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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.

Recent Articles
  • New polar bear additions at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — A new polar bear moves to the North Carolina Zoo this year. The 8-year-old male will hopefully mate with the current female polar bear. And eventually visitors will be able to see polar bear cubs. Shannon Smith shows us, it’s all possible because of recent renovations to the exhibit.

  • Growing treats for zoo animals

    The fine folks at the North Carolina Zoo try to give the animals treats from time to time. The animals usually enjoy things like watermelon or banana leaves. Now, to cut down on some of the costs, the staff grows some of that produce. Shannon Smith shows us how in Zoo Filez.

  • How to control summer snacking

    Kids are out of school for the summer so they might be eating you out of house and home. Lisa Doss from Forsyth Family magazine joined FOX8’s Shannon Smith to share some tips to keep junk food and eating under control in the summer.

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    What is foot golf?

    You can now play foot golf in the Piedmont Triad. This fairly new sport combines soccer and golf. Foot golf is very affordable and all you need is a soccer ball. You can play nine holes of foot golf for just $14 at the Long Creek Golf Club in Winston-Salem.

  • Lions celebrate first birthday at NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Some of the biggest babies at the North Carolina Zoo will celebrate their first birthdays at the end of the month. And as Shannon Smith shows us, the four lions have grown quite a bit since they took their first steps into the zoo’s exhibit.

  • Design team at NC Zoo reveals how exhibits are made

    FOX8’s Shannon Smith visits the North Carolina Zoo and talks with members of the design team who create the rocks, sculptures and other pieces for the animal exhibits.  

  • Plutopalooza Camp-In kicks off at SciWorks

    SciWorks will host a special overnight Plutopalooza Camp-in beginning Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. and ending Wednesday, July 15 at 9 a.m. In today’s Mommy Matters, Ally McCcauley joined FOX8’s Shannon Smith to talk about the details of the event. The event coincides with the New Horizons spacecraft’s historic rendezvous with Pluto. The Plutopalooza Camp-in is being held at SciWorks, located at 400 W. Hanes Mill Road in Winston-Salem. Pre-registration is required by July 13. You can register on SciWork’s […]

  • Quick cooking in a cup

    Keith Gardiner, a GTCC chef, stopped by the FOX8 studios Wednesday. Blueberry Muffin with Streusel Topping in a Cup INGREDIENTS: Muffin: 1/4 cup flour 2 tbsp granulated sugar 1/8 tsp baking powder 1/16 tsp baking soda 3 tbsp fat free milk 1 tbsp vegetable oil 7 fresh blueberries streusel topping: 1 tbsp cold butter, chopped into tiny pieces 1 1/2 tbsp flour 2 1/2 tbsp brown sugar 1/8 tsp cinnamon Directions: 1. Mix everything listed in muffin ingredients except blueberries […]

  • Wildlife rehabilitation at the North Carolina Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Veterinarians at the North Carolina Zoo take care of hundreds of animals that live there. But did you know they also care for wildlife hurt or abandoned in the area? Shannon Smith shows us in this edition of Zoo Filez.

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    Recipes for when it’s too hot to cook

    It’s too hot to cook, so Chef Jay Pierce, author of “Shrimp” joined FOX8’s Shannon Smith in the studio to mix up some dishes that require little to no cooking but still taste delicious. Here are the recipes: Cucumber-Tomato Salad 1.5 pounds cucumber 1  pound tomatoes 1 cup rice wine vinegar 1.5 teaspoons black pepper 1 cup soy sauce Method Wash, peel, seed and slice cucumbers. Wash tomatoes and slice into ½ moons. In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Allow to sit at […]

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    Best vacations with young kids

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Summer officially begins this weekend. If you still want to plan a big summer vacation for the family, Chuck Joyce from A Way To Go Travel shared his top five picks for this summer. Here are the best places to take young kids: 1. Beaches Resorts 2. Disney Cruise 3. Atlantis 4. Finest Playa Mujeres 5. Adventures by Disney

  • Summer camp at the North Carolina Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Kids have the opportunity to spend the night with the animals at the North Carolina Zoo this summer. It’s part of a special camp that teaches middle and high school students about how scientists work with animals both in captivity and in the wild. Shannon Smith has the details in this edition of Zoo Filez.


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