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
  • Community Rallies Behind Centerton Family Who Lost Everything In House Fire

    CENTERTON, Ark. (KFSM) — A family lost everything after a fire was intentionally started at their home in Centerton Sunday (Jan. 19) night. The suspected arsonist was arrested just a few hours later more than 60 miles away in Greenwood. “There were flames going everywhere, there were huge flames. The car was on fire. There were explosions that were happening,” neighbor Christi Mefford. Mefford lives just a few houses down from where the fire was started. She says it was […]

  • Two River Valley Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Still Not Open Could Lose Licenses

    ARKANSAS (KFSM) — The Medical Marijuana Commission admits it’s frustrated half of the state’s dispensaries still haven’t opened for businesses. There are a total of 32 licensed dispensaries in the natural state and 16 are still not open for business, two of those are in Clarksville and Morrilton. “They’ve received a license last January and very often they’ve committed to opening in six to eight months and yet we still haven’t seen half the dispensaries open and as a commission, […]

  • Franklin County Home Damaged In EF1 Tornado

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ark. (KFSM) – An EF1 tornado touched down leaving some damage Friday (Jan. 10). The tornado was on the ground for almost four miles with winds from 95 to 105 miles per hour. “It absolutely just dropped out of the clouds in our front yard because that was the only damage before that, after that. It just skimmed the top of the hill and got us pretty good,” Rita Alexander said. Part of the roof of Alexander’s house […]

  • HEROES Of NWA Helps First Responders With Everyday Struggles

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) – Thursday, Jan. 9 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and that’s why one local non-profit is wanting to shed light on the services they provide to those men and women who keep us safe every day. “Law enforcement has had a very hard year and Northwest Arkansas has had a very difficult month,” Mary Schulz said. Schulz is the president of HEROES of NWA and a licensed therapist. She says while it’s nice to have a […]

  • Officials Hope To Open Marshals Museum By The End Of This Year

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) – The City of Fort Smith was awarded the United States Marshals Museum in 2007 and fundraising began in 2009, but it’s still under construction. The building was dedicated back in September 2019 on the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Marshal service. Foundation President Alice Alt says the building itself will be complete in the very near future. She says they will be moving furniture into the building next week. “We have about $8 million more […]

  • Former Benton County Sheriff’s Wife Speaks Out After His Tragic Death

    BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KFSM) — Former Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck’s wife Sabrina is speaking out after his tragic death. He died Sunday (Jan. 5) in a wreck in Mayes County, Oklahoma which is about 50 miles west of Benton County. “He was through and through a true servant,” Sabrina Cradduck said. Kelley was the Benton County Sheriff from 2012 until he resigned in 2016. Before getting elected as Sheriff he worked in many roles. He was an officer at […]

  • Local Salvation Army’s Fall Short On 2019 Red Kettle Campaigns

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — The holidays are officially over and so is the 2019 Red Kettle Campaign for the Salvation Army and both the Fort Smith and Fayetteville locations fell short of their goals. The Fort Smith Salvation Army ended the 2019 Red Kettle season short $55,000 of their $210,000 goal. Director of Development Susan Adams thinks this year a lot of people made donations during the historic flooding in May. “Most people only have allotted amount of donation […]

  • Runners Celebrate The New Year With A Race And Black Eyed Peas In Fayetteville

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — The start of the new year comes with many traditions and one of those in our part of the country is eating black eyed peas. “Black eyed peas are just a southern tradition for good luck along with collard greens for wealth and to have it all presented here at the first run of the year. That’s an awesome way to start the new year,” Tonya Weaver said. Tonya Weaver and Jeff Byrd were among nearly […]

  • Police Stepping Up Patrols This New Year’s Eve

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — The new year brings a lot of celebrations to the area, many could be ringing in 2020 by drinking too much. Police across the River Valley and Northwest Arkansas are working to keep the roads safe from drunk drivers this New Year’s Eve. People will be filling bars on Dickson Street and Garrison Avenue as they celebrate the new year. Just like any night out though, Fayetteville Police do not want you to drive if you’ve […]

  • Fayetteville Officers Justified In Deadly Shooting Outside Station

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Fayetteville Police Chief Mike Reynolds announced Monday (Dec. 30) the Washington County Prosecuting Attorney’s findings related to the officer-involved shooting on Dec. 7 outside of the police station. Washington County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Durrett reviewed the independent criminal investigation completed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and he determined Fayetteville police officers were justified in their use of deadly force against the suspect accused of shooting Officer Stephen Carr. “They didn’t have any choice. It wasn’t […]

  • How To Entertain Kids This Winter Break

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) — It’s officially winter break for two weeks for most kids in our area, leaving many parents wondering how to keep kids entertained and avoiding kid cabin fever at home. “It’s a nightmare haha…it’s a nightmare. It’s really rough if you’ve got a full-time job and most of us do,” Cathy Burton said. Cathy Burton just like many grandparents and parents are looking to find things to do for their kids this Christmas break. Monday (Dec. 23) […]

  • Business Owners Worried About New Parking Structure In Downtown Fayetteville

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Dickson Street parking has been the talk of the town for a while, but especially now the city has decided to turn the big parking lot across from the Walton Arts Center into a new park. The goal of the Cultural Arts Corridor is to improve the landscape of the area, but the project will take over one of the main parking lots on Dickson Street. The city is now looking for a place to relocate […]

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