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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
  • Veterinarians at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Hundreds of species of animals live at the North Carolina Zoo. And a small staff of veterinarians care for all of them. Shannon Smith shows us how treating the smallest creatures to the largest mammals is all in a day’s work.

  • Southern favorites from SidWill’s Café and Catering in Jamestown

    The chefs at SidWill’s in Jamestown cook North Carolina favorites every day. They shared some of their most popular dishes with Shannon Smith on Recipe Wednesday.  You can print out a copy if you’d like to try one or all of them for your family! Turkey Meatloaf 1 pkg. of meatloaf seasoning mix 2 lbs. grounded turkey 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1/2 cup of milk 1/4 cup of bread crumbs or 2 slices of bread 1/2 cup of ketchup, chili […]

  • Elk herd expanding at the North Carolina Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The elk herd is growing at the North Carolina Zoo. A 4-year-old buck arrived a few months ago and zookeepers hope that will mean babies by spring. Shannon Smith takes a trip on the prairie in this edition of Zoo Filez.

  • Creative, healthy school lunches

    It’s time to start packing school lunch again.  Instead of peanut butter and jelly every day, we’ve got some different healthy ideas to try.  And we promise, kids will love these. Joy Thompson from Southern Sisters in Thomasville shared the fun recipes. Kid Sushi 2 oz softened cream cheese 1 Tablespoon mayo 1 Tablespoon cranberry sauce 3 deli slices roasted turkey 2 slices provolone cheese Spinach or lettuce 1 large spinach (or any flavor) fajita shell 1 skewer Stir cream […]

  • KidZone at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Lots of people visit the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro to see the big animals — you know, the lions, the polar bears. But some of the smaller animals in the zoo’s KidZone are making big impressions too. FOX8’s Shannon Smith has more in this edition of Zoo Filez.

  • Sheetz shares secret recipes with FOX8

    Sheetz shared some of its secret recipes with FOX8 on this Recipe Wednesday. Corporate Chef Dan Coffin showed Shannon Smith how to make some of the popular items on their menu. Menu item: Breakfast Burrito Ingredients: 4, 8-10” tortillas 12 oz spicy breakfast or chorizo sausage 1 large onion 8 eggs 2 tablespoons of milk 1 cup Pico de Gallo or Salsa 1 sliced fresh jalapeño 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese Your favorite hot sauce 2 tablespoons butter Salt and […]

  • NC home to herd of elephants

    Elephants are one of the greatest treasures at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. There you can actually see one of the largest herds in captivity. In fact,  the next closest place to see a herd like this one is the Animal Kingdom at Disney World. FOX8’s Shannon Smith got to hang out with the herd in today’s Zoo Filez.

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    Get organized before going back to school

    Now is the time to get organized before going back to school. Linda Dozier has some great ideas for everything from homework to sports equipment. Check them out on her Pinterest page.

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    What foods are hot this summer?

    What’s hot this summer?  Food, of course! There are so many fresh local ingredients to spice up your cooking. Chef Tim Grandinetti from The Spring House in Winston-Salem showed us some new recipes for you to try. Summer’s Tomato Gazpacho with Pan Roasted Shrimp 5 tomatoes, peeled & chopped 2 green pepper, cored & seeded scallion jalapeno 1/2 cup parsley 1/4 cup mint 5 cloves garlic 1 cup water 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar fresh lemon 2 tablespoon Texas Pete […]

  • Teaching kids about the value of money

      An article in this month’s Piedmont Parent magazine focuses on teaching kids the value of money. Micki Bare stopped by FOX8 to explain some ways to teach kids about money.

  • NC Zoo compost saves millions

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Being a zookeeper at the North Carolina Zoo can be a really fun job — interacting with and training the animals. It can also be a really dirty job. Think about cleaning up after hundreds of animals. But as Shannon Smith shows us, in the end, it all pays off.

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    Creating, painting pottery in the Piedmont

    The Piedmont has a long history with pottery. While many professionals continue to create art from clay here, more and more novices are trying it as well. Shannon Smith found a place in Davidson County that’s helping them out. It’s called Ceramic Source and the company supplies unpainted pottery to galleries here and all over the country. They even have a gallery and classes for people to paint the pieces they create. For more information visit Ceramic Source’s website.


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