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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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    Celebrate Pimento Cheese Day with these recipes

    Greensboro’s Mayor has proclaimed Saturday Pimento Cheese Day. The Fresh Market wants you to help them celebrate.  On this Recipe Wednesday, Chef Sheri Castle showed us some great ways to enjoy the southern favorite. Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs Makes 24 eggs Ingredients: 12 The Fresh Market Large Eggs 1/2 c. The Fresh Market Pimento Cheese 1/4 c. Dukes Mayonnaise 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper Pickled okra, thinly sliced Preparation: Place eggs in a large saucepan and add cool water to […]

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    NC zookeepers hoping for polar bear cubs later this year

    It’s rare for a zoo to have one polar bear, but the North Carolina Zoo now has two. In today’s Zoo Filez, FOX8’s Shannon Smith explains how Nikita came to the zoo this year for a very special reason.

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    Spring brings the plants and animals to life at the North Carolina Zoo

    Spring brings the plants and animals to life at the North Carolina Zoo. Check out some upcoming spring events you won’t want to miss.

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    Easter sweet treats

    Chocolate Peep S’mores 1 snack size Hershey bar 1 bunnie peep Milk chocolate (like Ghirardelli chocolate) Sprinkles Take 1 graham cracker and lay on a baking sheet. Put one Peep on top and bake in oven (watching carefully) for a few minutes. Don’t let it get to brown. When it is a little toasted and puffy take out and lay the other graham cracker on top. Let cool, you can pop it in the freezer for a few minutes. After […]

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    Sand cat at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Spring is a great time to visit the North Carolina Zoo. Especially because, over the winter, several new animals moved in — including one cute little cat. Shannon Smith shows us in today’s Zoo Filez.

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    North Carolina Zoo welcomes sand cat

    From the 500-pound lion to the 5-pound sand cat, you can see a wide variety of cats at the NC Zoo. The sand cat, which arrived this winter from a zoo in the Czech Republic, is a new addition to the zoo. His name is “Cosmos” and zoo keepers hope he can help the current population of sand cats in U.S. zoos.  There are less than 30 left. Soon, a female sand cat will join “Cosmos” and hopefully little 1-pound […]

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    Enjoy the taste of spring with these recipes

    It already feels like spring outside and with the new season days away, we thought you could enjoy a taste of spring too. Chef Tim Grandinetti at The Spring House in Winston-Salem showed us some spring-inspired recipes. Spring-inspired Wine Dinner Potato & Leek Soup w. Crème Fraiche Champagne 4 cups chicken stock; 4 potatoes; 4 leeks; 4 celery stalks; s/p; thyme; onion & garlic powders; 2 cups heavy cream Pan Roasted Scallop atop Potato Pancake Sauvignon Blanc 4 potatoes; roasted […]

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    Here’s how you can prepare your child for kindergarten

    Going to kindergarten is a big deal for kids so it’s important for parents to know how to prepare them for those changes. Julie Smith from Summit School stopped by FOX8 to talk about how parents can prepare their children for the big step. Kindergarten is the “official” start of school and sets the tone for the rest of a student’s schooling. While entering with skills is important other components often referred to as “soft skills” actually need to be front […]

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    Recipes to add to your March Madness menu

    We have the perfect March Madness menu just in time for the ACC Tournament.  Bib’s Downtown in Winston-Salem cooked up a few dishes that will score big points during any game. Here’s their suggestions and recipes: Talking tournament food 1) Dry Rub Slow Smoked Ribs 2) Season Smoked,Flashed Fried Jumbo Wings tossed in Bibs BBQ Wing Sauce 3) Some ideas to Transform Pulled Pork. Pulled Pork Stuffed Tator: Wrap and bake a large baked potato at 350 degrees until done, about 1 […]

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    WGN America’s new show ‘Underground’ brings story of Underground Railroad to life

    You probably studied the Underground Railroad in school, but you still may not know much about how slaves risked their lives for a chance to have freedom. A new show from FOX8’s parent network, WGN America, brings that story to life. FOX8’s Shannon Smith talked to the creators and cast about the new show “Underground.” To find out when you can see “Underground” in your area visit WGN America’s website. The website also has a list of channels based on your cable provider. […]

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    Atlantic Coast Trampoline and Tumbling Invitational coming to Greensboro Coliseum

    Hundreds of athletes will be flipping and flying through the air at the Greensboro Coliseum this weekend. They are competing in the Atlantic Coast Trampoline and Tumbling Invitational. Shannon Smith went to check it out.

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    Serving up Southern comfort foods

    All this cold, rainy weather may have given you a case of the winter blues.  A little comfort food may cheer you up. On this Recipe Wednesday, we’re making some southern favorites at Southern Roots in Jamestown. Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders 1 pack of chicken tenders 1 qt buttermilk 2 cups flour Salt and pepper to taste or seasoning of your choice Crisco for frying Method Rinse and pat dry chicken Soak in Buttermilk for 39 minutes or more Combine flour […]


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