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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
  • Recipes for New Year’s Eve Cocktails

    Each recipe makes 4 drinks Orange Mimosa Float 8 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice 1 bottle sparkling wine 1 small melon ball scoop of vanilla bean ice cream Fresh mint leaves Orange rings for garnish Pour in 2 tbsp orange juice into each glass. Pour sparkling wine until bubbles almost reach the top. Let the bubbles settle until you have about 3/4 inch from the drink to the rim. Add in melon ball size ice cream and top with mint […]

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    Piedmont boasts one of the most popular YouTube toy channels in the world

    Remember when kids used to watch Saturday morning cartoons or flip through the big department store catalogs to find out about the latest toys? Well those days are gone. Now they watch YouTube toy channels to see the latest toys on the market.  One of the most popular YouTube toy channels in the world is based here in the Piedmont Triad.  An Alamance County couple started Disney Cars Toy Club, or DCTC, about a year and a half ago.  They […]

  • Shopping for toys that teach

    Melissa Payton with Imprints Forsyth County stopped by FOX8 Thursday for Mommy Matters to share her tips for buying toys that teach.

  • Host a Southern-style holiday party

    The pit masters at Bib’s in downtown Winston-Salem share some of their favorite recipes with FOX8 on this Recipe Wednesday. Bib’s Holiday Meats Smoked Spiral Cut Glazed Hams (Whole or Half) Bib’s Spiced Pepper Rubbed Ribeyes Spiced Rubbed Smoked Shrimp Whole Citrus Stuffed Smoked Turkey Holiday Recipes Spiced Rubbed Smoked Shrimp with Fresh Fruit Salsa and White Lightning Sauce 1 lb. Jumbo Shrimp (De-veined and peeled) Bib’s Dry Rub Fruit Salsa: 2 Mangoes – diced 2 c. Fresh Pineapple – […]

  • Cooking up breakfast for your holiday guests

    On this Recipe Wednesday we are cooking up breakfast for your holiday guests. We’ll show you delicious ways to feed family and friends…plus details on the Puttin’ on the Grits event this Saturday in High Point to help The Community Clinic of High Point. This fundraiser helps provide healthcare and medications to the uninsured: Puttin’ on the Grits: Saturday, Dec. 6 8 to 11 a.m. $10 per ticket, children under 8 eat free St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, High Point Build-Your-Own Breakfast […]

  • Halloween sweet treats

    In today’s Mommy Matters, Alison Turner of Dewey’s Bakery helps us make some Halloween sweet treats that are especially fun for kids.

  • 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 […]


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