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Amy joined the 5NEWS team in August 2014 as a News Reporter. She is originally from Wisconsin, but is no stranger to this part of the country. She is a proud alumna of the University of Oklahoma, where she earned her degree in journalism.

She has completed three internships in Washington, D.C., most recently with CBS News, along with internships in Oklahoma City and Phoenix. During her time in Washington she reported on a Supreme Court case involving water rights in Oklahoma, President Barack Obama's second inauguration and reported local stories for news outlets all over the country. In 2012, she reported from both the Republican and Democratic National conventions.

Although Amy is a Sooner, she is thrilled to be working in Arkansas and can't wait to get to know the people here!

During her spare time, Amy enjoys running and traveling. She has a goal to visit all 50 states before she turns 30. (So far, she has visited 31 states.)

If you'd like to share your story with Amy, email her at Amy.Slanchik@kfsm.com or visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/amy5news.

Recent Articles
  • Food Bank Prepares to Relocate

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A new building will help the River Valley Regional Food Bank provide more food to those in need. The food bank feeds about 53,000 people each month. The new building on Zero St. is already being used to store some food, but employee offices need to be built before it opens in August. The new facility will provide about six times the space as the old building. “That’s going to enable us to do a whole […]

  • Van Buren Church Back “At Home” After Fire

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – A Van Buren congregation is back at home after their church was destroyed in a fire last year. “Everyone’s just got an extra excitement here today. It’s just — it’s just amazing,” Pastor Kevin Hardcastle said Sunday (March 29). On Nov. 10, the fire destroyed the roof of the Current Church, leaving damage inside. Since then, Mt. Olive Church, located less than a mile away, has been their temporary home. “We formed a great relationship with […]

  • Students Prepare for Global Robotics Competition

    BOONEVILLE (KFSM) — A team of students in the River Valley are preparing for a global robotics competition. Students who attend both the middle and high schools in Booneville have been meeting every day since January at Rockline Industries to build a robot and practice using it. “They have to be real committed to do this,” Coach Robert Dean said. He said the students, and adults working with them, have even spent time working together on snow days, and spring […]

  • Crews Search for Person Who “Intentionally Set” Fire

    HUNTINGTON (KFSM) — Police and fire crews in Sebastian County are looking for a person who they say set a piece of property on fire on purpose. “We feel it was an intentional fire,” Huntington Fire Chief Duane Logsdon said. The property in Huntington was partially destroyed Friday (March 27) afternoon. Mayor Gary Lawrence said he was on his way home when he noticed a fire near Broadway Street and Magnolia Avenue. “Could have been kids playing — who knows […]

  • Russellville Businesses Begin Recovery After Strong Storms

    RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM)- Cleanup is underway in Russellville, where several businesses are assessing damage after storms early Wednesday (March 26) morning. Tony Moore and his wife own River Valley Title and Closing. Moore said he’s never seen damage to the building, which is made of concrete and steel, in the 15 years he’s been here. “It’s very unique,” he said. “Russellville is not known for really having bad storms.” Moore is now filling dumpsters with debris from the building and estimates […]

  • Special Olympics Athletes Prepare for Oklahoma Summer Games

    POTEAU (KFSM) — Special Olympics athletes from throughout southeast Oklahoma competed in track and field events Wednesday (March 25) to prepare for the state competition coming up in May. Nearly 100 athletes met at Poteau High School to compete in track races, a pentathlon, the long jump, high jump, shot put, turbo javelin, and the softball throw. “It’s all about the athletes. It’s their time to shine,” Coach Cliff Parks said. One of those athletes is Belinda Holmes. This is […]

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    Mule Found Dead in Sequoyah County

    VIAN, OKLA. (KFSM) — A mule is dead after it appears to have been shot in Vian, Okla., according to the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office. Owners of the mule say this is the second time someone has killed one of their animals. In March of 2014, the family reported that another mule they owned was stolen and found tied to a tree. The case will be handed over to an investigator on Monday, March 23rd., according to Sequoyah County Sheriff […]

  • Long-Term Children’s Shelter Being Built

    CHARLESTON (KFSM) – A new long-term children’s shelter is being built in the River Valley. What was once the Greenhurst nursing home in Charleston is being remodeled to house abused and neglected children throughout the state. The facility will be called “Maggie House,” named after Maggie Schaffer, who helped run the Greenhurst nursing home, and is known statewide for being a leader in caregiving, according to her son Fred Schaffer. “We’re going to be taking care of kids here, just […]

  • Brain Tumor Survivor Heading to WrestleMania

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A benefit concert in Van Buren is allowing a two-time brain tumor survivor to live out one of his dreams. 14-year-old David Chisum has survived two brain tumors after he was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis, according to his father, Brett. “We found it when he was about six months old. [He] started having seizures. Probably sometimes up to about 100 a day at that point — on up to about the age of four or five, […]

  • Lawn and Garden Show Begins

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Nearly 50 vendors are selling flowers, plants and gardening tools at the Arkansas River Valley Lawn and Garden Show at the Fort Smith Convention Center. “Glad to get the snow and rain out of the way. We’re looking forward to some sunshine so we can get back to work,” Ryan Watts said. Watts owns “Express Tree and Landscaping,” and said he helps customers with everything from flower beds to Koi ponds. “Customers can get an idea […]

  • State Supreme Court Upholds Lethal Injection In Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – The Arkansas Supreme Court upheld lethal injection in The Natural State on Thursday morning (March 19), according to court documents. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said the Supreme Court’s ruling is a big hurdle in moving forward with executions in the state. “This ruling gives us the opportunity to begin asking for a date to be set,” Rutledge said Thursday (March 19) in an interview in Fort Smith. Lynn Lisk is a law professor at the […]

  • Construction On I-540 To Impact Drivers Near Arkansas-Oklahoma State Line

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Arkansas Highway Department said in a news release Tuesday (March 17) construction on Interstate 540 will begin soon. The department said the project will impact traffic on from the Arkansas-Oklahoma state line to the U.S. Highway 71 interchange. The northbound, outside lane will be closed every day starting after 9 a.m. until the project is complete. The project was set to begin on Wednesday (March 18), but was delayed because of the rain, according to […]


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