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.)
OKLAHOMA CITY (KWTV) — Outraged Oklahoma lawmakers say they’ll move quickly to change a loophole in the state’s forcible sodomy law after the state’s highest criminal court found it doesn’t apply to cases where the victim is unconscious or intoxicated. Rep. Scott Biggs said Thursday he is drafting language that legislators could consider as early as next week. Oklahoma’s highest criminal court ruled unanimously last month that while the state’s rape law addresses unconscious or intoxicated victims, the forcible sodomy law […]
GREENWOOD (KFSM) — A local football coach is heading to China this summer for an international football championship. Greenwood High School head football coach Rick Jones said he will be one of ten coaches for Team USA, working closely with the quarterbacks. “They (the quarterbacks) are all three from way far away from Arkansas, so I’m going to get to meet three new kids and I’m looking forward to getting ready to work with those guys and building those relationships […]
FORT SMITH (KFSM) – There is a tornado shelter at almost every public school in Fort Smith, providing safe places for thousands of people. “It’s a real asset to the community. All of them are built to FEMA standards to withstand the toughest tornado,” superintendent Benny Gooden said Tuesday (April 26). Gooden said there are 23 shelters within the school district; all are above ground, and they are all different sizes. “They’re at all of our elementary schools and all […]
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (KFSM) — A whirlwind trip to the East Coast gave military veterans the opportunity to see memorials that have been built for wars they fought in. “It’s really a well-thought-out monument, and I think everybody should see it,” World War II veteran Ray Randall said. “It’s just wonderful.” Seventy-four veterans, with members from each branch of the military, left Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport on Wednesday morning (April 20), and headed to Washington DC. Many of the men and […]
FORT CHAFFE (KFSM) — An international competition at Fort Chaffee is testing the skills of snipers from all over the world. The 24 teams are competing in the 45th Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship and the 25th Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting. Sniper instructor Aaron Pierce said the competition might be more mentally demanding than physically, and the competitors were fairly exhausted on Tuesday (April 19), the fourth day of the competition. “They are short on sleep, a little […]
FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The new sanitation director of Fort Smith officially began work Monday (April 18), after he was appointed to the position exactly one month ago. Mark Schlievert has worked at landfills in different capacities since 1996, spending time in Iowa, North Carolina and South Carolina. He said he is impressed with the landfill in Fort Smith. “It’s a really nice facility, something the city of Fort Smith should be very proud of,” he said. Schlievert said one of his […]
FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Opening weekend for turkey season in Arkansas began Saturday (April 16). Forrest Teeter, who started hunting when he was seven, describes himself as “turkey crazy.” “Turkey crazy, absolutely, turkey crazy all the way,” he said. He was in the woods Saturday and Sunday, and said the wind made it difficult to hear the turkeys gobbling. “When you’re trying to listen down in a holler or something, and the wind is just making so much noise through […]
CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — Captain Alyssa Olson is the first woman to hold her position with Crawford County Fire District Three. “My fire chief told me as far as he knows, as far as it goes back, I’m the first female fire captain that we’ve had here,” she said. She is captain of the Graphic station in Crawford County, but works closely with the four other stations in the district, including Mountainburg. About a week into the job, the 23-year-old […]
FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith police respond to a shooting Wednesday (April 13) around 10 p.m. Sgt. Daniel Grubbs told 5NEWS that the incident is an apparent murder suicide, and that next of kin was still being notified. The incident happened on the 5900 block of Kinkead Avenue, at the Timberline Apartment complex. Stay with 5NEWS as this story continues to develop.
FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Crews broke ground Wednesday (April 13) downtown on a pocket park called “Garrison Commons.” The pocket park will feature a stage for live entertainment, a screen for movies, and a permanent food truck. John McIntosh, Executive Director of 646 Downtown, said he could not release what kind of food will be available, but said the food truck will be open for lunch and dinner, Monday-Saturday. Construction crews excavated dirt and cleared the way for more work […]
VAN BUREN (KFSM) — May 18, 2016 will mark the 35th anniversary of Ruie Ann Park’s murder in Van Buren. Rusty Mizzell, who covered the murder in 1981 for KFSM, stated in one of his reports, “Chief Virgil Goff says police are still working within the theory that Miss Parks’ assailant may have been a close acquaintance. Some speculate, even a relative.” About three decades later, author Anita Paddock interviewed the murderer. Paddock’s non-fiction book titled “Blind Rage” was published […]
FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The first-ever Slingin’ Dirt Dandie Style barrel racing fundraiser and competition ended Sunday (April 10), with more than 300 competitors at Harper Stadium. Twelve-year-old Ardania Small has been training and competing with her horse for a few months. “I put her on a horse when she was about two years old,” her father, Sonny said. She started training the horse she rides, named “Lucky Boy,” in December. “One day I just took him out in the […]