oklahoma. The only way to access Jamie Patterson’s farmland right now is by boat. Nearly 1,500 acres of his land is underwater. To put that in perspective, that’s about 1,000 football fields. His crops, like corn and soybeans are gone. “Mother Nature is in charge,” Patterson said. “People say it’s great you get to be your own boss. That’s the furthest thing from […]

  • Mother Of Triplets Buys ‘Look, Don’t Touch’ Signs To Protect Babies During Flu Season

    GENTRY (KFSM) — From their tiny fingers, adorable outfits, even that baby smell, something about babies are magnetic to friendly strangers. Wendy Adler knows. She has triplets. “We love that people love the babies and want to give them attention,” Adler said. Adler bought signs from Etsy to put on her stroller and the babies’ carseats. One says, ‘STOP! You can look but DO NOT TOUCH. Thank you very much!’ “Every once in a while some people will just bypass […]

  • Family Of Eight Escapes House Fire

    LOWELL, Ark.  (KFSM) — A family of eight is safe after their house caught fire around 7 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 28.); however they are displaced from their home. According to Battalion Chief James Hales, a truck caught fire in the driveway, the fire then spread into the house and into the attic.  A neighbor called 911. When fire crews got to the home on 5498 Walden Street, just north of Springdale city limits, three adults and five children were all outside […]

  • Bentonville Police Investigate Overnight Shooting

    BENTONVILLE, Ark.  (KFSM)  —  Bentonville police responded to a shots fired call near the 2300 block of  Fireblaze Avenue,  Saturday (Oct. 27) just before 11:30 p.m. When officers got there, they spoke with two women who stated their friend was walking around the area, feeling suicidal and armed with a handgun. Officers heard a gunshot nearby while talking to the women.  Police found Joseph Rodrigues, 25, with a gunshot wound to the chest. Rodrigues was taken to the hospital.  A Smith & […]

  • Man Accused Of Killing His Parents In Franklin County Captured Near Oklahoma City, Back In Arkansas

    OKLAHOMA COUNTY (KFSM) — Authorities captured a suspect accused of killing his mother and father in Franklin County. Troopers found 23-year-old Dustin Jordan on Tuesday (Oct. 9) night not far from Oklahoma City. Franklin County investigators drove into Oklahoma to pick up Jordan and a truck they said he was driving after deputies found the bodies of his parents Kathy and Michael Jordan on Monday (Oct. 8). “We made a trip (to) Edmon, Oklahoma to pick up the vehicle to […]

  • 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 […]

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