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
  • Perfect recipes for your Halloween party

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On this Recipe Wednesday, we’re celebrating Halloween and Fall with sweet treats. Danielle Dilizio with Dewey’s Bakery spent time with us in the studio with these recipes! Edible Halloween/Fall Cookie Dough — yields two servings Ingredients: ¼ cup packed brown sugar 2 tbsp butter, softened 1/8 tsp salt 1 tbsp milk 5 tbsp flour 2 tbsp chocolate chips Instructions: Start by mixing/mashing your softened butter, brown sugar, salt, and vanilla together until combined. Mix in 1 tbsp […]

  • Arctic fox exhibit at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Three arctic foxes live together at the North Carolina Zoo — and two are snow white. They’re young and their names are Rizzo and Kiniki. An older one named Harley is 11 years old. In the wild, arctic foxes only live three to six years. So at 11, Harley has started to show his age. The NC Zoo’s vet staff created a physical training program to help Harley, and for about 10 minutes every other day, the […]

  • Lexington candy shop provides latest trends in Halloween candy

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — With Halloween just around the corner, the need for candy is at an all-time high. Piedmont Triad residents have a local shop to learn about the most popular Halloween candies in the industry. FOX8 Foodie Shannon Smith stopped by The Candy Factory for a visit.

  • Celebrate Halloween with Lexington’s own candy shop

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — It’s the sweetest season of the year and we buy more candy for Halloween than any other holiday. No matter what kind of sweet convention you are craving, you’ll find it at The Candy Factory in Lexington. They carry all kinds of candy from the classic to the new crazy creations. They know candy because their family has been in the Candy business since the late 1800s. FOX8 Foodie Shannon Smith stopped by for a visit.

  • Baking some of the sweet flavors of the fall season

    SUMMERFIELD, N.C. — On this Recipe Wednesday, we are baking up some of the sweet flavors of the Fall Season. FOX8’s Shannon Smith visited Godino’s bakery in Summerfield for the delicious recipes. Molasses Spice Cookies 3/4 cup margarine, melted 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1/4 cup molasses 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 ½ teaspoons pumpkin spice Sugar for dipping cookies (preferably a coarse sugar) In a medium bowl, […]

  • NC Zoo holds special day to celebrate the senses

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — There’s always so much to see at the North Carolina Zoo. But, two-year-old Ellie discovered you can also learn a lot about animals with your other senses — like touch and hearing. That’s why the zoo organized a new event called Celebrating the Senses. To open the zoo up to a lot more people to make it a little more inclusive, we realize the zoo has a lot of wonderful animals to see, but we don’t take […]

  • Tasty, easy-to-make tacos for National Taco Day

    To help celebrate National Taco Day, FOX8’s Shannon Smith is showing us several new ways to enjoy tacos! Classic Beef Tacos (serves 4-6) Ingredients: 1 lb. ground beef TBS of taco seasoning 1 box or 12 hard shell tacos lettuce (chopped) cheese ( Mexican blend or cheddar) Your favorite salsa Directions: Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat until cooked. Drain. Add 2/3 cups of water to skillet with beef and add TBS of taco seasoning. Reduce […]

  • How to eat your way around the Dixie Classic Fair

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — If you’re going to the Dixie Classic Fair this week, show up hungry. From the classics like candy apples to the new fried food the Reese-O, FOX8 Foodie Shannon Smith shows you how to eat your way around the fair.

  • Local vendors make homemade treats at the Dixie Classic Fair

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — When you head to the Dixie Classic Fair, you expect to eat fair favorites like corn dogs and turkey legs. But at this fair, you’ll find so much more as many items are homemade by local vendors. FOX8 Foodie Shannon Smith met a local couple who started a food stand after winning a dozen blue ribbons.

  • NC Zoo prepares for Take a Child Outside Week

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — This week, it’s taco time — but not the kind you crunch. Instead, it’s TACO — Take a Child Outside Week. A week where kids are encouraged to explore outdoors. Kathy Osborne is the Kids Zone coordinator at the North Carolina Zoo and she’s setting up special play areas and activities for TACO week. “We’re going to start off with fort building in the woods,” she said. “We’ll have a lot of extra things like frawns from […]

  • Greensboro doughnut shop offers sweet, unique treats

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Americans have loved donuts for decades. But a new trend has people creating all newly customized donuts with everything from bubble gum glaze topped with mini marshmallows, to maple syrup glaze topped with bacon bits. The newest donut shop in Greensboro even brings in a taste of Italy. FOX8 Foodie Shannon Smith stopped by DonuTime to try it out.

  • Fun, fall-themed recipes

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — It’s harvest time and that means the great tastes of fall. Chef Jay Pierce from The Traveled Farmer in Greensboro shared a few recipes you should try this season. Autumn Pasta Ingredients: 1 tbsp of brown butter 1/3 cup of butternut squash 1/3 cup of sweet corn kernels 2 ounces cooked linguine cooked 1 fl ounce of caesar vinegar ½ tsp of salt & pepper 1 Tbsp of grated pecorino Romano ¼ cup of fried mushrooms Directions: […]