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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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    Easy back-to-school recipes for yourself and family

    With the school year right around the corner, FOX8’s Shannon Smith met with Lowes Foods chief Jeff Marchesiello to talk about easy and healthy dishes to prepare for yourself and your family. Frittata muffins: One slice of bread cut into cubes 3/4 cup cut vegetables such as mushrooms, onion and yellow pepper One teaspoon olive oil 1/3 cup shredding cheddar cheese Four large eggs 1/4 cup milk 1/8 teaspoon sea salt Cooking spray Directions: Preheat oven to 325. Spray 6 […]

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    NC Zoo’s giraffe exhibit is fun for all ages

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo’s giraffes have been one of its most popular exhibits for more than 8 years. But this year, the typically skittish giraffes, are more comfortable than ever with all of the people. “They are prey animals, so they can be a little bit timid, so it’s taken a lot of training for them to build up the courage to feed from the public,” said Zookeeper Jody Wiley. “In fact, this has been our best […]

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    Tips for new college students to avoid scams

    In Tuesday’s Mommy Matters, FOX8’s Melissa Painter and Shannon Smith discuss several tips for first-time college students to avoid scams. Beware of these: Student loan forgiveness programs Off-campus rental ads Credit card scams If students have questions, call your parents or talk with a trusted person.

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    Why adults are beginning to use coloring books

    More and more adults are discovering their innerchild with coloring books. In Tuesday’s Mommy Matters, illustrator Johanna Basford joins FOX8’s Shannon Smith to talk about the phenomenon. The new trend is different than when most adults were children, but it’s an opportunity to turn off the smartphones, shut down the computer and relax.

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    How to prepare your children to go back to school

    Sending the kids back to school can be both expensive and time consuming. In Thursday’s Mommy Matters, FOX8’s Cindy Farmer and Shannon Smith discuss several sure-fire ways to prepare your kids for the big transition. Tips: Make a list of back-to-school supplies Get familiar with the new surroundings Arrange after school child care Prepare school lunches Set a school schedule

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    Tasty recipes for National Grilling Month

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — We’re firing up the grill and celebrating National Grilling Month. On this Recipe Wednesday, FOX8’s Shannon Smith and Chef Jill Aker-Ray discuss fun summer grilling recipes. Hawaiian Teriyaki Burgers – Give your everyday burger some flare! Spice up your burger by adding unexpected flavors like pork, TFM’s Truly Hawaiian Teriyaki Sauce and grilled pineapple instead of the traditional tomato slice. Mexican Street Corn –Toss the butter and take your corn to new heights with our delicious chili […]

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    Several sweet recipes for National Ice Cream Month

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — July is National Ice Cream month and Sunday July 17th is National Ice Cream day. During today’s Recipes, we’re showing you some “cool” recipes to celebrate at Dewey’s in Winston-Salem. Make your own Vanilla ice cream Gallon size freezer bags Quart size freezer bags 3 cups of crushed or cubed ice 1/3 cup of salt 1 cup of whole milk 1 1/2 tablespoon of sugar 1 teaspoon of vanilla extra Directions: Put the ice into the gallon […]

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    Celebrate National Fry Day with these simple recipes

    Greensboro, N.C. — On this Recipe Wednesday, grab the ketchup! July 13 is National Fry Day and there’s no question, french fries are many Americans favorite side dish, as we eat an average of 29 pounds of fries each year. Shannon Smith stopped by Big Burger Spot in Greensboro where they make their fries fresh daily to find out secrets to making the best fries, plus a few ways to step up your fry game. Parmesan Garlic Fries 1/4 cup basil […]

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    Several tablet apps to keep kid’s minds sharp during the summer

    In Thursday’s Mommy Matters, FOX8’s Shannon Smith and Cindy Farmer discuss several tablet apps to keep kid’s minds sharp during the summer. These apps can help children with mathematics, reading and memorization skills.

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    Being prepared when providing children with an allowance

    In Tuesday’s Mommy Matters, FOX8’s Cindy Farmer, Melissa Painter and Shannon Smith discuss allowance and what amount is the best fit for children. Most experts agree that giving a child an allowance is a good idea, but the earlier the better as kids will develop an appreciation for money and the best way to save it.  

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    Simple peach recipes for the summer

    On this Recipe Wednesday, North Carolina peaches are ripe and ready for you to enjoy.  They can be a fresh, sweet treat, but can also add much more to your menu. Chef Jay Pierce joined us live from the Greensboro Farmer’s Curb Market and showed us ways to enjoy peaches from appetizer to dessert. Peachy Shrimp Bruschetta 4 peaches, pitted, diced 2 tablespoons jalapeno peppers, minced 2 tablespoons red onions, minced ½ teaspoon Kosher salt 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 tablespoon lime juice […]

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    NC Zoo’s Air Hike obstacle course takes visitors to new heights

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — In Friday’s Zoo Filez, FOX8’s Shannon Smith took a hike through the North Carolina Zoo’s newest attraction, Air Hike. The obstacle course, which ranges in difficulty, gave her one of the best views of the park. “Some of them are a little more tedious and nerve-racking than others, but once you get your confidence up in the harness and stuff, you go through it pretty smooth,” said Cathy Gray, Air Hike worker.