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
  • Hot Cars Can Become Deadly In Just A Short Amount Time

    ROGERS, Ark. (KFSM) — Whether it’s intentional or accidental, leaving a child in the car is especially dangerous this time of year. It only takes minutes for heat stroke to take over, which could lead to death. After just 10 minutes of a thermometer being inside a vehicle that’s turned off, the temperature of the car got up to 105 degrees. Experts say so far, 32 kids have died in hot cars already this year. “Heatstroke is the leading cause […]

  • New Elementary School Opens In Rogers As City Continues To Grow

    ROGERS, Ark. (KFSM) — A week ahead of the first day of school a ribbon cutting was held for the districts newest school in the southwest part of the city. Fairview Elementary School is Rogers School District’s 16th elementary school. The $22 million school is almost 90,000 square feet. “We’re excited to be joining in the first year at a new school,” Ashton Caton said. Ashton Caton was just one of many parents who brought her soon to be kindergarten […]

  • State Tracking System Delays Opening Of Two Bentonville Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Two medical marijuana dispensaries in Northwest Arkansas are anxiously awaiting for the state to help solve an issue that may delay their opening. Both were hoping to open their doors this month, but the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission found an issue during inspections this week. AMS Patient Center in Bentonville could soon be the seventh medical marijuana dispensary to open here in the natural state. ABC says while their inspection went great there is an […]

  • Bethel Heights Responds To Accusations Against Wastewater Treatment System

    BETHEL HEIGHTS, Ark. (KFSM) — Residents who have been dealing with wastewater seeping onto their property are not happy with the city’s response to the problem. “Nobody knew it was this bad until they started pulling the test and my cousins had three cows die. So, it’s just taken a life on its own and it’s just terrible,” said Bethel Heights resident Joe Brooks. On Monday (July 29) the City of Bethel Heights sent its temporary plan to fix the […]

  • Fort Smith Woman Investigates Hit And Run After Saying Police Didn’t Do Enough

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — A River Valley woman says she was channeling her inner investigator after she figured out who is responsible for hitting three vehicles, two belonging to her and her son, and leaving the scene earlier this month. “I love my Fort Smith Police Department, they do a really good job, but sometimes a person can just know by how they are being spoken to if this is being taken seriously,” Darla Lackey said. That’s why Darla […]

  • NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge Holds National Championship In Bentonville

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Archery, muzzleloader and rifle shooting were just some of the events kids from all over the country competed in during the National Championship for the National Rifle Association’s Youth Hunter Education Challenge. This youth shooting competition is based on what is taught at a hunter education certification course that most state’s require hunters to have. Teams from as far away as Wyoming came to Bentonville to compete in the National Championship for the NRA’s Youth Hunter […]

  • Tyson Foods Makes Large Donation To Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Tyson Foods made a substantial donation Thursday (July 25) to make sure a River Valley children’s shelter has food on the table that kids in need will enjoy. Tyson Foods has donated almost $200,000 to the Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter over the last four years through its “Happy Plate” program. On Thursday, the shelter received $45,000. “In the four years that Tyson has been supporting us, what we have found is that hungry kids […]

  • TheatreSquared Will Soon Hold Their Grand Opening Performance

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) – After nearly two years of construction, TheatreSquared just off Dickson Street will soon be ready for it’s first production. Inside the $31 million building, you’ll find two theaters along with a not so traditional lobby where the public can come to enjoy a cup of coffee. TheatreSquared wants this to be a space everyone can use. “We were having lots of sold-out shows across the street, partly that’s because when you are committed to intimacy, you […]

  • Local Family Buys Remaining Shoes At Fort Smith Payless To Donate To Those In Need

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — A bit of good news emerges from Payless closing all of its remaining stores as one local family is using it to pay it forward. For one Alma mom, what started out as a trip to the mall to buy her kids some shoes turned out to become a way to give back to their community. “As I was checking out I just said ‘how much for the rest of the shoes in the store,’ […]

  • Construction Boom Causes Lane Closures In Uptown Rogers

    ROGERS, Ark. (KFSM) — Big developments are in the works in uptown Rogers, but these will cause some growing pains over the next few months. Starting Monday (July 22) one lane on J.B. Hunt Drive will close for two and a half months, but it’s not a full closure. “The developer right there along J.B. Hunt drive is working and they are putting in large structures that have a lot of prefabricated elements to it, so there are bringing it […]

  • Ninja Warrior Style Obstacle Course Comes To Farmington Park

    FARMINGTON, Ark. (KFSM) — When you watch ninja warrior competitions, you kind of want to be one of those athletes and now you can. Now all you have to do is go to Creekside Park in Farmington to see if you have what it takes to be a ninja warrior and it’s free. Even though the padding hasn`t been put down to protect you if you fall, people are still coming to test their ninja skills. “I`m in awe at […]

  • Washington County Waives Fees To Agencies Bringing People To The Crisis Stabilization Unit

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Less than a month ago the Northwest Arkansas Crisis Stabilization Unit opened its doors as an alternative to jail for people who are going through a crisis. Thursday (July 18) Washington Judge, Joseph Wood held a news conference after hearing concerns that cities weren’t using the CSU because they were worried they would be charged a daily rate for bringing people to the CSU. The cities said they haven’t budgeted for that in 2019. Judge Wood […]

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