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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
  • A new Dr. Seuss book is on its way

      HIGH POINT, N.C. — Fans of  “Cat in the Hat” rejoice! A new Dr. Seuss book is on its way. It’s a manuscript the late, legendary children’s writer completed more than half a century ago, but never published. The new book, “What Pet Should I Get?”

  • Kindermusik: Music can help with child development

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — An early childhood music class, Kindermusik, is getting kids moving while also teaching group music classes. The music class is meant to help prepare children for preschool.  

  • Mommy Matters: Financial planning

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Financial planning can be a daunting task, but just starting a budget and getting organized can go a long way. Cordi Powell, a financial planner, said it’s important to evaluate needs versus wants when creating a budget. A “Financial Peace Seminar” will be held at Saint Christopher’s Episcopal Church to help people take a look at how they interact with money, according to Reverend Ken Kroohs. The first seminar is free for anyone interested in attending.

  • Introducing children to volunteering

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has become a day of service and one mom says that since kids have the day off from school, it’s the perfect time to introduce them to volunteering. Suzanna Fielders wrote a blog about this topic for “Triad Moms on Main,”  where she listed several organizations that allow young people to volunteer.

  • Should kids take a daily vitamin?

    Should kids take a daily vitamin? Dr. Jim Anderson says it all depends on the age of the child and the child’s needs. Here are a few of his recommendations: All new born babies should take vitamin D At 6-months children should take an iron supplement Preschool aged may or may not need vitamins — it depends on the child’s diet  

  • Detox your diet

    DETOX BROCCOLI SOUP 2 cups broccoli florets 2 celery stalks, finely diced 1 onion, finely diced 2 garlic cloves 1 cup kale 1 carrot,  finely chopped 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth ½ tsp sea salt ½ lemon, juice only 1 tsp coconut oil 1 tbsp chia seeds In a soup pot, heat the coconut oil, add the onion, garlic, carrot, and broccoli and cook over low heat for five minutes, stirring frequently. Add the vegetable broth, bring to a […]

  • 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.


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