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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.

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    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “Partially” Opens Some Campgrounds on Lake Tenkiller

    LAKE TENKILLER (KFSM) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it is partially opening some campgrounds at a popular lake just in time for the Fourth of July holiday. The campgrounds were closed after major flooding this spring. Chicken Creek, Carter’s Landing, Pettit Bay I, Sizemore Area I and Strayhorn Landing campgrounds are partially open, according to Brannan Parrish with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District. If you’re planning to bring your boat, the Highwater boat ramp […]

  • Fourth of July In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Between 8,000 and 10,000 people were at the Riverfront Saturday (July 4), according to the Fort Smith Police Department. People enjoyed fireworks and music while relaxing on the lawn next to the Arkansas River. Others celebrated the holiday at the Fort Smith National Historic Site. “It’s just nice to be with our family — we don’t get to spend enough time together, and we enjoy spending time with our family,” Lisa Evans said. She and her […]

  • Local Boy Scouts Recall Deadly Camping Experience in New Mexico

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A teenage Boy Scout died while camping with his troop in New Mexico, according to police. Brian Robinson and his sons Wyatt and Will just got back from a 10-day, 70-mile camping trip near Cimarron, New Mexico at Philmont Scout Ranch. “I’m really surprised that there weren’t any more accidents,” Brian Robinson, who was an adviser on the trip, said. The scouts, who are with the Fort Smith Troop 3 Boy Scouts, describe the camping trip […]


    Van Buren’s Tyler Spoon Signs Pro Contract

    Spoon has been the face of the Razorback program the last three years, playing in 189 games. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 35th round.


    Music On The Mulberry Gives Fans “Intimate” Experience

    OZARK (KFSM) – Hundreds of people turned out for the first-ever Music on the Mulberry – a festival that was organized in 12 days. When Thunder on the Mountain was canceled, one of the artists set to perform decided to keep the party going. Country singer Lance Carpenter, who is originally from Ozark, organized the event. Twenty-four bands took the stage, including Keith Anderson, Kevin Fowler, Back Road Anthem and Ricochet. “These folks — they write songs that tell stories,” […]


    25th Annual Riverfront Blues Festival Attracts Hundreds

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The 25th annual Riverfront Blues Festival attracted hundreds of people to Fort Smith this weekend. “Twenty-five years was pretty special to us because not many festivals make it 25 years,” President of the Board of the Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Society Dwight Hopkins said. This year, they added a car show, artwork, and an indoor exhibit on the history of the blues. “It’s a big anniversary,” festival-goer Heather Morris said. Morris has been to the festival […]

  • Local Same-Sex Couple Discusses Benefits After Supreme Court Ruling

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriage in every state in the country not only means same sex couples can legally be married — they can now legally get federal and state benefits. “Love won today — and that speaks volumes on so many different levels for so many different people,” Jennifer Seaton-Rambo said. Kristin and Jennifer Seaton-Rambo met five years ago in Fayetteville. On May 10 of last year they were the first same-sex couple […]

  • Final Preparations for “Music on the Mulberry” This Weekend

    OZARK (KFSM) — This would have been the third year for Thunder on the Mountain, but it was canceled in the midst of a class-action lawsuit. Country singer Lance Carpenter organized Music on the Mulberry in just 12 days. “We’re about to have a party this weekend at Byrd’s Adventure Center,” Carpenter said. When he found out Thunder on the Mountain was canceled, Carpenter knew he wanted to do something about it. “This is all about turning a bad situation […]


    Preparing For The Riverfront Blues Festival

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – With the recent flooding of the Arkansas River, there was a bigger mess than usual to clean up at the riverfront for the annual Blues Festival. “Just cleaning up the mud — we just got through bleaching and power washing the stage. We had to rebuild all of our electrical panels. The fire department came out and helped us get [most] of the mud. We’re ready for them,” Mike Cook said. Now that the water from […]

  • Kids Enjoy First Day Of Summer

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — After weeks of rainy weather, the sun made an appearance on Sunday (June 21) for the first day of summer. Kids enjoyed playing baseball and making a splash at local pools. Yeagers Store Manager Joe Milone has some advice for keeping your home cool this summer. “Don’t leave your fans running, because fans actually produce heat. Unless you’re actually in the house — I would shut the fans off while [you’re] not at home,” he said. […]

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    Greenwood Police To Switch Cages After DWI Suspect Steals Cruiser

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) – The Greenwood Police Department will purchase a more secure design of cages for its police cars. The new cages “will have an additional cage material over openings, making it impossible to climb through,” said Greenwood Police Chief Will Dawson in a statement. The switch in designs comes after Jessica Sterling was able to climb through the partition in a police cruiser and drive away, before eventually crashing it into a gas well Tuesday (June 17). Dawson said […]


    VIDEO: Greenwood Woman Accused Of Stealing And Crashing Police Vehicle

    GREENWOOD (KFSM)- Jessica Sterling, 23, is in custody after she stole a Greenwood Police Department patrol car Tuesday (June 16) and crashed into a gas well, according to the Greenwood Police Department. Police shut down a portion of Long Ridge Road following the crash and said it’ll be blocked off until the gas well is shut off and the wreck is cleaned up. Gas was leaking, but no one was in danger or evacuated, police said. According to Greenwood Police Chief Will […]


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