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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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    Crews Battle Bentonville House Fire

    Crews on Wednesday morning (March 5) battled a house fire at 3508 S.W. Carriageway Ave. in Bentonville. No one was home at the time of the fire, which began about 9 a.m. apparently in the kitchen, fire officials said. The cause of the fire remained under investigation at midday on Wednesday. The home received extensive damage to the roof and is considered a loss, fire officials said. At woman living at the house came home and noticed it was on fire, officials said. […]


    5NEWS Fit: Lower Body Workout

    According to physique specialist Brandon Morrison, it’s important to workout your lower body, even if you’re only trying to sculpt your upper body. “Doing heavy compound movements like squats or even dead lifts will actually release growth hormones. So that’s going to help you look younger, stay leaner and put on more body mass. That’s men and women,” Morrison said. But be careful! Doing the exercises incorrectly can cause lower back strains, bulging disks or worse. If you’re looking for […]


    5NEWS Fit: High Intensity Interval Training

    Physique specialist Brandon Morrison has a workout that’s perfect for anyone in a time crunch. “I thought we’d do something a little bit different, a HIIT type training. It’s going to be fast. It’s going to be furious. We’re going to basically superset biceps, triceps and get some sort of cardio in,” Morrison said. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. The first group of exercises included barbell curls, skull crushers and burpees. The goal was to do as many […]

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    5NEWS Fit: Chest and Back Workout for Golfers

    Brandon Morrison, a local physique specialist, offers a unique chest and back workout that’s perfect for golfers. “I just became a golf fitness specialist, and as far as I know I’m the only one in Ft. Smith. These are a lot of the exercises I’ll be doing with those folk – golfers, tennis players, people of that nature,” Morrison said just before demonstrating each exercise. First, we used a foam roller to remove soreness from our muscles. Then, a variety […]

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    5NEWS Fit: Jay gets a Fitness Assessment

    Over the next few weeks, 5NEWS Morning Anchor Jay Plyburn will be meeting with a physique specialist and former body builder to learn some simple workouts that just about anybody can do. “I’ve been interested in fitness since I was 12 years old,” physique specialist Brandon Morrison said. For Morrison, working out is much more than a hobby. “I went to the University of Oklahoma for three semesters and found my passion for personal training, and that’s kind of where […]

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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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