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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.

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    Watch GoPro ride of FOX8’s Shannon Smith taking 6-story plunge down new water slide at Carowinds

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carowinds’ Carolina Harbor Waterpark features new water slides in the Black Beard’s Revenge complex. Pirate’s Plank is a 6-story high slide where you begin standing up, and then the floor drops from beneath you. FOX8’s Shannon Smith tried out the slide before the park opened completely to the public. You can take a look at the 10-second thrill ride in the video player above.

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    Water park at Carowinds doubles in size

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carowinds’ Carolina Harbor Waterpark opens full time for the season Saturday. During the off season, Carowinds expanded their existing waterpark, doubling the overall size to 27 acres.  It’s now the largest waterpark in the state. New features include a second, bigger wave pool, upscale cabanas, a new bathhouse, as well as new coastal cuisine in the restaurants.  There are also water attractions for all ages. A 2-acre kids park offers several water playgrounds. Thrill seekers will find […]

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    Ocelots get new home at NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The pair of ocelots have been living at the North Carolina zoo for years but visitors often had a challenging time finding them. Earlier this month the ocelots got a brand new, custom-made home, a larger home but making it much easier for the pair to be spotted.    

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    A Very Berry Recipe Wednesday

    It’s berry season in North Carolina. Right  now you can buy fresh strawberries and blueberries.  Fresh blackberries and raspberries will be here before you know it. And, there are so many ways to enjoy these sweet treats.  The chefs at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown showed us how to whip up some “berry” delicious recipes. Fresh Berry French Toast Ingredients: For French toast: 8 slices Day old French Bread ¾ C Egg beaters ¼ C Almond milk 1 Tbs […]

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    Here’s how to volunteer at the North Carolina Zoo

    There are hundreds of volunteers at the North Carolina Zoo, aging from age 12 to people in their 90s. FOX8’s Shannon Smith talks about the zoo’s volunteer opportunities in this week’s Zoo Filez.

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    Researcher at NC Zoo receives $20,000 grant to study vultures in Africa

    A researcher at the North Carolina Zoo recently received a $20,000 grant to study vultures in Africa. African vultures have declined significantly during the last 30 years, mostly due to poisoning. Corrine Kendall, the association curator of conservation and research, said people put poison on carcasses, trying to kill lions and hyenas. That’s why Kendall recently received a grant from the National Geographic Society. She’s monitoring African vultures’ movement with satellite technology. “It’s put on as a backpack with little straps […]

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    Baby elk coming soon to NC Zoo

    Right now, bison and elk roam freely around their exhibit at the North Carolina Zoo, but an exciting development is coming soon. Baby elk may be bouncing the exhibit this spring! “We know we have at least two cows pregnant out there right now so this spring, May [or] June, we should have at least two elk babies and maybe more,” said Guy Lichty, the zoo’s curator of mammals. Baby elk haven’t been born at the North Carolina Zoo in […]

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    ‘Zoo-fari’ camp at North Carolina Zoo teaches students about African animals

    Visitors at the North Carolina Zoo will be able to get even closer to some of the African animals this summer. Teens can take an African safari without ever leaving the state through the North Carolina Zoo’s camp. The “zoo-fari” experience will allow students to set up tents right next to the African plains exhibit, close enough to hear the elephants and rhinos. Students who attend the camp can also use equipment like night vision goggles to study the behavior […]

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    Here are some hacks for busy moms

    Moms have busy lives and hectic schedules so any trick or gadget to make things run a little smoother is greatly appreciated. In today’s Mommy Matters, FOX8’s Shannon Smith took a look at some creative hacks that can make mom’s everyday chores a little easier.  

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    ‘Berry good’ recipes for cooking with strawberries

    Strawberries are here! On this Recipe Wednesday Chef Joe from Lowes Foods showed us how to enjoy strawberries with every meal this spring. Lowes Foods Strawberry Recipes FRENCH TOAST STUFFED WITH STRAWBERRIES This is good enough to be a dessert that you can legitimately have for breakfast. Servings: 5-6 INGREDIENTS: 1 cup diced strawberries chopped 1 tablespoon sugar 1/8 teaspoon vanilla 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1 pinch sea salt 1 pinch fresh cracked pepper 8 ounces cream cheese 10 slices of […]

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    Piedmont Parent holding family fitness challenge

    In today’s Mommy Matters, FOX8’s Shannon Smith takes a look at a way for your whole family to get in shape. Piedmont Parent is holding an eight-week family fitness challenge. Micki Bare and one of the coaches, Donna Burick, stopped by to tell us about it.

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    Meet two of the biggest kinds of porcupines in the world at the NC Zoo

    A new exhibit at the North Carolina Zoo lets visitors stand close to two of the biggest kinds of porcupines in the world. Cape porcupines are one of the largest of its species. The two porcupines at the North Carolina Zoo are sisters that have lived  together their whole lives. They’re also great friends so you’ll most likely see them snuggled up, sleeping together. Zookeepers say in the wild, Cape porcupines are not nearly as cute or cuddly. When they’re agitated […]


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