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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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    New Police Chief a Top Priority for Cedarville Mayoral Candidates

    CEDARVILLE (KFSM) – As the Cedarville mayor’s election nears, the three candidates running said they are using the final weeks to reach prospective voters. The candidates each said hiring a new police chief should take a high priority, as the city has had four police chiefs since the spring of 2013, including David Goss, Mark Gentry, Joseph Johnson and Blaine Irvin. City officials are still recovering from investigations that resulted in some police chiefs being accused of breaking state law […]

  • Supreme Court Decision On Minimum Wage Pending

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The minimum wage in Arkansas is currently $6.25. The proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot would increase the minimum wage to $7.50 on Jan. 1, 2015. It would then increase to $8.00 on Jan. 1, 2016 and to $8.50 on Jan. 1, 2017. “I just feel it’s too low right now for people to maintain, to be able to live their daily lives,” Chris Killian said. Those who oppose a minimum wage increase say businesses won’t […]

  • Truck Fire Caused By Cigarette, Officials Say

    ALMA (KFSM) — A truck engulfed in flames threatened nearby homes in Alma. “The truck was just in flames. Black smoke [and] sparks going everywhere that you could see from the road,” said Darla Morton, who was driving when she saw the truck on fire. “From the road I couldn’t really tell because of having to drive and keep my eyes on the road. But looking, just kind of glancing, I could see that there was people out beside it,” […]

  • War Eagle Craft Fair Wraps Up

    HINDSVILLE (KFSM) — The 61st annual War Eagle Fair ended Sunday (Oct. 19) after four days full of food and crafts. Vendors from all over the country sold their candles, blankets, furniture, books and jewelry. Rich Ernsting and Rebecca Higgins have been selling pictures of nearly 800 universities for almost 20 years. “It’s not a hobby — it’s a living,” Ernsting said. “We get a campus map to start with. We drive to the campus and we walk the entire […]

  • Poteau Balloon Festival Reaches New Heights

    POTEAU – (KFSM) The 10th annual Poteau Balloon Festival wrapped up Saturday (Oct. 18). Karen Wages with the Chamber of Commerce estimated about 30,000 people attended this year, compared to about 20,000 people last year. “Well, I’ve never been — I thought I just might come,” said 10-year-old Landen Dooly. “I’m having fun today because I’m at the balloon fest, and it’s very fun with all the games,” eight-year-old Brilynn Strickland said. There were carnival rides, fair food and animals, […]

  • Gubernatorial Candidates’ Views on Open Carry in Arkansas

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — There’s some confusion about whether people in Arkansas can openly carry a handgun. The candidates for governor, Asa Hutchinson (R) and Mike Ross (D), spoke to 5NEWS on Wednesday (Oct. 15), and explained what their views are on whether people can carry guns openly in Arkansas under current law. “It’s my understanding that the legislature passed a law the last session that legalized open carry and basically said that unless you’re carrying a weapon for a […]

  • Streets, Traffic Signals in Fort Smith to Improve

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Big improvements are underway to Fort Smith streets and highways. The board of directors met on Tuesday (Oct. 7) and approved a five-year sales tax program for streets, bridges and related drainage improvements. The construction will cover more than 20 different areas totaling almost eight miles around Fort Smith and is expected to be complete by the summer of 2016. City Director of Engineering Stan Snodgrass said the street overlays will cost just over $11 million. […]

  • Fort Smith Museum of History Celebrates Judge Isaac Parker’s 176th Birthday

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — October 15 will mark the 176th birthday of former Judge Isaac C. Parker, and the Fort Smith Museum of History held a special birthday celebration to honor him Saturday (Oct. 11). “Judge Parker is known today as the hanging judge,” Leisa Gramlich, director of the Fort Smith Museum of History, said. “Judge Parker. We read about him in our history books of course,” party guest Lee Smith said. Judge Parker sentenced 160 people while serving as […]

  • Victims Identified in Deadly Tractor Trailer Collision in Spiro

    SPIRO (KFSM) – Two people who were killed after their tractor trailers collided in Spiro on Wednesday morning (Oct. 8) have been identified. Donald Sharp, 58, of Fort Smith and Kelvin Hudson, 47, of Keota, Oklahoma were both pronounced dead at the scene, according to an accident report from Oklahoma Highway Patrol. “My husband was blown out of the truck,” Hudson’s wife Lori Hudson said. Sharp and an unidentified vehicle were traveling in the westbound lane of Highway 9, when […]

  • First Same-Sex Couple in LeFlore County Obtains Marriage License

    POTEAU (KFSM) — The first same-sex couple in LeFlore County received their marriage license Tuesday (Oct. 7). The couple got married after the United States Supreme Court declined to get involved in same-sex marriage cases in five states, including Oklahoma, making it legal for gay and lesbian couples to marry. “It’s exciting, because now I can make decisions for her, instead of somebody else. That’s the main thing here for us,” Tammy Fisher said. Tammy Fisher and Shannon Couch have […]

  • Family of Slain Sebastian County Deputy Offers Reward for Information

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — The family of a former Sebastian County deputy found shot to death at his Bidville home is looking for answers. They are offering a $6,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of his killer. The family has set up a fund in his name at Bancorp South. This will also help cover funeral costs. “My father was a good man. He was always hard-working. He was a Marine, [and] served in Vietnam,” his son Wesley […]

  • Construction on I 49 Almost Complete

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A third lane on I-49 between exits 76 and 78 in Northwest Arkansas is almost ready for drivers. “Normally it would take me about 15 minutes to get where I need to go and it took 40,” Teresa Gomez said. Road worker Mike Cate with Becca’s Trucking Company said construction is expected to be finished Monday (Oct. 6) morning at 6:00, just in time for people heading to work. “We’re done with the paving part. All we […]


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