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


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    Gentry Superintendent To Retire After 25 Years

    GENTRY (KFSM) – Randy Barrett has served the Gentry School District for more than two decades. He is now passing the torch after announcing his retirement. Barrett became the Gentry superintendent in 1992 and will be retiring at the end of the school year after 25 years. His career in education began 42 years ago. He said the Gentry community is full of good honest people who support the schools and that is what has made his job truly great. “They stay […]

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    Jesse Lewis Choose Love Enrichment Program Helps Children

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Fayetteville native and mother of a child killed in the Sandy Hook massacre is trying to prevent a mass shooting from happening again. You might remember us reporting about Scarlet Lewis, who lost her son Jesse during the shooting in 2012. Now, Washington elementary school is one of four in the nation testing the program. The program is called the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Enrichment program which provides social and emotional curriculum using mindfulness. “These skills […]

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    People Protest At U Of A For Continued Coverage For Transgender Faculty And Staff

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – People protested at the University of Arkansas on Monday (Feb. 20) over health insurance for transgender faculty and staff. This comes after the University of Arkansas System started providing health coverage for gender dysphoria for transgender people on January 1st as part of their employee health care plan with treatment including counseling and hormone therapy. On January 23rd, the University suspended that coverage due to an injunction on Affordable Care Act regulations. “Frankly, I find it horrifying […]

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    Seniors Give NWACC Students Gift Cards For Random Act Of Kindness Day

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — It’s National Random Acts of Kindness Day and it’s a day all about giving back. Some senior citizens did their part to put smiles on students’ faces Friday (Feb. 17) at Northwest Arkansas Community College. “It’s a reminder to be kind to other people too…you get outside yourself,” Mary Shambarger said. Two future residents of Primrose Retirement Community, that will soon open in Rogers, decided they would give gift cards to students at NWACC as part of […]

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    University Of Arkansas To Start New Program

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The college experience is opening up to some who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity. “I’m really excited to go because I just want to get a better education, so I know who I want to be who I am,” Mary Borman said. Mary is one of a handful of students with mild intellectual disabilities accepted to the University of Arkansas and part of a new program. Mary’s mom is excited her daughter gets to experience being a […]

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    Hatched TV Show Partners With Sam’s Club

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — A TV show looking to showcase small business owners and entrepreneurs is partnering with one of the nation’s largest retailers. Season two of the TV show “Hatched” aired January 28th and one of the mentors on this season is Chief Experience Officer for Sam’s Club Tracey Brown. She said the opportunity to participate on hatched was a natural fit for the retailer because Sam’s Club is about sponsoring small businesses. “They pour their life, their heart, their […]

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    Arkansas Children’s Northwest Is Making Progress

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — Progress is being made on the Arkansas Children’s Northwest along Interstate 49 in Springdale. The hospital is right on target to open in January of 2018. Foundation public relations coordinator Ashley Leopoulos said it’s great to see the progress week by week. She said she knows this hospital means a lot to the community. “It means care close to home for so many kids,” Leopoulous said. “The 200,000 kids in the region, you know they won’t have to take […]

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    Arkansas Supreme Court Hears Fayetteville Civil Rights Ordinance Case

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The fate of the civil rights ordinance in Fayetteville is now in the hands of the Arkansas Supreme Court. The civil rights ordinance went into effect in November 2015 and protects any LGBT person from being discriminated against when it comes to things like housing, public services and employment. Fayetteville City Attorney Kit Williams defended citizens Thursday (Feb. 9.). “I pointed out that in fact a protected class of gender identity and also sexual orientation had been […]

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    Governor Signs Higher Education Bill Into Law

    ARKANSAS (KFSM) — Governor Asa Hutchison signed the higher education productivity funding formula into law Wednesday (Feb. 8). This new law means that student success and program completion will be increased in the funding formula instead of being largely based on student enrollment. Northwest Arkansas Community College Vice President for Learning and Chief Academic Officer Ricky Tompkins said they already look at accountability and data and thinks this is good for NWACC and the state. “We want to make sure what […]

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    Bella Vista Bypass Near Completion

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) – Anyone driving through Bella Vista knows the congestion can be terrible, but relief is on the way. The $52 million Bella Vista bypass is set to open to drivers this spring despite funding issues for both Missouri and Arkansas. Arkansas has the money, but Missouri does not. The bypass will be a through passage for traffic to connect 1-49 from southern Missouri to Northwest Arkansas. This will be the portion from state highway 72 on the east […]

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    Run Held In Memory Of Woman Hit While Running On Trail

    ROGERS (KFSM) – Friends and family ran Friday (Feb. 3) in memory of Jennifer Bikel who was hit by a car last year when she was running on the Razorback Greenway in front of Village on the Creeks in Rogers. Kelly Sikorski was Jennifer’s twin and said this run is all about honoring her memory. “We hoped that putting flowers down and showing her picture would remind motorists to be more careful. That we are sharing the roads there with […]

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    Canopy NWA Discusses President’s Travel Ban At Town Hall Meeting

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Canopy NWA is hosting a town hall meeting Thursday (Feb. 2) to help with the confusion around President Trump’s travel ban. Executive Director Emily Crane Linn said a refugee family was supposed to come to Northwest Arkansas from the Congo earlier this week. “They were so close to the cutoff, they were close to coming. They waited 16 years and they were almost going to get their chance to star over here in the United States and now […]