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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
  • Upgrading Sewer System Could Triple Fort Smith Customers’ Bills By 2026

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The average Fort Smith water and sewer bill may triple over the next 12 years to bring the city in compliance with federal clean water laws, city officials said Tuesday night at the Fort Smith Board of Directors meeting. While city directors are scheduled to set definitive rate structures in the coming months, projections of the city plan shows an average increase from $40 to $80 for the average local household’s water and sewer bill by […]

  • Fort Smith Aquatics Center Named “Parrot Island,” City Director Says

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – City directors and the Sebastian County Quorum Court voted on a name for the new aquatics center in Fort Smith Tuesday (Dec. 16). City director Kevin Settle said the new aquatic center coming to Fort Smith is different than any others in the area. “[It will be] the only municipal water park that will have a wave pool in the state of Arkansas,” Settle said. Several names were considered for the center, but Settle it will […]

  • Boozman-Sponsored Desert Storm Memorial Approved By Senate

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (KFSM) – The U.S. Senate on Friday passed legislation authorizing the construction of a $15 million memorial to armed forces members who fought in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield. The memorial was first introduced by Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.). The legislation was part of the national defense bill passed by the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. It has been forwarded to President Barack Obama to be signed into law, according to […]

  • Mild December Weather Helps Local Businesses

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — With the mild temperatures this December, some people are taking advantage of the weather by doing some local holiday shopping. “This year, it’s like spring right now — completely different, it is,” Norma Asbridge said Sunday (Dec. 14). Norma and Earl Asbridge said they are able to do more shopping this year compared to last year because of the weather. “Well, it’s not so cold,” Norma said. “It’s nice today.” “Nice day — just thought we’d […]

  • Annual Wreath Ceremony Honors Fallen Soldiers in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Thousands of wreaths were placed on veteran’s graves Saturday (Dec. 13) at the Fort Smith National Cemetery. Bobbi and Craig Walker have been attending the ceremony every year since they got married. “A soldier’s worst fear is not to die, it’s to be forgotten,” Bobbi said. An organization called Wreaths Across America aims to place a wreath on the headstone of every soldier during the holiday season. “From the minute men of the streets in colonial […]

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    Gun Show Draws In Hundreds

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) Hundreds were at Kay Rodgers Park Saturday (Dec. 6) to buy, sell and trade guns and knives. “We’ve got holster dealers, people with gun cleaning stuff, modern rifles, collectable rifles, muzzle loaders, knives, custom knives, production knives, collectable knives, all kinds of stuff like that,” organizer Tim Garrett said. New technology like a bed-side, fingerprint-activated gun safe and gun holsters designed for women were also available. But not everything at the gun show was new. Tony Bryant […]

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    Bassham’s Grocery To Close After 62 Years

    MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) — For 62 years, Bassham’s grocery has been the main source of food for the communities of Mountainburg and Chester. People like Deen Gattis have shopped there for years. “Whenever we buy meat, we buy a lot of it here at Bassham’s because they cut their own meat, and it’s reasonably priced,” Gattis said. But soon, groceries won’t be sold here. Owner Joyce Bassham declined to speak on camera but said she retired this year after being a […]

  • Price of Local Christmas Trees Constant Despite National Increase

    RUDY (KFSM) – For many, it’s time to find a Christmas tree. Recent national reports show the price of real trees are up this year, but that’s not the case at one local Christmas tree farm. With every holiday season comes the question: “Should we buy a real tree or an artificial one?” “The person that wants a real tree likes the smell of the tree,” Christmas tree farm owner Buddy Lollis said. Lollis has been selling Christmas trees for […]


    Small Business Saturday in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Shoppers in Fort Smith took advantage of Small Business Saturday. “We didn’t really want to have to deal with all the crowds so, we thought we’d wait a day,” Kenzie Taylor said. She scored a deal on a dress from Crane Clothing Co. in downtown Fort Smith. “I think $12 from $59. It was a really good deal,” Taylor said. “[At] the little stores you always get better prices. You go to the bigger stores and […]

  • 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 […]


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