Matt Hager is the Weekend Producer for 5NEWS and 5NEWS on KXNW 34. He joined the team in Feb. 2012. Matt began his career in the Joplin market in Oct 2010 as a Morning Show Producer,and switched to the night newscasts in March 2011.
Matt is from northeast Oklahoma and graduated with a broadcast journalism degree and a sports media degree from Oklahoma State University.
He’s an avid movie fan, and tries to catch every OKC Thunder game.

Recent Articles
  • Clinton Tours Arkansas Tornado Damage

    Former President Bill Clinton joined Governor Mike Beebe Sunday (May 4) as they toured the tornado damage left behind in Central Arkansas. Clinton took the podium in Vilonia, where he said he’s astonished at how much work has been done in just a week’s time.  He also complimented FEMA, saying the agency has done an incredible job. Clinton also said in a tweet that it’s inspiring to see neighbors working together to rebuild.  Beebe echoed that sentiment, saying with every […]

  • Damage Assessment: Tornado Destroyed More Than 300 Homes

    A damage assessment shows the tornado that ripped through Central Arkansas damaged 825 homes.  That’s according to a tweet from Governor Mike Beebe. Of the 825 homes, 337 of them were destroyed, including 308 homes in Faulkner County. Arkansas has requested FEMA add Independence, Pulaski, Randolph and White Counties to the federal disaster declaration, Beebe said. The twister killed 15 people in Central Arkansas.  The National Weather Service on Wednesday (Apr. 30th) rated the tornado a high-end EF4.

  • Crews Battle Flames After Propane Explosion

    Crews from several River Valley fire departments responded to a propane explosion Tuesday night in Greenwood. Police said they believe a grass fire spread to a shed behind a home on South Gunther Street and ignited a propane tank inside.  The homeowners were out of town, and no one was injured, police said. Firefighters had the fire under control around 11 p.m.

  • Ice Storm Warning Issued for Five Local Counties

    The National Weather Service in Tulsa has issued an Ice Storm Warning for Crawford, Sebastian and Franklin Counties in Arkansas. The warning also covers Leflore and Sequoyah Counties in Oklahoma. This warning starts Noon Thursday (Dec. 5) through 6 p.m. Friday (Dec. 6).

  • Couple Arrested After Police Standoff

    Two people are in police custody after a standoff in Sequoyah County Wednesday night (Nov. 6).

  • Meth Awareness Month Kicks Off in Benton County

    A task force is teaching young students the dangers of drug use in Benton County. October is Meth Awareness Month, and the group officially kicked things off at the Benton County Courthouse Friday afternoon. The task force said its mission is to reduce the use of methamphetamine and increase awareness of the problem.  The group is made up of local business leaders, educators, lawmakers and law enforcement. The task force will put on presentations throughout the month at local schools […]

  • Allen Canning Plant Catches on Fire

    Firefighters responded to the Allen Canning Plant Thursday night in Van Buren. Crews say the fire started on a conveyor belt and spread to the roof.  No one was inside at the time, and no injuries were reported. The fire was out by around 9 p.m.

  • Volunteers Make Improvements to Veteran’s Home

    Twenty volunteers helped transform the home of a local veteran in Fort Smith Monday (March 18). It’s all for Home Depot’s “Team Depot.” The project included window replacements for increased window efficiency, new door, flooring, carpeting, cabinets and ceiling fans. The crew accomplished a lot, but it started out with a bit of a hitch. “We had to wait for the rain,” said Karen McKnight with Home Depot. “Unfortunately, we had a late start. But we’re going to try and […]

  • Latest Casino Expansion Brings New Jobs

    Choctaw Casino in Pocola is set to bring in more than 100 jobs to the River Valley over the next couple of months. The latest expansion of the hotel and casino is set to open Monday (March 18) which hundreds of new slot machines and a new sports bar. The casino will add 175 new positions across the board between now and when the rest of the expansion is complete. As for patrons, casino officials say they’re also opening things […]

  • Police: Man Shot in Throat Over Reckless Driving

    A Fort Smith man faces a domestic battery charge after police said he shot his son-in-law in the throat because of the way he drove. Charles Marr, 68, was booked in the Sebastian County Detention Center and has a court date Thursday, officials said. There has not been a bond amount set, according to jail officials. In a news release, Fort Smith police said they responded to a call at approximately 1:11 p.m. to the 5300 block of Elm Street […]

  • Multi-Car Wreck Blocks Fort Smith Street

    Authorities say a speeding car caused a multi-car wreck Wednesday night in Fort Smith. Police say the car clipped the back of a semi truck near the 5100 block of Zero Street, spun out of control and then clipped the front side of an SUV. The driver of the speeding car was sent to the hospital with a head injury.  The driver of the SUV was treated at the scene and released. A portion of Zero Street was blocked off, […]

  • Wister Antique Store Burns to Ground

    Police are calling an antique store a total loss after it caught fire in Wister’s historic district Sunday. Authorities got the call around 5 p.m. Sunday of a fire at the intersection of 106 Central Avenue and Highway 270.  An hour later, police say all that was left of Arlene’s Collectibles was tin and embers. The fire also caused minor damage to two neighboring buildings.  It was all under control by 6:15 p.m. Police say there are no reports of […]

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