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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
  • Motorcycles Head To Town For Bikes, Blues & BBQ; Locals and Businesses Hit The Road

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Motorcycles are making their way to Northwest Arkansas for the 18th Annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally. But, as the crowds move in some locals are moving out. The big rally officially kicks off Wednesday (Sept. 20), and that means Fayetteville is about to get a lot louder. Police say there is a noise ordinance, and they gave out six citations last year from motorcycles revving their engines, forcing some business to shut down during the rally. […]

  • More Food Options Coming To Bikes, Blues & BBQ

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Motorcycles will soon rumble into town for the 18th Annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ Rally that starts on Wednesday (Sept. 20). One of the biggest complaints, according to event organizers, is there just wasn’t enough barbecue to back up Bikes, Blues & BBQ. They are working to change that by beefing up food options at the rally. Rally executive director Tommy Sisemore said they are adding more food option to the rally, and they have partnered with […]

  • Walmart Announces Plans For New Home Office

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — Walmart announced on Friday (Sept. 15) that they will build a new home office in Bentonville. Executive vice president of corporate affairs, Dan Bartlett said Walmart has more than 15,000 associates operating in almost 30 buildings across Northwest Arkansas. “It’s not very efficient for us to work as a team when so many parts of our team are splintered throughout the community,” he said. “It’s also inefficient because every time a meeting is scheduled they have to […]

  • Rules For Drone Use In Arkansas

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — Drones are becoming more common and they can often be heard buzzing overhead in local neighborhoods. Bella Vista Police Department has had six calls in just the last few months into dispatch about drones. Callers said they felt like they were either being watched, followed or just had safety issues with the drones. Bella Vista Police Chief James Graves said people’s main concern is privacy. “It technically wouldn’t necessarily be a violation if someone was just […]

  • Rogers Council Approves Contract To Repair Lake Atalanta Bridges

    ROGERS (KFSM) – Damage from flooding this past spring can still be seen at Lake Atalanta. Most of the damage to Lake Atalanta was cleaned up quickly, allowing the park to reopen at the end of May 2017. There is still a section that’s closed because one road and one pedestrian bridge need to be rebuilt. Rogers City Council voted Tuesday (Sept. 12) to enter into a contract to repair those bridges. This contract is also part of the FEMA […]

  • Prairie Grove Family Rides Out Irma At Walt Disney World

    ORLANDO (KFSM) — Since making landfall on Saturday (Sept. 9), Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm. This is only the sixth time in the 45 years that it’s been open that Disney World has had to shut down. The last time was October 2016 during Hurricane Matthew. One Prairie Grove teen and her family are feeling the impact after spending some of their vacation at Disney World hunkered down inside. “It’s just been windy and raining, but […]

  • Don’t Get Stuck In Traffic; Here’s How To Avoid Congestion Getting To The Razorback Game

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Saturday (Sept. 9) is the first official home Razorback game in Fayetteville which means traffic will be an issue. There is a lot of construction to get around before you start tailgating. If you’re heading down to Fayetteville in the morning for the game expect to spend a lot of time sitting in traffic, but there are some ways around the gridlock. If you live in Benton County and want to avoid sitting in the construction on […]

  • Cannonball Stolen From Bentonville Confederate Statue

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — A piece of Bentonville history that dates back to the early 1900s is missing from the Bentonville square. There were four cannonballs at the feet of the confederate statue on the Bentonville square, but now there are just three. Bentonville police said a thief trudged through the fountain waters, taking off with the nearly 30-pound cannonball. They said it happened sometime Tuesday (Sept.5). “I mean it’s theft, it’s vandalism of public property, so it’s wrong,” one Bentonville […]

  • Community Responds To DACA Announcement

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — The Immigrant Resource Center in Springdale held a news conference Tuesday (Sept. 5) to discuss its feelings about the DACA decision. DACA recipients and community members came together to show that they stand in solidarity after hearing a decision that impacts at least 10,000 Arkansans. A DACA recipient who asked we not use her name said she’s been living in the U.S. for 24 years since she was 3-years-old, coming with her family from Mexico. “It was […]

  • Arkansas Lawmakers Weigh In The DACA Program

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Arkansas lawmakers weighed in about their views on the DACA program and how the situation should be handled going forward. Not only would ending DACA affect these people who have lived in our state most of their lives, but it would also cause our state GDP to take a hit to the tune of about $236 million every year for the next decade. “None of these people are criminals. You can’t have a criminal record and receive […]

  • Springdale Boy Dies After Long Battle With Cancer

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A Springdale boy’s battle with cancer came to a heartbreaking end earlier this week. Back in February, 5NEWS was at a send-off event for 3-year-old Remington Anderson as he and his family traveled to Augusta, Georgia for a new trial drug. At just 9 months old he was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma high grade glioma stage 4. Remington had eight surgeries and multiple rounds of chemotherapy but his tumor kept growing. In April, Remington found out he […]

  • Fayetteville And Springdale Mayors Sign Letter In Support Of DACA

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — Mayors of two local cities are showing their support for children of immigrants, as congress is set to rescind a big part of the DREAM Act. Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan and Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse both signed a letter that said they stand with dreamers and believe in the continuation of the DACA program. DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. “We know who these people are that were brought here as kids who are working, […]