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
  • Springdale Shows Plans For New Criminal Justice Center

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — Building a criminal justice center is becoming a reality thanks to Springdale voters approving a bond issue at the beginning of this year. Now, the city is in the planning stages of deciding what it will look like. It will be home to the police department, district court, and the city attorney. The project will be done in phases with the last phase being renovating city hall. Mayor Doug Spouse said Springdale has almost doubled in size […]

  • City Of Fayetteville Seeks Public Input For The Future Of 71B Corridor

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)—Highway 71B in Fayetteville may soon be getting a makeover. The city is exploring options for transportation on 71B and Tuesday (Dec. 11) they held a public concept design meeting to discuss the future of 71B. They are looking at plans for all of College Ave. from Cato Springs Rd. all the way to the north end of the city, except for the downtown area that has already received a facelift. City of Fayetteville planning director Andrew Garner said […]

  • NWA Sheriff’s Offices Hold Meeting To Discuss 287(g) Program With ICE

    Northwest Arkansas (KFSM) — Some local law enforcement officers are allowed to act as agents of ICE, through a unique program that Benton and Washington County Sheriff offices are part of. It was standing room only as close to 100 people came to the Benton County Sheriff`s office Tuesday (Dec. 11) for a joint meeting with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to learn about a controversial program called 287(g). It’s a program that enables local law enforcement officers to make […]

  • Fight At The Bentonville Water Tower Turns Into Giving Back To The Community Event

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – Friday (Dec. 7) there was a fight here at the Bentonville water tower between the City of Rogers and the City of Bentonville, but it wasn’t throwing punches or smacking anyone around. That satirical fight turned into canned food, toy and coat drive competition between the cities. It all started a few weeks ago when parody Facebook pages for Northwest Arkansas cities began popping up on Facebook. That`s when the City of Rogers and Bentonville decided to […]

  • Russellville Man Linked To 2005 Beauty Queen Murder Arrested For Attempted Kidnapping

    RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM) — A man tried twice but never convicted for the murder of a former Arkansas beauty queen has been arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap two women in separate incidents. Gary William Dunn, 39, was arrested Wednesday (Dec. 5) and was being held at the Pope County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond. The first woman was approached Tuesday (Dec. 4) around 7:19 p.m. at Arkansas Tech University near Baswell Hall, where she said Dunn asked her to […]

  • Early Voting Underway In Runoff For Bentonville Mayor

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — Early voting for the Bentonville mayoral race started earlier this week after none of the five candidates were able to get more than 50 percent of the vote in this year’s midterm election. Stephanie Orman and Jim Webb are both vying to lead the state’s ninth-largest city. The growth of the Bentonville infrastructure is a very important topic that both candidates agree needs to be a top priority. Orman, who was elected to the Bentonville City Council […]

  • It’s A Griswold Kinda’ Christmas Parade

    ROGERS, Ark. (KFSM) —   Christmas parade’s are ramping up around the area and that means it’s time to get in the Holiday spirit. For two northwest Arkansas families that means bringing the movie ‘Christmas Vacation’ to life. “How can you drive this around town and not have a good time. Everybody has a smile on their face. Everybody recognizes the car, they understand what we are trying to do,” Travis Broadbooks said. Travis Broadbooks or Clark Griswold said this year […]

  • Mystery Man Pays It Forward To NWA Veteran On Veterans Day

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS(KFSM) — A local veteran wants to find out the name of a man he said picked up the tab on a several-hundred-dollar purchase on veteran’s day. “I never expected for this to happen at all, but it did, and I thank the guy very much. I wish I knew his name,” Edward Lee Nickels told 5NEWS. On Veterans Day, the 86-year-old Korean War veteran, who still works, was shopping for a new wood-burning stove when a stranger paid […]

  • Benton County Road Department Prepares For Winter Weather

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) — With our first snow of the season to likely be on Monday (Nov. 12) many counties and cities are preparing to make sure they keep roads clear and safe where you live. The Benton County Road Department started working ahead of the weekend to prepare with some new equipment they will be using if the weather gets bad. Earlier this year they got a salt brine generator that creates the mixture the department treats roads with. […]

  • U of A Students Talk About Suspicious Activity Rumors On Campus

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Social media has been buzzing with stories about suspicious activity on the UA campus, but the University of Arkansas Police (UAPD) said those posts aren’t correct. UAPD sent out an email alert over the weekend after the frightening posts spread on social media. Since then, UAPD has increased patrols on campus. But, they say they have not received any reports to investigate these claims. The email and rumors have some students being more cautious on campus. “I always feel […]

  • How Did They Get My Number? Arkansas Politicians Using Text Messages To Get Votes

    ARKANSAS (KFSM) — Getting voters attention in the digital age has some candidates thinking of new ways to get support through text messages. Getting a phone call asking for your vote or even a knock at the door is something most Americans are used to right before elections, but not everyone likes the idea of getting a text message on their cell phone. “It felt intrusive and like I said a breach of privacy, and it also bothered me that […]

  • Bike NWA Install Protected Bike Lanes In Springdale

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — Getting from the Razorback Greenway to other parts of town will now be more accessible for bikers and walkers. Bike NWA is installing protected bikes lanes starting at East Meadow Ave. in Springdale that connects people from the Greenway all the way to the Springdale Public Library. These protected bike lanes will put a barrier between drivers and bikers and walkers. Members of Bike NWA and volunteers were out helping install them Tuesday (Oct. 30). “I was […]