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.


Recent Articles
  • Rehearsals Underway For Blue Man Group Show In Fayetteville

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — The well known “Blue Man Group” is starting a brand new show and Northwest Arkansas audiences will be the first to see it before they go on a national tour. The creative team promises this new show will leave you “speechless.” “This show uses the raw materials of the blue men group, the character who is a character that explores their environment, in a curious and engaging way,” said Jon Knight, Blue Man Group Creative Director. […]

  • Fort Smith Homeowners Cleaning Up After Flash Floods

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Several days of flash flooding in the River Valley caused unexpected damage throughout the area. When Carl Norris woke up it was to see chaos in his backyard he saw mud along with floodwaters rushed into his back yard and pool. “I got up Friday morning and my pool was a muddy mess. My flower beds were all washed out. It was obvious that water had come underneath the privacy fence with a lot of […]

  • Fort Smith Community Helps Local Firefighter After Tragic Loss

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Olivia Jade was born to Fort Smith firefighter Justin Potter and his wife Megan on August 8th. She had a defect of the diaphragm and spent about a week in the NICU fighting for her life before she passed on August 16th. The fire department decided to host a burger plate fundraiser in her honor to support her family through this tragedy. “The fire department is a family. We live together for 24 hours at a […]

  • Testing Out Pool Safety Devices That Could Save Your Child’s Life

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — On a hot summer day, there’s no better feeling than taking a dip in the swimming pool. It’s a favorite pastime for Laura Bays and her son, four-and-half-year-old Benson. “I was always a swimmer when I was young and so we’ve always thought it was really important to teach our kids how to be safe in and outside of the pool,” Bays said. Bays says Benson started swimming lessons at a very young age. “We always […]

  • Cyclocross Events Coming To Northwest Arkansas

    FAYETTEVILLE(KFSM) — Cycling fans, cyclocross is coming to Northwest Arkansas. It’s thanks in part to a $2.3 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation. For cycling fans, cyclocross is the NASCAR of bike racing. A series of competitions is coming to Fayetteville in October leading up to the world championships in January of 2022. “We’re very excited because this will bring a lot of attention to Fayetteville. We have a very strong cycling community in Northwest Arkansas, and this is […]

  • Search Continues For Missing Heavener Man Last Seen 4 Months Ago

    HEAVENER (KFSM)– A Heavener family is once again asking for help as they continue to search for an elderly man who went missing four months ago. On April 10, 83-year-old Harold Snyder went for a walk with his dog in Runestone State Park, but he never made it back home. “Now it’s been longer, and it’s harder to deal with when people ask you questions and things about him,” Sheila Schneider, Harold’s daughter said. Family members say Snyder suffered from […]

  • River Valley Amateur Boxer Training For All-Female Boxing Show

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Defenders Boxing Club in Mena, Arkansas is getting ready to host an all-female amateur boxing show this fall. Organizers call it the first of its kind in the state. Stephanie Syrock, a River Valley native, is busy training for the event. “Someone told me that I would never do it and that kind of inspired me to take that next step, take that challenge,” Syrock said. Syrock and her coach Elizabeth Gunsolus have been training together for […]

  • Bella Vista Man Charged Sales Tax During Tax-Free Holiday Receives Refund Check

    BELLA VISTA, Ark. (KFSM) — Arkansas shoppers better check their receipts to see if their tax-free weekend shopping was actually tax-free. A Bella Vista man got a refund after getting charged sales tax during the tax-free holiday. During the sales tax holiday this year (Aug. 3-4) Joseph Bollinger was shopping online for his daughter when he noticed something strange. He says he was being charged sales tax for some textbooks and art supplies. “It was a very small amount but […]

  • Preview: LeFlore County Brave The Mud Run

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) — It’s time to get muddy for a good cause, as the 7th annual Brave the Mud Run in LeFlore County begins Saturday (Aug. 17). It’s the Women’s Crisis Services’ biggest fundraiser. The 5K obstacle course will have you climbing over hay, wading through creeks, and slipping and sliding through the mud. “We do a lot of work in the community. We work with victims of domestic violence. We work with victims of sexual assault, stalking. It’s […]

  • Back-To-School: Fayetteville High School Students Putting New Chromebooks To Good Use

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — It’s the first week of school for students at Fayetteville High School and they’re already putting their new Chromebooks to use. The one-to-one technology program puts all of the students on an even playing field by giving them access to the same devices and the same opportunities. “So far it has just helped me keep everything together as opposed to all the papers. It makes it easier to carry everything,” said Chloe Mathis, Fayetteville High School […]

  • Clarksville High School Gets New Campus And Career Technology Program

    CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Clarksville school district begins its new year Wednesday (Aug. 14) and high school students will be taking classes on a brand new campus. Also, located on the brand new campus is the new Career and Technology School or C.A.T.S. where students will learn skills in industrial fields. “I tell the kids you’re going to get a lot of a little bit of a whole lot of stuff, and I’m hoping by the time the 10th graders […]

  • Cleanup Efforts Still Underway As Moffett Students Return To School

    MOFFETT, Okla. (KFSM) — Students have now returned to Moffett School for the start of a new year, a day some doubted wouldn’t come after historic flooding destroyed nearly everything inside. “So many of them were worried that they would have to pick a different school and most of my kids have been here since they were three because I have the fifth through eighth graders, so they’ve been here their whole life,” Moffett School teacher Stacey Beam said. The […]

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.