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
  • Lack Of Parking At Fayetteville High School Forces Students To Park Off Campus

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Parking at Fayetteville High School is so cramped, residents nearby are leasing space for students to park off-campus, but that isn’t exactly legal. The district uses a lottery system for students to get parking permits, so that means there are just under 450 spaces of for grabs for juniors and seniors. Associate Superintendent Dr. Megan Slocum said they are working to figure out how to get more parking. “I also think that as phase one was being completed, […]

  • Madison County Man Accused Of Killing Neighbor, Victims Family Speaks Out

    COMBS (KFSM) — A Combs man is being held on bond Thursday after police say he fatally shot his neighbor Wednesday morning. Dale Wayne Bryant, 56, of Combs is facing a charge of capital murder in the death of Samuel Scott Hicks, 30. According to Lt. Russell Alberts of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to Combs along the Pig Trial Scenic Bypass at 8:14 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 8) in reference to a shooting. Investigators say Bryant and Hicks […]

  • Remembering Former Razorback India Lewis

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Former Razorback women’s basketball star and Siloam Springs native India Lewis succumb to her battle with breast cancer Tuesday (Aug. 7). Debbie Sharp coached India in high school and says she was a winner, and it was contagious. “She had such a drive and work ethic that I didn’t have to worry about motivation in practice. She was the general on the floor and just continued to raise the level of play of everybody around her.” Sharp […]

  • 120th Tontitown Grape Festival Underway

    TONTITOWN (KFSM) – Despite the rain, the 120th Tontitown Grape Festival kicked off Tuesday (Aug. 7). “We have live music, live entertainment every night. Free admission, free entertainment, obviously the carnival, the food and so that will be going on and keeping the weather away,” Chris Martini said. Tonight is the first night people could come stomp grapes that were grown on a farm in Tontitown. “It`s a fun thing. I don`t think they feel pain,” Chris Ranalli said. Chris […]

  • Owner of Former Stump Dump Didn’t Know What Was Buried Underground

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) – Brown’s Tree Care purchased the land less than five months ago and said he was unaware that there were logs buried 60-70 feet underground when he purchased the land. “We didn’t do this. We didn’t set the logs in there. There is a big crater when you look down there. There is 40 feet of flaming logs that are there,” Cletus Wilkins said. Owner Cletus Wilkins said his crews have been digging up all the stumps […]

  • Cats Causing Issues At Condemned Lincoln Apartment Complex

    LINCOLN (KFSM) – Residents of the townhouse apartments  were forced to move out several weeks ago because of unsafe living conditions and some of the residents left behind cats. Those cats are becoming feral causing issues for people living in surrounding houses. Debra Lloyd has lived across the street from townhouse apartments for almost five years and wants to help these cats, but since the building is condemned and unsafe the city doesn’t want anyone on the property. “If we […]

  • Arkansas Children’s Northwest Celebrates 6 Months

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — Some of the youngest patients where you live have been seeking treatment at our area’s newest hospital for almost six months. Arkansas Children`s Northwest has been seeing more than 2,000 patients a month since the hospital first opened in February. President and CEO Marcy Doderer said keeping families in Northwest Arkansas, instead of them driving all the way to Little Rock, was the driving force of the new hospital. “We`ve seen families who have had that history, who […]

  • Arkansas’ WIC Program Rolls Out EBT Cards

    ARKANSAS (KFSM) — Grocery shopping for participants of Arkansas` Women, Infants and Children Program(WIC) will now have an easier way to grocery shop thanks to electronic benefits cards. Before the new card roll-out participants in the WIC program received checks in the mail. Sometimes participants would have to bring up to three checks to the grocery store, and have to purchase every item with the checks at one time. “With the new EBT card, if they only want to purchase […]

  • Law Enforcement Train With Mock Active Shooter Scenarios At Fayetteville High School

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — With school safety a growing concern across our country, local law enforcement agencies are preparing for any and all situations. It’s as close to a real-life active shooter situation as possible. Fayetteville Police worked through scenarios at Fayetteville High School as if someone was inside armed with a gun on Tuesday (July 31). This training brought in multiple departments together to plan what they would do if something like this was to ever happen. There was one […]

  • Construction On I-49 Interchange In Benton County Could Begin Soon

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) — Bids were opened Wednesday (July 25) by state highway officials, one of which is a heavily congested interchange where Rogers and Bentonville meet on 71B. Exit 85 is where Walnut in Rogers and Walton in Bentonville meet, and is often congested with traffic. ArDOT said the low bidder was APAC Center at just under $27 million. They said if the bid is confirmed construction could begin in 4 to 6 weeks on Arkansas` first single point […]

  • With Ban Lifted, NWACC Begins Talk Of Adding Dorms To Campus

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — Northwest Arkansas Community College is entering talks about possibly building residence halls on campus. This comes after a new law lifts the ban on community colleges having on-campus housing. Sophomore Renato Betim said he rides the bus from Fayetteville to NWACC in Bentonville for class, and said if there were dorms on campus he would definitely live there. “I think it would be super convenient to have dorms on campus,” he said, “just go to class and […]

  • Dozens of Animals Taken From Alleged Puppy Mill Now Up For Adoption

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Seventy-one animals were rescued from an alleged puppy mill near Lincoln on June 13th,and now they’re ready for adoption. Carmen Nelson, from the Animal League of Washington County, said the dogs were in terrible shape at the time of the rescue. “The animals were just stacked in cages, no fresh water, in their feces, just really bad conditions all around,” she said. Dozens of those dogs were brought here to the Wedington Animal Hospital to be treated. […]