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
  • Sweet shop in Greensboro sells rolled ice cream

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The newest kind of ice cream seems to be the talk of the Triad. Have you heard of rolled ice cream? There are only a few spots across the country making it and one is in Greensboro. FOX8 foodie Shannon Smith took a trip to Ice Scraperz.

  • Paddleboats at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — There’s a new way to enjoy nature at the North Carolina Zoo. This spring, the zoo added 24 dragonfly paddleboats around the marsh boardwalk. They have two-seater and four-seater boats that can accommodate people of different sizes and ranges. A $5 ticket gives you a relaxing 30-minute ride out on the lake. And while the boats don’t move that fast, you’re instructed to keep your life jacket fastened at all times. The paddle boats have become quite […]

  • Kernersville’s smallest and most popular restaurant serves classic diner food

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — The smallest restaurant in Kernersville is also the most popular, according to the review site Yelp. Fitz on Main is just nine feet wide and so it gets crowded quickly. Customers say sitting close together is part of the appeal. Plus, you can’t beat the price of the classic diner food like burgers and hot dogs. FOX 8 foodie Shannon Smith took a trip to Fitz on Main.

  • Asheboro restaurant serves up hot dogs — Chicago style

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — How do you like your hot dog? Mustard, chili, slaw onions? What about tomato slices? That’s just one of the toppings that make Chicago-style hot dogs unique. It’s hard to find authentic Chicago dogs outside of the windy city. In fact, there are only four restaurants in North Carolina that serve them, including Mike’s Chicago Dogs and More in Asheboro. FOX8 Foodie Shannon Smith had to try it out.

  • Greensboro food truck serves soul food on the go

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — A local food truck serves soul food on the go. Lasonya Holmes Boulware owns My Girls Catering Carolina Finest Feast Food Truck. After working as a nurse for 16 years, Lasonya needed a change. She went back to school, got her culinary degree from Guilford Technical Community College, and bought the truck. During the week, she parks at local businesses at lunch and serves all soul food including fried chicken with wicked wing sauce. FOX8 Foodie Shannon Smith […]

  • NC Zoo’s conservation projects work to save animals

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — From small snakes to enormous elephants, North Carolina Zoo conservation projects save animals all over the world. For more than a decade, conservationists from the zoo have worked to save animals in Africa. They have equipped and trained rangers in Africa with smart technology to monitor the animals like endangered white rhinos. They also try to track poachers. Closer to home, their efforts focus on forests and land in North Carolina. In-state projects protect snakes, amphibians, red wolves […]

  • The North Carolina Zoo’s chimp conservation

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Several times a year, Corrine Kendall travels to the jungles of East Africa. She leads several of the North Carolina Zoo’s conservation projects including one to save Kibale National Park in Uganda. But villagers who live nearby must cut trees in the forest for wood to cook. So, conservationists like Kendall have taught them to construct more than 130 fuel efficient stoves made of clay. She also teaches the villagers about chimps, which helps them realize why […]

  • NC Zoo’s new ocelot sculpture

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo has a new ocelot sculpture that sits in front of the exhibit. The sculpture is Brian Brown’s first publicly displayed piece of work. “It’s almost surreal right now, I think it will take a little time for it to settle in for me,” he said. Brian didn’t know much about these cat creatures when he started working on the bronze sculpture — so he spent hours researching them. When it came time to […]

  • Sea Lions at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The two sea lions at the North Carolina Zoo know 25 different commands. Zookeepers say the young sea lions have come a long way since they arrived two years ago. For some reason, the animals were abandoned by their mothers, so their mom could go out and forage. They hadn’t quite learned how to forage on their own. So when they arrived at the zoo, they were basically blank canvasses — so keepers got to work. Several […]

  • Burger Batch in Winston-Salem taking milkshakes to a whole new level

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On a hot day, try one of the sweetest ways to cool off — a milkshake. And there’s a new place in the Piedmont taking milkshakes to a whole new level. FOX8 Foodie Shannon Smith checked out Burger Batch in Winston-Salem where their shakes have more than just a cherry on top. They have everything from cotton candy to an entire slice of cake.

  • North Carolina Zoo’s red river hog celebrates birthday

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Bilboa, the red river hog at the North Carolina Zoo, will celebrate a big birthday this month. The hog turns 17, making him a senior citizen among river hogs and the oldest of his kind in an American zoo. Just like people, he does take medicine to deal with aging, but overall, keepers say he is healthy. Bilboa lives with two other red river hogs and the three attract lots of attention.

  • High Point brewery is a national champion, literally

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — North Carolina has another national champion. This one for beer. Yes, a brand new, tiny brewery in High Point just won several big-time awards at the Great American Beer Festival. This annual competition in Colorado selects the best beers and breweries in the country. Winning a medal is very prestigious. Brown Truck Brewery won four in their first year in business, including Best Light American Lager. They beat out some of the biggest names in the […]