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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    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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    Back-To-School Fashion Show – Middle Schoolers

    5NEWS recently held a back-to-school fashion show in the Northwest Arkansas Mall, right outside the 5NEWS studio. The goal was to get a better understanding of what kids are wearing this year. When it comes to looking good at middle school, you can`t go wrong with Razorback gear. “It’s definitely a go. You have to have Razorback spirit around here,” Brian Sellers said. Sellers is manager of the Buckle in Northwest Arkansas, and he gave us some back-to-school fashion tips. […]

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    Back-To-School Fashion Show – Elementary Age

    Students have a lot to think about when heading back to school, including their outfits. So, in an effort to find out what`s trendy this year, we held a fashion show in the Northwest Arkansas Mall, right outside the 5NEWS studio. Brian Sellers, manager of the Buckle, gave us some fashion tips to make sure students look their best. “One big thing for girls is glitter, a lot of bling, shiny shoes, and then different floral prints,” Sellers said. “The […]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Manhattan – The Chemistry

    Our sister station, WGN America, will soon premiere a new drama series called “Manhattan.” It focuses on the building of the atomic bomb, known as the Manhattan Project, and the lives of everyone involved. According to the cast of “Manhattan,” working on this project is a dream come true. “When I heard Olivia Williams was cast – I am such a huge fan and have been for so long,” John Benjamin Hickey (“Frank Winter”) said. “I was like wow, the […]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Manhattan – Unique Challenges

    On July 16, 1945, in the desert of New Mexico, the U.S. Army tested a weapon of mass destruction. Less than a month later, that weapon was used to end World War II after six years of fighting. Many of us learned in school about the creation of the atomic bomb, but most history classes don’t concentrate on those who built the bomb and the secrets they were forced to keep. That’s the plot line for “Manhattan,” a new series […]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Manhattan – “Welcome To Nowhere”

    In one of the opening scenes of WGN’s “Manhattan,” Charlie Isaacs asks a stranger what the dusty foothill in the New Mexico desert is called. Isaacs quickly finds out the area has no name. “Welcome to nowhere,” the stranger says. Known simply as “The Hill,” that area of Los Alamos set the stage for incredible advances in nuclear physics while also becoming a home to many families and members the United States Armed Forces. The exterior set for WGN’s “Manhattan” […]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Manhattan – Creator and Director

    “Manhattan” is a new television series that premieres this Sunday (July 27th) on our sister station, WGN America, and it’s been a long time coming. “I started working on the show about six years ago,” creator Sam Shaw said. “I read a great deal about what life was like in Los Alamos, New Mexico in the 1940’s and the birth of the atomic bomb. For the most part, Shaw is a newcomer to the world of television, but he`s in […]


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