Leah Seiter is the producer of Wake Up with 5NEWS. She also produces 5NEWS Weekend that airs on both KFSM-5 and KXNW-34.

Leah is new to Arkansas and television news. She has degree in print and online journalism from Missouri State University.

Leah is a huge sports fan, animal lover, and news addict!

Recent Articles
  • Man Allegedly Slashes Daughter’s Boyfriend’s Throat

    Fort Smith police arrested a man for allegedly slashing his daughter’s boyfriend’s throat on Thursday (May 16). Police responded to the 3100 block of South 14th Street in reference to a stabbing. Officers found Braxton Cole, 19, with a large cut to the side of his neck. People who know both men told police there was tension between Cole and Verlin Sherril, 47, over Cole’s relationship with Sherril’s daughter. According to the arrest report, Sherril drove his grandson, who is […]

  • Man Still Hospitalized After Clarksville Explosion

    A preliminary investigation shows the explosion at a black powder plant north of Clarksville this week was accidental, according to a spokesman from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Austin R. Banks of the ATF said he could not elaborate on what sparked the explosion since the investigation is ongoing, but he said the explosion apparently was accidental. Brandon Morris, spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, said earlier this week that one man was critically injured […]

  • Alcohol, Speed Factors in Deadly Boat Crash, Investigators Say

    Alcohol and speed are some of the contributing factors in a boating accident that killed two University of Arkansas students Tuesday (May 14), according to investigators with the Grand River Dan Authority. Rachel Swetnam, of Grove, Okla., and William Lewis “Trey” Varner, III, of Texarkana, Ark., were killed when a 22-foot Cobalt ski boat carrying eight people collided with a large empty houseboat docked in a marina at Arrowhead Yacht Club in the Duck Creek arm of Grand Lake near […]

  • Deputies Search for Suspect After Man Found Dead in Yard

    A man was found lying dead in the front yard of his home in Paris Tuesday morning (May 14), according to Logan County deputies. Joseph Stapleton, 33, appeared to have blunt trauma to his body, possibly including gunshot wounds, according to sheriff’s deputies. Authorities were notified of the apparent homicide around 11:30 a.m. “Some people went by to feed the dogs and found him laying in the yard,” said Sheriff Steve Smith. “When we arrived it appeared that he was […]

  • VIDEO: Is Your Kid a Cyber Bully?

    Dr. Susan Averitt talks about the emotional health of your kids and their social media habits. Are they spending too much time online? Are they the target of a cyber bully? Are they the cyber bullies themselves? You can catch Dr. Averitt’s reports every Monday on 5NEWS This Morning in “Healthwatch” For more information, you can contact Dr. Averitt at the information below. Best Start Pediatrics 5501 Willow Creek Dr., Suite 104 Springdale, AR 72762 479-575-9359

  • Disaster Declared in Benton County

    Benton County Judge Bob Clinard declared a disaster for Benton County after heavy rains cause roads to close Thursday (May 9) and early Friday (May 10) A flash flood warning was issued for Benton, Washington and Madison Counties late Thursday but the National Weather Service allowed it to expire at 4:30 a.m. Friday. Parts of the county received nearly six inches of rain in a 24-hour period, closing dozens of roads and highways in Benton County. Bentonville dispatch reported one […]

  • Flood Damage Exceeds $700,000 in Benton Co.

    Benton County Emergency Manager Robert McGowen said the damage assessment from the mid-April flood event in Benton County is complete, and damage total exceed $700,000. “This could get up to a million dollars in damage,” said Benton County Judge, Bob Clinard. McGowen said the survey was done in conjunction with the Benton County office of Emergency Management, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the Benton County Road Department. McGowen said 126 sites were documented as damaged and needing […]

  • Best Start: Developing Good Eating Habits

    In this Best Start Segment, Doctor Susan Averitt says it’s best to install good eating habits in kids while they’re still young. You can catch Dr. Averitt’s reports every Monday on 5NEWS This Morning in “Healthwatch” For more information, you can contact Dr. Averitt at the information below. Best Start Pediatrics 5501 Willow Creek Dr., Suite 104 Springdale, AR 72762 479-575-9359

  • Rare Spring Snow Cancels Bentonville First Friday

    The Bentonville First Friday Event on May 3 has been cancelled due to a rare and historic spring snow event. After the Downtown Bentonville, Inc. tweeted Thursday (May 2) that the festivities would go on “Rain, Shine… or Snow?” the organization sent a news release to 5NEWS Friday morning saying “it looks like nature won this round.” The group said they still plan on holding the Bentonville Farmers Market Saturday morning (May 4.) The market is open from 7 a.m. […]

  • Storm Drain Installation Closes Fayetteville Road

    Flooded streets are a common sight in Northwest Arkansas, with nearly 60 area roads closed weekend ago after heavy rains. Now, Fayetteville road crews are making sure that doesn’t happen in city limits. The outer eastbound lane of North Street, between Leverett Avenue and Gregg Avenue is closed while road crews install a storm drain. The road work should be complete by Thursday (May 2.) In the meantime, crews are asking drivers to take a different route. This isn’t the […]

  • Family Waits for Answers in Cold Case Disappearance

    Franklin County Deputies and members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are searching an area of the county for the remains of an Oklahoma woman who went missing in 1975. The search began Tuesday for a woman who disappeared from the Tulsa area nearly 40 years ago (April 30), according to Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen. Authorities say the victim is Shirley Joann Banning, who also went by the name Shirley Joann Snow. Her family, who called her Joann Snow, […]

  • Preparing Your Kids and Yourself for Summer Camp

    Summer is near, and it’s the time to start signing your kids up for summer camps. How do you find the right one, and how do you make sure your kids don’t get homesick? Dr. Susan Averitt has the answers in today’s Best Start Segment. Best Start Pediatrics 5501 Willow Creek Dr., Suite 104 Springdale, AR 72762 479-575-9359

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