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.

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    Local Filmmakers Compete For $50,000

    Filmmakers from Northwest Arkansas have teamed up to compete in the Louisiana Film Prize, a prestigious competition for short films with $50,000 on the line. That’s the world’s biggest payout for a short film. “I feel really good about this project,” Amber Lindley said. “It’s actually a love story – sort of a metaphor about art, religion and science.” Lindley joined forces with Kenn Woodard to write and produce “The God Particle.” The film title references the nickname of a […]

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    5NEWS EXCLUSIVE: “The God Particle” Film Trailer

    Local filmmakers have been hard at work on a project that was selected for the upcoming Louisiana Film Prize. October 2-4, 20 short films will compete for the grand prize of $50,000 – the world’s largest cash prize for a short film. One of those films, “The God Particle,” was written and produced by Kenn Woodard and Amber Lindley, both of whom live in Northwest Arkansas. The film screenings won’t take place for a few more weeks, but in an […]

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    NWA Raises $15,000 For Local Man Fighting Rare Disease

    The Northwest Arkansas community is rallying around a local man as he prepares for treatment at the Mayo Clinic. Following numerous fundraisers, thousands of dollars have been donated to 31-year-old TJ Cluck of Rogers. The father of three is battling a rare lung disease called sarcoidosis for which there is no cure. Treatment options are available at the Mayo Clinic, but Cluck’s insurance will not cover the visit. In fact, he said it’s about $5,000 just to walk through the […]

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    Fourth Of July Fancy Foods With NWA Foodie

    One of the many staples of summertime is grilling, and plenty of people will fire up their grills while celebrating the 4th of July. Lyndi Fultz, better known as NWA Foodie, did some grilling for us at her home and shared some simple ways to make a traditional meal a little fancier. “There are three things we will focus on – burgers, potato salad and watermelon. But we will do everything with a twist,” Fultz said. She said most people […]

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    Wakarusa Music Festival Is A Favorite Among Artists

    OZARK (KFSM) – Wakarusa 2015 brought more than 170 musical groups to Mulberry Mountain. Now in its 12th year, the music festival continues to grow, bringing in new acts each year. “It’s kind of marshy. We don’t get things like this in England. It’s very hot. We also don’t get that in England,” Dave and Joe from Glass Animals said. The indie rock band was trying to adjust to the weather, having just arrived in Arkansas one hour before being […]


    Skytown Performs Live On 5NEWS This Morning

    The guys from Skytown, a Tulsa-based band, performed live on 5NEWS This Morning while en route to the annual Wakarusa music festival on Mulberry Mountain. Skytown is scheduled to perform Thursday night at 9:15 on the Backwoods Stage. For Wakarusa ticket prices and a lineup of the bands, visit http://www.wakarusa.com/.

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    5NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Vietnamese Refugee Returns To Fort Chaffee

    On April 30, 1975, a dramatic evacuation was underway in Saigon, as the North Vietnamese forces were closing in on the capitol city. Thousands were evacuated, as years of fighting finally came to a halt. The fall of Saigon marked the end of the Vietnam War, all the while marking the beginning of a new life for the Vietnamese refugees. “The welcome that we received from the people of Fort Smith was unbelievable,” Hue Tran-Bergher said. “It’s actually all positive. […]


    Local Hep C Survivor Recognized For Ongoing Efforts

    In the fall of 2014, 5NEWS aired a special report on Carlette Metcalf, a Springdale woman who was cured of Hepatitis C and is now making sure everyone knows about the new treatment options. Metcalf was recently honored by the American Liver Foundation at a fundraiser in Tennessee called “Flavors of Memphis.” She was treated to top-notch cuisine from some of the best chefs in Memphis and recognized for her ongoing efforts to raise awareness. “There are 5 million people […]


    SALEM EXCLUSIVE: The Lighter Side Of The Craft

    Our sister station, WGN America, debuted a new series last year called Salem, and the second season starts in just a couple days. With the first season of Salem in the books, one question remains unanswered. How did they do it? How did they take stories of witchcraft and satanic rituals and turn it all into a hit TV show? According to everyone involved, it hasn`t been easy, but it`s certainly been fun. “The biggest challenges are the scripts are […]


    SALEM EXCLUSIVE: Show Creators Inspired By Historical Documents

    Our sister station, WGN America, is gearing up for the second season of Salem, and 5NEWS is taking viewers behind the scenes. “The craziest stuff you’ll see on Salem is stuff we plucked from a document from 1690 or 1650. There’s nothing crazier than what people have already believed,” co-creator Adam Simon said. “Our writer’s room is festooned with books about the period and witchcraft,” co-creator Brannon Braga chimed in. “Sometimes we’ll just be flipping through something and say, ‘Oh, […]


    SALEM EXCLUSIVE: The Witches Return

    In 2014, 5NEWS took viewers behind the scenes of Salem, leading up the series premiere on our sister station, WGN America. The witches return for the second season on Sunday, April 5. So we sat down once again with the cast and crew, this time asking them what sort of responses they’ve gotten to the supernatural thriller, and what we can expect moving forward. “The response has been incredible,” co-creator Brannon Braga said. “It’s the kind of show that I […]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Grammy Winner Michael W. Smith – Extended Interview

    Three-time Grammy Award winner Michael W. Smith performed in Ft. Smith Sunday night, and the contemporary Christian singer gave 5NEWS an exclusive interview before the concert at Grand Avenue Baptist Church This is part of his Sovereign World Tour which includes performances in Spain, South Africa and Ukraine. Smith talked about his family, his career, the challenges of surviving success, filming scenes for “90 Minutes in Heaven,” a film starring Kate Bosworth and Hayden Christensen, and the “Elvis Out” which […]


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