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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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    Location of Scott County Man Remains a Mystery

    WALDRON (KFSM) – A Scott County man is still missing after a search was called off Thursday (Sept. 25). Mark Nix’s disappearance in a wooded area remains a mystery. “I wish they would keep looking because like I said, I know his parents and I know what they’re going through,” Jewell Yandell said. Mark Nix has not been seen since Friday, Sept. 19, and some Waldron residents are concerned about him. “The longer it is, it just seems like he’s […]

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    Deer Season Begins in the Natural State

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) – It’s bow season — and for many in Arkansas, that means spending a lot of time in a deer stand. Bow-hunters headed out to the woods Saturday (Sept. 27) to get that first deer of the season. “Bow hunting is a little more challenging. Obviously I have to get a little closer than with a rifle or a shotgun. Just the challenge makes it a little more exciting to me,” Will Dawson, who is also the Greenwood […]

  • Multiple Agencies Search for Missing Man in Scott County

    WALDRON (KFSM) — Nearly 50 people are searching for a missing man in Scott County, who hasn’t been seen since Friday (Sept. 19) according to Scott County Chief Deputy Terry Staggs. Additional search and rescue teams came to the area near Waldron on Wednesday (Sept. 24) to look for Mark Nix, after his truck was found in a wooded area at Truman Baker Park Monday (Sept. 22) morning. Crews from eight counties in Arkansas have been looking for him, along […]

  • Some Provide Extra Parking at the Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) —  The Arkansas Oklahoma State fair is in full swing, but before you enjoy the corn dogs and rides, you need to find a place to park. Some people living nearby want to help you find a spot. “This is the place to park — in the ditch, at Walkers,” Arvil Walker said. There are about 2,000 spots available, and every year, Arvil and Jean Walker provide a few extra. “I would say 12 cars,” Walker said. […]

  • Suspect Arrested In Crawford County Murder Investigation

    CEDARVILLE (KFSM) — A suspect has been arrested in a Crawford County murder investigation after a man named Brian Fisher was found shot near Cedarville on Aug. 2, authorities said. Nathan Rotrammel appeared in a bond hearing on Wednesday (Sept. 17), and his bond was set at $75,000. He was booked into the Crawford County Detention Center on Tuesday (Sept. 16) around 12:50 p.m. He faces a charge of second-degree murder, according to authorities. Rotrammel and Fisher had a complicated […]

  • Children Compete in Goat Show at Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Local children were showing off their prize goats at the fair in Fort Smith Monday (Sept. 22) at the Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair. A couple hundred children — some as young as nine — were competing for the grand champion title. 13-year-old Julie Isbell from Fort Gibson won the Reserve Grand Champion title at the market goat show. “It’s an honor to win this,” Isbell said. “I feel really awesome. I worked really hard on this, […]

  • Local Priest Signs Nearly One Thousand Books

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A local priest signed 850 books after mass on Sunday (Sept. 21) at Immaculate Conception in Fort Smith. Father John Antony wrote a book titled “Oh, for the Love of God,” a collection of his sermons from the last five years. “’Oh for the Love of God’ — it’s almost kind of tongue-and-cheek, in that, anybody who has any interest in knowing anything about God might be interested in this book,” Antony said. He said he […]

  • Nearly One Hundred Take Hunter Education Course

      FORT SMITH (KFSM) — In preparation for bow season, nearly one hundred students took a hunter education course Saturday (Sept. 20) at the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center. “There are things that I didn’t know that now I know, and that’s a good thing,” Jade Banning said. She has been hunting with her stepfather since she was 13, but now that she’s 16, she needs a hunting license and to pass a hunter education course in order […]

  • Sebastian County Man Crushed Under Car

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) – A man from Bloomer was crushed under a car and killed on Tuesday (Sept. 9), authorities say. The man was working on his car when a jack became loose and the car fell, crushing the man, according to Lt. Phillip Pevehouse at the Sebastian County Sheriff’s office. “Any time you’re doing anything, accidents can happen.” Authorities believe the death was instant, and said the man was found by a family member. Neighbor Stephen Newton said he’s aware […]

  • Family Remembers Former Sebastian County Deputy

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — The family of a former Sebastian County deputy found shot to death at his Bidville home is looking for answers. The Jacksons want to offer a 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 […]

  • Fort Smith Quadriplegic wins Singles, Doubles in U.S. Tennis Championship

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Chris Cross is a quadriplegic who won the singles and doubles titles in a national tennis tournament last month. “I think Chris has a certain attitude — `if there’s a mountain out there, I can go climb it,’” his coach Ed Newlin said. That attitude, his coach said, is what earned him two titles from the United States Tennis Association in the U.S. Open Wheelchair Championship in St. Louis. “He’s won two of them,” Newlin said. […]

  • Children Learn Where Food Comes From at Crawford County Fair

    MULBERRY (KFSM) – Hundreds of students got a hands-on learning experience Wednesday (Sept. 10) at the Crawford County Fair in Mulberry. The children learned real life lessons on where our food comes from and how to raise those animals. “So many kids are disconnected from the farm. They just assume when they go to the grocery store food’s always gonna be there,” Crawford County 4-H Extension Agent Nickie Harding said. They spent time with a pig named Speckles and learned […]

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