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
  • Delicious home cooked recipes to warm you up

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Baby, it’s cold outside. With temperatures dropping into the teens, you need something to warm you up. On this Recipe Wednesday, the chef at The Katharine in Winston-Salem showed us a few dishes that will surely warm you up from the inside out. Spaetzle: Adapted for home 2 each whole eggs 1 ¼ cup whole milk 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour 1 oz. whole grain mustard 1 ½ teaspoon minced chives 1 ½ teaspoon minced parsley 1 […]

  • Easy-to-make breakfast recipes for the family during holidays

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Friends and family members will be coming to visit maybe even staying for a few days, so you’ll need to feed them breakfast or maybe brunch. This morning, we’re getting some yummy recipes from Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem. APPLE BUTTER BABY SANDWICH Ingredients: 2 pieces of your favorite toast 1 piece fried smoked sausage link (Hillshire Farms makes a good one, but you can use your favorite) 2 scrambled eggs Apple Butter APPLE BUTTER: 1 #10 […]

  • Cookie recipes for the holidays

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — It’s cookie time. Whether you’re making cookies for Santa or sweet gifts for your friends and family, we’ve got the perfect recipes. Cupcake Cuties Cafe and Bakery in Davidson County shared some great cookies to try this holiday season. Chocolate candy cane cookies Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup cocoa powder 1 cup of unsalted butter (room temperature) 1 cup sugar 1 cup light brown […]

  • Easy leftover, last-minute turkey recipes for Thanksgiving

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Turkey, Turkey, Turkey! That’s what this Recipe Wednesday is all about. Chef Jay Pierce at The Traveled Farmer in Greensboro gives us some great leftover ideas and last minute turkey tips. Turkey Sandwich Ingredients: 1 French roll 2 Tablespoons whipped goat cheese 3 ounces of sliced leftover turkey 3 tablespoons cranberry chutney Directions: Split roll and heat Spread goat cheese on bottom of each roll Top with turkey, chutney and Tetrazzini top Tetrazzini Ingredients: 1 stick unsalted […]

  • Greensboro diner named best in North Carolina by popular magazine

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Where’s the best diner in all of North Carolina? According to Southern Living magazine, it’s right here in the Triad! Writers named Smith Street Diner in downtown Greensboro the top spot in the state. So, FOX8 Foodie Shannon Smith had to stop by to find out what makes this place so special.

  • Prepare for Thanksgiving with these unique recipes

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — You’ll have turkey and dressing and probably pumpkin pie. But this year, try a new dish for Thanksgiving. Shannon Smith shows us a few ideas at Southern Roots in Jamestown. Brie Wrapped in Puff Pastry with Walnuts and Fig Jam Ingredients: 1 package of thawed puff pastry 1 package of round brie cheese 1⁄8 cup walnuts 1⁄4 cup fig jam Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees Lightly grease cookie sheet Roll the puff pastry out slightly Place […]

  • Delicious pie recipes for Thanksgiving

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — It’s pie time on this Recipe Wednesday and we’re showing delicious and easy ways to cook up these desserts for the holidays. Shannon Smith caught up with Chefs Al Romano and Keith Gardiner at GTCC to learn how it’s done! Pie Dough 6 oz pastry flour 2 oz shortening 2 oz margarine 2 oz water ¼ oz salt Pecan Pie 9-inch raw pie crust Pecan filling: Ingredients: 2½ oz butter – melted 6½ oz brown sugar 1 […]

  • NC Zoo designers build new amphibian habitat

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Right now, visitors at the North Carolina Zoo have a hard time finding the gopher frogs in their habitat. Typically, they hide under leaves and debris to stay safe. That’s why exhibit design technician Steve Runnfeldt spent the past six months building a new habitat for gopher frogs, tiger salamanders, pigmy rattlesnakes and hognose snakes. Designers like Runnfeldt work to create natural spaces where visitors can still view the animals. For this new habitat, he used ropes to […]

  • Get a taste of NC coast at popular Winston-Salem eatery

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — FOX8 Foodie features a place to find a fresh catch from the North Carolina coast all year round. From the famous Shrimp Burger to the seafood combo, people in Winston-Salem have raved about Forsyth Seafood Market and Cafe for more than 25 years. Forsyth Seafood Market’s busiest day of the week is Fish Friday. If you want to stop by, it’s located at 108 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

  • Winston-Salem chef that appeared on ‘Chopped’ provides delicious recipes from new book

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — You may have seen Winston-Salem Chef Tim Grandinetti appear on the Food Network hit show “Chopped.” Or you maybe you have dined at one of his two restaurants in Winston-Salem. Or, you have seen in demonstrate recipes he developed for Texas Pete. Well, now you can read Chef Grandinetti’s cookbook. He just released his book, “Soulfood Harvest.” He joins us for Recipe Wednesday to share some of his favorites from the book. Pecan & Herb Crusted Lamb […]

  • Program allows NC Zoo visitors get up-close look at animals

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — At the Animal Encounters program at the North Carolina Zoo, visitors can watch animals show off their skills. In the Animal Encounter program space, birds and other animals can come out to meet people. It gives people an up-close-and-personal look at the animals’ everyday life. According to the zoo’s website, “Kidzone animal encounters are interactive educational experiences that explore a variety of animals – what they eat, how they live and what you can do to help […]

  • Popular barbecue restaurant in Lexington prepares for Barbecue Festival

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — The Barbecue Festival in Lexington brings tens of thousands of people to town. Four local restaurants will literally cook tons of BBQ that day. The Barbecue Center has participated since the first year of the festival in 1984. The Barbecue Center is located at 900 N. Main St. Shannon Smith stopped by to find out what makes Lexington BBQ so special and why you may want to order a banana split for dessert.