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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
  • Proposed Law Inspired By 2 Van Buren Sex Offenders Living Near Church

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) – A bill proposed by a state lawmaker from Crawford County would prohibit Level 4 sex offenders from living near churches. The bill was inspired by two sex offenders who still live near a church outside of Van Buren. Arkansas Rep. Charlene Fite, R-Figure Four, introduced a bill this week in the state House of Representatives that would add churches to the list of places Level 4 sex offenders are prohibited from living near. State law already […]

  • UPDATE: Church Destroyed in Fire Gets New Roof

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — On a normal Sunday, about 100 people go to Mt. Olive Church. But in the past couple of months, that number has grown. “It’s tripled, probably. They have about 200, I believe. They actually take up every chair in the congregation — every chair, even in the cafe area. They fill the whole church,” Linda Bracco said. Bracco is the Mt. Olive Church administrator, and she’s referring to members of Current Church. On Nov. 10 their […]

  • Greenwood City Leaders Deliberate, Approve 2015 Budget

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — For the first time in nearly a decade, members of the Greenwood City Council are getting a raise. They will be paid 10 percent more than in years past. This after the Greenwood 2015 budget was passed Saturday (Jan. 24) in a 4-to-1 vote. (One of the six councilmen was absent.) Councilman Lee Johnson said he doesn’t want the pay increase. “I don’t want to vote with us getting a raise. I want to take that out. […]

  • Department of Justice to Train Cedarville Faculty on Cultural Diversity

    CEDARVILLE (KFSM) – The Department of Justice will be coming to Cedarville to teach a seminar on cultural diversity to faculty in the Cedarville School District, according to Superintendent Dan Foreman. Foreman declined to speak on camera, but said the seminar will take place on Feb. 24. A statement released on Thursday from Foreman said an explicit Charlie Brown parody video was not played in the classroom Wednesday. It said another video, a clip of the TV show “The Boondocks” […]

  • Fort Smith Approves $84K For Motorcycle Rally

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- The Fort Smith Board of Directors approved $84,000 Tuesday (Jan. 20) to fund a motorcycle rally in the city in May. The director of the Steel Horse Rally, Dennis Snow, went before the city directors Jan.  13 to make his case. He estimates the total cost of the rally will be between $476,887 and $543,387 and believes it will bring in a revenue around $510,000. Snow said the city’s $84,000 allocation was needed to set the event […]

  • Arkansas Tackle, Hunting and Boat Show

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Hundreds of people came to the Fort Smith Convention Center Saturday (Jan. 17) for the Arkansas Tackle, Hunting and Boat Show. “There’s so many different ways to enjoy the outdoors — it’s crazy! I mean the lakes are beautiful, the water is clear,” President of Legend Boats Randy Qualls said. Ted Hern has been making and selling knives for five years. “I’m a hunter, making hunting knives for hunters. That’s my passion. And I like to […]

  • Group Asks City For $84,000 To Bring Motorcycle Rally To Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A group wanting to bring a two-day motorcycle rally to Fort Smith is looking for $84,000 from the city to make the event happen. Dennis Snow, director of the Steel Horse Rally, made a presentation to city directors Tuesday explaining why they should allocate money to the proposed rally. City directors voted at their Study Session meeting Tuesday to put the item on the agenda of next week’s regular board meeting. Snow estimates the total cost […]

  • Gov. Hutchinson Sworn Into Office

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – Arkansas now has a new governor; Asa Hutchinson was sworn in on Tuesday in Little Rock. Hutchinson said it was a new day for Arkansas. “My top priority as governor is to grow the economy of this state to create jobs,” he said. Hutchinson said he also has plans to lower taxes. Rep. Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, said there are concerns among some legislators about where the money will come from to pay for the tax cuts. […]

  • First Female Commander At 188th Wing

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Col. Bobbi Doorenbos is the new commander of the Arkansas Air National Guard’s 188th Wing. “It’s the management of all the day-to-day activities that are involved in 24/7 combat operations. So I have to make sure that all of our people are trained, and that we are able to do our mission without any hiccups or interruptions,” Doorenbos said Sunday (Jan. 11) after the change-of-command ceremony. She was a commander at a base in Arizona, and […]

  • Sebastian County Sheriff Highlights 2015 Goals

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Residents of Sebastian County recently voted to give the sheriff a third term. Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck said he has several goals for 2015. One major issue is the over-crowded jail. “Anytime that the jail is over-crowded with state prisoners, it creates problems within the jail,” Hollenbeck said. “So it’s imperative that we work closely with the state legislators and the governor this year to make sure that issue is actually addressed, finally.” The sheriff […]

  • Greenwood May Soon Ban Feeding Geese Near One Lake

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — Jim and Debbie Bryant live on Jack Nolen Lake in Greenwood, and say they have a problem. “Effectively we don’t have use of our backyard,” Jim Bryant said. Geese — sometimes hundreds of them — flock to the backyards of the people who live around the lake. The Bryants say they’ve tried to fix the problem during the 15 years they’ve lived in the house on the lake. One temporary fix was a machine called a “Goose-B-Gone.” […]

  • Why Most School Buses Don’t Have Seat Belts

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The school bus the students were riding on in the Van Buren bus crash Monday (Jan. 5) was not equipped with seat belts according to Arkansas State Police. There have been three deaths from school bus crashes in Arkansas since 2001, according to the senior transportation manager at the Arkansas Department of Education Mike Simmons. “Fatalities in school busses are a rarity,” Simmons said. “There haven’t been that many fatalities, true, but anytime that there is […]


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