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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.

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    Recipes for when it’s too hot to cook

    It’s too hot to cook, so Chef Jay Pierce, author of “Shrimp” joined FOX8’s Shannon Smith in the studio to mix up some dishes that require little to no cooking but still taste delicious. Here are the recipes: Cucumber-Tomato Salad 1.5 pounds cucumber 1  pound tomatoes 1 cup rice wine vinegar 1.5 teaspoons black pepper 1 cup soy sauce Method Wash, peel, seed and slice cucumbers. Wash tomatoes and slice into ½ moons. In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Allow to sit at […]

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    Best vacations with young kids

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Summer officially begins this weekend. If you still want to plan a big summer vacation for the family, Chuck Joyce from A Way To Go Travel shared his top five picks for this summer. Here are the best places to take young kids: 1. Beaches Resorts 2. Disney Cruise 3. Atlantis 4. Finest Playa Mujeres 5. Adventures by Disney

  • Summer camp at the North Carolina Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Kids have the opportunity to spend the night with the animals at the North Carolina Zoo this summer. It’s part of a special camp that teaches middle and high school students about how scientists work with animals both in captivity and in the wild. Shannon Smith has the details in this edition of Zoo Filez.

  • Save on your kid’s birthday party

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Piedmont Parents showed FOX8’s Shannon Smith some great birthday party ideas that they highlighted in this month’s magazine Micki Bare shared both the good ideas and some ideas parents should avoid.

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    Summer barbecue side dishes

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — This Recipe Wednesday FOX8’s Shannon Smith is at Southern Roots in Jamestown to mix up some sides to go with your summer barbecue. Nancy and Jane’s Beans 6 slices bacon 1 cup chopped onion 1 clove garlic (minced) 1 (16 oz.) can butterbeans 1 (17oz.) can lima beans 1 (15 oz.) can pork and beans 1 can kidney beans 1 can chickpeas ¾ cup ketchup ½ cup molasses ¼ cup sugar 1 T. worcestshire 1 T. mustard ¼ […]

  • Inside the desert dome at the North Carolina Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo is constantly changing, adding to or improving exhibits. The desert dome closed in March for some upgrades to both the building and the exhibits for animals. In this edition of Zoo Filez, Shannon Smith shows us what you can see and hear now that it’s back open.

  • SciWorks holding special ‘Snakes, Turtles and Dinos, Oh My!’ event

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Ally McCauley joined FOX8’s Shannon Smith to talk about an upcoming event at SciWorks. The “Snakes, Turtles and Dinos, Oh My!” special event is Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sciworks is located on West Hanes Mill Road in Winston-Salem.

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    Build your perfect burger

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — It’s the time of year to throw some burgers on the grill. Of course, mustard, ketchup and cheese are great, but you can try lots of new toppings too. Shannon Smith tried some different burgers at Bad Daddy’s in Winston-Salem. Mama Ricotta’s Burger- Basic burger with fresh mozzarella, pesto, vine ripened tomatoes, pepperoncini and extra virgin olive oil  Pesto 1lb fresh basil stems removed 3/4 c olive (Puglia) oil 3 cups blend oil, 1 1/4 c almonds […]

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    Freebies for families this summer

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — In today’s Mommy Matters FOX8’s Shannon Smith has some discounts and freebies for families to enjoy this summer. Discount movies Most movie theaters offer discount daytime movies during the week once school gets out. They are all popular family films that have been released in the last few years. Ticket prices are just a dollar for most shows. Some are $3 or $4 but that includes popcorn and a drink. Piedmont parent has a list of all […]

  • Stanley the rhino at the North Carolina Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — There are some animals at the North Carolina Zoo you just can’t see on exhibit. Some of them are actually retired and living out their days behind the scenes. In this edition of Zoo Filez, Shannon Smith shows us two white rhinos that are definitely enjoying their golden years.

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    Summer movies for the entire family

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — It’s summer movie season again and there are plenty of films in theaters for families to enjoy together. In today’s Mommy Matters Shannon Smith takes a look at what’s now showing and the coming attractions.

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    What to consider when planning a family vacation

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — It’s time to start planning that family vacation, but there’s more to it than just the when and the where. In today’s Mommy Matters Brandy Koontz-Stockert talks about other things you need to consider before taking your family on the road.


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