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.
CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ark. (KFSM) — A road project in Crawford County on Old Highway12 has encountered delays because of Mother Nature. The road closure is causing headaches from some homeowners. Workers with the Crawford County Highway Department are using an excavator to dig up the road to replace culverts that are no longer usable. With 30 feet dugout, there are still about ten more feet to go before they can reach the old culverts. “We’ve had to cut it way […]
ROGERS, Ark. (KFSM) — Clean up continues in Benton County after two tornadoes ripped through the area two weeks ago. A lot of debris still needs to be picked up in places like Rogers. Workers with the Rogers Street Department are using a forklift to pick up trees and load them into dump trucks. Some residents are surprised by the amount of damage still scattered throughout the city. “I’ve lived here pretty much my whole life, and I don’t remember […]
GENTRY, Ark. (KFSM) — The wild black walnut harvest is an Ozark tradition, but the season is almost over. Those lucky enough to find them could make some extra money as prices are higher than usual this year. Employees at Curran Feed Store in Gentry are bagging what’s left of the wild black walnuts. People come from all over to get the green outer husk removed. “We get them from small ages to elderly people will bring them in. Everybody […]
NORTHWEST, Ark. (KFSM)–The cold weather forced a lot of Halloween activities indoors this year. Meanwhile, the students at West Fork Elementary are showing off their Halloween costumes by parading down the halls. Superheroes, witches, and princesses got a visit later by their local fire and police departments. “We just wanted to make a safe place for kids to come, especially in this rural area. There’s not a lot of places to be able to walk and trick-or-treat. Even I live […]
SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (KFSM) — Siloam Springs has a rich history that is preserved in the storefronts downtown and the newly renovated museum. “It’s great to always be forward-thinking and talking about what’s around the corner and what would happen next, but you have to know where you’ve been,” said Siloam Springs resident Katie Rennard. When Suellen Coleman Chase was just a little girl, she says the population was around 3,000, but now it’s grown to more than 16,000. “It […]
FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Starting Monday (Oct. 28) long time traffic patterns at Southside High School in Fort Smith will be rerouted for major construction projects. Parents will need to drop-off and pick-up students at a new location. “It means more than we can ever communicate. It just shows such faith in what the community feels about the education that we provide here at Southside that they would support us,” said Lisa Miller, Principal of Southside High School. During […]
BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KFSM) — Over a thousand people are still without power in Benton County just four days after tornadoes caused devastation throughout the region. Special equipment is being used by utility crews to dig through downed trees and other debris to get poles and power lines back up and running. “The most devastating effect of the storm is we had 325 utility poles that were broken due to the storm issues,” Harb Parton with Carrol Electric said. “We […]
BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KFSM) — The War Eagle Mill Fall Arts and Craft Fair is now underway in Benton County. More than 100,000 people are expected to visit War Eagle Mill during the four-day event. For 66 years it’s been a popular destination for people looking to purchase handmade goods. In the past, the rain has plagued the fair but according to knifemaker Byron Bradshaw that won’t stop people from coming. “It may deter a few folks but usually, they’re […]
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — A week ago, news broke that an Arizona based attorney was being indicted in connection to multiple felony offenses in Arkansas including human trafficking. Investigators say Paul Petersen devised a scheme to defraud families trying to adopt babies from Marshallese women. Now a local non-profit organization is trying to help those expectant mothers weather the storm. Shared Beginnings in Fayetteville is in crisis mode and are asking for the communities help with donations and supplies. The […]
PEA RIDGE, Ark. (KFSM) — The bedroom community of Pea Ridge has come a long way since it was formed in 1850. “That’s when the first post office was established in Pea Ridge. The village had been coming together since the 1830s, and we’re one of the towns that the trail of tears traveled through in the 1830s,” said Jerry Nichols, President of the Pea Ridge Historical Society. A significant historical event during the Civil War took place about five […]
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KFSM) — 5-year-old Shamai Mondragon of Springdale was disappointed when only two classmates showed up to her birthday, but soon, the community rallied to make her party a big success. Shamai was looking forward to her princess-themed birthday party at Fun City in Springdale. Sadly, things didn’t go as planned. “Forty minutes passed, and only two classmates showed, and my daughter kept asking me where is everybody else?” Stephanie Mondragon, Shamai’s mother, said. Time was running out, so […]
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Homeland Security Investigations officials are cracking down on counterfeit products that could make you sick this Halloween. Agents are putting a special focus on items like makeup and contact lenses. “Our message to the community is simple. One always buys from a reputable dealer if you’re going to be buying these types of items. Larger brand stores usually have protocols in place that will prevent any type of counterfeit merchandise from ever reaching their shelves,” Nick […]