Shannon Smith wakes up very early every morning to bring you live reports from around the Piedmont Triad. Shannon was born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina.

She attended Clemson University and graduated Magna Cum Laude in May of 1998. Her first job as a reporter was at the NBC affiliate in Charleston, South Carolina. After a year and a half, Shannon traveled west to the mountains of Boise, Idaho to be a reporter. She loved the scenery, but really missed the southern hospitality and her family. So in May of 2000, Shannon packed her car and drove back across the country to Greensboro and to FOX8 News as a reporter.

In January 2003, she moved to the FOX8 Morning News. Every morning Shannon is live in the Piedmont Triad reporting on everything from the circus, to community fundraisers, to breaking news. Shannon has reported live during hurricanes on the North Carolina coast and traveled to the red carpet in Hollywood to cover all the North Carolina contestants on American Idol.

Shannon enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves hanging out at the beach, traveling to new places, exercising, and reading.

Recent Articles
  • Zookeepers at NC Zoo working to save hellbenders

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Have you ever heard of a hellbender? It’s a large salamander that lives in the western part of North Carolina, but the unique species could be in trouble. Zookeepers at the North Carolina Zoo have been studying hellbenders in the wild for the last ten years. They have noticed a population decline of 30 to 50 percent. Now they are working to save the species in the wild and raise awareness about why these amphibians are so […]

  • North Carolina Zoo’s gorilla exhibit continues to grow

    ASHEBORO, N.C. – – The North Carolina Zoo added a new gorilla this year. Dembe was born at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Denver. When he was 3, his father died. Dembe needed a new father-figure so the Species Survival Plan asked zookeepers at the NC Zoo to take the 5-year-old gorilla and add him to the troop. He joins two other 5-year-olds, a 7-year-old, two adult females, and a silverback. Zookeepers say the addition of Dembe took longer and […]

  • Meet the new gorilla at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo has a new gorilla! Five-year-old Dembe joined the troop in March when he moved from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado after his father died. Dembe’s addition means there are three 5-year-old male gorillas and one that is 8 years old. That’s quite a lot of kids in one troop! Together, the boys are very playful and zoo guests really enjoy watching them interact with each other. Eight total gorillas live at the […]

  • Kernersville restaurant serving up sizzling, sweet summer favorites

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — All this hot weather has everyone thinking about summer, and nothing says summer like a hot dog and ice cream. People have been going to a Kernersville grill for more than 30 years to enjoy both. Doss’ Old Fashion Ice Cream and Grill serves a literal ton of hot dogs every month and hundreds of gallons of ice cream. There, hot dogs are served all the way with mustard, onions, chili, and slaw. The ice cream comes […]

  • Celebrate spring with these delicious strawberry recipes

    North Carolina strawberries are ripe and ready for picking and eating. And this Friday is Strawberry Day at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market. Here are a few favorite recipes Whitaker Farms in Randolph County. Morning Smoothie Ingredients: 1 small vanilla yogurt 1 peeled banana 1/2 cup of sliced strawberries 1 peeled orange 1 1/2 cup of milk 1/4 cup of chipped ice Directions: Mix first five ingredients in a blender Add chipped ice and blend Makes two servings Quick Strawberry […]

  • NC Zoo works to protect vultures

    This week 11 African lions were killed in a poison attack. Ranchers poison carcasses to try to kill carnivores that threaten their livestock. That also kills vultures. Which is why the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro sends conservationists to Africa to try to save all these animals. They  teach the importance of each species and help ranchers track down and arrest people who intentionally kill these animals.

  • Delicious recipes to celebrate spring

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Spring is here and we’re showing you some new recipes to try this season! FOX8’s Shannon Smith took a trip to Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem to see the latest tastes of the season. Roasted Asparagus Ingredients: 24 asparagus Spears Virgin olive oil Coarse sea salt  and freshly ground black pepper Balsamic vinegar Shredded Parmesan cheese Method: Heat oven to 400 degrees Arrange asparagus in single layer on a rimmed baking sheet Drizzle with oil and turn […]

  • Keepers at NC Zoo hope to save Virgin Island boa constrictors from extinction

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Zookeepers at the North Carolina Zoo take care of the hundreds of animals that live there. They also help care for several species in the wild. Right now, the North Carolina Zoo hopes it can help save a Caribbean creature from extinction. Zookeepers currently have eight Virgin Island boa constrictors at the zoo. The plan is to breed baby snake and then introduce some of them back into their wild habitat. They’re also traveling to the Caribbean […]

  • Public can experience exotic birds at new ‘Birds in Flight’ attraction at NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — You can watch tropical birds soar just inches away at a new show at the North Carolina Zoo. “Birds in flight” is a live outdoor show featuring exotic birds from around the world. The Animal Behavior Conservation Connections group runs the show. They are based in Delaware but will be at the NC Zoo for the next six months. Shannon Smith got to be time with the Avian trainer and even feed a few birds from her […]

  • Greensboro Mexican restaurant famous for its burritos

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — You may want to head to your favorite Tex Mex spot today to celebrate National Burrito Day. A burrito is a flour tortilla traditionally filled with meat, cheese or beans. Although the exact origin of the burrito is not known, one version can be traced back to Central Mexico in the late 1800s. Several other types of burritos started in California in the 1930s. Now, they are a national favorite. Here in the Triad, according to reviews […]

  • Easy-to-make spring-inspired recipes

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — This spring enjoy a picnic in the park or a light lunch on the porch. On this Recipe Wednesday, we’ve got the perfect dishes for the season. Shannon Smith shared some easy recipes at Willow’s Bistro in Winston-Salem. Fried Green Tomato BLT Ingredients: 2 ea slice wheat bread, toasted 3 ea bacon, cooked 2 ea lettuce leafs 4 ea fried green tomato 1 oz goat cheese crumble ½ oz sun-dried tomato aioli Directions: Toast the bread before […]

  • Animals at NC Zoo given eggs filled with food, treats to celebrate Easter

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — This weekend, the animals at the North Carolina Zoo will celebrate Easter with their own special egg event. It’s all part of a fun-filled weekend of events called Eggstravaganza. Several volunteers work for a whole year making and painting hundreds of paper mache eggs. Then during Eggstravaganza, keepers fill the eggs with food and treats. “The elephants like alfalfa. If you put it in an egg they will go for it in a heartbeat,” says volunteer Diane […]