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

Recent Articles

    Ozark Lightning Strike Causes False Tornado Alarm

    OZARK (KFSM) — A lightning strike in Ozark caused tornado sirens to go off Saturday (Aug. 22), according to Rick Covert with Franklin County Emergency Management. Covert said a lightning strike caused a power surge and no lines are down. There was no tornado in the area and the public should not be concerned. He said there are several other ways to stay weather aware aside from depending on the siren. “We urge folks to have all the above: NOAA […]

  • Community Unites For Unclaimed Veteran Buried In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Dozens attend a funeral for a veteran who died a month ago, but whose body was not claimed, on Friday (August 21). People lined Garrison Avenue before Donald McDonald’s funeral at the Fort Smith National Cemetery. “I want to honor this man for what he did for our nation,” Janet Loyd, who attended the funeral, said. McDonald died alone July 20 in Little Rock after serving in the Army and Navy for four years during the […]

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    U.S. Marshals Coin Now Available At Two Local Walmart Stores

    RIVER VALLEY (KFSM) – Two Walmart stores in the River Valley are now selling the U.S. Marshal Silver Dollar commemorative coin. More than 200 coins were sold at the Zero St. Walmart in Fort Smith, and more than 100 were sold at the Walmart in Greenwood on Saturday (August 22). Employees said many people, like Lee Freeman, stopped by just to check out the coins. He said it was a chance to see them in person, instead of buying them […]

  • Jury Hears From Suspect And Victim In ATV Accident Case

    SALLISAW (KFSM) – On day three of a trial for a woman accused of leaving a teen boy in a ditch after an ATV wreck, the jury heard from both the suspect and the victim at the Sequoyah County Courthouse. Angela Gray was arrested in August 2014  and is facing several charges, including felony leaving the scene of an accident, according to the Sequoyah County Court Clerk. Investigators said Christian Mayberry was thrown from the ATV and severely injured in […]

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    No Injuries Reported In Barling Accident Involving Parks And Rec Vehicle

    BARLING (KFSM) — Barling Police reported no injuries in an accident involving two trucks Tuesday afternoon (August 18). According to a Barling patrolman, a Sebastian County Parks and Recreation truck ran a stop sign and hit a blue Dodge Ram at the intersection of Chad Colley Boulevard and Frontier Road. No citations were issued but both vehicles were totaled, according to the patrolman.


    What To Expect At “The Unexpected Festival”

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Well-known artists from around the world will be in Fort Smith next month for a festival. The first mural for “The Unexpected Project” had two artists from Ireland painting in Fort Smith in March. Several other artists from around the world will soon be painting their own. Executive director of 646 Downtown John McIntosh knows what everyone can expect at the festival. “It’s an open invitation to come downtown and watch these murals being painted,” he […]

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    Community Mourns Death Of Three Teenagers After Crash

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) – Hundreds of people gathered at Panama High School on Saturday (Aug. 15) to remember three teenagers killed in a fatal crash. A vigil was held at the high school’s football field Saturday night. Balloons were released and many held a lit candle as they remembered the teens. Vera Langdell’s son Darryn was the driver of the pick-up truck that crashed. He was one of the three teens who died in the wreck. “We had three, three young people taken […]


    Caretaker Of Vandalized Van Buren Cemetery To Apply For Preservation Bond

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – It will cost nearly $10,000 to repair the monuments that were vandalized at a Van Buren cemetery last month, according to Randy Smith, a benefactor of the cemetery. Five of the 35 monuments vandalized this summer at Fairview Cemetery remain broken in half. Smith said it will cost about $2,000 each to fix them. “They were all fairly small monuments. Nothing really, really large, so they’re pretty comparative in price,” he said. Smith said the monuments […]

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    Effects Of Highest Number Of Prisoners In ADC Spread To Local Jail

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) — The Arkansas prison system reached its highest number of inmates Tuesday (August 11), at 18,971, according to the Arkansas Department of Correction. Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck said the overcrowding has created a problem that is spreading to jails across the state. “It is a statewide crisis that all these sheriffs are dealing with on a daily basis,” he said. The maximum capacity for inmates at the Sebastian County Detention Center is 356. As of Thursday […]


    Volunteers Prepare For “Day Of Love” To Help Homeless In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The first-ever “Day of Love,” dedicated to helping the homeless, will take place in Fort Smith Monday (August 10) at the Riverfront Amphitheater. Volunteers spent Sunday (August 9) sorting through donated items like clothes, toothpaste, hairbrushes and bottled water that have been dropped off at Club Kinkead over the past few weeks. Organizer Rick Eubank said he is expecting about 200 homeless people to benefit from the event. “If we all got together and loved on […]

  • Patriot Guard Riders Bring Remains Of Marine Through Arkansas

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Oklahoma Patriot Guard Riders traveled across the Sooner State before arriving at the Arkansas border Saturday (August 8) to pass on the remains of a Marine who recently died in California. Riders across several states worked together to return Staff Sgt. Johnathan Turner’s ashes to his mother in Georgia, who could not make the trip to California to get them. “I need the family to know that you are not alone and we care,” rider […]

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    Southside High School Band Practices New Fight Song

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Southside High School band finished its first week of practice on the school’s new fight song after the song “Dixie” has been used for 52 years. Band director Sean Carrier said he and the principal listened to hundreds of songs before a 13-person committee chose the Wabash Cannonball tune to replace “Dixie.” “It’s really upbeat. It’s pretty fast — and it’s still got that same historical context that our school’s identity is all about,” band […]


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