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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
  • Toys and games for this year’s Easter basket

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — What will the Easter Bunny bring this year? Matt Peel from Toys and Company joined FOX8’s Shannon Smith to show off some toys and games that could be great for this year’s Easter basket.

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    Fun family events to celebrate Easter across the Piedmont

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — FOX8’s Shannon Smith has a list of fun family events to celebrate Easter. Events:   Breakfast with the Easter Bunny When: Saturday, March, 28 from 8-10 a.m. Where: Thataways Youth Center in Burlington Admission is $5 and you can preregister by calling (336) 222-5134 City Lake Park’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt When: Saturday, March, 28 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Those ages 3 and under start at 11 a.m. 4-7 year olds start at 11:45 a.m. 8-10 year olds […]

  • Spruce up your home for spring

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Linda Dozier at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Greensboro shared some great ways to spruce up your home for spring. You’ll find more on her Pinterest page. Here are just a few:  Cleaning out your dryer (get that lent out of your dryer so it is safer and works better) Putting together a spring cleaning bucket (everything you will need to do your spring cleaning) Spring cleaning outside (clean the windows, clean up the edges on your flower beds, […]

  • Male Summit offered to help strengthen parenting skills

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — The Male Summit is being held Saturday, March 21 at Ragsdale High. It is a chance for fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, neighbors and community members to strengthen their skills as parent figures and help the children in their lives become successful. Keith Pemberton, a social worker at Oak Hill Elementary and a member of the event planning committee stopped by to talk to FOX8’s Shannon Smith about Saturday’s event. To register for the event, click here or visit […]

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    Mixing up the March Madness menu with new recipes from the chefs at GTCC

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — It’s time for March Madness.  Whether you’re tailgating at the Greensboro Coliseum before the ACC Tournament or you are watching all the games on TV, we have the perfect March Madness menu that will get you through all the games.  The chefs at GTCC in Jamestown showed us how to make your game day grub. Sweet Potato Colcannon A traditional Irish dish (also perfect for upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebrations), you can make this yummy baked dish […]

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    Company in Winston-Salem creates technology for preschoolers

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — It’s no longer just nursery rhymes and finger paint at preschool. Four- and 5-year-olds need to learn a lot more to be ready for kindergarten. Now a company in Winston-Salem is creating and selling special technology to help teachers in preschool classrooms.

  • A new Dr. Seuss book is on its way

      HIGH POINT, N.C. — Fans of  “Cat in the Hat” rejoice! A new Dr. Seuss book is on its way. It’s a manuscript the late, legendary children’s writer completed more than half a century ago, but never published. The new book, “What Pet Should I Get?”

  • Kindermusik: Music can help with child development

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — An early childhood music class, Kindermusik, is getting kids moving while also teaching group music classes. The music class is meant to help prepare children for preschool.  

  • Mommy Matters: Financial planning

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Financial planning can be a daunting task, but just starting a budget and getting organized can go a long way. Cordi Powell, a financial planner, said it’s important to evaluate needs versus wants when creating a budget. A “Financial Peace Seminar” will be held at Saint Christopher’s Episcopal Church to help people take a look at how they interact with money, according to Reverend Ken Kroohs. The first seminar is free for anyone interested in attending.

  • Introducing children to volunteering

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has become a day of service and one mom says that since kids have the day off from school, it’s the perfect time to introduce them to volunteering. Suzanna Fielders wrote a blog about this topic for “Triad Moms on Main,”  where she listed several organizations that allow young people to volunteer.

  • Should kids take a daily vitamin?

    Should kids take a daily vitamin? Dr. Jim Anderson says it all depends on the age of the child and the child’s needs. Here are a few of his recommendations: All new born babies should take vitamin D At 6-months children should take an iron supplement Preschool aged may or may not need vitamins — it depends on the child’s diet  

  • Detox your diet

    DETOX BROCCOLI SOUP 2 cups broccoli florets 2 celery stalks, finely diced 1 onion, finely diced 2 garlic cloves 1 cup kale 1 carrot,  finely chopped 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth ½ tsp sea salt ½ lemon, juice only 1 tsp coconut oil 1 tbsp chia seeds In a soup pot, heat the coconut oil, add the onion, garlic, carrot, and broccoli and cook over low heat for five minutes, stirring frequently. Add the vegetable broth, bring to a […]


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