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
  • Bella Vista Paramedics Save Baby’s Life

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — A baby girl is alive Friday (July 21) night, after Bella Vista paramedics responded to a call they never want to get. A call of a six-day-old baby not breathing and no heartbeat. It was the first call, on his first shift, after a training program for a Bella Vista paramedic. “It’s never something you want to hear coming in, you know?  So we ran out to the truck and got going,” Chris Stockton. Paramedic and […]

  • City Proposes Third Option For Dam At Lake Bella Vista

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – A special meeting was held Thursday (July 20) to talk about what should be done with the dam at Lake Bella Vista. Some want it taken out completely and others said it just needs to be replaced. Thursday’s meeting wasn’t about deciding on a final resolution, but talking about solutions for the dam that has been declared a disaster by FEMA in 2008 and 2011. Alderman Bill Burckart said since the city has spent a lot of […]

  • Bentonville Residents Sign Petition In Hopes Of Preventing Apartments From Being Built

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — Residents who live near Memorial Park in Bentonville are upset with the possibility of an apartment complex being built across the street from the park. That’s why someone started a petition in hopes to stop it from being built. The petition started Tuesday (July 18) and already has just under 700 signatures of the 1,000 signature goal. The developers are wanting to build Crystal Flats Apartment complex on John Deshields Boulevard next to the tennis courts in […]

  • Historic Military Plane In Gravette Gets Restored

    GRAVETTE (KFSM) — A piece of military history on display in Northwest Arkansas is getting restored. A T-33 Air Force plane serves as a memorial to a World War I Ace Pilot who was born in Gravette. The plane does serve as a memorial, but it was not flown in WWI. His name is Field E. Kindley, which is also the name of the park where the plane has sat in for decades. Mayor Kurt Maddox said the plane is […]

  • Construction Beginning On New Bella Vista Court

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — Construction has started on the new Bella Vista District Court. The city is renting a space in a complex off Lancashire Boulevard for more than half the price being paid to use Bentonville’s District Court. Right now people have to drive to Bentonville District Court for misdemeanor crimes, traffic and code violations. Bella Vista has a cost sharing system with Bentonville but the expenses are expected to more than double, and because of that high price, […]

  • Hindsville Church Begins To Rebuild After Being Destroyed By Fire

    HINDSVILLE (KFSM) –A congregation will soon once again have a church. Astounding Grace Ministries Church was destroyed in a fire on January 26. Pastor Butch Bolinger said though the fire destroyed their church building it didn’t destroy their church. “You know you think about all the things that could go wrong when you have problems like this and it seems like it didn’t go wrong…everything just kind of worked out,” Bolinger said. They began rebuilding on Friday (July 14). What […]

  • Historic Property On Butterfield Overland Express For Sale

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — One of the earliest homesteads in all of Northwest Arkansas is up for sale. It’s the Fitzgerald Station and has been on the National Register of Historical Places since 2003, but the homestead was established in the late 1820s or early 1830s. The barn on the property has significant historic significance. “It was a station on the Butterfield Stagecoach line that went from the east to the west and there were stations like this all over, where […]

  • Rolling Readers Helps Children Read All Summer Long

    ROGERS (KFSM) – A group of Rogers teachers are making sure students are holding on to their brain power by reading over summer break. Rolling Readers makes stops where Tillery and Northside Elementary students live to make sure they have books to read during the summer. Alicia Copeland brought her two boys to Rolling Readers because their teachers have been so helpful teaching them to read. Her younger son is a third grader at Northside Elementary and had a really […]

  • Movie About Anorexia Stirring Up Controversy

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) —  A movie that’s not even out yet is already stirring up some controversy, a Netflix movie called ‘To The Bone’. The movie centers around a girl’s struggle with an eating disorder. Ellen is 20-years-old and battling anorexia. She has struggled with the disease throughout most of her teenage years. Some people worry that this movie may glamorize eating disorders. Debbie Brooks is a licensed certified social worker and said her first impression after hearing about the […]

  • Fayetteville Public Library Set To Expand After Finalizing Purchase Of Land

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The Fayetteville Public Library officially purchased the four acres where the former city hospital sits, allowing them to finally begin their expansion. Durrell Green works from home so he comes to the library around five times a week. He said it’s a great place to focus. “We have seen growing pains that we are experiencing here. Northwest Arkansas is always growing and so I think it’s important that we be proactive instead of reactive in terms of […]

  • Beaver Lake Fire Department Asks Voter For Fee Increase

    BEAVER LAKE (KFSM) — Early voting is underway in several Northwest Arkansas elections and one of those is a fee increase for the Beaver Lake Fire Department. The department is asking voters in the district for a $75 fee increase bringing their new yearly fee to $150. Voters shot down an increase of $125 in July 2016. Chief John Whisenant said it forced them to lay off their only full-time paid firefighter position, and rely only on nine volunteers and […]

  • Walter Turnbow Park And Fallen Soldier Memorial Dedicated In Springdale

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — Springdale celebrated Independence Day by dedicating two new additions to downtown, the Fallen Soldiers Memorial and Walter Turnbow Park. With the dedication of the new park, namesake Walter Turnbow told the crowd how thankful he was of the opportunities Springdale has given him in the past 70 years. “It’s not what I’ve done for Springdale, it’s what it’s done for me and the other people here to make it a good place for us to live,” Turnbow […]