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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
  • Fort Smith 2015 Budget Plan: No Layoffs, But Some Hiring Freezes

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Fort Smith Board of Directors agreed in principle Tuesday night on a city budget for next year that includes raises, but leaves out layoffs that previously had been mentioned as a possibility. Some city directors had worried the 2015 budget could not include raises without clearing the money by cutting 13 jobs, as was presented in a budget option drawn up by city administrator Ray Gosack. City directors agreed Tuesday night, though, to make up […]

  • Fort Smith Budget Proposal Includes 13 Cut Jobs To Pay For Raises

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A plan to trim Fort Smith’s city budget could include eliminating 13 jobs in order to balance the numbers and give other city employees raises, according to a memo sent to the Fort Smith Board of Directors. City officials have been in talks over the last several weeks to balance the city’s 2015 budget. One option, outlined by city administrator Ray Gosack in the memo, includes saving $430,270 by cutting 13.25 positions, eight of which are […]

  • New Fort Smith Bomb Squad Robot Gets A Name

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Students at one elementary school had a special visitor today from the bomb squad at Fort Smith Fire Department – but they weren’t responding to a threat. With Thanksgiving break about to start for Ballman Elementary students, it seemed like a normal time for an assembly. “I thought it was going to be a regular assembly actually,” sixth-grader Clayton Hartwig said, but this assembly had a special guest: a bomb-detecting robot. Students in Sebastian County took […]

  • Arkansans Take Free Archery Class

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – We are right in the midst of bow season in Arkansas, and people of all ages spent part of the day improving their archery skills. Instructor Chad Lowe at the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center said this class is for beginners. “We work on skill and technique. And basically the starting building blocks of how to hold a bow, aim and so forth and so on,” Lowe said. Father and son Jon and Caleb […]

  • Car Show Raises Hundreds for Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A car show in Fort Smith raised hundreds of dollars for the Salvation Army just in time for the holidays. For those who participated in the car show at Breeden Auto Group, there was no entry fee. Everyone donated to the Salvation Army for the Angel Tree program, which provides clothing and gifts to children in need. Jason Walker entered his 2010 Ford pick-up truck and donated $20. “It’s all for a good cause. Help out […]

  • Murder Suspect: Gregory Aaron Kinsey

    Fort Smith Machete Murderer Gets 70-Year Prison Sentence

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) –A Sebastian County jury on Thursday night sentenced Gregory A. Kinsey, 21, to 70 years in prison for the deaths of Brandon Prince and Nathan Young. Kinsey was convicted Wednesday night of first-degree murder and second-degree murder after hacking Prince and Young to death with a machete last year. He was sentenced to 40 years for the first-degree murder charge and 30 years for the second-degree murder charge. The sentences will be served consecutively, officials said. 5NEWS spoke […]

  • Machete Killing Victims Drunk At Time Of Death, Medical Examiner Testifies

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Fort Smith man accused of slashing two men to death with a machete last year began his murder trial Monday in Sebastian County Circuit Court. Gregory Kinsey is charged with two counts of capital murder in the June 2013 deaths of Brandon Prince and Nathan Young. Prosecutor Dan Shue said he is seeking the death penalty in the case. Attorneys for both sides delivered opening statements Monday morning, before the prosecution moved on to calling […]

  • River Valley Prepares for Winter Weather

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – All across the River Valley, people prepared Sunday (Nov. 16) for winter weather. Chad Adams with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department said about eight salt trucks were preparing Sebastian County roads Sunday. Nathan Hipps said he’s ready for the winter weather. His truck is loaded up with wood in preparation for the possibility of slick roads. “My truck is little and it needs a little extra weight to weigh it down for traction.” Sue […]

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    Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act Begins

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act started Saturday (Nov. 15), and people all over the country have been logging on to www.healthcare.gov  to choose their health insurance coverage plans for 2015. The enrollment period is open until Feb. 15, 2015. “If you’re interested in enrolling in health care for 2015 you need to do it during that time period,”  licensed navigator Casey Trzcinski said. Three licensed navigators with Legal Aid of Arkansas were available for people […]

  • LeFlore County Deputy Remembers K9 Partner

    POTEAU (KFSM) — A LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office K9 deputy died Monday (Nov. 10). Anor was a 10-year-old German Shepherd who worked side-by-side with Sgt. Jason Robertson for three years. The K9 lived also with Robertson and his family. “[He was a] constant companion,” Rebekah, Robertson’s wife, said. “They would load up just to go to town. [If] Jason had to go run to the store real quick, Anor would go with him. Just to go.” Anor was trained in […]

  • Veterans In River Valley Recieve Free Dental Work

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Veterans in the River Valley were smiling a little brighter Tuesday (Nov. 11) –not just because people were thanking them for their service, but because they had a service provided to them for free. Kevin Fairfield was one of several veterans who had some dental work done at Morton Family Dentistry, located in Fort Smith and Van Buren. “I’ve been needing dental work done but it’s been kind of on the back burner,” Fairfield said. He […]

  • Utility Bills in Fort Smith Could Increase

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — City administrator Ray Gosack said an increase in the sewer rate will be necessary in order to comply with the federal Clean Water Act. “We’re still calculating what the rate impacts will be, and we expect to have that information either later this month or early next month,” Gosack said. “I don’t think the people should have to pay a higher bill because of their city problem,” Lonnie Sharb said. Fort Smith leaders have been in […]


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