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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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    NC Zoo set designer gets innovative to enhance seal exhibit

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Sometimes your career path can take an unexpected turn. The same remains true at the North Carolina Zoo, where one UNCG graduate received his degree in set design for theatre. Little did he know, his stage would be viewed by thousands of people and used by 800-pound animals. With a deadline and plenty of things to consider, it’s safe to say the exhibit has been a success. He says the seals and sea lions all seem happy […]

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    NC Zoo designers create park’s beautiful world

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Plenty of hands go into making a perfect guests experience at the NC Zoo. When you look at the rocks and trees in each exhibit, they look authentic, but in reality, they’re all created by someone who works hard each day to create the beautiful world. For more than two decades, Kristin McGee has helped build much of what you see at the zoo. “We do everything from the drawing it out, to the model-making to the painting,” […]

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    North Carolina apples work perfectly in these recipes

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — It’s apple harvest time in North Carolina and there are so many ways to enjoy all the varieties of the state’s apples. Chef Jay Pierce joined us at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market to show us four new apple recipes. Apple Bread Pudding Ingredients: 4 diced Brioche buns ¾ cup of brown sugar 1 ½ cups of whipping cream 2 cups of milk 4 beaten eggs 2 teaspoon of vanilla Extract ¼ teaspoon of ground Allspice ¼ […]

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    A movie based in the Piedmont Triad comes to theatres

    A new movie based in the Piedmont Triad is coming to theatres this weekend. “The Disappointments Room,” which stars Kate Beckinsale and Lucas Till, is a psychological thriller about a couple who decide to start a new life in North Carolina. In the movie, the lead character Dana finds herself and her family on a horrifying journey. With scenes being filmed in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Madison, many local actors, actresses, and extras were able to be a part of the […]

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    NC Zoo catches Pokemania

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo is full of creatures – both real and fake. FOX8’s Shannon Smith visited the NC Zoo and trekked with her son to find some Pokemon and Poke Stops. Park officials say that since the game came out this summer, hundreds of people have played it on the grounds. It’s just another thing that you can enjoy at the zoo.

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    The Katharine Brasserie in Winston-Salem offers traditional French cooking

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A new restaurant in an old building in Winston-Salem is creating a big buzz in the city.  “The Katharine” is located in the former lobby of the RJ Reynolds Headquarters downtown.  It’s named for Reynolds wife, Katharine.  It features French cuisine with a local influence. Croque Katharine (4 servings) Ingredients: 1 loaf Brioche or challah 12 oz thinly sliced country ham 8 oz pimento cheese 1 recipe custard 4 eggs Butter as needed Method: Preheat oven to […]

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    Exhibit expert creates amazing climbing structure at NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Storms tore through the North Carolina Zoo last year, devastating trees in the middle of the park. During cleanup, one exhibit technician came up with a plan to give the old destroyed trees new life. So, he began building a new climbing structure made of fallen limbs and one big trunk in the middle. Check out his creation in today’s Zoo Filez.

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    Several sausage-based tailgating recipes

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — With students returning to school, the leaves will soon begin to change and fall sports take over the scene. In today’s Recipes, Keith Gardiner and Al Romano, chefs at GTCC, discuss several easy-to-make sausage-based recipes for tailgating. Breakfast sausage served with a potato pancake and topped with an over easy egg: Ingredients: 1 lb breakfast sausage 1 lb shredded potatoes ¼ C sautéed minced onion 8 whole eggs Salt and pepper to taste Method: Make four equal […]

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    Several quick and easy back-to-school breakfast recipes

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so we’re showing you several options other than a cold bowl of cereal. Pepper Moon Catering in Greensboro is showing us four quick and easy recipes. Reilly’s Favorite french toast: 8 large slices hearty white sandwich bread or good-quality challah (we use whole loafs from Harris Teeter and cut the slices thickly on a bias) Two cups whole milk warmed in microwave slowly to 80 degrees Four large […]

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    Gorillas at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The young gorillas at the North Carolina Zoo keep visitors entertained. Some younger gorillas like to knock on the glass, mess with each other and wrestle, while the adult gorillas are more lazy and enjoy relaxing in the sun. About a year ago, the gorillas moved into a newly renovated exhibit, and zookeepers say the move has worked out well. “Seven is probably the most we’ve had here at the North Carolina Zoo,” one zookeeper said. “With […]

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    Here are several healthy options for your child’s lunchbox

    Packing school lunches can be a chore, but most parents want their children to be healthy and satisfied. In Thursday’s Mommy Matters, FOX8’s Shannon Smith talks with Melissa Moses, a registered dietitian at Brenner Fit about several easy lunch recipes that will make your student smile.

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    Easy back-to-school recipes for yourself and family

    With the school year right around the corner, FOX8’s Shannon Smith met with Lowes Foods chief Jeff Marchesiello to talk about easy and healthy dishes to prepare for yourself and your family. Frittata muffins: One slice of bread cut into cubes 3/4 cup cut vegetables such as mushrooms, onion and yellow pepper One teaspoon olive oil 1/3 cup shredding cheddar cheese Four large eggs 1/4 cup milk 1/8 teaspoon sea salt Cooking spray Directions: Preheat oven to 325. Spray 6 […]