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 Begins Comprehensive Plan 2040

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — A plan was unveiled at Monday’s (March 27) city council meeting. It’s Bella Vista’s comprehensive plan 2040 and the process involves public input to guide and direct future development for the city. “Ultimately what we are looking for in this process is where the city should invest public dollars in order to get the most return on investment for those dollars…that could take the form of land use, infrastructure improvement or process improvement,” Christopher Suneson said. […]

  • Group Seeks To Block Building New Dam At Lake Bella Vista

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — A group filed a motion in federal court this week hoping to block the Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA from building a new dam at Lake Bella Vista. The Bentonville city council voted to move forward with replacing the dam after receiving a $3.7 million grant from FEMA. The Lake Bella Vista Dam was constructed in 1915 and wasn’t properly reinforced. Because of this a group called friends of little sugar creek wants the dam taken […]

  • The U.S. Census Bureau Ranks NWA 22nd Fastest Growing Metro Area

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) — The U.S. Census Bureau released a new population estimate that ranks the Northwest Arkansas metro area as the 22nd fastest growing metro area in the nation. They also said the population increased more than 11,000 people from 2015 to 2016. “We continually are consistent as some of the top job producing counties in the United States metro areas as well. We are growing a lot of jobs, we have low unemployment,” Steve Cox said. Steve Cox with […]

  • Springdale School Board Told To Stop Praying Before Meetings

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — The Springdale School Board has been told to stop praying at the beginning of board meetings. School Board President Randy Hutchinson said the board received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The letter stated the school board needed to stop praying at the beginning of each meeting. “I was a little taken aback by it because we had not heard any complaints about anything like that but nothing surprises me anymore after being in school board work […]

  • Ozark Regional Transit To Stop Route That Goes Through Rural Cities

    PRAIRIE GROVE (KFSM) — An Ozark Regional Transit route that goes through Washington County will soon come to a stop. Route 620 that stops at rural Washington County cities will end in April due to funding. The route travels through Lincoln, Prairie Grove, Farmington, Fayetteville, Greenland and West Fork. “The ridership was not very great, I think on the western part of the county but the folks who were using it really needed it, so it will have an impact,” […]

  • Fence Put Up At Vandergriff Elementary In Fayetteville

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A new fence now surrounds the playground at Vandergriff Elementary School in Fayetteville. It was built, after a special needs student wandered away from recess and died after being found in a nearby private pool earlier this month. They started building the fence over the weekend and it’s nearly complete. Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt said at a news conference last week that they would built a fence at the school and that it would be complete before […]

  • Teen Talks About Plans For Diamond Found In State Park

    CENTERON (KFSM) – Kalel Langford had just finished a school baseball tournament in Magnolia when he and his family decided to take a detour to the Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park. “I picked it up and gave it to my father and continued searching because I had not the slightest idea,” Kalel Langford said. Langford said they were only at the park for fifteen minutes before he spotted the 7.44 carat rock. “I was kind of shocked at first […]

  • Washington County Lieutenant Was Shot A Year Ago Today

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) — A year ago today (March 15) Washington County Lieutenant Ti Augustine was shot while responding to a 911 call. A woman called 911 and told dispatchers that her son had a shotgun and was suicidal. Police said Raymond Plumlee shot Augustine in the hip with a shotgun.  A mental evaluation found that Plumlee suffers from schizophrenia and is unfit for trial. “I don’t think about it too much. I just think about the things that need […]

  • Bella Vista To Adjust Traffic Signal Timing

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — Daylight saving could impact more than just your sleep, it could also affect your commute. Drivers in Benton County will feel the time change on the road because daylight saving time doesn’t automatically change traffic signals through Bella Vista. “There is a lot of congestion along Highway 71 and while we hope to improve that incrementally this is obviously not the long-term solution we would be looking for,” Christopher Suneson said. Bella Vista community development services director […]

  • Attorney And Insurance Agent Discuss Swimming Pools Regulations

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A student at Vandergriff Elementary School in Fayetteville wandered off during recess earlier this week and died after being found in a nearby private pool. We found out if there are any fence requirements when it comes to private pools. Attorney Frank Bailey said the law in Arkansas is clear on this and it’s called the attractive nuisance doctrine and applies to tort law across the state. “If you have something like a pool then you have […]

  • Service Dog Rules And Regulations

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A woman is claiming that she faces issues from local hotels because of her service dog. She asked to remain anonymous and said she was given a hard time and was charged extra money. One of those hotels was the Ranch-O-tel motel in Rogers. 5NEWS reached out to Ranch-O-tel and they said they have one dog room and it was not currently available. The dog room also carries an extra charge of $25 a week. This is not permitted under […]

  • Lawmakers React To Former State Senator Indictment

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) – Former Senator Jon Woods of Springdale was indicted on 13 federal counts. Former Representative Micah Neal, also of Springdale, pleaded guilty to setting up kickbacks while using money earmarked for economic development. Woods is accused of scheming with Neal to steer general improvement fund money and in return receive kickbacks. State Senator Bart Hester said it makes him sad for his friend Jon Woods. “It makes me feel sad for his family and we just hope […]