Jay joined the 5NEWS team in June 2013.

He started his TV news career in early 2008 when he was hired by a station in Midland, Texas. He worked there as a multimedia journalist, weekend weatherman and news anchor.

In December of 2010, Jay moved to Fayetteville where he quickly fell in love with Northwest Arkansas.

When he’s not working, Jay likes to get involved with local theatre productions and ride his mountain bike.

If you have a story idea, questions, or just wish to say hello, Jay can be contacted at Jay.Plyburn@KFSM.com.

Recent Articles
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    Quick & Easy Super Bowl Dips

    Lots of football-themed parties are planned for Super Bowl Sunday, and you can’t have a party without food! So the crew of 5NEWS This Morning whipped up some quick and easy Super Bowl dips that are sure to be a hit with friends and family. 5NEWS Meteorologist Joe Pennington gets the “Simplicity Award” for creating a dip that involves little to no effort. Just spread cream cheese onto a plate or serving dish, then cover it with a pepper jelly […]

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    “OUTSIDERS” EXCLUSIVE – Filming In The Woods

    WGN America, sister station to 5NEWS, has done it again. The creative minds that brought us original drama series like “Salem“ and “Manhattan” have once again created a new world and filled it with unusual characters. “Outsiders,” takes place in the Appalachian Mountains, and that’s exactly where it was filmed. Six months of shooting took place in Pittsburgh, PA, although a fictional town – Blackburg, KY – is referenced in the show. It’s a blue collar town, full of law-abiding […]


    “OUTSIDERS” EXCLUSIVE – Getting Into Character

    WGN America, a sister station to 5NEWS, will soon premiere a new original drama series called “Outsiders.” It’s a tale of struggle for power and control, set in the rugged hills of Appalachia. The 13-episode, one-hour drama, explores the epic battle between the Farrell Clan, a tight-knit family of renegades who have lived atop the rugged Shay Mountain for over two hundred years, and anyone who would dare to challenge them or threaten their land and way of life—including the […]

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    “KINKY BOOTS” Now Showing At Walton Arts Center

    The Tony Award-winning musical KINKY BOOTS is touring the country, and it’s currently at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville! It continues to wow audiences on Broadway and the national tour, but unlike many hit shows – this one is based on a true story. “It was a documentary, then it was a film, and now it’s a musical,” Tiffany Engen (“Lauren”) said. “It won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and we’re super excited to be here in Fayetteville.” […]


    Local Author Releases 150th Book, Catches Attention Of Filmmakers

    A local author is hitting a milestone this week! The 150th book by award-winning novelist Dusty Richards will be released on Friday, Jan. 22nd. Richards, who lives in Springdale, has had an incredible career as a western novelist. In fact, he’s one of the best-selling authors of that genre – winning a multitude of prestigious awards like the Cowboy Hall of Fame’s ‘Best Book of the Year.’ Richards also has two of the coveted Spur Awards, which he said is […]

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    Local Marriage Proposal Goes Viral

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — A local man was recently pulled over by Van Buren Police, and the driver recorded the whole thing on his cell phone. The video was uploaded to the web and quickly got thousands of views, but not for the reason you might think. Unlike many of the police videos making headlines recently, this was planned out weeks in advance as part of an elaborate proposal, and the bride-to-be never saw it coming. Fort Smith native Justin […]

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    Drones Flying Off The Shelves This Christmas

    More than 1 million Americans are expected to find a drone under the Christmas tree, this year. That`s according to the Federal Aviation Administration which regulates drones and all other aircraft. Drones can be a lot of fun, but they’re not toys. According to some local filmmakers, the possibilities are endless for the new technology. Zak Heald is the owner of Intercut Productions in Rogers. He was only 16 when he started the business, but his work speaks for itself. […]

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    Local Filmmakers Cleared For Commercial Drone Use

    CLICK HERE FOR PART ONE OF THE SPECIAL REPORT ON DRONES The FAA says more than 1 million Americans will get a drone for Christmas, this year. Most people will treat it like a toy, but a small percentage of people have gotten approval from the FAA to fly for commercial purposes. The technology has gotten easier to use, but the laws are changing – causing mass confusion for drone operators nationwide. Matt Krauft, owner of NWA Video Tours, is […]

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    NWA Dance Studio Showcases Local Talent

    There are always plenty of opportunities to hear live music, but it’s not every day you can watch a live dance performance – especially a production with local people taking center stage. However, that’s exactly what’s happening this weekend in Northwest Arkansas. Mark and Aura King have been dancing together for eight years. In fact, their relationship started on the dance floor. “We met in a local club here, started dancing together, fell in love and got married. We finally […]

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    “Annie” Now Showing At Walton Arts Center

    The hit musical “Annie” is playing at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville! 5NEWS Morning Anchor Jay Plyburn sat down with one of the cast members to learn more about the Tony-Award winning production. Gilgamesh Taggett plays Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks in the show which is currently on tour. He says, despite the many versions of “Annie” that have made their way to stage and screen, this is more like the original. The show, which ends it’s run in Fayetteville on […]

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    Bedford Camera And Video Holiday Gift Ideas

    Bedford Camera and Video is offering big discounts on some of this season’s hottest gadgets, and you don’t have to wait until Black Friday to take advantage of the deals! Jeff Beauchamp, president of the company, recently showed off some of the latest camera technology on 5NEWS This Morning. You can save big on everything from HD video cameras to custom ornaments with a picture of your choice, but the discounts won’t last long! Make sure you drop by one […]

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    AR State Parks Boost Tourism

    Arkansas has dozens of state parks, some of which are in the northwestern part of the state. They provide countless sights and sounds, drawing the attention of not just locals but people from all over, boosting tourism numbers in the Natural State. “Almost every weekend, the campground is full of people pulling campers with their ATV’s behind them, and then they hit the trails when they get here,” park superintendent Becky Bariola said. She works for the AR Dept. of […]


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