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
  • NC Zoo’s conservation projects work to save animals

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — From small snakes to enormous elephants, North Carolina Zoo conservation projects save animals all over the world. For more than a decade, conservationists from the zoo have worked to save animals in Africa. They have equipped and trained rangers in Africa with smart technology to monitor the animals like endangered¬†white rhinos. They also try to track poachers. Closer to home, their efforts focus on forests and land in North Carolina. In-state projects protect snakes, amphibians, red wolves […]

  • The North Carolina Zoo’s chimp conservation

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Several times a year, Corrine Kendall travels to the jungles of East Africa. She leads several of the North Carolina Zoo’s conservation projects including one to save Kibale National Park in Uganda. But villagers who live nearby must cut trees in the forest for wood to cook. So, conservationists like Kendall have taught them to construct more than 130 fuel efficient stoves made of clay. She also teaches the villagers about chimps, which helps them realize why […]

  • NC Zoo’s new ocelot sculpture

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo has a new ocelot sculpture that sits in front of the exhibit. The sculpture is Brian Brown’s first publicly displayed piece of work. “It’s almost surreal right now, I think it will take a little time for it to settle in for me,” he said. Brian didn’t know much about these cat creatures when he started working on the bronze sculpture — so he spent hours researching them. When it came time to […]

  • Sea Lions at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The two sea lions at the North Carolina Zoo know 25 different commands. Zookeepers say the young sea lions have come a long way since they arrived two years ago. For some reason, the animals were abandoned by their mothers, so their mom could go out and forage. They hadn’t quite learned how to forage on their own. So when they arrived at the zoo, they were basically blank canvasses — so keepers got to work. Several […]

  • Burger Batch in Winston-Salem taking milkshakes to a whole new level

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On a hot day, try one of the sweetest ways to cool off — a milkshake. And there’s a new place in the Piedmont taking milkshakes to a whole new level. FOX8 Foodie Shannon Smith checked out Burger Batch in Winston-Salem where their shakes have more than just a cherry on top. They have everything from cotton candy to an entire slice of cake.

  • North Carolina Zoo’s red river hog celebrates birthday

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Bilboa, the red river hog at the North Carolina Zoo, will celebrate a big birthday this month. The hog turns 17, making him a senior citizen among river hogs and the oldest of his kind in an American zoo. Just like people, he does take medicine to deal with aging, but overall, keepers say he is healthy. Bilboa lives with two other red river hogs and the three attract lots of attention.

  • High Point brewery is a national champion, literally

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — North Carolina has another national champion. This one for beer. Yes, a brand new, tiny brewery in High Point just won several big-time awards at the Great American Beer Festival. This annual competition in Colorado selects the best beers and breweries in the country. Winning a medal is very prestigious. Brown Truck Brewery won four in their first year in business, including Best Light American Lager. They beat out some of the biggest names in the […]

  • A warning to parents before downloading computer games

    Kids can access and play thousands of free video games on a computer. Some are a lot of fun and very educational while others may not be as safe as they first appear. FOX8’s Shannon Smith has three children 10 and under, and they asked her to download a game — so she started researching. She found some of these sites look perfectly fine on the surface, but can quickly shift to questionable content.

  • Special dental work helps save rhino at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — When the North Carolina Zoo’s 49-year-old white rhino stopped eating, they had to bring in a specialist to assess the situation. The zoo called in a vet who specializes in rhino dentistry. The procedure was risky but helped relieve pain in the right side of Olivia’s jaw. In the end, the dentist used a tool to file down the tooth and the others surrounding to make them all even. Keepers believe the procedure added several years to […]

  • Head to Lexington for a tasty Kearney burger or hot dog with red slaw

    People from all over the state drive to Lexington for barbecue. But they may be missing out on a really good burger and hot dog. Kearney’s Drive-In is a hot dog stand that has stood the test of time. They will celebrate 50 years in business at the end of 2017. FOX8 Foodie took a trip to Lexington to try their famous hot dog with red slaw, and the Kearney burger and found out that this place is about more […]

  • NC Zoo’s grizzly bear Tommo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Tommo the grizzly bear has a big personality to go with his big frame. The North Carolina Zoo’s bear is in the 700 to 800-pound range. Now, zookeepers are making it their goal to train him for certain veterinary¬†procedures. So far, the training has paid off and Tommo is off to a great start.

  • From butter pecan to key lime pie — cupcakes galore

    Cupcake sales continue to rise at many local bakeries. At Cake and All Things Yummy in Kernersville, bakers make about 3,000 cupcakes a week in a variety of fun and gourmet flavors from Butter Pecan to Key Lime Pie. FOX8 Foodie visited to see and taste how these tiny treats have become big business.