Kayla Paine joined the 5NEWS team as morning news reporter in July 2013.

She is a Siloam Springs native and lover of the Ozarks. Kayla graduated as a proud Red Wolf from Arkansas State University with a degree in news and editorial journalism and studied political science as a minor. Her background is in print journalism and worked for an area newspaper for a year and was on staff with the student newspaper at ASU.

When Kayla isn’t in the newsroom, she can be found climbing rock walls, doing research on her new travel destination, eating at hole-in-the-wall restaurants or dancing.

Catch her on Twitter: @5NEWSKayla

Recent Articles
  • Officials To Meet On Icy Roads Following Controversial Photo

    Transportation officials plan to meet up to discuss differences on how to treat icy roadways, after a photograph showing clear Missouri roads sparked controversy in Arkansas. Roads were covered in ice after the region’s recent ice storm. A photo was taken Sunday (Dec. 8) on U.S. 71 at the Arkansas-Missouri state line, showing Missouri to be clear. The photograph spurred conversation on social media because Arkansas’ roads were not clear. Arkansas Highway Department crews responded to the roads after the […]

  • Snow Days Bring Saturday School, Loss Of Holidays

    Some area students can look forward to Saturday school and a loss of holidays to make up for school days they missed because of the recent winter weather, according to local school districts. The Bentonville School District on Tuesday released a list of school days that would be used to make up the days lost to the snow and ice that slowed area roadways. Those make-up school days include Jan. 20 (Martin Luther King, Jr., Day), Feb. 17 (Presidents’ Day), […]

  • Northwest Arkansas Roads Still Iced Over Monday

    Phones were ringing non-stop in Northwest Arkansas public offices Monday morning (Dec. 9) when agitated residents called in to ask why some roads were still coated in ice. The winter storm began affecting roads Thursday (Dec. 5). Area schools closed five days through Tuesday (Dec. 10) as a result of road conditions. The Arkansas Department of Transportation maintain all state highways and interstates. Officials declined to comment on the difference between the state’s highway maintenance and Missouri’s, but said crews […]

  • Deadly High Speed Chase On Interstate 40

    A high-speed car chase on Interstate 40 ended with a wanted fugitive from Alabama dead on Sunday (Dec. 8). The release states that the man was wanted in an Alabama homicide investigation. An Arkansas State Police trooper initiated a traffic stop at 12:50 p.m. near Clarksville after identifying a vehicle that matched a description associated with the fugitive, according to a news release. A woman fled on foot from the car and the fugitive took the driver’s side and drove […]

  • Hundreds In Greenwood Without Power Sunday

    Portions of Greenwood were dark after the winter weather moved into Arkansas last week, leaving many residents without heat in below-freezing temperatures. Arkansas Valley Electric spent most of Sunday (Dec. 8) restoring and rebuilding main lines in the River Valley. A plow truck hit a main line near Arkansas 71 on Friday (Dec. 6) causing a lot of the outages, according to Will Dawson, the Greenwood police chief. But, many residents first lost power on Thursday (Dec. 5) because of […]

  • Nearly 6,000 Homes Still Without Power Sunday

    About 5,700 homes in the 5NEWS viewing area were without power Sunday morning (Dec. 8) after ice and snow pummeled the region. Arkansas Valley Electric: 4,503 homes were without power, with the majority of the outages occurring in Waldron, Booneville, Greenwood and Clarksville. OG&E: 250 homes were without power. All are reported in the Fort Smith area. Swepco: 1,098 homes were without power, with the large majority of the outages being reported in Sebastian County. Ozark Electric: Not reporting any […]

  • Fort Smith Man Arrested In Shooting Incident And Police Standoff

    A Fort Smith man is in police custody and facing charges after investigators say he barricaded himself inside his home early Tuesday (Dec. 3). Miguel Angel Gonzales, 28, was arrested after he fired a gun several times in his yard Monday night (Dec. 2) and Tuesday morning (Dec. 3), police said. He is being held at the Sebastian County Detention Center without bond. Authorities said Gonzales faces a charge of discharging a firearm in the city limits. Officers are also […]

  • Bentonville Kids Shop With A Cop

    Bentonville kids had a chance to get everything they want on their Christmas list in the Shop With A Cop event. The Bentonville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #70 spent Monday (Dec. 1) morning with 42 kids holiday shopping. Fundraisers and donations funded each kid’s $250 allowance for presents for the family. Kids were partnered up with a cop and then stormed the toy aisle, clothing and shoe departments and electronic department at Walmart. Stephanie Wootten is a trustee with […]

  • Barry Gebhart Arraignment Reset To Next Year

    The scheduled arraignment for Barry Gebhart, a former Fayetteville athletic director, has been reset for Feb. 18. Gebhart was set to be arraigned Monday (Dec. 2) before Benton County Circuit Judge Robin Green, but that court date has been reset. At arraignments, criminal suspects are read the charges against them and are asked to enter a plea. Suspects customarily enter a not guilty plea, allowing the case to proceed in the court system. The arraignment was reset to give the […]

  • Rogers Accident Hospitalizes Three People

    Three people were sent to the hospital Sunday night (Dec. 1) after an accident in Rogers. The Rogers Fire Department said the two-vehicle accident happened around 10:30 p.m. at 8th Street and New Hope Road. The injuries were reported to be minor. The fire department had tweeted that someone had been ejected from a vehicle, but that was an initial report and authorities found that nobody had been ejected.

  • Two Rescued In Fort Smith House Fire

    Dozens of firefighters are responding to a house fire in Fort Smith.

  • Local Shoppers Get Early Jump On Black Friday

    Shoppers packed local stores Thursday to get a head-start on Black Friday deals, as retailers start their sales earlier and earlier. Stores in the Northwest Arkansas Mall opened for the time on Thanksgiving, at 8 p.m. A crowd waited at the doors by the dozens, mainly to save money on their holiday shopping. “We’re just trying to be the first to get in and get out and not have to get stuck in the hustle and bustle,” Kyla McGee, said. […]