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
  • Budweiser Clydesdales Visit Northwest Arkansas

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — The famous Budweiser Clydesdales made an appearance in Bentonville Friday (Nov. 17). The horses made an appearance at Sam’s Club. The eight Clydesdales were hitched to the wagon along with Clyde the Dalmatian, the one seen in the commercials. Budweiser Clydesdale Handler Rudy Helmuth said they are an American icon for Anheuser-Busch, with a very rich history. “They date all the way back to 1933 when August Bush Jr. actually presented a gift to his father to […]

  • Walton Family Foundation Gives $3.6 Million in Grants To NWA Cities

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) — Four cities have received grants Thursday (Nov. 16) totaling $3.6 million from the Walton Family Foundation to enhance downtowns and urban parks. The cities that received the grants are Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. In March the foundation asked local governments and nonprofits to submit grant applications for the design excellence program. The Downtown Springdale Alliance was one recipient and received more than $600,000 dollars. Executive Director Kelly Syer said they will use this money for […]

  • Long Leaves Razorback Program With Endzone Project Half Built

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Jeff Long may no longer be the University of Arkansas athletic director, but many athletic facility projects will proceed him. The north endzone project of the Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium started after the 2016 football season, and was the biggest project Long spearheaded in his tenure as athletic director. The $136 million dollar project was originally estimated by Long to only cost $80 million to complete. It is scheduled to be finished in time for the […]

  • American Heart Association Announces New Blood Pressure Guidelines

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) – New guidelines for high blood pressure were announced at an American Heart Association conference Monday (Nov.13). These changes mean 30 million Americans now have hypertension. Now, a blood pressure of 130/80 is considered high whereas that number used to be 140/90. “This particular group of people who had more than 130/80 but less than 140/90, we used to call prehypertensive. Now we’ve completely scraped off that term,” Cardiologist Dr. Ashu Dhanjal said. Dhanjal said this is […]

  • Family Loses Everything When House Burns

    NATURAL DAM (KFSM) — A family in Natural Dam is picking up the pieces after losing everything when their house burned to the ground. The Swaim family lived in their home for more than 20 years before it went up in flames late Tuesday night (Nov. 7). Thanks to Jett Turner, who had been staying at the house, everyone made it out safely. He said he was lying in bed, rolled over and saw flames out the window. “I just […]

  • First Movie Theater Since 1985 Opens In Bentonville

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — The home of the Bentonville Film Festival now has a movie theater to call its own. The new Skylight Cinema opened Thursday night (Nov. 9) in downtown Bentonville. The city has been without a movie theater since the Plaza Theater closed in 1985. The opening night movie was “Loving Vincent,” a movie about the mystery surrounding famed painter Vincent Van Gogh. The theater has six screens with rocker and recliner seats, and boasts a full service restaurant […]

  • Fayetteville School District Now Has Buses With Seat Belts

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Ten of the Fayetteville School District’s 56 buses now have seat belts. “We felt like from a safety standpoint for our students, it’s an added bonus,” said Mike McClure, assistant director of transportation services for the Fayetteville School District. McClure said the 10 new buses replaced the older ones in the fleet, and every elementary school has at least one of the new buses on their route. “It helps with the student management issues we might have […]

  • Local Church Focusing On Security After Deadly Texas Church Shooting

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — In light of what happened with the deadly church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, staff at Cross Church said security is their number one priority. They said they want everyone to feel safe in places of worship, but they recognize the threat and said they know that anything can happen. “Obviously, the world is an evil place and we want to keep our campuses, our church and hope that all churches across the country will take security […]

  • Razorback Greenway Expands To Bella Vista

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — The most popular trail system in Northwest Arkansas is about to outdoor enthusiast even further. Cyclists and runners will soon be able to take the Razorback Greenway into Bella Vista. Right now, it ends at Lake Bella Vista. Turk Montepare and his wife are from Colorado. They came to NW Arkansas to ride local mountain bike trials. He explained he likes how Northwest Arkansas has so much to offer. “I think it’s terrific that Northwest Arkansas […]

  • Bentonville Receives Grant To Fund Study For Lake Bella Vista Dam

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — The ongoing debate of what to do with the dam at Lake Bella Vista is one step closer to being over. Bentonville City Council accepted an almost $100,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation to pay for two firms to work together to help create a master plan for the future of the lake. This means there will be no cost to taxpayers. There are three options. Removing and replacing the dam and leaving the lake, removing the dam […]

  • Springdale Fire Department Asks For Three New Stations

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — Springdale Fire Department is one of 300 departments in the nation with a special classification. They’ve achieved a Class 1 Public Protection Classification. The Insurance Services Office classifies this by looking at the departments overall fire protection within the city. They take into account the emergency dispatch center, water supply and the fire department. Rogers and Fort Smith Fire Departments also have these classifications. In order to keep residents safe and decrease response times the Fire Department wants […]

  • Washington County FOP Sees Overwhelming Number Of Shop With A Cop Applicants

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) — The Washington County Fraternal Order of Police received an overwhelming number of applicants for their Shop with a Cop Program that takes place before Christmas. Applications were sent home with students this year instead of having school counselors select the kids. The program helps kids who go to Elkins, Greenland, Lincoln and West Fork. Secretary for the FOP Lieutenant Rebecca Dawdy said they usually help around 100 children, but this year there are 400 who need […]