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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
  • Get a taste of spring with these recipes

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — We’re less than a week away from the start of spring. On this Recipe Wednesday, we’re getting the first taste of Spring. The chef at The Katharine in Winston-Salem showed us delicious entree and dessert to try. Trout Grenobloise: 2 each — 8-ounce butterflied North Carolina Rainbow ¼ cup wondra flour 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon fresh milled black pepper 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 tablespoon unsalted butter Juice of 1 lemon 2 teaspoons capers, well rinsed […]

  • Winston-Salem diner serves up old-fashioned southern comfort food

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Sometimes you need a little comfort food like chicken and dumplings or cornbread. Luckily, that’s what the Towne Center Diner in Winston-Salem specializes in. FOX8 Foodie Shannon Smith stopped by to see how they cook old-fashioned southern comfort food, but with a new flare. Chef and owner John Tharp graduated from Johnson and Wales Culinary School and spent the first decade of his career working in New York City. Three years ago, he decided to buy a […]

  • Healthy recipes to help maintain health during National Nutrition Month

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — It’s March and many people have already swayed from their New Year’s resolutions. Thankfully, Sheetz is offering several recipes to help you maintain your health during National Nutrition Month. Chef Jason Amell is going to show us some new ideas at the Sheetz on North Main Street in High Point. Greek Yogurt Fruit Smoothie Ingredients: 3 oz – Blueberry pomegranate puree 8 oz – Greek yogurt Ice Directions: In a blender add together blueberry pomegranate puree, […]

  • Winston-Salem bakery makes healthy cakes to combat severe allergies

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Imagine not being able to eat cake on your birthday or enjoy a bite of wedding cake with your spouse. It’s the reality for more and more people. The number of people being diagnosed with food allergies continues to increase dramatically and that’s why Anna Simeonides opened To Your Health Bakery on Creekshire Way in Winston-Salem. She’s just 21 years old, but she makes an incredible chocolate cake without any of the traditional ingredients. Shannon Smith visited […]

  • Delicious superfood recipes to be more heart healthy

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — All week we are helping you be more heart healthy. The culinary instructors at GTCC in Jamestown showed us some great recipes using superfoods for your heart. Spinach and artichoke dip 2 (14 oz) cans artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped 1 (10 oz) package frozen spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt 1 (8 oz) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened and […]

  • East Coast Wings preparing to make a quarter of a million wings on Super Bowl Sunday

    East Coast Wings will make a quarter of a million wings on Super Bowl Sunday.  It’s the biggest day of the year by far. FOX8 Foodie Shannon Smith shows us how they make it happen.

  • Delicious easy-to-make dishes for friends and family

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — From Bacon-wrapped shrimp to delicious sliders, friends and family will love these dishes. Shannon Smith stopped by Big Burger Spot in Greensboro on this Recipe Wednesday. Bacon-wrapped Buffalo Shrimp 1 pound of large peeled and deveined shrimp ½ pound applewood smoked bacon 1 cup BBS buffalo sauce Directions: Marinate shrimp in buffalo sauce for 10 minutes Wrap each shrimp with bacon and skewer Grill until bacon is crispy Serve with blue cheese dressing Blue Cheese Dressing 16 […]

  • Cooking with your favorite Girl Scout cookies

    ADVANCE, N.C. — It is Girl Scout Cookie season! Of course, you can enjoy them right out of the box, or you can create new recipes to experience their gooey goodness. Shannon Smith got some great ideas at Tanglewood Pizza Company in Advance on this Recipe Wednesday. Thin Mint Cheesecake Pizza Ingredients: 1 8ounce cream cheese 10 thin mint cookies (mix and spread on pizza crust 1 pizza crust 1 scoop vanilla ice cream Add Carmel sauce Egg Roll Mix […]

  • Cooking up southern comfort foods at popular Winston-Salem barbecue restaurant

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Bib’s Downtown in Winston-Salem showed us how to make some comfort food to warm up on these cold winter days. Pulled Pork Cornbread Pie Ingredients: 2 tsp oil 1 diced onion 1 each red & green bell pepper ( Diced) 2 tsp chipotle in adobo sauce 1 small can of tomato paste 3 tsp brown sugar 1 28-ounce can of diced tomato 1 cup of Bibs BBQ sauce 1 pound of pulled pork Cornbread Ingredients: 1 cup […]

  • Kernersville family runs pretzel shop

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Today’s FOX8 Foodie brings us to Patriot Pretzels, a family-run shop in Kernersville. Learn more in the video player above.

  • Easy-to-make soup recipes to keep you warm this winter

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — It looks like we’ll be in for a long cold winter! So, on this Recipe Wednesday, we’re giving you several soup recipes to help warm you up. The chefs at GTCC in Jamestown showed us how to make them. Chef Al’s Italian Chicken Pasta Soup (yield: 1 gallon) Ingredients: 1 whole chicken 2 oz olive oil 8 oz carrots, medium dice 8 oz celery, medium dice 1 lb onions, medium dice 2 oz garlic, finely chopped 4 […]

  • Toast to 2018 with these festive cocktail recipes

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Toast to 2018 with a festive cocktail at midnight with drink recipes from The Katharine in Winston Salem. Brandy Alexander Build in a cocktail shaker: 1.5 oz. Brandy or Cognac 1.5 oz. Chocolate Liqueur 1 oz. Heavy Cream 1 dash Orange bitters Add ice to the shaker Shake for 8-10 seconds Strain into glass Grated nutmeg garnish Winter Old Fashioned Build in a rocks glass: .5 oz Cinnamon Simple Syrup 4 dashes Angostura Bitters 2 dashes Orange […]