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
  • Businessman Looks To Build Marijuana Cultivation Plant In Fayetteville

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A medical marijuana cultivation facility could soon be built in Fayetteville. Brian Faught lives in Jacksonville, Arkansas and became interested in the industry when the medical marijuana amendment failed at the polls in 2012. Now that Arkansas voters have approved it, he said the business opportunity and the product itself attracts him. “If you know anybody who has been through cancer and cancer treatment, you know the side effects of chemo is almost as detrimental on them […]

  • Delivery Robots Are Being Tested On U of A Campus

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Things are getting high-tech on the University of Arkansas campus. You may spot robots driving around as part of a test program. Two of Starship Technologies delivery robots are being tested on campus at the McMillon Innovation Studio. Kayla Bruskas is the team leader for U.S. Operations with Starship. She said they can now move along the sidewalk on their own to make deliveries. “They’re able to completely avoid and detect people, dogs, children, just a little bit of […]

  • Eye Procedure Eliminates The Need For Reading Glasses

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A new procedure could eliminate the need for reading glasses. Rick Anderson has to wear reading glasses to read but he’s hoping that will be in the past thanks to a procedure he first learned about last year on national news. “To not be able to carry those readers is like a new lease on life,” he said. It’s called raindrop near vision inlay and the only place in the state it’s offered is Fayetteville. Anderson drove from […]

  • New Procedure To Correct Vision Is Now Available In Northwest Arkansas

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The biggest advancement in laser vision correction since the 1990s is now available in Northwest Arkansas. The FDA recently approved the Smile procedure and Brandon Hartung was one of the first patients in the state to get the procedure. Hartung said he’s excited to not have to worry about contacts of glasses like he’s done for the last two decades. Especially since he travels across the world shooting video and helping missionaries. “I’ve known about Lasik for […]

  • Pea Ridge School District To Ask Voters For A Millage Increase

    PEA RIDGE (KFSM) — The Pea Ridge School District is asking voters to up their property tax rate to some of the highest in Northwest Arkansas. The school board recently approved a measure to send the question to voters during a special election on Tuesday, May 9. Superintendent Rick Neal said the district is anticipating growth which he said the district must get ahead of by expanding. Bobbye Joe Dye has three children in the district and said a millage increase […]

  • Bella Vista EMS Uses New Pediatric Dosing System

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — Time is of the essence when first responders try to treat kids during an emergency. That’s where this new drug dosage system comes in. It’s called the Handtevy method and was just introduced to the Bella Vista Fire Department. This system replaces the current way they dose children by using an app. “Our demographics in Bella Vista is changing and we are having more pediatric patients and more pediatrics moving into Bella Vista and the current […]

  • Easter Bunny And Deputies Surprise Kids At Mercy Hospital

    ROGERS (KFSM) — For kids Easter involves hunting eggs outside and visiting the Easter bunny, but children who will have to spend the holiday in the hospital got a big surprise Thursday (April 13). Kids at Mercy Hospital were surprised by the Easter Bunny, thanks to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office partnered with the Easter Bunny Foundation to give children in the hospital an eggs-citing surprise. Tegan Stewart, 6, was surprised when the Easter Bunny showed up […]

  • Tyson Foods Signs Partnership With U.S. Army To Help Soldiers Transitioning Out Of Army

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – Tyson Foods has made a promise to give soldiers a chance at a job as they transition out of military life. Tyson Foods signed a partnership agreement with the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success Program. This means when a soldier transitions from the Army and applies for a position they are qualified for at Tyson they will be given an interview. “It’s a great way for us to continue to find veterans because we understand what […]

  • Bella Vista To Establish Local Court

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — A new state law will give the city of Bella Vista its own district court. This means people won’t 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 for that price, Bella Vista staff attorney Jason Kelley said they can operate their own court. “We knew that we could probably rent a […]

  • City Of Springdale To Vote On Taking Over Senior Center

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – The Springdale senior center is a place for seniors to gather for conversation and a hot meal, but sustaining a place like this costs money and requires consistency. That’s why the executive director approached the city to take over operations. The Springdale senior center has served 11,000 meals to seniors since July of 2016. They’ve served 12,000 meals through the meals on wheels program. Rozella Scott celebrated her 100th birthday at the Springdale senior center last week. […]

  • Pinwheels Representing Child Abuse Moved From Benton County Courthouse Lawn

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — Pinwheels that were put in the Benton County Courthouse lawn to raise awareness of child abuse have been ordered off of the courthouse lawn, but local businesses have stepped up to offer space to keep the project going. A judge determined that the 439 pinwheels in the lawn could possibly influence a jury. Each pinwheel represents a child abused in Benton County in 2016. “We’ve never had that happen before but it allowed an opportunity to create more […]

  • Rogers School District Asks Residents For A Millage Increase

    ROGERS (KFSM) — Rogers School District is asking voters to pay more property taxes to pay for more schools. This would be the first millage increase in 14 years. Rogers school board president Kristen Cobbs is also a mother of two students in the district. The current millage rate is 38.4 and they are asking for a 3.5 mill increase. That adds up to about $70 a year for every $100,000 worth of property. “I think it’s important that we have […]