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
  • Rogers Fire Chief Talks About Battling Fire Like At Notre-Dame Cathedral

    ROGERS, Ark. (KFSM) — The Cathedral of Notre Dame is not only a historical structure but also contains artifacts that are irreplaceable making fighting the fire even more complicated. “While a Cathedral like that isn`t necessarily in Northwest Arkansas what you do find is within any city our community you have structures that have historic significance,” Chief Tom Jenkins. Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenkins said this is why automatic sprinkler systems are very important. He said those sprinklers go off […]

  • Rupple Road Alignment To Soon Be Open To Drivers

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) —  If you drive around Mount Comfort Road in the mornings and afternoons you know how backed up traffic can get, but that will soon be coming to an end thanks to the Rupple Road extension being close to opening up for drivers. Rupple Road from Mount Comfort Road to Starry Night is getting realigned to turn Rupple Road into an alternative north-south corridor. Sara Chance lives and works off mount comfort road and can’t wait for […]

  • Tick Numbers On The Rise As Warmer Weather Moves Into The Area

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — With a mild winter and warmer spring temps, tick season is expected to be bad this year. Avid outdoorsman Rick Spicer got bit by a tick two years ago. He went a week without thinking much about it, but after getting a fever and severe aches and pains, he went to the doctor and was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain spotted fever. “It’s one of those things think oh it’s not going to happen to me but […]

  • Musselman Family Talks About Becoming Hogs

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Razorback fans got their first glimpse of the new basketball coach and his family this afternoon as the Musselman family made their first appearance in Bud Walton Arena Monday (April 6). They said they are ready to call the Natural State home. Danyelle Musselman said she was so excited to see Bud Walton Arena packed with Hog fans. “I’ve gotten to meet so many people so far in this area and they’ve been incredibly welcoming and […]

  • DNA Identifies Remains As Missing Benton County Man

    BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KFSM) — A Siloam Springs man was last seen by his family in 1987, and now decades later his family has closure after DNA matches the body of a man who was found dead not long after he disappeared in Oklahoma. “With missing persons cases it`s very difficult to have a jumping off point,” said Detective Sergeant Hunter Petray. William ‘Bill’ Reed went missing in August of 1987 and his family knew he may have been over […]

  • Cross Church Talks About Search For Next Senior Pastor

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KFSM) – Senior Pastor Ronnie Floyd has served Cross Church for more than three decades. He announced earlier this week that he will be leaving to become the President and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention. “The influence has not just spread from Springdale but up and down the I-49 corridor, and there are so many other things, but so little time to talk about it. So, he`s had great influence on the region and the lives of […]

  • Racers Get Ready For The Run Bentonville Half Marathon

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Runners across our area will be lacing up their running shoes for the Run Bentonville Half Marathon on Saturday (March 30th). Packet pickup and the health and wellness expo is being held at the Record in downtown Bentonville until 7 p.m. Friday (March 29th). They are expecting record numbers for this year’s race. “We already have over 3,050 people registered amongst the half marathon, relay and the 5K which is the highest it’s ever been, so […]

  • Hail Rips Holes In Siding In Leflore County

    MONROE, Okla. (KFSM) — Close to baseball size hail broke windows and tore holes in some homeowners siding last night. “We didn’t have time to get to the fraidy hole, so we just got in the bathroom together and started praying,” Robert Collins said. Collins said he and his wife had just gotten home from church Sunday (March 24) when the storm came out of nowhere. He said it felt like the hail lasted forever. “It just kept going and […]

  • Teen Killed In Early Morning Shooting in Springdale

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KFSM) — A 15-year-old boy has died from a gunshot wound. Springdale Police said they were called to Northwest Medical Center for a report of a juvenile male with a gunshot wound at 5:30 a.m. Friday (March 22). When officers arrived on scene, they were told a couple of youths brought the victim to the hospital. Emergency room staff attempted to save the boy’s life but could not, and he died at the hospital. The Washington County coroner […]

  • Plan To Bring New Warehouses To Chaffee Crossing Raising Concerns For Business Owners

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) — A zoning dispute at Chaffee Crossing has left some business owners upset about a plan to bring new warehouses to the area. Businesses at Chaffee Crossing will get a chance to voice their concerns after a committee decided to table the decision on whether to rezone an area currently meant for more retail. The area was the old Chaffee barracks and now is home to several retail businesses, and those businesses want to keep it a […]

  • Debate Over ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill In Arkansas Gets Heated

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KFSM) — The “stand your ground” self-defense bill was voted down by a Senate committee by just one vote. During that committee hearing…things got pretty heated. “I have feared for my son’s life,” said Arkansas Senator Stephanie Flowers. Senator Stephanie Flowers from Pine Bluff had a passionate response during the more than two hours of debate over the “stand your ground” bill. “It doesn’t take much to look on the local news every night and see how […]

  • Bella Vista Bypass One Step Closer To Completion

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — The final piece of Interstate 49 connecting Northwest Arkansas to Missouri is finally in the works after the Missouri Highway Commission approved funding its end of the almost $48 million project. This is thanks to a $25 million federal grant from the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission. This means the semis on U.S. 71 driving through Bella Vista will be a thing of the past once the bypass is complete. Steve Morrow is the general manager […]

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