Winter Weather Advisory In Effect For Arkansas, Oklahoma Counties
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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
  • Preparing Pets for Severe Weather

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Spring is on the way and that means winter weather is moving out and the threat of severe weather is moving in. Pet owners in the River Valley who want to use a public tornado shelter need to have their pets in an airline-approved carrier to be allowed inside. “If you’re in a public shelter, of course, like you’d want them in a carrier where they can’t run around and cause trouble,” Gabe Anderson, who owns […]

  • High Five: Local Business Buys Television for VA Clinic Waiting Room

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The waiting room at the Veteran Affairs clinic in Fort Smith sees more than 100 people a day. While waiting for an appointment, some may flip through a magazine; others might watch TV. But Les Toothaker brainstorms. “I finally got to a point to where — wait a minute. Let’s do something about this. Let’s get it done.” He’s talking about the TV in the waiting room which he describes as “ancient.” “Ancient enough to where […]

  • Hunters Improve Skills With Laser Guns

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Modern gun season ended in November for much of our area, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to sharpen hunting skills. A computer-simulated program called “Laser Shot” is helping hunters improve their aim. “We teach them those fundamentals on where to point the gun and how to sight it in, and how to handle it in general,” Kelly Mulvihill with the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center said. Julie Tran and her six-year-old daughter […]

  • Two Escape Apartment Fire Through Window

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Fire crews said a man and woman had to jump out a window on the second floor after their living room caught on fire Friday (Feb. 20) morning. “They looked scared, they looked like they had just woken up,” Aaron Aleman said. “Occupants luckily had escaped out the back window. They were on the second floor, but they escaped nonetheless out the window to safety,” Battalion Chief Boyd Waters with the Fort Smith Fire Department said. […]

  • Road Conditions in Benton County

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Some drivers in Benton County said the road conditions haven’t stopped them from going on with the day. “It’s been pretty solid — and I don’t have four-wheel drive or anything like that and I’ve been getting around just fine,” Cori Ward said in Bentonville. “Well since this morning it seems like everybody’s packed the snow down pretty good so I think it’s pretty good to go on the roads,” Robert Sabatini said while getting gas […]

  • Couple Reunites After 43 Years Apart

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A Walmart employee who has been with the company for 25 years got a special surprise this Valentine’s Day. Louis Demetriades met Renate Stumpf in Germany in 1959 and they got married. The marriage ended 12 years later, and until Dec. 2 of last year, they had not spoken for about 43 years. He drove to the Walmart on Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith from Memphis to propose to her on Saturday (Feb. 14). “Hey good […]

  • Fort Smith Undercover Investigators Tackle Cyber Crimes

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The recent arrest of a Missouri doctor who police said solicited a four-year-old girl for sex was made possible because of the Fort Smith Police Department. The team behind the operation gave 5NEWS an exclusive look at the process of catching cyber criminals. The Fort Smith Police Department is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force — a network made up of 61 units across the country. “It’s everybody working together to keep kids […]

  • Commemorative Coins Bring in More Money For U.S. Marshals Museum

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Nearly $20 million has been raised for the future U.S. Marshals Museum, according to Director of Development Alice Alt. That is partially because people are buying the commemorative coins, honoring the 225th anniversary of the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. More than 400 people showed up to an event on Saturday (Feb. 7) to purchase the coins in Fort Smith. “We sold out of the gold coins within the first five minutes,” Alt said. The […]

  • Hundreds Buy Tickets for $500 Million Powerball Jackpot

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Powerball drawing on Wednesday (Feb. 22) was the third-largest in Powerball history and the fifth-largest U.S. lottery prize. The jackpot was $500 million – or half of $1 billion. If the winner chooses the cash option, they will be almost $338 million richer, according to the Powerball website. “Hopefully I get lucky, so I can retire and have some fun,” Tammy Katowich said Wednesday after she purchased her ticket. Kara Lemonier bought a Powerball ticket […]

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    Fire Leaves Fort Smith Home Partly Destroyed

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A home in Fort Smith near Towson Ave. was partly destroyed Wednesday (Feb. 12), according to the Fort Smith Fire Department. “All of the fire was contained in the attic. Once we got the fire out, we discovered that they had a wooden stove burning, and we had the flue from the wood stove that got a little too close to some combustible material, and caught the house on fire,” Captain Jim Bettis said. Bettis said […]

  • More Than One Thousand Runners at Fort Smith Marathon

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – More than 1000 runners participated in the Fort Smith Marathon on Sunday (Feb. 8). It was announced before the race that the participants came from 23 states and three foreign countries. Katherine Wyman came from Florida, and said she has completed two full marathons and the Fort Smith Marathon was her 10th half marathon. “I’m 52 and, I don’t know, it keeps me healthy [and] keeps me alive,” Wyman said. Traci Taylor and Eilaine Day from […]

  • Commemorative Coins Sold To Wife of Late U.S. Marshal

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Hundreds of people gathered at the Blue Lion in Fort Smith Saturday (Feb. 2) for a chance to purchase commemorative coins that will help fund the U.S. Marshals Museum. Lenore Beard was the first customer. “I’ve been planning for a long time to buy these coins,” Beard said. Her late husband was a U.S. Marshal in Arkansas. His name was Laurence C. Beard, but she called him Larry. “I thought that was a better name than […]

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