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
  • Boy Scout Constructing Fallen Soldier Memorial For Eagle Scout Project

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – Hogan Maestri just finished his junior year at Har Ber High School. He has been a Boy Scout for six years and wants to achieve the highest rank of Eagle Scout. In order to receive that achievement, he has to plan, lead and complete a service project. His project is a Fallen Soldier Memorial in Downtown Springdale at Shiloh Memorial Park. “I chose this project because I wanted to do something that would help the community and I’ve […]

  • Washington County Animal Sheltering Fees Increase

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) — Washington County has raised the fee for sheltering animals at the Lester C. Howich Animal Shelter in Fayetteville. This time last year the fee was $85 and it has now gone up to $150 dollars. If you go to reclaim your pet, you will pay $150 or the city the animal came from will be billed for that amount. “I think it’s an ill-considered move that is going to make it ever more difficult for people to […]

  • Business Is Booming In Downtown Siloam Springs

    SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) — Downtown Siloam Springs is booming with several new businesses opening since the beginning of the year. Mary Kim opened her store Captured by Mary Creative just three weeks ago. She sells artisanal wood working items that are handmade locally. She also does photography and has a collaborative work space. “We`re kind of creating this new entrepreneurial culture and also this environment of like come and stay. We really want it to be inviting,” she said. Kim said […]

  • Lemke Journalism Project Helps High School Students

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) — A couple of U of A students are sharing their passion for journalism with high schoolers in Springdale. Breybinda Alvarez and Wendy Echeverria are both students in the Lemke Department of Journalism at the U of A. While in local high schools, both girls gravitated toward journalism after joining the Lemke Journalism Project. They are now sharing their experiences with aspiring journalists. “We want for them to get to experience what it means to be a […]

  • Rogers School District Quits Ranking Graduates

    ROGERS (KFSM) — Honoring the top student in each graduating class has been a tradition for high schools across the nation, but many districts in our area are quitting this practice. This will be the first graduating class from the Rogers to not be ranked. “We have a 1,000+ seniors graduated from Rogers Public Schools and you start saying this is number one at this high school, this is number one at this high school. Well, that is really statistically insignificant thing […]

  • Several Areas Still Closed In Springdale After Flooding

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) –  Flooding in April caused serious damage across Northwest Arkansas. The City of Springdale estimates flooding caused $3.3 million of damage and several areas are still closed. The city was able to make repairs to the Razorback Greenway ahead of the square to square bicycle ride over the weekend. Mike Gerwig rides the trail often and said he was glad to see debris cleaned up so fast. “It was completely cleared out except for the tunnel and that […]

  • Tontitown Asking Voters For Sales Tax To Build Water Transmission Line

    TONTITOWN (KFSM) – Tontitown is wanting to build their own water transmission line, but they’ll first need voters to approve to fund the project. The City of Tontitown is hoping voters approve a new three-fourths of one percent or 0.75 percent sales tax during a special election this summer. The city wants to build a water line to connect to the Benton Washington Regional Public Water Authority. Paula Arterberry and her husband moved to Tontitown two years ago from Oklahoma. […]

  • Springdale Police Officer Doubles As Youth Mentor

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A Northwest Arkansas school resource officer is going above and beyond the call of duty to give boys in school a positive role model. “You definitely show pride in these kids when you see that they’ve improved in their grades and their attitude,” Philip Group, Sonora Middle School resource officer said. Some Springdale seventh graders are getting support on their road to success. Group and the assistant principal noticed some students were having discipline and maturity issues, […]

  • Make-A-Wish Granted To West Fork Teen

    WEST FORK (KFSM) — Rosie Carothers thought she was going to an assembly to learn ways to stay active this summer, but she was actually getting a huge surprise. Rosie was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma just as her volleyball team was about to start summer practices last year. She spent the next six months in intense chemo. West Fork volleyball coach Lisa Kirk said that didn’t keep her from what she loves. “She missed this whole season. It killed her to […]

  • New Portion Of I-49 Bypass Complete In Bella Vista

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — A ribbon cutting was held on Wednesday (May 10) to celebrate the opening of the 6.4 mile extension of the Bella Vista Bypass that will be open to drivers next week. The bypass is part of the Connecting Arkansas Program that voters approved in 2012. The extension begins at Highway 72 on the east side of Hiwasse and ends at U.S. 71B at the temporary roundabout. Hiwasse resident Shelia Lock said this is something that she […]

  • Rogers Teachers Surprised With Grants

    ROGERS (KFSM) — Rogers Public School teachers were given a big surprise on Tuesday (May 9) and it’s all to help their students. The Rogers Public Education Foundation awarded more than $186,252 in grants to teachers across the district this week. Grace Hill Elementary fifth grade teacher Jessica Sallis wrote the grant for an additional Chrome Book cart for the school. She said she is excited that the fifth grade will get to have their own cart. “That means that next year […]

  • Benton County Detective Solves Mystery Of Leg That Washed Up At Beaver Lake

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) — The Benton County Sheriff’s Office was recently able to solve the case of a leg found in Beaver Lake back in 2001 and link it to a man who drowned in the late 80’s. In 2001, a leg washed up on shore at Indian Creek at Beaver Lake. Detectives took possession of the remains and had no leads. Sergeant Hunter Petray said the remains were put into the National Missing and Unidentified Remains database, but there […]