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
  • 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  • SALEM EXCLUSIVE: Show Creators Inspired By Historical Documents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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 5NEWS Fit: Working Out As A Couple

    Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, we’re sticking with the theme of love for this week’s 5NEWS Fit. Don and Stephanie Clack have been married for more than three years, and they recently started working out together at Body Tailors in Fort Smith. 5NEWS spoke with the Clack’s during one of their daily workouts, and they say there are a few different reasons they’re doing this. Don says he enjoys exercising with his wife, because they can discuss the workouts […]

  • Det. Craghead Named Investigator Of The Year

    Throughout the month of February, 5NEWS is recognizing local people who make a difference in the lives of those around them. The River Valley Crimestoppers is an independent non-profit organization. Board members volunteer their time to raise money, so rewards can be given to those who help solve crimes. Detective Jeff Craghead with the Ft. Smith Police Dept. was recently given the Investigator of the Year Award. Crimestopper Chairman Alan Defrees told 5NEWS Craghead was well deserving of this honor. […]

  • Deal Or Dud: Detail Doctor

    Have you ever seen an advertisement for Detail Doctor? It claims “with just one application, you can restore your rides deep rich color – not for days, but for up to one full year.” The advertisement also claims to restore your headlights instantly. So we put it to the test. We found some headlights in need of restoration and applied the Detail Doctor. As advertised, the product quickly cleared away the fogginess, and the whole process took less than a […]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.