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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

    National Guard Members Receive Weapons Training At Fort Chaffee

    FORT CHAFFEE (KFSM)- The Arkansas National Guard is training some of its active duty and reserve members to use firearms after Governor Asa Hutchinson issued an executive order to arm personnel following the shooting rampage at a recruiting station and Navy and Marine Reserve center in Chattanooga, Tenn. The shooter, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, killed four Marines and a sailor according to police. In an executive order issued July 20, Hutchinson states in part, “The Arkansas Adjutant General Major General Mark […]

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    Attorney Hopes To Delay Vote On Proposed Southside High School Changes

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Fort Smith school board plans to vote on Monday (July 26) whether or not to phase out the mascot and discontinue using the fight song at Southside High School. Attorney Joey McCutchen said he hopes to delay the vote. “Our goal is to get this to a judge as soon as possible. Hopefully tomorrow,” he said Sunday (July 26). He said he plans to bring an issue to the attention of Sebastian County Circuit Court […]

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    Man Dies In Fort Smith Apartment Fire

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A man died following a fire at an apartment in Fort Smith Sunday (July 26), according to the Fort Smith Fire Department. The fire department responded to a fire at Cambridge House Apartments located at 4001 Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith. Battalion Chief Boyd Waters said a 62-year-old man was taken to Mercy Hospital where he later died. The man was a resident of the complex and was the only person inside the apartment at the […]


    Unexpected Fruit At Altus Grape Festival

    ALTUS (KFSM) — The 32nd annual Altus Grape Festival attracted hundreds this weekend, with live music, food and of course – grapes. Dozens spent the day stomping grapes in a bucket, competing to produce the most juice. Several vineyards offered wine tasting for adults. James Dahlem with Dahlem Vineyards has been growing grapes for more than 20 years, and sold some at the festival. But there was something there that Dahlem said didn’t quite belong: strawberries. “We say no to […]

  • Arkansas Marine Buried In Chattanooga

    RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM) –The funeral of Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, one of the victims of the Chattanooga shootings, was held Friday (July 24). People lined the streets as Wyatt’s body was transported through Nashville Thursday (July 23). Members of the group Patriot Guard Riders stood silent, braving the rain, each of them holding an American flag during the procession. “There is no reason for his life to have been taken,” Dewayne Dove of Russellville said. While it’s been an emotional time […]


    Kiwanis Club Boys Camp Has First-Ever “Sheriff’s Day”

    LAKE FORT SMITH (KFSM) – For nearly 80 years, the Fort Smith Kiwanis Club has been giving kids who may not otherwise get to go to summer camp, a chance to do just that. This year, the boys had a special visit from local sheriff’s offices — but it’s not because they were causing trouble. “There’s no curriculum for today — it’s just, [we’re] out here to have fun,” Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown said. Thursday (July 23) was “Sheriff’s […]

  • Greenwood Police Offer Vacation Safety Tips

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) – With many people on vacation during the summer, the Greenwood Police Department wants to remind people of a few tips to keep in mind before residents leave home. Police Chief Will Dawson suggests having the Post Office hold your mail, and hold your newspaper delivery. He said leaving a car in the driveway may help make it appear that no one is out of the house, along with setting timers for your lights so they go on […]

  • Memorial Run Held For Runner Killed In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – More than 100 runners came together Saturday (July 18) morning to run in honor of Brent Morrison, who police said was killed while running on Wells Lake Road last weekend. The group Western Arkansas Runners organized the event, and dozens of the runners wore orange. “His favorite color was orange. And so a lot of people do have orange that they’re wearing,” runner Paul Butry said. Some said they had run races with him, and others […]

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    Fort Chaffee Heightens Awareness After Tennessee Shooting

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Chaffee officials said awareness has been raised after the shootings in Chattanooga Thursday morning (July 16). However, Lt. Col. Joel Lynch said there is no increase in security and no lockdown, but officials have an increased awareness of the situation. He added that the last time security was increased was in May, when the Department of Defense ordered tighter security at all U.S. bases. The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office said deputies who have recruitment offices […]

  • FEMA Offers Helps Local Homeowners Apply For Federal Assistance

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — FEMA is in Van Buren this week helping homeowners in Crawford and Sebastian counties apply for federal assistance after storms and flooding left behind damage across the area this spring. A Disaster Recovery Center is located at 615 East Pointer Trail for those who want to visit with FEMA in person after experiencing damage from storms that occurred May 7 through June 15, 2015. Ashley Rice and her family said they have damage from flooding that […]

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    Mulberry River Drowning Victim Identified

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM)- A 58-year-old man drowned Tuesday (July 14) on the Mulberry River in Franklin County, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Bobby Randy Ruth of Sebastian County was fishing north of Ozark near the Milton Ford community when river rapids swept him away, Sheriff Anthony Boen said. Boen said he was with other people, not alone. He also said Ruth was not wearing a life jacket, and he is not sure if alcohol was a factor in […]

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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 […]


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