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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
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    NC Zoo catches Pokemania

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo is full of creatures – both real and fake. FOX8’s Shannon Smith visited the NC Zoo and trekked with her son to find some Pokemon and Poke Stops. Park officials say that since the game came out this summer, hundreds of people have played it on the grounds. It’s just another thing that you can enjoy at the zoo.

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    The Katharine Brasserie in Winston-Salem offers traditional French cooking

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A new restaurant in an old building in Winston-Salem is creating a big buzz in the city.  “The Katharine” is located in the former lobby of the RJ Reynolds Headquarters downtown.  It’s named for Reynolds wife, Katharine.  It features French cuisine with a local influence. Croque Katharine (4 servings) Ingredients: 1 loaf Brioche or challah 12 oz thinly sliced country ham 8 oz pimento cheese 1 recipe custard 4 eggs Butter as needed Method: Preheat oven to […]

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    Exhibit expert creates amazing climbing structure at NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Storms tore through the North Carolina Zoo last year, devastating trees in the middle of the park. During cleanup, one exhibit technician came up with a plan to give the old destroyed trees new life. So, he began building a new climbing structure made of fallen limbs and one big trunk in the middle. Check out his creation in today’s Zoo Filez.

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    Several sausage-based tailgating recipes

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — With students returning to school, the leaves will soon begin to change and fall sports take over the scene. In today’s Recipes, Keith Gardiner and Al Romano, chefs at GTCC, discuss several easy-to-make sausage-based recipes for tailgating. Breakfast sausage served with a potato pancake and topped with an over easy egg: Ingredients: 1 lb breakfast sausage 1 lb shredded potatoes ¼ C sautéed minced onion 8 whole eggs Salt and pepper to taste Method: Make four equal […]

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    Several quick and easy back-to-school breakfast recipes

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so we’re showing you several options other than a cold bowl of cereal. Pepper Moon Catering in Greensboro is showing us four quick and easy recipes. Reilly’s Favorite french toast: 8 large slices hearty white sandwich bread or good-quality challah (we use whole loafs from Harris Teeter and cut the slices thickly on a bias) Two cups whole milk warmed in microwave slowly to 80 degrees Four large […]

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    Gorillas at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The young gorillas at the North Carolina Zoo keep visitors entertained. Some younger gorillas like to knock on the glass, mess with each other and wrestle, while the adult gorillas are more lazy and enjoy relaxing in the sun. About a year ago, the gorillas moved into a newly renovated exhibit, and zookeepers say the move has worked out well. “Seven is probably the most we’ve had here at the North Carolina Zoo,” one zookeeper said. “With […]

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    Here are several healthy options for your child’s lunchbox

    Packing school lunches can be a chore, but most parents want their children to be healthy and satisfied. In Thursday’s Mommy Matters, FOX8’s Shannon Smith talks with Melissa Moses, a registered dietitian at Brenner Fit about several easy lunch recipes that will make your student smile.

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    Easy back-to-school recipes for yourself and family

    With the school year right around the corner, FOX8’s Shannon Smith met with Lowes Foods chief Jeff Marchesiello to talk about easy and healthy dishes to prepare for yourself and your family. Frittata muffins: One slice of bread cut into cubes 3/4 cup cut vegetables such as mushrooms, onion and yellow pepper One teaspoon olive oil 1/3 cup shredding cheddar cheese Four large eggs 1/4 cup milk 1/8 teaspoon sea salt Cooking spray Directions: Preheat oven to 325. Spray 6 […]

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    NC Zoo’s giraffe exhibit is fun for all ages

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo’s giraffes have been one of its most popular exhibits for more than 8 years. But this year, the typically skittish giraffes, are more comfortable than ever with all of the people. “They are prey animals, so they can be a little bit timid, so it’s taken a lot of training for them to build up the courage to feed from the public,” said Zookeeper Jody Wiley. “In fact, this has been our best […]

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    Tips for new college students to avoid scams

    In Tuesday’s Mommy Matters, FOX8’s Melissa Painter and Shannon Smith discuss several tips for first-time college students to avoid scams. Beware of these: Student loan forgiveness programs Off-campus rental ads Credit card scams If students have questions, call your parents or talk with a trusted person.

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    Why adults are beginning to use coloring books

    More and more adults are discovering their innerchild with coloring books. In Tuesday’s Mommy Matters, illustrator Johanna Basford joins FOX8’s Shannon Smith to talk about the phenomenon. The new trend is different than when most adults were children, but it’s an opportunity to turn off the smartphones, shut down the computer and relax.

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    How to prepare your children to go back to school

    Sending the kids back to school can be both expensive and time consuming. In Thursday’s Mommy Matters, FOX8’s Cindy Farmer and Shannon Smith discuss several sure-fire ways to prepare your kids for the big transition. Tips: Make a list of back-to-school supplies Get familiar with the new surroundings Arrange after school child care Prepare school lunches Set a school schedule