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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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    EXCLUSIVE: Local Band Prepares For Wakarusa Performance

    Foley’s Van and special guest Wendi La Fey stopped by the 5NEWS studio, Tuesday morning, to talk about their path to success and their upcoming performances at Wakarusa. The musical group has only been performing together for a couple of years and landed the Wakarusa gig by winning a local competition. According to the Wakarusa website, Foley’s Van provides “fast-driving, foot-stomping, whiskey-sippin’ tunes” that capture aspects of many different genres. Foley’s Van will perform twice at Wakarusa – first, on […]

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    Heavener Man In Critical Condition After Being Stabbed

    A Heavener man is in critical condition in a Fort Smith hospital after a later night stabbing incident. Officers were dispatched to a home on East First Street around 11:45 p.m. Thursday (May 29). When officers arrived on scene, they discovered a fight had taken place involving numerous people and two men had been stabbed, Chief Ty Armstrong said in a news release. Charles Poynter Jr., 58, was treated and released from the hospital, according to Chief Armstrong. The other […]


    Bentonville Watchmaker Stands The Test of Time

    Northwest Arkansas is expanding on a daily basis, and one man in Bentonville has seen many of those changes firsthand. Bentonville is known worldwide as the home of Walmart. It’s no secret it all started on the square with the Five and Dime, but before Sam Walton ever made his way to Arkansas, a man named Ralph Overstreet started a jewelry business downtown. That business is still going strong after more than 60 years. “This particular building here, we’ve been […]

  • 5NEWS This Morning Cookout: Patrick’s Butcher Boy Burgers

    May is National Hamburger Month, and no one knows hamburgers better than Patrick’s Butcher Boy Burgers. Micah Bubbus, the owner, told 5NEWS the secret to a good burger is using fresh ingredients. He said they guarantee the quality of their food, because they grind their own meat and chop their own vegetables. Don’t be deceived by their food truck which serves food daily in the Lowe’s parking lot on Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith. Just like any other restaurant, the […]

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    5NEWS Fit: Tango Dancing

    As we get closer to summer, many people are looking for fun and effective workouts. In our most recent 5NEWS Fit, we danced our way to a healthier lifestyle, and it was all part of a tango class that’s offered in Northwest Arkansas. “We’ve been dancing tango for five years,” Tom Dykman said. “We did some typical ballroom dancing such as waltz and foxtrot and swing. Then, our teacher encouraged us go to tango after about a year, and we’ve […]

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    Cinco de Mayo Recipes: Tamales

    Shawn Van Matre from Shorty's Tamales in Fort Smith joined us on 5NEWS This Morning to showcase his tamale recipe for Cinco de Mayo.

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    EXCLUSIVE: Actors Prepare For Sinister Roles In “Salem”

    WGN’s newest series “Salem” is rated TV Mature, but the actors don’t let the adult content keep them from having fun. There`s a lot of sex, violence and other questionable material crammed into the drama. So you have to wonder – what was it about “Salem” that attracted the actors? “My agent contacted me and said, ‘how do you feel about putting yourself on tape for this amazing new show about witches?’ And I was like hell yeah,” Tamzin Merchant […]


    EXCLUSIVE: The Costumes of WGN’s “SALEM”

    Just like the exterior set that was built from the ground up, the witchy wardrobe for WGN’s “Salem” was no easy task. “Our corsets are real. There are no zips, no buttons. They’re incredibly restrictive and I don’t feel that elegant in it, because there are so many layers,” Ashley Madekwe (“Tituba”) said. “It is difficult, because I’m in like three skirts and two corsets, and then I have to act on top of that,” Janet Montgomery (“Mary Sibley”) said. […]


    EXCLUSIVE: On The Set Of WGN’s “SALEM”

    “Salem” is a new series that debuts Sunday, April 20th on WGN America, and the drama is loosely based on the infamous witch trials of the late 1600`s. An entire village was created for the show, but it`s not in Massachusetts where you`ll find the actual town of Salem. This Hollywood set is located just outside Shreveport, LA. “I couldn’t believe it. I thought there were going to be like maybe 3 or 4 houses there,” Iddo Goldberg (“Isaac Walton”) […]


    Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look At WGN’s “SALEM”

    KFSM and KXNW-TV were recently bought by the Tribune company, making 5NEWS part of a larger television family. On Sunday, April 20th, WGN America will debut an original series called “Salem.” Set in 17th century Massachusetts, “Salem” delivers a bold new vision of witches, and it`s based on actual events surrounding the Salem witch trials that began in 1692. “The Puritans really believed that there were witches. Most people living in this time believed that, and most everyone, with the […]

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    Fort Smith Elementary School Evacuated After Bomb Threat

    Students at Beard Elementary School in Fort Smith were evacuated Thursday morning (April 10) after a bomb threat was found inside the school, according to district officials. Fort Smith Police did a sweep of the school after the threat was found, but have given the all clear. Students were allowed to return to class as of 9 a.m. Thursday, the school said. This is the second threat made at Fort Smith Schools in the past two days. Stay with 5NEWS […]

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    Driver Airlifted After Large Paint Truck Flips In Washington County

    One person was injured in a rollover accident on Arkansas 16 near Elkins on Friday (March 14), authorities said. The driver of a paint truck was extracted from the wrecked vehicle and was treated behind a raised white sheet at the scene, officials said. Crews worked at the truck site for about an hour to extract the driver. The driver was flown by emergency helicopter to a hospital. His condition was not immediately known. The tractor-trailer overturned in a single-vehicle […]


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