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
  • Food Truck Owners Talk About Potential Styrofoam Ban In Fayetteville

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — The City of Fayetteville wants to ban the sale of Styrofoam throughout the city for food products, meaning restaurants, food trucks and grocery stores could no longer serve your food in any Styrofoam products. Back in May, the city council passed an ordinance prohibiting the purchase of the Styrofoam for city purposes or the sale of the product on city property. “We’ve actually been actively looking for an alternative to our Styrofoam containers because we’d prefer […]

  • Video Shows Police Chase That Ended With A Shoot-Out In Washington County

    (KFSM) — We’re getting a closer look at a dramatic police chase that ended in a shootout between law enforcement and a bank robbery suspect. Arkansas State Police chased Jaime Leonel Reinsoa-Salguero, 43, down Interstate 49 in Washington County after he robbed an Arvest Bank in Alma on May 29. After slamming into troopers, Reinsoa-Salguero waited a few minutes and then took off again. The trooper then used a pit maneuver to get Reinsoa-Salguero off of the road. ASP was […]

  • Centerton Looking To Start Little League Baseball

    CENTERTON, Ark. (KFSM) — There may be Major League Baseball playoffs on TV right now, but the City of Centerton has its eyes on Little League. The City of Centerton recently finished building four baseball fields, but the city has no teams of its own to play on them and right now kids wanting to play have to go to neighboring cities. “We would like to bring the kids back home to Centerton to play, so the community can participate […]

  • Cameron Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony For New Gymnasium

    CAMERON, Okla. (KFSM) — More than two years after a fire destroyed Cameron School’s gym and administration building, they are finally able to rebuild. In August of 2017, the Cameron High School gym and administration building went up in flames, losing not only the buildings but also decades of memorabilia. “When it burned, it was really devastating. A lot of memories for myself and the kids because they are growing up here,” Jalyndia Baker said. Jalyndia Baker is one of […]

  • Springdale Woman Arrested In Connection To Marshallese Adoption Scheme

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KFSM) — After a two-year investigation, federal agents have arrested a woman in connection to an adoption scheme that brought women to Northwest Arkansas from the Marshall Islands. Court documents show Maki Takehisa, 39, was helping bring pregnant women to Northwest Arkansas from the Marshall Islands to convince them to give their babies up for adoption in exchange for large sums of money. Takehisa, 39, pleaded not guilty Tuesday (Oct. 7) in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville to […]

  • Franklin County EMS Coordinator Resigns After Allegations Of Falsifying Community Service Paperwork

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ark. (KFSM) — The 911/EMS Coordinator for Franklin County has resigned after allegations of inappropriate messages. Randy Boren resigned on Friday (Aug. 16) after he reportedly falsely signed off and submitted dates that a woman worked community service hours in exchange for inappropriate messages. “Inside those photographs were some suggestions that Mr. Boren had altered a community service workers hours,” said Franklin County Deputy Chief Travis Ball. Those Facebook messages contained explicit photos on Boren’s county provided cell […]

  • Fayetteville Considering Short-Term Rental Regulations

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — With the popularity of rental websites like Airbnb and VBRO, one Northwest Arkansas city is looking to regulate these types of short term rentals. The city of Fayetteville says there are between 500 and 600 short-term rentals that are in residential parts of the city. Technically, this isn’t allowed. So now the city is gathering information from citizens to write code to make short-term rentals legal in residential areas. “Initially, our neighbors are wonderful, they told […]

  • Fort Smith School District Addresses Mold Issues At Schools

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Record rainfall in the River Valley last summer caused a mold and fungus problem at some public schools. 5NEWS spoke with the school district about how they are cleaning things up. The Fort Smith School District says with high humidity levels over the summer and students not occupying schools, air conditioner temperatures were set much higher than usual, leading to mold and fungus being found in several schools in the district. Mold issues were reported […]

  • Northwest Arkansas Vaping Company Addresses Safety Concerns With Vaping

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KFSM) — After recent vaping scares, a Northwest Arkansas vaping distributor is speaking out about safety concerns and says its product is fine. Vapor Maven and Vapor World are both ran by a family who together has more than 135 locations across six states. They opened the first store on Sunset Avenue in Springdale in July 2014. “Everything we make here is safe. Flavored juices that come from any legitimate retailer are going to be safe,” Edward Mount […]

  • Bikes Blues And BBQ Kicks Off Wednesday

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) – The 20th annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ kicks off Wednesday (Sept. 25) making for a soggy day of getting set up for many vendors. “We have die-hard bikers that will come here rain, sleet or shine, they will show up. Those are your true bikers that will be here this weekend,” Eli Villarrella said. This is the seventh year Eli Villarrella has come from Corpus Christi, Texas to set up shop at the rally to sell […]

  • Former Fayetteville Superintendent Wins Bidding War With School District

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — The former Fayetteville superintendent wins a bidding war with the school district over the rights to lawsuits he filed. Matthew Wendt is going to pay $104,000 for the rights to two lawsuits he filed that were dismissed by a judge. He beat out the Fayetteville School District whose final bid was $101,000. Wendt won back the rights to two cases on Monday (Sept. 23), one he brought against the school district and another he brought against the woman […]

  • Vaping-Related Illnesses Cause Concerns For Doctors In Arkansas

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KFSM) — Eight people have died in the U.S. from vaping-related illnesses. We just recently learned that a teenager at Arkansas Children’s Northwest this week was treated for a vaping related illness. Northwest Health physician Dr. Carlos Vela Sandoval says this severe lung disease people are getting from vaping will cause permanent lung damage like what you would see in someone who has smoked cigarettes for years. “Vaping is not as safe as originally thought. The features you see when you […]

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