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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
  • Core technology in education

    In Thursday’s Mommy Matters, Fox8’s Shannon Smith talks about the importance of “STEM” education — science, technology, engineering and math — and a special event coming up.

  • Mommy Matters: Dinner auction to help babies

    You can help mothers and babies in the community by eating delicious food. In Tuesday’s Mommy matters, learn about the upcoming annual March of Dimes Greensboro Signature Chefs auction featuring 10 of the Triad’s top chefs.

  • Encouraging children to read

    Research shows that reading to your children is probably the best way to prepare them for school. September is National Literacy Month and in Thursday’s Mommy Matters, Anna Miller-Fitzwater talks about an effort called Reach Out to Read.

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    NC native, former ‘Idol’ contestant fighting for her life; fundraiser to be held

    Remember Heather Cox from season five of American Idol? She made the top 20 the same year as Chris Daughtry and Kellie Pickler. Now the Boonville native is fighting for her life. The mother of three young children needs brain surgery to remove a life threatening tumor. There’s a fundraiser for her this weekend to help raise money for that surgery. She’s getting help from her former Idol friends. Chris Daughtry has donated an autographed guitar and tickets to his […]

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    Free parent workshop, food and children’s activities

    For the first time ever, the Guilford County Council of PTAs, the Guilford County Schools (GCS) Title I Department and Guilford Parent Academy have joined forces to host one dynamic GCS Parent Engagement Conference. This free conference is open to any parents, educators or community members who are interested in learning more about important topics in GCS and ways to get involved. The conference will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Smith High School, […]

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    Blog: Shannon visits the Sleepy Hollow set in Wilmington

    The Headless Horseman returns tonight to Sleepy Hollow. The show will air at 9 p.m. on FOX8. We will have a 15-minute special at 10:45 p.m. tonight on FOX8 with behind-the-scenes stories from the set in Wilmington. I saw him in person a few weeks ago when I made my second trip to the sound stage in Wilmington where they are shooting the show. The actor who plays the horseman is so tall.  He has to be like 6’5.  I […]

  • Fall decorating ideas for your home

    On Monday during the FOX8 Morning News, Shannon Smith was at Lowes Home Improvement where Linda Dozier showed us several fall decorating ideas. For more from Dozier, visit her Pinterest page.

  • 5 classic diner recipes from Twin City Diner

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On this edition of Recipe Wednesday, FOX8’s Shannon Smith will be at Twin City Diner where the cooks are showing us how to prepare some classic American diner dishes. Twin City Diner is sharing a number of its own recipes. Among them are its chicken salad, “hot dog and burger chili,” roasted chicken with lemon and herbs, buttermilk fried chicken and hashbrown casserole. Click here for a printable version of the chicken salad, “hot dog and burger […]

  • 8 tailgating recipes from the chefs at GTCC

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Ready for some football?? On this edition of Recipe Wednesday, FOX8’s Shannon Smith was at Guilford Technical Community College where the culinary instructors showed us how to host a football game complete with all the right tailgating snacks. The featured recipes include Crisp Spicy Southern Mustard Coleslaw, Hoagie Dip, Pork-bellied Jalapeno Poppers, Beer-basted Pulled Pork Sliders, Chocolate-dipped “Strawberry Footballs,” Deviled “Footballs,” Seven-layer Dip Parfaits and Very Berry Truffle. Click here for all the featured GTCC tailgating recipes.

  • Linbrook Heritage Estate

    TRINITY, N.C. — Linbrook Heritage Estate is home to the Neal Agricultural and Industrial Museum, which displays a collection of rare tractors and industrial equipment. The museum houses twenty-two fully restored John Deere tractors, a large collection of John Deere memorabilia, a restored 1926 return-tube boiler from the P&P Chair Company in Asheboro, a 19th century steam engine, antique electrical apparatus, and a rare Otto-Langen engine. For more information, visit

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    8 exclusive photos from Daughtry’s final rehearsal before tour

    Daughtry gave FOX8 exclusive access to their final rehearsal before they hit the road with Three Doors Down. The band will play at The Red Hat Amphitheatre in Raleigh tonight. Shannon Smith’s interview with Chris and the band will air tonight at 10 p.m. on FOX8.

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    BBQ pitmasters from Red, Hot and Blue share recipes, tips

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On this edition of Recipe Wednesday, Shannon Smith will be with the BBQ pit masters from Red, Hot and Blue in Winston-Salem. Here are the recipes and tips they shared with us: Hush Puppy Batter (Makes 20 hushpuppies) 1 cup corn meal ¼ cup flour ½ tbsp baking powder ¾ tsp salt ¾ tsp ground black pepper 3 tbsp sugar ¼ tsp cayenne pepper 1/8 cup pasteurized egg mix ¾ cup buttermilk 1 oz scallions ½ tsp […]


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