Kathryn joined the 5News team as a reporter in April of 2016. She is an Arkansas native and a proud graduate of the Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism at the University of Arkansas. Kathryn started her reporting career at KSWO in Lawton, Oklahoma and after almost three years in the Sooner state she is happy to once again call Northwest Arkansas home. If you have a story idea for Kathryn, email her at Kathryn. Gilker@kfsm.com

Recent Articles
  • Prairie Grove Plans To Turn Old Walmart Express Into Library

    PRAIRIE GROVE (KFSM) — Walmart Express stores left empty after a mass closing are showing life once again across the area. Prairie Grove plans to turn it into the city’s public library, taking the existing one from 6,500 square feet to about 15,000. “It`s a building we can grow into overtime and the price that we got it we feel like we did good for the city. We are always looking for the next 5, 10, 15, 20 years and […]

  • Protecting Pipes In Frigid Temperatures

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Pipes freezing can potentially cause a big mess inside your home when it is this cold outside. Dalton Clinkscales with Johnson Plumbing says if your showers or sinks are on an outside wall, they could be at risk for busting. He recommends opening up the cabinet doors to let heat from your house inside. “If you’ve had issues in the past, you might let it drip at night to keep it from freezing. But it’s definitely important […]

  • MLK Day Celebrations Took Place In Northwest Arkansas

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations happened Monday (Jan. 15) in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can. So today we walk in that spirit of love for one another,” Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan said. In Fayetteville lots of people came out for the annual MLK freedom march and noon vigil. Gary Winters with Hill City Masonic Lodge has been coming to the march for more than a decade. […]

  • Benton County Gets Hit With Snow, Authorities Urge Residents To Stay Safe Inside

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) — Snow stuck to roads throughout the county today (Monday, Jan. 15). Police said they urge people to not travel unless absolutely necessary. With temperatures continuing to fall throughout the night, roads are expected to freeze. Road workers will be out during the night to treat roads.    

  • Mountain Biking Gains In Popularity For High School Girls

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — More and more schools in Northwest Arkansas have mountain biking teams thanks to the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. An Arkansas chapter formed a few years ago — and one local girl credits the group with the pastime’s surging popular Junior Cate Mertins started a mountain biking team at her school, Haas Hall Academy in 2016. The first year she says there were around 12 kids on their team and she was the only girl. “This year between […]

  • Northwest Arkansas Woman Meets Man Who Received Her Son’s Heart

    PRAIRIE GROVE (KFSM) — Parker Fenton was just 18 when he died during October 2015.   He was a registered organ donor and six of his organs were used to save four people`s lives. Saturday (January 13), his mother had a chance to meet with one of those people  face-to-face for the first time. Parker`s mom Andrea Patterson said her son had a big and giving heart. “I feel like he was able to share his physical heart with someone who […]

  • Bella Vista Police Change Evidence Policy Following Former Detective Arrest

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — The Bella Vista Police Department is reviewing the way it processes evidence after a former detective was accused of stealing narcotics while on the job. Clayton Roberts was fired from the department and was arrested after turning himself in Tuesday (Jan. 9). Benton County prosecutor Nathan Smith said they do expect to file charges against him. Smith said the mishandling of evidence will make it difficult to prosecute cases that could be tainted. “I think what […]

  • Family Reunited With Dog After Missing For Three Years

    ROGERS (KFSM) — A dog that ran away from its Rogers home more than three years ago has been reunited with his owner. Meredith Hanks said she was excited to see her dog Kernel after he was found more than 300 miles away. “On Wednesday I got a call from the Jonesboro humane society that a dog had turned in and when they scanned his chip it showed he was registered to us,” Hanks said. So Hanks drove from Rogers […]

  • Fayetteville First In The State To Adopt Energy Action Plan

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Twelve years from now, city leaders in Fayetteville want all city facilities to operate solely on clean energy. City council voted to adopt an energy action plan Tuesday (Jan. 2). This makes Fayetteville the first city in the state to do so, and the 54th city in the nation to adopt the goal of using 100 percent clean energy. There are five different sectors in the city’s energy action plan, including transportation and energy supply and delivery. […]

  • Prairie Grove Residents Frustrated With Water Issues

    PRAIRIE GROVE (KFSM) — Some Prairie Grove residents are frustrated because brown water is pouring out of their faucets. Residents told 5NEWS they are mad more can’t be done to prevent this problem. Charles White said the water will be brown for a few days then clear up after the city comes to flush the pipes, but then it comes back a few weeks later. “Pretty frustrating especially when you pay $100 a month on a water bill, you expect […]

  • Proposed Dog Kennel Approved After Residents & Wedding Venue Owners Raise Concerns

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) — A proposed dog kennel was approved 9 to 4 in the Washington County Quorum Court Thursday (Dec. 21). A popular Fayetteville wedding venue called St. Catherine’s at Bell Gable is less than 400 feet from where Jamie Hertzberg wants to open a dog boarding and daycare business, but the venue owners have concerns. Warren Gabbard manages St. Catherine’s at Bell Gable and said they were caught off guard when they received a letter from the Washington […]

  • Attorney in Federal Kickback Case Violates Judges Protective Order

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Evidence is missing in the corruption case of former state Senator Jon Woods. Woods is accused of taking kickbacks, from Ecclesia College president Oren Paris III, in exchange for delegating government improvement funds to the private college. This deal was allegedly brokered by consultant Randall Shelton, Jr. Documents that were ordered sealed by a federal judge were posted on the federal court filing website–a website that’s public. They’ve since been removed from the site. The contents of […]