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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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