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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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    Baby elk coming soon to NC Zoo

    Right now, bison and elk roam freely around their exhibit at the North Carolina Zoo, but an exciting development is coming soon. Baby elk may be bouncing the exhibit this spring! “We know we have at least two cows pregnant out there right now so this spring, May [or] June, we should have at least two elk babies and maybe more,” said Guy Lichty, the zoo’s curator of mammals. Baby elk haven’t been born at the North Carolina Zoo in […]

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    ‘Zoo-fari’ camp at North Carolina Zoo teaches students about African animals

    Visitors at the North Carolina Zoo will be able to get even closer to some of the African animals this summer. Teens can take an African safari without ever leaving the state through the North Carolina Zoo’s camp. The “zoo-fari” experience will allow students to set up tents right next to the African plains exhibit, close enough to hear the elephants and rhinos. Students who attend the camp can also use equipment like night vision goggles to study the behavior […]

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    Here are some hacks for busy moms

    Moms have busy lives and hectic schedules so any trick or gadget to make things run a little smoother is greatly appreciated. In today’s Mommy Matters, FOX8’s Shannon Smith took a look at some creative hacks that can make mom’s everyday chores a little easier.  

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    ‘Berry good’ recipes for cooking with strawberries

    Strawberries are here! On this Recipe Wednesday Chef Joe from Lowes Foods showed us how to enjoy strawberries with every meal this spring. Lowes Foods Strawberry Recipes FRENCH TOAST STUFFED WITH STRAWBERRIES This is good enough to be a dessert that you can legitimately have for breakfast. Servings: 5-6 INGREDIENTS: 1 cup diced strawberries chopped 1 tablespoon sugar 1/8 teaspoon vanilla 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1 pinch sea salt 1 pinch fresh cracked pepper 8 ounces cream cheese 10 slices of […]

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    Piedmont Parent holding family fitness challenge

    In today’s Mommy Matters, FOX8’s Shannon Smith takes a look at a way for your whole family to get in shape. Piedmont Parent is holding an eight-week family fitness challenge. Micki Bare and one of the coaches, Donna Burick, stopped by to tell us about it.

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    Meet two of the biggest kinds of porcupines in the world at the NC Zoo

    A new exhibit at the North Carolina Zoo lets visitors stand close to two of the biggest kinds of porcupines in the world. Cape porcupines are one of the largest of its species. The two porcupines at the North Carolina Zoo are sisters that have lived  together their whole lives. They’re also great friends so you’ll most likely see them snuggled up, sleeping together. Zookeepers say in the wild, Cape porcupines are not nearly as cute or cuddly. When they’re agitated […]

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    Celebrate Pimento Cheese Day with these recipes

    Greensboro’s Mayor has proclaimed Saturday Pimento Cheese Day. The Fresh Market wants you to help them celebrate.  On this Recipe Wednesday, Chef Sheri Castle showed us some great ways to enjoy the southern favorite. Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs Makes 24 eggs Ingredients: 12 The Fresh Market Large Eggs 1/2 c. The Fresh Market Pimento Cheese 1/4 c. Dukes Mayonnaise 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper Pickled okra, thinly sliced Preparation: Place eggs in a large saucepan and add cool water to […]

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    NC zookeepers hoping for polar bear cubs later this year

    It’s rare for a zoo to have one polar bear, but the North Carolina Zoo now has two. In today’s Zoo Filez, FOX8’s Shannon Smith explains how Nikita came to the zoo this year for a very special reason.

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    Spring brings the plants and animals to life at the North Carolina Zoo

    Spring brings the plants and animals to life at the North Carolina Zoo. Check out some upcoming spring events you won’t want to miss.

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    Easter sweet treats

    Chocolate Peep S’mores 1 snack size Hershey bar 1 bunnie peep Milk chocolate (like Ghirardelli chocolate) Sprinkles Take 1 graham cracker and lay on a baking sheet. Put one Peep on top and bake in oven (watching carefully) for a few minutes. Don’t let it get to brown. When it is a little toasted and puffy take out and lay the other graham cracker on top. Let cool, you can pop it in the freezer for a few minutes. After […]

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    Sand cat at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Spring is a great time to visit the North Carolina Zoo. Especially because, over the winter, several new animals moved in — including one cute little cat. Shannon Smith shows us in today’s Zoo Filez.

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    North Carolina Zoo welcomes sand cat

    From the 500-pound lion to the 5-pound sand cat, you can see a wide variety of cats at the NC Zoo. The sand cat, which arrived this winter from a zoo in the Czech Republic, is a new addition to the zoo. His name is “Cosmos” and zoo keepers hope he can help the current population of sand cats in U.S. zoos.  There are less than 30 left. Soon, a female sand cat will join “Cosmos” and hopefully little 1-pound […]


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