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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
  • Zoofari

    Riding through the African plains with the NC Zoo’s Zoofari

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — In Friday’s Zoo Filez, FOX8’s Shannon Smith took us through a trip on the Zoofari at the North Carolina Zoo. During the 40-acre trip, passengers experience some of Africa’s most excited and majestic animals.

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    The NC Zoo shows off its new baby elk

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — One of the newest and cutest exhibits at the North Carolina Zoo has people talking. After their birth in May, the NC Zoo now has three baby elk. “Their natural behaviour is actually to hide, so they’re kind of tough for the guest to see,” said Zookeeper Curtis Mallot. “They’re just starting to get up, move around and follow mom.” The three elk were born in the exhibit, so they’re still very skittish. But zoo officials are […]

  • Keeping kids excited about science during the summer

    In Thursday’s Mommy Matters, Ally McCauley with SciWorks stopped by FOX8 to talk about ways to keep your kids excited about science during the summer. McCauley uses typical household items to make simple and effective science projects.

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    Simple salads for the perfect summer menu

    When it’s super hot outside you just don’t feel like cooking.  On this Recipe Wednesday, Southern Roots in Jamestown showed us how to make simple salads that make the perfect summer menu. Cucumber Salad 2-3 cucumbers ½ red onion ½ cup apple cider vinegar o ¼ cup olive oil 2 tablespoons honey ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons chopped chives Slice Cucumbers Thinly slice onion mix the vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt, pepper and chives Toss the dressing […]

  • NC Competition Dining Series chefs share popular recipes

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Some of North Carolina’s best chefs will face off next week as the NC Competition Dining Series makes its way to Greensboro. The competition is a single-elimination tournament that takes top-notch local talent  and combines it with some of the state’s best foods. Michael Harkenreader, chef de cuisine at The Undercurrent Restaurant and upcoming series competitor, let FOX8’s Shannon Smith into some of his plans for the competition next week. Chilled Cucumber Soup  (makes 2 quarts) 2.5 cucumbers 1 Tbsp. […]

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    North Carolina Zoo designer creates a tree for the Ocelot exhibit

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — FOX8’s Shannon Smith shows show us in Friday’s Zoo Filez how the North Carolina Zoo’s Exhibit Designer Sean Ross creates a tree for the zoo’s Ocelot exhibit. In a six-month process, Ross was able to make an artificial tree that closely resembles one that the Ocelot would encounter in the wild. After carefully planning out the height and size of the tree, Ross built a metal frame to create the trunk and branches. He then covered the metal with […]

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    Quick and easy meals for the whole family

    When it gets hot, you don’t want to spend hours cooking in the kitchen.  So on this Recipe Wednesday, Meredith Williams, owner of Pepper Moon Catering, shows us some quick and easy meals the whole family will enjoy. Pesto Grilled Chicken Skewers Cilantro Pesto Marinade 2 T coarsely chopped walnuts 2 t minced garlic 1.5 c loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves (no thick stems) ½ c loosely packed fresh Italian parsley leaves (no thick stems) ½ t kosher salt ¼ […]

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    Local therapy center needs your votes to win a horse

    COLFAX, N.C. — Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center is an equine therapy center that helps children and adults with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. They recently lost one of their therapy horses to illness and is asking the community for help to get a new one. Lexlin Gypsy Ranch in Tennessee is giving away 10 therapy horses to centers around the country and asks that participants vote for their favorite therapy center once a day all this week on their Facebook […]

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    Zoo program gives kids a close-up encounter

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — FOX8’s Shannon Smith shows us in Friday’s Zoo Filez  how the North Carolina Zoo’s Ambassador Program gives children a close-up encounter.  

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    Burger Warfare in Greensboro offers tips for making a delicious burger

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Summer is almost here, but it’s already burger season.  You can go traditional with mustard and ketchup or try something a little different. FOX8’s Shannon Smith stops by Burger Warfare in Greensboro to get some new ideas.   Chef Ralph Singleton shows up how to make a Memphis Belle burger, their popular Bang Bang burger, and one they call Operation Husky, with an Italian flare.   We’ll also top it all off with a big yummy milkshake. Here are […]

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    Watch GoPro ride of FOX8’s Shannon Smith taking 6-story plunge down new water slide at Carowinds

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carowinds’ Carolina Harbor Waterpark features new water slides in the Black Beard’s Revenge complex. Pirate’s Plank is a 6-story high slide where you begin standing up, and then the floor drops from beneath you. FOX8’s Shannon Smith tried out the slide before the park opened completely to the public. You can take a look at the 10-second thrill ride in the video player above.

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    Water park at Carowinds doubles in size

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carowinds’ Carolina Harbor Waterpark opens full time for the season Saturday. During the off season, Carowinds expanded their existing waterpark, doubling the overall size to 27 acres.  It’s now the largest waterpark in the state. New features include a second, bigger wave pool, upscale cabanas, a new bathhouse, as well as new coastal cuisine in the restaurants.  There are also water attractions for all ages. A 2-acre kids park offers several water playgrounds. Thrill seekers will find […]


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