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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.


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    Local Deputy Invents Product to Solve “Unspoken Problem” For Law Officers

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A local deputy has invented a product that is being used by law enforcement officers from coast to coast. Deputy Nick Tuttle has been with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office for seven years; and in that time, he’s been dealing with a problem. It’s a problem he said most officers deal with — their radio microphones don’t stay attached to their uniforms. “It’s sort of an unspoken problem in law enforcement,” Tuttle said. About a month […]

  • Community Mourns After Reserve Deputy Killed In Line Of Duty

    CLARKSVILLE (KFSM) — The Clarksville community is mourning after police said a Johnson County reserve deputy was shot and killed by a burglary suspect. Deputies arrested Fred Kauffeld in connection with the death. He is being held at the Pope County Detention Center. The last time the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office lost a member in the line of duty was more than 100 years ago in 1902, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page website. Sheriff John Hall Powers was […]

  • Local Search And Rescue Team Helps Save Lives in Severe Weather

    OZARK (KFSM) — The Search and Rescue team in Franklin County helped save several lives this weekend during severe weather. David Sutter is part of a team that helped save five of the seven people in Franklin County who needed rescuing this weekend due to flooding and swift waters. “We supported the volunteer fire departments that actually did the rescue. We were there to support the firemen….We work really well together,” Sutter said. He is one of about 30 people […]

  • Franklin County Declaring A State Of Emergency Because Of Severe Weather

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) – County Judge of Franklin County Rickey Bowman has declared a state of emergency seeking help from the state. Several roads were flooded and trees and tree limbs surrounded roads and highways. Emergency crews in Franklin County rescued a man from floodwaters Saturday, (May 9). One person was inside a truck at Cat Holler Road, just north of Ozark. Six other people throughout the county were also rescued, according to Franklin County emergency manager Fred Mullen. “Doing […]

  • 68-Year-Old Arkansas Tech Grad Worked Toward Degree for Decades

    RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM) — May 9, 2015 is a date many students will remember for the rest of their lives. But among the hundreds of graduates at Arkansas Tech University, James Johnson is looking back on 1965, when he started earning his degree. He went to Jarvis Christian College in Texas until 1968. “At that time, I had a family and I dropped out to be able to better take care of my family.  And I always wanted to go back […]

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    Man Accused Of Burglaries And Hitting Deputy With Jeep Arrested In Spiro

    LEFORE COUNTY (KFSM) – Authorities have arrested a man accused of approximately 20 burglaries and hitting a LeFlore County deputy with a Jeep door, police say. Cameron Bowden was arrested in Spiro on Thursday (May 7), according to authorities. On Tuesday (May 5), Bowden, driving a stolen Jeep, was approached by a deputy in Bokoshe, according to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale. When Bowden saw the deputy, he backed up the Jeep, hitting the deputy with an open door, Seale […]

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    Sheriff: Man Wanted In String Of Burglaries Hits Deputy With Car

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) – Several local and federal law enforcement agencies are looking for Cameron Bowden, who is accused in a string of about 20 burglaries and hitting a LeFlore County Sheriff’s deputy with a car door, according to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale. Seale said Deputy Tyler Ragan approached Bowden in Bokoshe, Oklahoma Tuesday (May 5) night. He said when Bowden saw the deputy; he backed up the stolen Jeep he was driving, hitting the deputy with an open […]

  • Old Fort Rimfire Challenge in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — More than 100 competitors tested their shot at the National Shooting Sports Foundation Old Fort Rimfire Challenge at the Old Fort Gun Club this weekend. Shooters with different skill levels came to Fort Smith from all over the nation, including California, Michigan, Maine and Iowa. It was the third year the Old Fort Gun Club held the competition, according to Match Director Bill Striplin. “We see amateur shooters, we see people who have never shot a […]

  • Steel Horse Rally Wraps Up

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Bikers flooded Garrison Ave. Saturday (May 2) for the final night of the inaugural Steel Horse Rally. There was a lot more to do than cruise around town, though. More than 20 vendors were selling items like jewelry, t-shirts and hats. Some people got tattoos at the rally, while others enjoyed relaxing and listening to live music on the Arkansas River. Some people said they expect the event to get bigger in years to come. “[I’m] […]

  • Inaugural Steel Horse Rally

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Thousands of bikers filled Garrison Ave. Friday (May 1) night in Fort Smith for the first annual Steel Horse Rally. It all started at noon at Harry E. Kelly park downtown. There was live music, vendors selling items for bikers, and plenty of camaraderie for bikers from all over the nation. 5NEWS spoke with bikers from Northwest Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Indianapolis. Fort Smith Police have decided to shut down parts of Garrison Avenue, between 6th and […]

  • Sneak Peek of New Fort Smith Water Park

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A much anticipated water park in Fort Smith is almost ready for swimmers. It will open Memorial Day Weekend, on May 23. “If you can’t get out of town for a vacation — we’re going to bring the vacation to you!” General Manager Bill Miller said. The slides are built and the water is flowing, but it’s not ready for visitors just yet. “We’re kind of fine tuning everything, adjusting all the features, and there’s some […]

  • Tax Dollars Could Go Toward Multimillion-Dollar Trail System

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – On May 12 voters in Fort Smith will have a chance to decide whether part of a street sales tax will go toward building a 35-mile trail system. Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders and Jerry Fleming from the group “Save Our Streets Fort Smith” sat down with Daren Bobb on 5NEWS Sunday Morning to discuss building and connecting trails throughout the city, and how it will be paid for. “This really is an investment in our […]

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