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.
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 […]
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 […]
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, 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 & […]
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 […]
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 (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 […]
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 (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 […]
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 (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 […]
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 […]