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
  • Suspect Dead After Officer-Involved Shooting

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)– One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting Saturday (Oct. 13). Police have identified that man as 27-year-old Samuel Morris. Fort Smith Police were dispatched to 5221 Johnson Street for a domestic disturbance involving weapons. When officers arrived on scene they found Morris threatening someone at knife point, but the victim was able to break free from Morris, according to police. Aric Mitchell, Public Information Officer for the Fort Smith Police Department, said officers repeatedly asked Morris […]

  • Kingston Boy Travels To Maryland For National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Where His Granddad Was Being Honored

    KINGSTON (KFSM) — One of northwest Arkansas’s smallest residents accepted a big honor on behalf of his granddad at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Maryland. 8-year-old Ryder Treat received a flag and badge on behalf of his hero, his granddad at the ceremony in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Sunday (Oct. 7). “It was awesome. We are very proud of him, he’s had to grow up a lot,” Myle Myers, his mom, said. On August 26, 2017, Randy Treat was responding to […]

  • Siloam Springs High School CASS Program Gets Students Work-Ready

    SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) — With a shortage of skilled workers at local manufacturing plants, high schools in northwest Arkansas are adding programs to get students work-ready. The Siloam Springs High School CASS program is teaching students in the classroom skills like welding and electrical work they can use to get jobs once they graduate. This is thanks to partners like Simmons Foods. Principal Anne Martfeld said they listened to their community partners needs and found out they were in need […]

  • Pop-up Beer Garden Opens Along Razorback Greenway To Attract Cyclists

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — More than 700 mountain bikers from across the country are coming to Northwest Arkansas for the inaugural OZ Trails Off-Road. All the way from Grand Junction, Colorado Molly Moyer is here to ride in Saturday (Oct.6) race. “We`ve heard so much about Bentonville and the amazing trail system that it has, that we thought why not. So we drove 15 hours over two days and came to stay,” Moyer said. For cyclists who are wanting to […]

  • Girl Raises Money For Charities With Lemonade Stand During Bikes, Blues & BBQ

    MADISON COUNTY (KFSM) — Where highway 74 and 295 intersect in Wesley, you’ll find a lemonade stand run by a girl who is only 8-years-old. This is Cabela Wilson’s 5th year to have the stand during the Bikes, Blues, & BBQ motorcycle rally. “I thought it would be a fun experience. The thought of helping people and just getting to come out here and have fun,” she said. She was just 3-years-old when she started Bela’s Lemonade Stand. “It’s just […]

  • ArDOT To Add More Traffic Cameras On I-49

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) — A new traffic tool will soon be available for you to better check road conditions and congestion on I-49. There are currently six live cameras on 1-49 from Fayetteville to Lowell, but the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) is wanting to add 40 to 50 more. ArDOT is planning to install live traffic cameras about every mile and a half from south Fayetteville to Bella Vista. They’ll start putting them up at the start of the […]

  • Pea Ridge Police Arrest Man Involved In Illegal Steroid Ring

    PEA RIDGE (KFSM) — A drug shipment from China gets intercepted by local police thanks to a tip from homeland security. The Pea Ridge Police Department arrested Travis McDaniel who had a package of illegal steroids in his house, his plan wasn’t to sell them in Northwest Arkansas, but to ship them to other parts of the country. McDaniel first told police the package containing the steroids was not his because it was addressed to a different person, so he […]

  • Volunteers From Northwest Arkansas Help Those Impacted By Florence

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) — Volunteers from where you live are helping those impacted by flooding from Hurricane Florence. Tyson Foods sent their disaster relief teams to Fayetteville, North Carolina where they received massive flooding along with their meals that matter trailer with supplies to make foods. “Some of our drivers that hauled in the 18-wheelers, they reported a lot of closed roads, a lot of detours. They saw a lot of that flooding first hand, so there is definitely a […]

  • The Momentary Brings Contemporary Living Art To Northwest Arkansas

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — Crystal Bridges is expanding, by turning an old building into something new with the Momentary. The Momentary contemporary arts venue will be on Southeast E Street, in what used to be the Kraft Foods Plant. It will bring living artists to the region. Walmart announced Thursday (Sept. 13) they’re giving the new museum $2 million, which will go to keeping general admission to the new museum free for visitors. “Through their investment in arts and culture they […]

  • Texas Thieves Target Northwest Arkansas

    PEA RIDGE (KFSM) – Police said suspected thieves from Dallas targeted Northwest Arkansas in a month-long crime spree. Brian Kronberger and Brittany Arnold stole from inside of six cars parked in driveways in one Pea Ridge subdivision in one night, taking credit cards and electronics. “You would think it would be easier in a bigger city, but it’s really a lot harder because everyone is more cautious because it’s the city life and people up here are more trusting,” Kronberger […]

  • VA Host Annual Veteran Health & Resource Summit

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Local veterans receiving help Friday (Sept. 7) at the 6th Annual Veteran Health and Resource Summit. Mental health was a big topic at this year’s veterans’ summit with a lot of community resources on hand and veterans who shared their story of dealing with the issue. Carrie Guarino was one of them. She was in the army in the 80’s during the cold war. She didn’t know she had post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD until she began […]

  • Homeless Camp On UA Property Cleared By UAPD

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)— It’s now a crime for homeless people to stay at a former camp on University of Arkansas property. The wooded area off school avenue in south Fayetteville was cleared by UAPD Thursday(Sept. 6) morning. A month ago on August 9th when the University announced they were clearing the land close to 100 people were living on the close to a 60-acre plot of land. “Yesterday we weren’t homeless, we were alternative campers. Today we are homeless, “ Jersey […]