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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
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    Simple snack, drink recipes for your Super Bowl party

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — We’re ready for some football and Super Bowl snacks. Chef Jay Pierce and bartender Mark Weddle from The Traveled Farmer in Greensboro provided several great recipes to try that will score points at your party. Sausage dip Ingredients: 1 hot pork sausage .5 pack of softened cream cheese .5 hoop of cheese 1 can of green chilies .5 cup of diced tomatoes 1/2 teaspoon of granulated onion 1 teaspoon of granulated garlic Method: Render sausage until fully […]

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    Healthy family-friendly dinner ideas

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Reset your resolution to get healthy with four fast family-friendly dinner ideas. Meredith Williams at Pepper Moon Catering showed us how. Chicken and Veggies with Spaghetti Squash Ingredients: 1 medium-sized spaghetti squash 2 tablespoons of olive oil Pink Himalayan Salt Pepper 4 tablespoons of canola oil, 1 medium, diced yellow onion 4 teaspoons minced garlic, with juice 3 cups of halved grape tomatoes 2 chicken breasts; cut into 1-inch pieces ½ juiced lemon; or ¼ cup lemon […]

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    Healthy recipes for the new year

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — One of the easiest ways to eat healthier in the new year may be eating fresh, locally grown produce. But even with the cold weather, you can still buy fresh during the winter months. Chef Jay Pierce from The Traveled Farmer in Greensboro shows us some new recipes to try this year. Carrot-Ginger dressing Ingredients: 1 cup of canola oil 1/2 cup of rice vinegar 1/4 cup of tamari 1 tablespoon of sugar 2 tablespoons of grated […]

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    Easy and elegant dishes to serve during the holiday season

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — It’s party time! On this Recipe Wednesday, we’re getting you ready for all of your holiday gatherings. Lisa Hawley, owner of Southern Roots in Jamestown, showed us how to create several easy and elegant dishes you can serve from now until New Year’s Eve. Marinated Grilled Shrimp Ingredients: 2 cups of soy sauce 1 cup of grainy mustard 1/4 cup of shallots (minced) 1/2 cup of white wine vinegar 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice 1 cup […]

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    Delicious breakfast recipes for the holiday season

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Many people host families for the holiday season. And often, you have to feed them breakfast. On this Recipe Wednesday, Meredith Williams from Pepper Moon Catering in Greensboro showed us how to make some delicious and easy breakfast dishes. You can enjoy a variety of breakfast dishes at the Putting’ on the Grits event in High Point this Saturday, Dec. 3. The event raises money for The Community Clinic. Layered Breakfast Quiche Ingredients: 5 cups of instant […]

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    Fast, fresh last-minute Thanksgiving recipes

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Need a last minute Thanksgiving side dish or a few turkey tips? Internet chef Oliver Lloyd showed FOX8’s Shannon Smith several easy-to-make recipes in today’s Recipe Wednesday. You can find more fast, fresh recipes on Internet chef’s Oliver Lloyd’s website. You can also follow him on Instagram.

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    Cook a simple crispy turkey — AND learn how to carve it

    Turkey is the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving day meal for most families.  In fact, 88 percent of people say they eat turkey on Thanksgiving, according to CNN. That could put a pressure on the cook. But the turkey can be easy. Chef Jay Pierce from The Traveled Farmer Restaurant in Greensboro showed us the easiest way to cook and carve a turkey.

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    Elephants at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The elephants are always a talking point for visitors at the North Carolina Zoo. The zoo currently has six elephants, two males and four females. Zookeepers say it’s important to let the elephants mingle amongst themselves, but just like humans, not all of the get along. “There has been recent research done that shows that having variable social opportunities and the more elephants they can socialize with, the better,” said zookeeper Erin Ivory. “Sometimes it takes a little […]

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    Things to do when someone you know suffers a severe fall

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Doctor Elliot Wentz says even more people come to the emergency department at Wesley Long Hospital because of falls around the holidays. “Even early in the fall when there’s just frost on the ground, I’ve seen a number of people fall going out to get the newspaper in the morning,” Dr. Wentz said. For elderly people, a cause for a fall this time of year is escalators in malls or airports. “Maybe using a cane or a […]

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    What to do if you cut yourself in the kitchen

    Chopping vegetables, slicing potatoes and carving the turkey — cooking the holiday meal can actually be quite dangerous. “Anytime there are festivities and people are in the kitchen getting things ready to go, you do tend to see a lot more slips of the knife or cuts on the edges of a sharp can,” said Dr. Laura Murry, director of the urgent care division at Cone Hospital. So, what do you do if you cut yourself in the kitchen? First, […]

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    Training the Arctic foxes at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Zookeepers at the North Carolina Zoo turned feeding time for the Arctic foxes into a training session. Keepers give them food with tongs to try and build trust. “We work with them every day, we try to establish a relationship with them through training and feeding them,” one zookeeper said. “At least so they are comfortable with us being around.” It is especially important for the zoo’s newest Arctic foxes at the exhibit. One is 5 months […]

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    NC zookeepers surprised after new baby gazelle is born

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — You have to look closely to see the newest animal at the North Carolina Zoo — the baby gazelle. One morning last month, the two gazelles came into the barn to eat their breakfast and when zookeepers returned an hour later, the baby was born. The gazelles are a new species to the zoo, but none of the zookeepers knew one was pregnant when they came in May. Learn more about the adorable animal in today’s Zoo […]