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
  • Fort Smith Residents Survey Homes After Flood Waters Recede

    RIVER VALLEY, Ark. (KFSM) — Homeowners are getting back inside their houses now that flood waters are receding and 5NEWS got an inside look into two Fort Smith Homes where people are sorting through their losses. Many people living in Canterbury Cove watched the disaster unfold, seemingly in slow motion. Tuesday (June 4) was the first time several of them were able to return home since the Arkansas River forced them out and left a trail of mud behind. “It’s […]

  • Neighbors In Lavaca Stepping Up To Help Each Other During Flooding

    LAVACA, Ark. (KFSM) — People living in Lavaca, a small community just a few miles east of Fort Smith, are pitching in to help each other during the historic flooding along the Arkansas River. With several roads still blocked off because of flooding getting in and out of Lavaca isn’t easy. Community members are helping out by opening a food pantry at the First Baptist Church. “We’re not over this yet. We haven’t gotten to the end of it yet, […]

  • River Valley Residents Prepare For The Possibility Of More Storms

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Several tornadoes in our area over the weekend left behind damage and a lot of debris, but we could experience even more bad weather soon. “Well, not much you can do,” said Fort Smith Resident Gary Lee. “We got the roof covered so we wouldn`t get any leaks and when the weather clears up they`ll come in and do the repair job on the roofing.” Lee had damage to his roof and a large tree […]

  • Bentonville Breaks Ground On Fourth Junior High School

    CENTERTON, Ark. (KFSM) — To keep up with growth in Northwest Arkansas the Bentonville School District had a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday (May 15) on its fourth junior high school. This new junior high school will be built in Centerton and will be 140,000 square feet. Around 800 seventh and eighth graders will walk the halls. “You know what’s exciting about growth, is more opportunity,” said Bentonville School Board President Eric White. “If we can continue to provide a great education for […]

  • ‘True Detective’ Props To Be At Fayetteville Salvation Army

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Fans of the hit HBO show True Detective, which was shot right here in Northwest Arkansas, will soon get the opportunity to buy props from the show. The Salvation Army in Fayetteville ended up with all of the shows clothing and props after filming wrapped up. They’ve already sold the clothes but fans will soon have the chance to buy furniture and other props from the show. “It’s just a little piece of Hollywood, a little […]

  • Anonymous Donor Pays Off Rogers High School Seniors Cafeteria Debt

    ROGERS, Ark. (KFSM) — Some high school seniors got quite the surprise when they went through the lunch line Thursday (May 9). A man who wants to remain anonymous paid off the cafeteria bills for all the seniors at Rogers High School. The school said those cafeteria debts totaled almost $900. There are around 500 students in the 2019 graduating class. Child nutrition manager Sheila Staten said the man came in asking if any seniors had negative balances on their […]

  • Vigil Held For Teen Who Died In LeFlore County Car Accident

    POCOLA, Okla. (KFSM) — More than 50 friends and family of Kacey Jackson gathered to remember her at a vigil Tuesday (May 7). They all said she was an exceptional person who will be missed by many. “She was incredibly special, I don’t think I can stress that enough,” said her coworker Tiffany Brooks. “She made impacts on my life, our customers lives, on everybody out here. I mean she was one of a kind.” Brooks and Jackson quickly became […]

  • Fayetteville Man Is Contestant On ‘The Price Is Right’

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.(KFSM) – A Fayetteville man was a contestant on Monday’s (May 6) episode of the ‘The Price Is Right’. “I never dreamed that we would actually get picked, but we were just excited to get to be in the audience and see it but ended up getting picked and getting on the show, so it was pretty incredible,” Jeffrey Essary said. He said the first four people got called down and after one person went their turn, they needed […]

  • Spanker Creek Bridge In Benton County Getting Close To Completion

    BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KFSM) — Flooding from this week’s heavy rain closed several roads to close, but the county said they are now all back open. On the old spanker creek bridge, water would come up from under the bridge onto the road forcing the county to shut down the road anytime we got a lot of rain. “It would come on over on the banks behind me and flood that whole area behind me. It never quite got over […]

  • Man Caught On Camera Vandalizing Dippin’ Dots Kiosk At Northwest Arkansas Mall

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Police are investigating after someone broke into a kiosk inside the Northwest Arkansas Mall. The Dippin` Dots kiosk was broken into early Monday (April 29) morning and the kiosk`s surveillance camera luckily caught the man acting very odd as he tried to open and take their safe. The man you see in the surveillance video tried to take the safe from underneath their cabinet, but he couldn’t open it so he just left it there. “He had […]

  • Fort Smith Elementary School Parents Asked To Verify Their Addresses Due To Class Sizing Issues

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) – The Fort Smith School District is sending out letters asking parents who have kids enrolled in elementary schools to verify their address. They are doing this to make sure students are going to their neighborhood schools. “Children should be able to go to school in the district that they live in,” Mary Willis said. Mary Willis was one of the many people who received a letter in the mail. She has three grandsons attending Sunnymede […]

  • New Law Notifies Arkansas School Districts When Students Commit Violent Crimes

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — A new law makes it mandatory for law enforcement to notify school districts if a student has a current or past violent criminal history. Authorities will have to notify the school district that student attends within 24 hours of their arrest. It also requires agencies to inform the school if a student transfers in who has been arrested or convicted of one of these crimes. Prosecutors will also have to follow up once the case is […]

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