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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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    Insects at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — In this edition of Zoo Filez, some of the creatures that cause our biggest fears are actually quite tiny. We’re talking about insects! And as Shannon Smith shows us — in most cases — there’s no reason to be afraid.

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    Cooking with fall’s favorite ingredient: Pumpkin

    Pumpkins have become fall’s favorite ingredient. A Lowes Foods’ chef showed us new ways to enjoy pumpkin for breakfast, dinner and of course dessert. Pumpkin Fundamentals  Toasted Pumpkin seeds: Ingredients 1 ½ cups fresh pumpkin seeds (seeds of approx. 2 medium to small pie pumpkins) 1 tsp melted butter Pinch salt Preparation Preheat oven to 325 Combine all ingredients and spread on a baking sheet Bake in an oven for approx. 24 minutes until golden brown and crunchy Tip You […]

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    New season of ‘Manhattan’ focuses on production of first atomic bomb

    “Manhattan,” tells a story from the 1940s that you won’t find in history books. The storyline focuses on the secrets, science and suspense of building the first atomic bomb. Shannon Smith visited the set in New Mexico for a preview. Find out where you can watch the season premiere here.

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    DIY Halloween decorations

    It’s the scariest time of year and you can have some fun with your family decorating for Halloween. Linda Dozier from Lowe’s Home Improvement shares some great ideas for DIY Halloween decorations. Check out step by step instructions on her Pinterest page.

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    Vampire bats at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — With Halloween approaching, we see a lot of scary decorations that feature bats. The stories of blood sucking vampires tend to cause the fear, but zookeepers at the North Carolina Zoo say bats are actually really beneficial. Shannon Smith visits the bat cave in today’s Zoo Filez.

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    Cooking up some Southern favorites

    He may have cooked for folks in a big city, but on this Recipe Wednesday this chef is serving up some southern recipes. Chef Paul Fehribach is the author of “The Big Jones Cookbook,” and he’s the head chef at Meridian Restaurant in Winston-Salem. CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS prep time: 2 hours equipment needed: 4-quart stock pot, 2-quart mixing bowl, table fork, 2-quart or larger baking dish, colander, tablespoon, long-handled wooden spoon, 2-quart pot serves 6 to 8 Ingredients 1 medium […]

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    The North Carolina Zoo’s giant rabbit

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Children can meet and pet animals in the kidZone at the North Carolina Zoo. And one of the newest animals is a big hit. Shannon Smith shows us the whopping size of the new rabbit there in this edition of Zoo Filez.

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    Getting your family ready for flu season

    It’s time for your family to get their flu vaccine. Parents have two options for their children: The flu shot or the flu mist. Doctor Jim Anderson joined FOX8’s Shannon Smith to give parents advice on both.

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    New recipes give us a taste of fall

    On this Recipe Wednesday, Chef Leigh Hesling at Printworks Bistro at the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro gives us a taste of fall. He showed Shannon Smith some new ways to enjoy apples, sweet potatoes and figs. Plus, want to get your family to eat Brussels sprouts? Just add bacon. Here are the recipes: Sweet Potato Gratin 4 sweet potatoes 2 cups mascarpone cheese salt & pepper to taste 1 ½  cups heavy cream 1 ½  cups grated aged cheddar ¾ […]

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    Getting tested for fall allergies

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Tywana Gayle brought her 8-year-old son Terrell to the doctor for allergy testing. “He really wanted a pet, he really wants a pet so bad, and I don’t know if he was allergic to them,” Gayle said. During an allergy test, Dr. Sokun Bhatti and her staff can test for dozens of different triggers, from pollen to pets. The process begins with nurses marking spots on the back, then putting  a drop of a solution with […]

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    Celebrate National Coffee Day with a better home brew

    Today is National Coffee Day!  Hooray! Today we can celebrate the java jolt we all need to get up and get moving every morning. Shannon Smith stopped by Spring Garden Bakery and Coffeehouse to find out how to brew up a better cup of coffee at home. Plus, she found out how to speak the sometimes-complicated coffee lingo. Here’s a couple of recipes and some information about coffee. Cold Brew Coffee Cheesecloth Fine mesh sieve 1.5 cup of coffee beans […]

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    North Carolina Zoo welcomes baby baboons

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo welcomes three bundles of joy this month all in one exhibit. The first baby baboon was born on Sept. 1. A second was born this week. Zookeepers expect the third to be born tomorrow. FOX8’s Shannon Smith shows us the new additions in this edition of Zoo Filez.


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