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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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    Kids take a swing at golf

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — A lot of kids sign up for soccer, baseball or football. But why not hit the golf course? There’s a free event this Saturday that gives kids the chance to take a swing at it! Clubs for Kids is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Winding Creek Golf Course in Thomasville. The event is free but you should call (336) 475-5580 to register.

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    Youtube for Kids offers relief for parents

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — More and more kids are watching Youtube instead of traditional TV for entertainment. But, let’s face it, Youtube is full of racy content and that is a real concern for parents. A new app called YouTube for Kids rolled out this year and it contains only family friendly content. Blogger and mom, Nicole Green, looked into the pros and cons of the new app.

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    Triad Highland Games kick off this weekend

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Take a trip back in time to Scotland at the Triad Highland games this weekend in Greensboro. You can see athletes compete in traditional Scottish games, enjoy music food and dancing as well. Click here for a schedule of events.  

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    Cheers to NC Beer Month

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — April is North Carolina Beer Month and it’s the perfect time to celebrate the booming craft beer industry. North Carolina is now home to more than 120 craft breweries with more opening all the time. The Tarheel State ranks 14 in craft beer production nationwide and No. 1 in the south. Shannon Smith visited Foothills Brewery in Winston-Salem to learn more about how beer is made. They are hosting a beer school this Saturday.  Find the details on their website.

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    Watch gator feedings at the North Carolina Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Spring is one of the best times of year to visit the North Carolina Zoo. Just like us, the animals like to move around more when the weather warms up. For the animals that sleep during the cold months, they wake up hungry and ready to eat. You can see the gator feedings every Saturday and Sunday around 11 a.m. Feeding times are posted at the zoo’s entrance.

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    Skywild set to open at Greensboro Science Center

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — A new adventure at the Greensboro Science Center will have visitors swinging through the trees like some of the animals at the zoo. The ribbon cutting for Skywild is later Friday morning, but FOX8 got a chance to check out the course first. Skywild opens to the public next Saturday, May 2. For ticket prices and more information check out the Greensboro Science Center’s website.

  • Run 5 to Feed 5 in Trinity

    TRINITY, N.C. — It’s time to grab your super hero cape and Run 5 to Feed 5. Kim Reddick joined FOX8’s Shannon Smith Thursday morning to talk about the event. Run 5 to Feed 5 starts Saturday at 8 a.m. at Trinity High School.

  • Summer Survival 101 Expo coming to Bur-Mil Park

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Summer will be here soon and that means it’s time for parents to prepare. Janice Wright joined FOX8 this morning to talk about the Summer Survival 101 Expo. The expo is Sunday, April 26 from 12:30-4:30 at Bur-Mil Park in Greensboro. Anyone who brings two food items to donate will get in for free. Those items will be donated to the Back Pack Beginnings Program.

  • Herbal remedies and dietary supplements for kids

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Are herbal remedies and dietary supplements safe and effective for kids? Joy Greene, a professor at High Point University School of Pharmacy joined FOX8’s Shannon Smith to offer some advice for parents.

  • American Girl Doll Fashion Show coming to Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem a fashion show for girls and their favorite dolls. The American Girl Doll Fashion Show is stopping in Winston-Salem on the following dates: April 18 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. April 19 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. For tickets and the information you need check out this website.

  • Delicious ideas for cooking shrimp

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — North Carolina is known for fresh shrimp. Now Chef Jay Pierce has written an entire book about the seafood. He joined us in the FOX8 studio to talk Shrimp and even shared this recipe. Shrimp Ceviche From Shrimp: a Savor the South® cookbook by Jay Pierce. Copyright © 2015 by University of North Carolina Press.  Used by permission of the University of North Carolina Press. I’m a big fan of Latin flavors, and you’ll often find […]

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    Bringing LEGOs to the classroom

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Kids have been playing with LEGOs at home for decades, but now those toys are finding their way into classrooms across the country. LEGO is now the No. 1 educational toy in the world and a local professor is playing a big role in making that happen. For more information about using LEGOs in the classroom, check out these events: High Point University’s LEGO Teacher Academy April 18 More to Math June 13 We Do Early Robotics 8:30 […]


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