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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
  • 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 […]

  • Nathan Rotramel

    Suspect Arrested In Crawford County Murder Investigation

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (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 say. Nathan Rotramel 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. His bond has been set at $100,000, authorities said. Fisher was found near 3 p.m. on Aug. 2 and taken to Mercy […]

  • 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 […]

  • Bataan Death March Survivor Remembered

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Funeral services for Lee R. Montgomery were held at Fort Smith National Cemetery on Monday (Sept. 8). Montgomery was a POW during World War II with the New Mexico National Guard, and was a Bataan Death March survivor. “The stories he used to tell me — you could not even fathom what that man went through,” his grandson Randy Shackelford said. “Not just the Bataan Death March, but the eating of grasshoppers and rats and stuff […]

  • Fantasy Football Kicks Off Along With NFL Season

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Football season kicked off Sunday (Sept. 7), and for many, that meant it was time to keep up with fantasy football leagues. Sunday was a constant balance for many, between TV screens, phones and tablets – which have applications on them that keep track of who is winning in each league. “I’m winning in one league and I’m losing in another,” Chris Mizell said. “It’s serious. I love it,” Aaron McGrew said. McGrew will find out […]

  • Women in Rogers for Blogging Conference

    ROGERS (KFSM) – About 100 women spent the weekend (Sept. 5-7) in Rogers for the fourth annual Arkansas Women Bloggers conference. The conference goes beyond writing and photography skills, organizers said. Participants will learn about how to brand their blogs, and how to use new digital tools to measure success. Stephanie Buckley started Arkansas Women Bloggers six years ago, and it has expanded to seven other states: Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri and Georgia. In Arkansas alone, 650 bloggers […]

  • Highway in Mansfield Dedicated to Fallen Soldier

    MANSFIELD (KFSM) — Highway 71 in Mansfield was dedicated to Spc. Robert Allan Pierce, better known as Allan, on Wednesday (Sept. 3). “We thought, ‘it has got to be that highway,’ because he ran up and down it in his big blue truck,” his mother, Lonnetta Cooper, said. When he was about twelve years old he told his mother he wanted to serve his country. “I always knew he’d be a soldier. I didn’t have any doubt,” she said. “He […]

  • Fluoride Will Be Added to Fort Smith and Booneville Water

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A new ingredient will soon be added to Fort Smith and Booneville water. In about 18 months, water coming out of the taps in Fort Smith homes will have fluoride in it. Booneville residents will have fluoride in their water no later than Nov. 1, according to Water Department superintendent David Hardin. A nearly $2 million dollar grant from the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation will pay for the new equipment needed for the process in […]

  • Labor Day More Than Day Off For Some

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Matthew Taylor’s uncle died in a car accident Friday (Aug. 29), but an outing at a Fort Smith park on Monday (Sept. 1) helped the family begin to overcome their grief. “Spending time with family is the most important thing,” Taylor said. They gathered at Creekmore Park for Labor Day, and Taylor grilled hamburgers for his family. “We’re out here grilling and having a good time — just having some good food and some Southern cooking.” […]

  • Hundreds In Fort Smith For Shooting Competition

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The United States Practical Shooting Association championship began Thursday (Aug. 28) at the Old Fort Gun Club. Father and son Heath and Ayden Parsons came from Bastrop, Texas, near Austin, to compete. The two have been shooting together in competitions for one year. “It’s a thrill. The excitement that I get from going to a match myself for all these years certainly hasn’t left, but it’s nothing in comparison to getting up there and seeing him […]


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