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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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    Suspects Steal Mowers From Taylor Rental Center In Sallisaw, Police Say

    SALLISAW (KFSM) – Taylor Rental Center in Sallisaw was burglarized in the early morning hours of Wednesday (April 15), police say. The store is at 2510 S. Kerr Blvd. The burglars were able to get away with six mowers, four of which were Hustler Turf Zero Turn Riding Mowers, according to a news release. “Came in, broke a lock on this sales yard…were able to steal three lawn mowers, then they came back about two-and-a-half to three hours later and got […]

  • 13-Year-Old Dies After Being Struck By Vehicle In Van Buren

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — A 13-year-old is dead after being struck by a vehicle Saturday (April 11) evening in Van Buren. The accident happened in the 800 Block of North 28th Street in Van Buren, police said. They said a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old were both struck by the vehicle and taken to Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. The 13-year-old later died from injuries. The 15-year-old was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but as of April 13 was recovering and no longer […]

  • Thousands at NWA Heart Walk

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – Thousands attended the NWA Heart Walk Saturday (April 11) at Arvest Ballpark. David Aronson from Bentonville is one of many survivors who walked. “As a survivor, it’s very important that people should know about it, and know how to prevent heart attacks.  And know how to help somebody when they do have one,” Aronson said. Bill Short recently had heart surgery, and said he wouldn’t have been able to complete the walk had it been two months […]


    Two Competitors Injured at PBR Fort Smith Invitational

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Two of the 35 men competing at the PBR Fort Smith Invitational were transported to a hospital Saturday (April 11) after being injured at the competition. One man is suffering from head and chest injuries, according to Fort Smith EMS. The other is believed to be suffering shoulder injuries. Some of the competitors traveled from around the world to be at the competition. This is the 7th year the invitational has been held in Fort Smith, […]


    Bull Riding Takes Charge in Fort Smith This Weekend

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Friday (April 10) was opening night of The Longest Ride, a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks book. “You got the love story along with the bull riding — dangerous love, all the same time. It’ll be good,” Jessica Kripps said before heading into the theater. 20-year-old Lane Lasley of North Little Rock is a professional bull rider. “I’m too lazy to work and too honest to steal, so that’s why I ride bulls. It’s just […]

  • Cracking Down on Distracted Driving in Arkansas

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Law enforcement agencies in our area are cracking down on distracted driving. The Fort Smith Police Department is one of many agencies in our area taking part in a national campaign to use traditional and innovative ways to crack down on drivers who are texting. “There’s ways that you can be innovative just by working your assigned area every day and you learn tricks of the trade. You learn what to watch, how people try to […]

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    Drainage Improvements To Reduce Flooding In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Flooding has been a problem in Fort Smith since the early 1900s, but this week, the Board of City Directors approved a plan that will change that in some areas. “This project will not stop flooding, but the whole purpose of the project is to reduce the occurrence of flooding,” Matt Meeker, the senior project engineer, said. Part of the project includes making the inlets on Towson Avenue between South A and D streets wider so […]

  • LeFlore County Bridge Closed For Emergency Repairs

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) – Emergency repairs cause a bridge on Oklahoma State Highway 83 to shut down, sending some drivers on an hour long detour. “When we went to do a pot hole repair on one of these areas on highway 83, we also found that the bridge itself, the slab is moving, which is extremely concerning to us,” said Oklahoma Transportation Commission spokesperson Terri Angier. The Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved a $265,000 contract Monday (April 6) to make repairs […]

  • How One Local Priest Prepares for Easter Sunday

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – About 4,000 people attended mass at Immaculate Conception throughout the day on Sunday in Fort Smith. “Easter Sunday is simply the Super bowl of the whole Christian faith,” Father John Antony said. “Mass is always really packed on Easter. People usually have to sit in the back because there’s not enough seats,” Erick Cortez, a member of the church, said. Antony has been a priest for 19 years, and he’s been at Immaculate Conception for about […]

  • Buddhist Community Celebrates Life of Priest Who Died in Temple Fire

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Hundreds of people gathered in Fort Smith on Saturday (April 4) to celebrate the life of a Buddhist priest who was killed in a temple fire last month. Members of the Buddhist community from Canada, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and at least one dozen states attended Souphanh Inthalangsinh’s funeral. “Very honored for everyone to be here — so thankful that everybody’s here and traveled so far just to be here,” Lilac Soulivong said. Soulivong drove nearly […]

  • High Five: River Valley Food Bank Prepares To Move To New, Bigger Location

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A new building will help the River Valley Regional Food Bank provide more food to those in need. The food bank feeds about 53,000 people each month. The new building on Zero St. is already being used to store some food, but employee offices need to be built before it opens in August. The new facility will provide about six times the space as the old building. “That’s going to enable us to do a whole […]

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    Governor Signs “Laura’s Law” To Help Domestic Abuse Victims

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Governor Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday (April 1) signed a law that will change the way law enforcement officers handle domestic violence reports. “I mean that could be really an eye-opening experience for victims, perhaps, to realize ‘Hey I am, my children, whatever the case is — we’re in great danger here,” Lt. Philip Pevehouse said. Lieutenant Philip Pevehouse of the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office is talking about a lethality assessment, a set of questions law enforcement […]


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