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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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    Poteau Police Prepare For K9 Arrival

    The Poteau Police Dept. will soon welcome a new officer, but he won’t carry a gun or handcuffs. He won’t even be allowed to drive the squad car. That’s because the new addition is a dog, part of a K9 unit that’s being put together. “I’ve been in law enforcement K9 handling for about 12 years now,” patrolman Jerimy Emmert said. “I came to Poteau in 2012, and since then, we’ve been working on trying to get the K9 program […]


    How To Fry A Turkey

    The crew of Academy Sports and Outdoors showed off two of the turkey fryers on 5NEWS This Morning. The store sells not only the traditional fryer that most people are familiar with, but they also sell an oil-less propane turkey fryer. Both fryers worked perfectly and should be considered a necessity when preparing a Thanksgiving dinner.


    The Perfect Gift – Remote Controlled Flying Car

    If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift, look no further than Walmart. Kids chose their favorite toys, and the crew of 5NEWS This Morning tested out a few of them. The Street Hawk Remote Controlled Flying Car by Hot Wheels is expected to be a bestseller this holiday season, and it can make the perfect gift for boys or girls of all ages. For a list of the Top 20 Toys chosen by kids, click here.

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    Interactive Dinosaur Chosen By Kids As Top Toy

    The kids have spoken, and now everyone knows which toys they like the most. Walmart is showcasing the Top 20 Toys chosen by kids. As the crew of 5NEWS This Morning found out, the Zoomer Interactive Dino has a mind of its own.

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    VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

    Kids recently picked out their favorite toys in Walmart, and you can expect those selections to be very popular this Christmas. The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch made the list of Top 20 Toys. So the crew of 5NEWS This Morning tested out the high tech gear.


    Testing Out The Sew Cool Sewing Studio

    After being chosen by kids, the Sew Cool Sewing Studio is expected to be one of Walmart’s bestselling gifts this holiday season. The crew of 5NEWS This Morning tested out the sewing machine, to see if it lived up the hype, and the results were owl-tstanding!

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    Elsa Doll Chosen By Kids As Holiday Bestseller

    5NEWS This Morning is showcasing some of Walmart’s top holiday toys that were chosen by kids. The Snow Glow Elsa Doll, based on the character from Disney’s “Frozen,” is expected to be one of the bestsellers this holiday season.


    Adding Some Charm To Thanksgiving

    Local food blogger Lyndi Fultz has been helping us spice up the holiday season. If you’re looking to add something different to the Thanksgiving meal, try making her Cream of Chunky Carrot Soup. All you need is broth, butter, onions, a carrot, a potato, salt, pepper, garlic and a little cream. And don’t forget to make the meal charming! “Charm is an inexpensive way to add a little bit of whimsy, something fun,” Fultz said. She offers different juices at […]

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    Spicing Up Your Thanksgiving Meal

    5NEWS is helping you prepare for Thanksgiving! Lyndi Fultz, better known as NWA Foodie, has a blog dedicated to all things food. She already showed us how to plan out the big meal. Now, she’s helping us add some variety to the annual feast, while also getting others involved in the process. Fultz says anyone who arrives early for Thanksgiving can help prepare appetizers, and the process is simple. Just add your favorite dip to the bottom of a clear […]


    New Drug Cures Local Woman Of Hepatitis C

    Medical breakthroughs are being made in the fight against Hepatitis C. In fact, a woman from Springdale has become one of the first people in the country to be cured of the disease that attacks the liver, and she spoke with 5NEWS about the new treatment option that saved her life. Carlette Metcalf spends most of her time in the stables. “I was a horseback rider and horse trainer,” Carlette said. “So I was always go, go, go, go.” But, […]


    Local Cake Decorators Enter Edible Art Competition

    At Confectionately Yours, in Fort Smith, you’ll find row after row of sweet treats for just about any occasion. But, for the past few weeks, two of the employees have worked round the clock on projects that will never be sold in the store. Alexandria Strassmann and Rebecca Hines are competing in the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show, an annual competition that’s been featured on the Food Network. “I’ve been planning it for a couple months, ever since they posted […]

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    Back-To-School Fashion Show – High School/College Students

    When heading back to school, it’s important to stay up-to-date with fashion trends. That’s why 5NEWS held a back-to-school fashion show in the Northwest Arkansas Mall, right outside the 5NEWS studio. “For the girls, definitely skinny jeans. You’re going to see that across the board,” Brian Sellers said in reference to fashion trends for high school and college students. Sellers, manager of the Buckle in Northwest Arkansas, is what some might consider a fashion expert. “For girls, boots are really […]


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