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 http://www.facebook.com/amy5news.


Recent Articles
  • EXPECT DELAYS

    Traffic Delays Expected During Fort Smith Marathon

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Nearly 1,000 runners will be racing throughout the city Sunday (Feb. 14) morning, according to Fort Smith Marathon Race Director Samantha Cole. Traffic signs are already in place, warning drivers to expect delays along the race courses for the marathon, half marathon and relays. The most congested areas are expected to be any part of the race that intersects with Rogers Avenue. Old Greenwood Road should be busy too, especially where it nears Zero Street. “It […]

  • BIKES PIC

    Lawsuit Filed Against Fort Smith, Fayetteville Leaders Regarding Noise At Motorcycle Rallies

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A former law enforcement officer has filed a lawsuit against Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders and Fort Smith Police Chief Kevin Lindsey, along with Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan and Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor. The federal lawsuit alleges a failure to regulate loud motorcycles attending the Steel Horse Rally and Bikes, Blues and BBQ. Rickey Holtsclaw, of Uniontown, said his intention is not to put an end to the rallies, but to have them better regulated. […]

  • FUTURE HOPE CAMPUS

    Old Fort Homeless Coalition Receives $500,000 Grant To Build Shelter

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Old Fort Homeless Coalition received a $500,000 grant to be used toward building the Riverview Hope Campus in Fort Smith. The grant is from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, based in Tulsa, Okla. “We are hoping that our homeless are not going to need to stay outdoors one more winter,” Director of Riverview Hope Campus Debbie Everly said. Everly said the grant will help the group get one step closer to that goal. “That […]

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    New Voting Machines Ready For Use In Sebastian County

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Sebastian County Election Commission has more than 300 new machines ready for early voting, which will begin Tuesday (Feb. 16). Voters will no longer fill out a paper ballot, but instead, be handed a printed ballot after checking in with someone on a tablet. That ballot will be inserted into one of the new machines, and the voter will make his or her selections. After that, the ballot will come back out of the machine […]

  • BLUE THE DOG

    Dog Put Down At Humane Society While Owner Was Hospitalized

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Sebastian County Humane Society said it put down an aggressive dog on Jan. 22 because employees were not able to handle or vaccinate it. The dog, a blue heeler named Blue, was one of Amber Harper’s three dogs. Sebastian County Humane Society Director of Operations Bekah Trotter said in a phone interview it did not hear from anyone about the dog for weeks. “I was in the hospital, and my brother was watching them,” Harper […]

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    Greenwood Boy Scouts Cleaning Up Historical Cemetery

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) – The Boy Scouts of Troop 1989 spent part of Sunday (Feb. 7) cleaning up the Sand Ridge Blaylock Cemetery. “[This is the] first time using an ax in a community project,” Boy Scout Mark Thiele said, after chopping down several trees. The group of more than 20 scouts is raking leaves and removing trees to help clean up. Some of the boys said when they started working on the project, it didn’t even look like a cemetery. […]

  • EMILY VIOLIN

    Fort Smith Violinist, Born Deaf, To Perform At Carnegie Hall

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A local teen’s passion for music has landed her at New York City’s prestigious Carnegie Hall. Emily Bieker is a sophomore at Southside High School, and has been playing the violin since she was 11 years old. After going through an audition process, she was selected to play in the Honors Performance Series. “The acoustics are just perfection, and it rings for a long time and I would love that,” Bieker said. “And I get to […]

  • NEW UNIFORMS

    Southside High School Principal Reviewing Possible Maverick Athletic Uniforms

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — With the new logo for Southside High School unveiled, Principal Wayne Haver is looking at options for new athletic uniforms, along with designs for the gym and football field. Everything at the school reading “Rebels” or “Rebs” will be gone for the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Haver said the gym and football field will be redesigned this summer, and new uniforms will be ordered soon. “It’s really been a smooth, smooth transition,” Haver said. […]

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    Fort Smith Bar Owners Arrested On Suspicion Of Illegal Gambling

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Two Fort Smith bar owners are facing charges of keeping a gambling house Tuesday (Feb. 2) following an investigation by the police department. Fort Smith police received complaints of illegal gambling at bars in the city in December 2015, according to Sgt. Daniel Grubbs. The Street Crimes Unit and Arkansas Beverage Control agents traced the illegal gambling to Grand Central Station on Zero Street and Ava’s at Fianna on Jenny Lind Road, Grubbs said. Grand Central […]

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    Firearm Ordinance Discussed By Greenwood City Leaders

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — Greenwood city leaders discussed repealing an ordinance that allows the discharge of firearms in city limits Monday (Feb. 1). The ordinance up for discussion passed in July of 2014, in anticipation of land being annexed into the city of Greenwood. That didn’t happen, and Police Chief Will Dawson said the language of the ordinance doesn’t specify that it was just for the annexed land. He said that makes it legal to discharge a firearm in city limits […]

  • SUSPECT

    Mansfield Police Need Help Identifying Suspect

    MANSFIELD (KFSM) — Mansfield Police said they need help identifying a man who left the scene of an accident in a Walmart parking lot on Dec. 28. Officer Tom Garrison said he was driving a yellow Dodge truck, possibly a 90s model. If you have any information on who the man is, you are asked to call Mansfield Police at (479) 928-5700.

  • ROBOT

    Students Preparing For Regional Robotics Competition

    BOONEVILLE (KFSM) – Students in Booneville are working hard to prepare for a regional robotics competition. The group of 12 students is made up of 9th, 10th and 11th graders, who meet after school and on weekends to get the robot ready and practice using it. Rockline Industries opened up part of its building for the students to use. Electrical engineer Mitch Anderson works with them as a mentor. “It’s very rewarding to watch the light come on when they […]

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