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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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    The North Carolina Zoo’s giant rabbit

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Children can meet and pet animals in the kidZone at the North Carolina Zoo. And one of the newest animals is a big hit. Shannon Smith shows us the whopping size of the new rabbit there in this edition of Zoo Filez.

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    Getting your family ready for flu season

    It’s time for your family to get their flu vaccine. Parents have two options for their children: The flu shot or the flu mist. Doctor Jim Anderson joined FOX8’s Shannon Smith to give parents advice on both.

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    New recipes give us a taste of fall

    On this Recipe Wednesday, Chef Leigh Hesling at Printworks Bistro at the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro gives us a taste of fall. He showed Shannon Smith some new ways to enjoy apples, sweet potatoes and figs. Plus, want to get your family to eat Brussels sprouts? Just add bacon. Here are the recipes: Sweet Potato Gratin 4 sweet potatoes 2 cups mascarpone cheese salt & pepper to taste 1 ½  cups heavy cream 1 ½  cups grated aged cheddar ¾ […]

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    Getting tested for fall allergies

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Tywana Gayle brought her 8-year-old son Terrell to the doctor for allergy testing. “He really wanted a pet, he really wants a pet so bad, and I don’t know if he was allergic to them,” Gayle said. During an allergy test, Dr. Sokun Bhatti and her staff can test for dozens of different triggers, from pollen to pets. The process begins with nurses marking spots on the back, then putting  a drop of a solution with […]

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    Celebrate National Coffee Day with a better home brew

    Today is National Coffee Day!  Hooray! Today we can celebrate the java jolt we all need to get up and get moving every morning. Shannon Smith stopped by Spring Garden Bakery and Coffeehouse to find out how to brew up a better cup of coffee at home. Plus, she found out how to speak the sometimes-complicated coffee lingo. Here’s a couple of recipes and some information about coffee. Cold Brew Coffee Cheesecloth Fine mesh sieve 1.5 cup of coffee beans […]

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    North Carolina Zoo welcomes baby baboons

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo welcomes three bundles of joy this month all in one exhibit. The first baby baboon was born on Sept. 1. A second was born this week. Zookeepers expect the third to be born tomorrow. FOX8’s Shannon Smith shows us the new additions in this edition of Zoo Filez.

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    Recipes to prepare for the Fiesta street festival in Winston-Salem

    Fiesta is a free street festival held in downtown Winston-Salem every year. Twenty-five thousand people are expected to show up for the music, arts and crafts, and food this Saturday. It raises money for the Hispanic League and helps support cultural, health, education and college scholarships for the Hispanic/Latino community. On this Recipe Wednesday, we’re featuring some of the food you can try at Fiesta. Guadalupe Riess-Stonestreet will be cooking on Saturday and she shared some of the great dishes […]

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    Top fall stops in the North Carolina mountains

    Fall officially starts tomorrow, but it’s already starting to look and feel like autumn in the North Carolina mountains. So many people love to look at all the beautiful colors of fall along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Mark File joined us live on FOX8 to tell us when and where to go see the changing leaves.  He has a popular website — — that details a lot of leaf-viewing information. He has compiled this list of his Top 12 stops […]

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    2 local chefs competing in ‘Hometown Breakfast Battle’

    Two local chefs are competing in the Hometown Breakfast Battle. You can vote to help them win. The Thomas English Muffins company asked 135 chefs from across the country to submit recipes, including Chef Chris Blackburn from Scrambled in Greensboro and Chef John Bobby from Nobles in Winston-Salem. You can check out their recipes and all the others on this website. If you vote, you also have a chance to win $10,000.

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    Gorilla exhibit opens at North Carolina Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The gorilla exhibit at the North Carolina Zoo has grown quite a bit this year. The exhibit just reopened after a renovation. Shannon Smith shows us what you can expect during your next visit in today’s Zoo Filez.

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    SciWorks in Winston-Salem holds butterfly release

    In today’s Mommy Matters, FOX8’s Shannon Smith tells you how you can bring science to life for your little ones at Sciworks in Winston-Salem. They are hosting a butterfly adopt and release event. Your butterfly will be tagged with a unique research number and you can help send it on its way. You can find the details on the SciWorks website.

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    Creative birthday cake ideas

    More people celebrate their birthday on September 16 than any other day of the year. So we thought we would help with the party on this Recipe Wednesday by creating some delicious cake. Shannon Smith spent the morning at Southern Sister’s Bakery, Sprinkle of Sugar, trying out these great recipes. Very Vanilla Cake  1 3/4 cups cake flour 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 cups sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 3/4 TSP salt 1 cup soft butter 4 eggs 1 cup milk 3/4 T vanilla […]


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