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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
  • Fast, fresh last-minute Thanksgiving recipes

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Need a last minute Thanksgiving side dish or a few turkey tips? Internet chef Oliver Lloyd showed FOX8’s Shannon Smith several easy-to-make recipes in today’s Recipe Wednesday. You can find more fast, fresh recipes on Internet chef’s Oliver Lloyd’s website. You can also follow him on Instagram.

  • Cook a simple crispy turkey — AND learn how to carve it

    Turkey is the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving day meal for most families.  In fact, 88 percent of people say they eat turkey on Thanksgiving, according to CNN. That could put a pressure on the cook. But the turkey can be easy. Chef Jay Pierce from The Traveled Farmer Restaurant in Greensboro showed us the easiest way to cook and carve a turkey.

  • Elephants at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The elephants are always a talking point for visitors at the North Carolina Zoo. The zoo currently has six elephants, two males and four females. Zookeepers say it’s important to let the elephants mingle amongst themselves, but just like humans, not all of the get along. “There has been recent research done that shows that having variable social opportunities and the more elephants they can socialize with, the better,” said zookeeper Erin Ivory. “Sometimes it takes a little […]

  • Things to do when someone you know suffers a severe fall

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Doctor Elliot Wentz says even more people come to the emergency department at Wesley Long Hospital because of falls around the holidays. “Even early in the fall when there’s just frost on the ground, I’ve seen a number of people fall going out to get the newspaper in the morning,” Dr. Wentz said. For elderly people, a cause for a fall this time of year is escalators in malls or airports. “Maybe using a cane or a […]

  • What to do if you cut yourself in the kitchen

    Chopping vegetables, slicing potatoes and carving the turkey — cooking the holiday meal can actually be quite dangerous. “Anytime there are festivities and people are in the kitchen getting things ready to go, you do tend to see a lot more slips of the knife or cuts on the edges of a sharp can,” said Dr. Laura Murry, director of the urgent care division at Cone Hospital. So, what do you do if you cut yourself in the kitchen? First, […]

  • Training the Arctic foxes at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Zookeepers at the North Carolina Zoo turned feeding time for the Arctic foxes into a training session. Keepers give them food with tongs to try and build trust. “We work with them every day, we try to establish a relationship with them through training and feeding them,” one zookeeper said. “At least so they are comfortable with us being around.” It is especially important for the zoo’s newest Arctic foxes at the exhibit. One is 5 months […]

  • NC zookeepers surprised after new baby gazelle is born

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — You have to look closely to see the newest animal at the North Carolina Zoo — the baby gazelle. One morning last month, the two gazelles came into the barn to eat their breakfast and when zookeepers returned an hour later, the baby was born. The gazelles are a new species to the zoo, but none of the zookeepers knew one was pregnant when they came in May. Learn more about the adorable animal in today’s Zoo […]

  • Fresh fall recipes for the family

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — It may not feel like November, but we’re definitely in the full fall season. On this Recipe Wednesday, FOX8’s Shannon Smith stopped by The Fresh Market in Greensboro to cook up some great fall meals for your family! Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes Makes 8 servings Ingredients: 4 medium sweet potatoes (about 8 ounces each) 4 slices of chopped bacon 1 small chopped onion 2 cloves of minced garlic 1 (10-ounce) bunch of Tuscan kale, chard, or spinach, tough […]

  • NC zookeepers work to save endangered Puerto Rican crested toads

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — One of the most important jobs of the North Carolina Zoo is saving endangered species — that’s exactly what they’re doing for the Puerto Rican crested toads. Zookeepers at the NC Zoo started at the beginning of the process and decided to speed up the mating season for the toads. They simulated toad calls musically, and within one day, thousands of tiny tadpoles hatched. They are expected to be shipped back to Puerto Rico to repopulate.

  • Perfect recipes for your Halloween party

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — It’s the season of tricks and treats!  On this Recipe Wednesday, we cooked up quite a few with the chefs and students at GTCC’s Culinary School in Jamestown.   Check out some of the scary good recipes! On this Recipe Wednesday, we cooked quite a few with the chefs and students at GTCC’s Culinary School in Jamestown.  Check out some of the scary good recipes! Layered Fudge Ingredients: 1 teaspoon of butter 2 cups of (12 ounces) semisweet […]

  • Gazelles at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — North Carolina zookeepers are excited about the park’s new gazelles. The skittish, sweet and endangered antelope are trying to get comfortable with their new environment. Every morning, zookeepers open the gates and allow them to roam around the park’s 40-acre fields. The zookeepers say they are adjusting well and hope to add even more.  

  • Four recipes that give us a taste of fall

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On this Recipe Wednesday, we’re getting you ready with some great soups and stews to feed your family during the fall.  Chef Tim Grandinetti from The Spring House in Winston-Salem showed us how to make four great new recipes. SAMP Ingredients: 1 pound dried samp About 2 1/2 cups of water 1 pound Polish sausage, kielbasa 2 long, mildly hot red or yellow peppers, about 1/4 pound 1 peeled onion, about 1/4 pound Salt to taste 1 sweet […]