Veronica joined the 5NEWS team in December 2018 as an anchor/reporter. She anchors 5NEWS First at 4 with Erika Thomas and the 5 p.m. newscast with Daren Bobb. She’s originally from Chicago, Illinois.

Veronica graduated from DePaul University with a B.A. in History, and M.A. in Journalism. During college, she was apart of the weekly campus television show, Good Day DePaul. She was an intern for the WTTW’S Emmy award-winning weekly restaurant review series Check, Please! She also had the honor of interning at WGN-TV in Chicago.

She spent two years reporting was at the ABC affiliate in Lincoln, Nebraska. That’s where she received the 1st Place AP award in writing for “Gigi’s Story”.

Veronica’s next move was reporting for the CBS affiliate in South Bend, Indiana, WSBT-TV. She won an award from the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for her story, “Dr. Vagner celebrates 100 years”.

When Veronica’s not working you can probably find her walking her two dogs, Ozzie and Jingles. Her hobbies include eating as much pizza as humanly possible, reading sci-fi/fantasy novels, and binge-watching her favorite TV shows on Netflix.

Connect with Veronica on her Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/funsizemedia/ and follow her on Twitter @5NEWSVeronica. You can also email story ideas to veronica.ortega@kfsm.com.


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  • United Way Telethon Raises Over $112,000 For River Valley Flood Victims

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) —  The United Way of Fort Smith Area hosted a telethon Tuesday (June 18) to help raise money for the families and businesses devastated by historic flooding from the Arkansas River. Volunteers helped raise $112,605 for flood victims in the River Valley. Even some of the bands performing had a personal reason for being part of the event, like musician Mark Albertsons who grew up in Moffett. Albertsons says his mothers home was hit hard by the […]

  • Fort Smith Single Mother Needs Home Rebuilt After Historic Flooding

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — In May, Lakia Dale and her two kids packed a bag and left their house off of South U. Street in Fort Smith to escape the flood. “My dad had lived on this property for 30 years before I actually bought the property,” Dale said. “He had never seen it (flood waters) get pass the road and we were not expecting it to get nearly as bad as it did.” When they returned, they found […]

  • River Valley Businesses Clean Up After Historic Flood

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