My name is Mitch Roberts and I am thrilled to be part of the KFSM-TV team. I’ve been married to my wonderful wife Leah for twelve years, and we have two beautiful daughters. I can’t think of a better place that Northwest Arkansas to raise my kids. Other members of my family have already given this region a huge stamp of approval.
Three members of my family attended the University of Arkansas. Both of my sisters settled in Fayetteville after graduation, and so our girls will have plenty of cousins to play with. Landing the job at 5NEWS puts my family back together for the first time since the late 1980’s.
I’m a graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. I have Anchor/Reporter experience in St. Louis, Nashville, Las Vegas, Dayton, Ohio, and most recently I was the Primary News Anchor/Reporter for KVII-TV in Amarillo, TX. While I feel blessed to have worked in some of those places, being here in Arkansas already feels like home. I will be based out of Fayetteville, but I’ll drive anywhere with my trusty TV camera to tell the stories that matter to you.
It may not be “The Hunger Games,” but one local elementary school already has some excellent skilled archers sure to give Katniss Everdeen a run for her money. Butterfield Trail Elementary is one of three elementary schools in Fayetteville that have an archery team. These young competitors are all fourth and fifth grade students. Butterfield stands out among the others though, because they’ve earned a spot in the National Archery Competition. Jeremy Mabry, the team’s coach said the team finished […]
Back before planes, trains were the way to go in style. The small town of Winslow was hopping with big resorts and thousands of summertime visitors. Barbara Ashbaugh keeps the memories alive at the Winslow Museum. “It opened the area to the outside world. Because of the elevation Winslow became a popular resort because it was cooler here. Wealthy people from all over the country had homes here,” Ashbaugh said. To learn more about the town’s rich history check out […]
Take me out to the beanbag game! We’re talking about the Senior Strykers, a championship beanbag baseball team, from the Fayetteville Activity and Wellness Center. The Strykers compete against other bean bag teams from all around Arkansas and they’re tough to beat! John Gibson says it’s tough competition. “We’re proud of our team. We’ve won several awards. It’s cometitive and the smaller towns are usually pretty good because they’ve only got one senior center… so that strengthens their talent pool,” […]
Just south of Downtown Fayetteville you’ll find Rick’s Iron Skillet, a restaurant still providing delicious home cooked meals after years of service. Rick’s serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week. It’s not the fancy decor, but the fresh ingredients and down home service that keeps customers coming back. The Xiong family bought Rick’s Iron Skillet restaurant about six and a half years ago and have managed to keep a strong customer base. This September will mark 22 years since […]
It’s cold outside and not the best weather to work on your golf swing. But in Bentonville, you can still get better at Back Nine Golf Academy. To fix a bad swing, former U of A Golfer Philip Walker asks you to slap a few into his virtual fairway… then he analyzes the ugly. Walker says when it comes to bad golf angles, seeing is believing. “Video doesn’t lie. We will take a look from two different angles. Look at […]
If your favorite pair of dress shoes has a blowout a few days before a big event what you need is a cobbler. For the last six decades, Clardy’s Cobbler Shoppe in Fayetteville has been helping customers reclaim the very bottom of their soles. Steven Clardy learned the trade from his father. He tried medical sales for a few years, but “saving soles” is a longtime family tradition. “Our bread and butter is soles and heels on men’s nice shoes […]
The love of basketball for Dr. Willa Faye Mason started in Siloam Springs in the 1940’s. She eventually earned a spot on the All-American Red Heads, America’s first ladies pro team. They played globetrotter style charity games against men and won most of them. The team was appropriate because Faye grew up with red hair, and her nickname was Red. The Red Heads played a six-month long season. It was a different town, and a new game every night. Red […]
With all the snow and ice we’ve been experiencing… are you dreaming of a trip to the coast? If you can’t get away, you can still do lunch at The Flying Fish. They’re known for catfish, but there’s something on the line for all. Andres Cervantes is the Manager of the Bentonville based location. “We’re known for catfish, but we have everything. Hamburgers, hot wings, salads… just in case you don’t dig fish,” Cervantes said. The decor makes you […]
Fayetteville High School is proud to show off their brand new Indoor Sports Complex on campus. It will allow the football, baseball, track, and other sports programs to practice even when the weather is bad. It’s 60 yards long with plenty of room for all kinds of indoor activities. Our Mitch Roberts recently had a chance to speak with FHS Athletic Director Barry Gebhart about the fabulous new addition.
Hopes and Dreams Gymnastics in Springdale is flying high these days. One of their gymnasts, Amanda Dickerson, just received a scholarship to Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. That scholarship didn’t come without dedication. Many kids that want to be elite in gymnastics have to put in 5-6 hours per day of training. For Amanda Dickerson that meant home schooling for the last few years. “You couldn’t do it either way. I just made the choice. I was in high […]
It’s time to rock n’ roll down memory lane. Those old records you may have collecting dust down in the basement are worth more than you think. Sound Warehouse in Fayetteville buys and sells records. They’ve been in business for 30 years. Back in the day, vinyl records were the thing, but CDs and digital downloads put a big dent in business. But lately, the old records are hot once again. “A lot of older folks have a lot of […]