Kathryn is from the River Valley and loves getting to continue her career here at home. She is proud Razorback fan graduating with a journalism degree from the Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism at the University of Arkansas. When not telling your stories or calling the hogs you can find Kathryn enjoying all the natural state has to offer. She enjoys hiking, riding the Razorback Greenway and cruising on Beaver Lake. Kathryn also loves spending time with her family and friends, many of who call the River Valley and Northwest Arkansas home. You can also find her at the farmers markets, new restaurants and enjoying concerts at the Walmart Amp. If you have a story idea for Kathryn, email her at Kathryn. Gilker@kfsm.com

Recent Articles
  • Elected Officials Speak At Officer Stephen Carr’s Funeral

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Several elected leaders came out to show their support for slain Officer Stephen Carr. While family members and friends of Officer Carr spoke today at his funeral, so did some of our state leaders. Governor Asa Hutchinson spoke about how he had given words of encouragement to Officer Carr when he first joined the force. Hutchinson was the keynote speaker at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy Graduation less than two and a half years ago […]

  • Four Veterans Laid To Rest Today At Fayetteville National Cemetery

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Four veterans who were homeless and without family were laid to rest at the Fayetteville National Cemetery Wednesday (Dec. 11). “Nobody should be without a family. So, as you could see from the turnout, we had a pretty big family today,” Gregory Weeks said. Weeks is with the Patriot Guard Riders of Northwest Arkansas and came out with 20 of his brothers to escort the vets. He says the four veterans served our country, so they […]

  • Couple Chops Down Fallen Tree At Rogers Cemetery

    ROGERS, Ark. (KFSM) — Strong winds knocked down a tree damaging several gravesites at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, some of the headstones date back to the early 1800s. We first told you about the damage earlier this week after those living nearby were left wondering who owns the property and who would help fix the damage. “I figured somebody needed to do it, it’s in dire need of some help, so we just decided to come out here to see what […]

  • Bentonville Schools Shelter-In-Place During Massive Plant Fire

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — A massive fire at an industrial plant in Bentonville sent thick clouds of smoke through Benton County and left many parents worried about their children’s safety. The fire caused several Bentonville schools to lose electricity forcing the kids to sit in the dark for about an hour Wednesday (Dec. 4) afternoon. Apple Glen Elementary along with three others lost power but students remained at school until the last bell rang. “I was actually shopping at Walmart […]

  • Headstones Damaged At Rogers Cemetery By Falling Tree

    Rogers, Ark. (KFSM) — Strong winds knocked over a tree onto headstones at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Sunday (Dec. 1) damaging several of the gravestones. The cemetery that sits at the corner of Dixieland and Pleasant Grove Road has headstones that date back to the early 1800s. During the high winds on Sunday, a tree fell onto some of the headstones, pushing them partially out of the ground. By Tuesday (Dec. 3), no one has been seen out there removing […]

  • Ozark High School Students Raise Money For Sick Custodian

    OZARK, Ark. (KFSM) — A custodian at Ozark High School is close to coming home after spending two weeks fighting for his life after getting a flesh-eating bacteria from a cut. “He has such a great heart and he is so good with these kids, he’s amazing with these kids,” Phyllis Archer. Rusty Pearson or Mr. Rusty as everyone calls him has been working at Ozark High School for nearly 20 years, serving as a custodian and driving a school […]

  • Salvation Army Prepares For Community Thanksgiving Meals

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — For most people, Thanksgiving is about spending time with family, but for some people, they have nowhere to go. That’s why the Salvation Army is hosting Thanksgiving Day feasts across our area. At Genesis Church in Fayetteville, volunteers have been working hard deboning dozens of turkeys in preparation for the big feast. “I’ve just decided that on holidays, I’d like to make that part of both of our holiday that we help other people that aren’t […]

  • Almost 20 Cars Vandalized In Fort Smith In One Night

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — More than a dozen cars were vandalized in one night in Fort Smith, some had dents or scratches and some had broken windshields. “Obviously, it was someone up to meanness,” Connie Anderson said. Anderson’s daughters-in-law’s car was parked on the street in front of their house. She came outside Monday (Nov. 25) and found SUV had scratches on the side and the tail light was broken. She says in the 40 years she’s lived in […]

  • Brother Dale Retires From First Baptist Fort Smith After Almost Three Decades

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — After serving in Fort Smith and in Rogers for more than 40 years, Baptist pastor Dale Thompson announced he is retiring and gave his last service this past weekend. “It’s been a real good experience for me. I like people and I like to be around people and work with them and the people of First Baptist Church are great,” Thompson said. Thompson says he, his wife and two sons moved to Fort Smith in […]

  • Van Buren Middle Schooler Makes High Score On ACT

    VAN BUREN, Ark. (KFSM) — Getting a high score on the ACT isn’t all that uncommon, but when you’re just in seventh grade, it’s a big deal. Nathaniel Whittington found out last week that he got a 31 on the ACT, as a seventh-grader taking the test for the first time. “I think it’s pretty cool. Not many kids like me have this opportunity,” he said. Whittington goes to Northridge Middle School in Van Buren and got the chance to […]

  • Feature Film Wraps Up Shooting In Northwest Arkansas

    PRAIRIE GROVE, Ark. (KFSM) — Rockhill Studios has brought the filming of another movie to Northwest Arkansas. The film crew wrapped up shooting the feature film Wednesday (Nov. 20) at some historical locations. The feature film, ‘Freedom’s Path’ is set during the Civil War and centered around the story of a young Union soldier who gets injured during battle and is rescued by a group of runaway slaves. “He ends up helping facilitate the underground railroad. And the story is […]

  • Strangers Help Springdale Woman Clean Her Home After Roach Infestation

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KFSM) — From inside the walls to inside the refrigerator, roaches invaded a Springdale home. Owner of Natural State Pest Control Trent Ragar says they received a call from homeowner Paula Stephenson saying she had an insect issue, but it was much worse than they could’ve imagined. “We just try to build a culture of giving back,” Rager said. “You know we’ve gotten a lot of business in Northwest Arkansas. Northwest Arkansas has been really good to us, […]

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