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
  • GTCC chefs demonstrate Easter treat-making

    Easter baskets will be filled with jelly beans, peeps and chocolate bunnies.  You can also try making your own Easter treats.  The chefs at GTCC’s Culinary program showed Shannon Smith how to make some really cute and delicious dishes.   How about some chocolate egg cups or carrot patch fudge.  Check out their recipes: You can also try making your own Easter treats.  The chefs at GTCC’s Culinary program showed Shannon Smith how to make some really cute and delicious dishes.   […]

  • Going back in ‘pizza time’ at Cugino Forno at Revolution Mills

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — People in Greensboro can get a slice of pizza history at the newest restaurant at Revolution Mills. “Cugino Forno” cooks pizza the same way it was first made famous in Naples, Italy, back in 1889. FOX8 Foodie decided to try out these original pies — and find out exactly what Cugino Forno means.ES.. AND FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT CUGINO FORNO MEANS.  

  • Check out these spring events at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — When the calendar turns to April, the busy season begins at the North Carolina Zoo. The warmer weather brings more visitors and events for them to enjoy — starting with the zoo’s annual “Easter Egg Stravaganza.” The following weekend, the “Bear Necessities” event brings all the bears out of hibernation. Kids can bring their teddy bears to zoo veterinarians for a checkup. Fun-filled spring-time events at NC Zoo never end! Learn more here.

  • Graham doughnut shop nationally recognized

    A small mom-and-pop doughnut shop in Alamance County recently got a big boost from the website The site named Daily Donuts in Graham the best bakery in North Carolina. FOX8 Foodie had to check it out. We found a couple who works almost around the clock to make their doughnuts from scratch, and all their hard work is paying off.

  • NC Zoo staff provides great overall care to chimps

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The chimpanzees at the North Carolina Zoo are pretty entertaining. During FOX8’s Shannon Smith’s visit, Chimpanzee Kendall put on a hilarious and memorable display. Zookeepers have built a strong bond with the chimps, which allows them to offer better overall care. As a result of the great care, the chimps are living longer — some into their 50s and 60s! With the help of North Carolina hospitals and universities, zookeepers are doing everything they can to help […]

  • Piedmont Triad juice bar expanding

    Cold-pressed juice is one of the hottest health food trends. The method helps maintains as much nutrients from the produce when it’s juiced. It’s so popular that a local juice bar called Organix opened its second location in the Piedmont Triad this week. They now have one in Winston-Salem and one in Greensboro. And their family-owned business has even more expansion planned for this summer. FOX8’s Shannon Smith stopped by Organix juice bar to see what it’s all about.

  • Baby bongos at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — We first met Mimosa last fall. The baby bongo has grown quite a bit since then and even has a new playmate. The North Carolina Zoo now has two calves named Mimosa and Mojito — and both are thriving. Right now they only have one mother as Mimosa’s mother unexpectedly died after giving birth, but Pepper takes care of both babies. In the wild, they’re aren’t many bongos left, so the NC Zoo’s growing herd is a […]

  • Finnigan’s Wake in Winston-Salem has it all for St. Patrick’s Day

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Check out what Finnigan’s Wake in Winston-Salem is doing to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. From corn beef and cabbage to Irish stout and whiskey, the traditional Irish food and spirits are endless.    

  • NC Zoo home to a flock of 19 flamingos

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo is home to 19 flamingos. Learn more about them in Friday’s Zoo Filez.

  • Simple recipes to help celebrate National Sweet Potato Day

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Today is National Sweet Potato Day and North Carolina produces more sweet potatoes than any other state in the country. Here are some great ways to enjoy sweet potatoes from Southern Roots in Jamestown. Sweet Potato Pancakes: Ingredients: 1 pound of sweet potatoes 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour 3 1/2 tsp of baking powder 1 tsp of salt 1/2 tsp of nutmeg 2 eggs 1 1/2 cup of buttermilk 1/4 cup of butter Directions: Boil sweet […]

  • Simple snack, drink recipes for your Super Bowl party

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — We’re ready for some football and Super Bowl snacks. Chef Jay Pierce and bartender Mark Weddle from The Traveled Farmer in Greensboro provided several great recipes to try that will score points at your party. Sausage dip Ingredients: 1 hot pork sausage .5 pack of softened cream cheese .5 hoop of cheese 1 can of green chilies .5 cup of diced tomatoes 1/2 teaspoon of granulated onion 1 teaspoon of granulated garlic Method: Render sausage until fully […]

  • Healthy family-friendly dinner ideas

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Reset your resolution to get healthy with four fast family-friendly dinner ideas. Meredith Williams at Pepper Moon Catering showed us how. Chicken and Veggies with Spaghetti Squash Ingredients: 1 medium-sized spaghetti squash 2 tablespoons of olive oil Pink Himalayan Salt Pepper 4 tablespoons of canola oil, 1 medium, diced yellow onion 4 teaspoons minced garlic, with juice 3 cups of halved grape tomatoes 2 chicken breasts; cut into 1-inch pieces ½ juiced lemon; or ¼ cup lemon […]