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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.

Recent Articles
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    Lightning Sparks House Fire, Ending Wild Week Of Weather

    A Highfill home caught fire after being struck by lightning on Friday (Jan. 10), which also knocked out the power at other houses in the neighborhood. Benton County fire officials said lightning was responsible for the house fire near Main and 4th streets on Friday morning. Seven nearby houses lost power, but their electricity was soon restored, officials said. The homeowner, David Watanabe, who also lives in a residence next door, said he heard a loud pop and lost power […]

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    Rollover Accident

    Arkansas State Police are working a rollover accident with injuries at mile marker 93 of I-540 northbound. 5NEWS has a crew on the way to the scene. Watch 5NEWS at 5 and 6 for the latest on this developing story and an update on the road conditions.

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    Heavy Ice And Snow Cause Problems In Ft. Smith

    Tree limbs and power lines in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley were brought down by the weight of ice and snow, which caused a multitude of problems for the electric companies. 5NEWS spoke with a Ft. Smith woman who said a live power line was draped across the roof of her home at 22nd and V St. for more than three hours Friday morning. The Ft. Smith Fire Department was on scene to make sure the area was safe […]

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    Fayetteville Woman Competes In National Waffle Contest

    A Fayetteville woman was chosen as a finalist for a national waffle contest, and her recipe could be worth thousands of dollars. Vanessa Rouse writes and illustrates children’s books, but she’s putting her literary skills on the back burner and concentrating on her cooking skills. Rouse, who’s originally from Brazil, has been selected as one of eight national finalists in Kellogg’s “The Great Eggo Waffle Off” Contest. She’s competing for the grand prize of $5,000 with her original recipe Doce […]

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    Armed Man Arrested After Police Standoff In Bella Vista

    An armed man who barricaded himself inside his Bella Vista house Thursday (Nov. 14) was taken into custody shortly after noon, as no one was injured in the police standoff. Brian Patrick Murphy was transported to a local hospital, complaining of back pains, before being booked into the Benton County Jail on suspicion of civil contempt and resisting arrest, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Keisha Guyll said negotiators had responded to the scene and began talking with […]

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    Passerbys Save Woman From Attacker

    Fayetteville police responded to 401 West 24th Street Tuesday night in reference to a disturbance. According to police reports, Sabrina Hamilton said a man, who has now been identified as Christopher Corbitt, held her and her two children hostage after entering the apartment with a friend. Hamilton said Corbitt refused to leave and lodged two large kitchen knives into the door before deadbolting it. Hamilton, who is 5 months pregnant, told police she felt like Corbitt was going to rape […]

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    Idaho Couple Falls In Love With NWA

    KFSM is celebrating 60 years on the air. Our area is unique, and it’s changed quite a bit over the years. Many people were born and raised in our viewing area, but others, like the McMurtrey’s, moved to the area for work and decided to stay. When it comes to raising boys, no one knows better than Justin and Melanie McMurtrey. They have four boys, including 1-year-old triplets and a 3-year-old. But the kids didn’t come along until after Justin […]

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    Fire Destroys Mansfield Home

    Fire crews in Mansfield are trying to determine what sparked a fire that destroyed a home early Monday morning. Mansfield Fire Chief Mike Smith tells 5NEWS the first call came in about 2:30 a.m. about a structure fire at the corner of 4th Ave. and Fairfax St. Mansfield firefighters were assisted by crews from Huntington and Hartford. Smith says no one was injured, and no other structures were damaged, but the home was a total loss. He says the owner […]

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    Grape Stomp – Joe vs. Heather

    The 50th Annual Wiederkehr Village Weinfest is taking place Saturday (Oct. 12th) and our 5NEWS This Morning crew helped preview the big event. Joe and Heather went head-to-head in a grape stomping competition Wednesday morning, while Al Wiederkehr gave us a rundown of what to expect at this year’s annual event. The festivities begin early Saturday with tours of the Historical Wine Cellar at 8:30 a.m. You can also ride a horse drawn carriage through the vineyards to an observation […]

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    New $100 Bill Debuts

    The new $100 bill made its debut Tuesday, several years later than originally planned.

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    Best Start: Home Safety

    School has been back in session for about a month, and many parents are still at work when their kids get home from school. If you are one of these parents, have you taken time to talk your kids about what they can to do stay safe until you get home? According to South Bend Police, one of the most important things is to make sure your child knows how to call 911 and how to give directions to your […]

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    Dozens of Fort Chaffee Workers Furloughed

    Major Matt Snead with the Arkansas Army National Guard said Wednesday morning Ft. Chaffee is not closed, despite the partial government shutdown.