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
  • NWA Crisis Stabilization Unit Opens To Help Those With Mental Illness

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — There will now be an alternative to jail for people in Northwest Arkansas who are going through a crisis, it’s the Northwest Arkansas Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU). “It’s an illness, it shouldn’t be a criminal offense. So, what we are trying to do is decriminalize somebody who is mentally ill,” said Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder. Helder said they are happy they will be able to help those in crisis in this facility. There are 500 […]

  • OmaHog Shirts Flying Off The Shelves At Local Retailers

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — If it’s OmaHog shirts you are looking for there are many options you can buy at local stores not too far from Baum-Walker Stadium. Houndstooth Clothing Store had to make even more OmaHog shirts this morning because they were flying off the shelves Wednesday (June 14). Houndstooth Clothing store team leader Sarah Wiebe says it’s been great to see all the fans come in to shop. “We’ll continue printing them, continue restocking as long as we […]

  • Arkansas Fans Send Off Diamond Hogs To Omaha

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — The Razorback Baseball team is officially on the road to Omaha. The team was given the proper send-off by fans outside of Baum-Walker Stadium Wednesday (June 12) with a Hog call. “I’ve been a hog fan my whole life and to watch them come so close last year and just not win. To have them come back and win it this year would be amazing,” said Hog fan Meredith Ghean. Ghean and her brother Jack where […]

  • Residents Say Bethel Heights Is Dumping Wastewater On Their Property

    BETHEL HEIGHTS, Ark. (KFSM) — Several Benton County families said the town of Bethel Heights illegally dumped raw sewage in their yards and fields. “We just want them to stop polluting our land and our ponds and I would like for them to clean it up,” resident Jason Steele said. Jason Steele’s family has owned 153 acres since the ’50s. He said the city of Bethel Heights put a pipe underground and pumped raw sewage water to two of their […]

  • Bella Vista Residents Relieved Former Stump Dump Fire Is Finally Out

    BELLA VISTA, Ark. (KFSM) — After what’s been close to a year people living in Bella Vista can soon breathe easier, now that the smoldering stump dump is no longer burning. The Bella Vista Property Owners Association (POA) said the fire on Trafalgar Road is out and there is no fire or smoke at this site. “The air quality has improved greatly. My family is extremely happy that is the case. We can breathe either, we can go out and […]

  • United Way Distribution Hub In River Valley Helps Those In Need

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — There’s a one-stop shop for flood victims to learn how to apply for help. It’s inside the former Sear’s store inside Central Mall. Inside the distribution hub, people can go shop for everything from non-perishable food items to cleaning supplies. All you need to check in is two verifications of address and then you’ll be able to shop. “We have a volunteer that will meet you after you go through the intake and will take […]

  • Moffett Residents Look Inside Their Homes After Floodwaters Cause Damage

    MOFFETT, Okla. (KFSM) — Robert Casey looked inside his house for the first time since water filled the inside. His house sits four feet off the ground and the water inside his home was another four feet high. “It ruined more than I thought it would,” Casey said. “We’re just hoping that we can get everything out and clean up and see where we can go from there.” Casey said it hasn’t quite set in yet just how devastating this […]

  • Fort Smith Residents Survey Homes After Flood Waters Recede

    RIVER VALLEY, Ark. (KFSM) — Homeowners are getting back inside their houses now that flood waters are receding and 5NEWS got an inside look into two Fort Smith Homes where people are sorting through their losses. Many people living in Canterbury Cove watched the disaster unfold, seemingly in slow motion. Tuesday (June 4) was the first time several of them were able to return home since the Arkansas River forced them out and left a trail of mud behind. “It’s […]

  • Neighbors In Lavaca Stepping Up To Help Each Other During Flooding

    LAVACA, Ark. (KFSM) — People living in Lavaca, a small community just a few miles east of Fort Smith, are pitching in to help each other during the historic flooding along the Arkansas River. With several roads still blocked off because of flooding getting in and out of Lavaca isn’t easy. Community members are helping out by opening a food pantry at the First Baptist Church. “We’re not over this yet. We haven’t gotten to the end of it yet, […]

  • River Valley Residents Prepare For The Possibility Of More Storms

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Several tornadoes in our area over the weekend left behind damage and a lot of debris, but we could experience even more bad weather soon. “Well, not much you can do,” said Fort Smith Resident Gary Lee. “We got the roof covered so we wouldn`t get any leaks and when the weather clears up they`ll come in and do the repair job on the roofing.” Lee had damage to his roof and a large tree […]

  • Bentonville Breaks Ground On Fourth Junior High School

    CENTERTON, Ark. (KFSM) — To keep up with growth in Northwest Arkansas the Bentonville School District had a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday (May 15) on its fourth junior high school. This new junior high school will be built in Centerton and will be 140,000 square feet. Around 800 seventh and eighth graders will walk the halls. “You know what’s exciting about growth, is more opportunity,” said Bentonville School Board President Eric White. “If we can continue to provide a great education for […]

  • ‘True Detective’ Props To Be At Fayetteville Salvation Army

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Fans of the hit HBO show True Detective, which was shot right here in Northwest Arkansas, will soon get the opportunity to buy props from the show. The Salvation Army in Fayetteville ended up with all of the shows clothing and props after filming wrapped up. They’ve already sold the clothes but fans will soon have the chance to buy furniture and other props from the show. “It’s just a little piece of Hollywood, a little […]

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