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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
  • Undersheriff Justified In Deadly Shooting During Spiro Hostage Situation, DA Says

    LEFLORE COUNTY, Okla. (KFSM) – LeFlore County Undersheriff Kendall Morgan was justified in the deadly shooting of a suspect Oct. 13, the county district attorney announced Wednesday morning. District Attorney Jeff Smith determined Morgan’s use of deadly force in the hostage situation was “necessary to ensure his own safety, as well as the safety of his fellow officers on scene, and most importantly, the safety of innocent civilians,” Smith released in a statement. The district attorney’s findings come after the […]

  • Alma Mayoral Candidates Answer Questions

    ALMA (KFSM) — Candidates for Alma mayor spent the evening pitching their ideas to voters, and answered questions at the Alma Performing Arts Center Tuesday (Oct. 28). Voters in Alma will decide between three candidates for mayor. Keith Greene is a retired businessman. “Our goals are to continue on the projects that are already approved and in motion. and just monitor the completion of the Interstate 49 and try to match up our assets with the opportunities,” Greene said. Ed […]

  • Popular Muldrow High School Teacher Dies From Cancer

    MULDROW (KFSM) — Students at Muldrow High School returned to class Monday (Oct. 27) to learn a popular teacher died Saturday. Melanie Andrews Perez started teaching at Muldrow High School December 2012. “Yes we did Spanish, and yes we followed the lesson plans, but we learned life lessons, too. You’re not promised a day. So every day we did something in that class that was another life lesson,” said junior Mollie Hearn. She discovered she had stomach cancer right after […]

  • Shipment of Flu Vaccines Delayed; No Shortage, Officials Say

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Shipments of influenza vaccinations arrived later than expected in Arkansas this year, but there is no shortage of the vaccine, according to Cathy Flanagin with the Arkansas Department of Health. She said production was delayed in part because of new standards put in place by the Food and Drug Administration, which focus on storage and shipment of vaccines. Audra Jackson is a doctor at SouthPointe Family Practice in Fort Smith and said the clinic usually gets […]

  • First Annual BBQ Cook-Off And Car Show Raises $9,000 for Boys Shelter

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A BBQ cook-off and car show benefit raised $8,800 Saturday (Oct. 25) to help expand a shelter for boys in Fort Smith. Jeff Karns, along with several other contestants, paid $50 to have their food judged in the BBQ cook-off. “I’ve cooked chicken, beef, baby back ribs and pork,” Karns said. “The goal is to raise enough money to build a new boys shelter,” said Andy Rauser, who is a board member at the shelter. “The […]

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    New Police Chief a Top Priority for Cedarville Mayoral Candidates

    CEDARVILLE (KFSM) – As the Cedarville mayor’s election nears, the three candidates running said they are using the final weeks to reach prospective voters. The candidates each said hiring a new police chief should take a high priority, as the city has had four police chiefs since the spring of 2013, including David Goss, Mark Gentry, Joseph Johnson and Blaine Irvin. City officials are still recovering from investigations that resulted in some police chiefs being accused of breaking state law […]

  • Supreme Court Decision On Minimum Wage Pending

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The minimum wage in Arkansas is currently $6.25. The proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot would increase the minimum wage to $7.50 on Jan. 1, 2015. It would then increase to $8.00 on Jan. 1, 2016 and to $8.50 on Jan. 1, 2017. “I just feel it’s too low right now for people to maintain, to be able to live their daily lives,” Chris Killian said. Those who oppose a minimum wage increase say businesses won’t […]

  • Truck Fire Caused By Cigarette, Officials Say

    ALMA (KFSM) — A truck engulfed in flames threatened nearby homes in Alma. “The truck was just in flames. Black smoke [and] sparks going everywhere that you could see from the road,” said Darla Morton, who was driving when she saw the truck on fire. “From the road I couldn’t really tell because of having to drive and keep my eyes on the road. But looking, just kind of glancing, I could see that there was people out beside it,” […]

  • War Eagle Craft Fair Wraps Up

    HINDSVILLE (KFSM) — The 61st annual War Eagle Fair ended Sunday (Oct. 19) after four days full of food and crafts. Vendors from all over the country sold their candles, blankets, furniture, books and jewelry. Rich Ernsting and Rebecca Higgins have been selling pictures of nearly 800 universities for almost 20 years. “It’s not a hobby — it’s a living,” Ernsting said. “We get a campus map to start with. We drive to the campus and we walk the entire […]

  • Poteau Balloon Festival Reaches New Heights

    POTEAU – (KFSM) The 10th annual Poteau Balloon Festival wrapped up Saturday (Oct. 18). Karen Wages with the Chamber of Commerce estimated about 30,000 people attended this year, compared to about 20,000 people last year. “Well, I’ve never been — I thought I just might come,” said 10-year-old Landen Dooly. “I’m having fun today because I’m at the balloon fest, and it’s very fun with all the games,” eight-year-old Brilynn Strickland said. There were carnival rides, fair food and animals, […]

  • Gubernatorial Candidates’ Views on Open Carry in Arkansas

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — There’s some confusion about whether people in Arkansas can openly carry a handgun. The candidates for governor, Asa Hutchinson (R) and Mike Ross (D), spoke to 5NEWS on Wednesday (Oct. 15), and explained what their views are on whether people can carry guns openly in Arkansas under current law. “It’s my understanding that the legislature passed a law the last session that legalized open carry and basically said that unless you’re carrying a weapon for a […]

  • Streets, Traffic Signals in Fort Smith to Improve

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Big improvements are underway to Fort Smith streets and highways. The board of directors met on Tuesday (Oct. 7) and approved a five-year sales tax program for streets, bridges and related drainage improvements. The construction will cover more than 20 different areas totaling almost eight miles around Fort Smith and is expected to be complete by the summer of 2016. City Director of Engineering Stan Snodgrass said the street overlays will cost just over $11 million. […]


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