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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
  • Woman devotes time to Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — One of the biggest battles in the American Revolutionary War was fought in Greensboro. The Guilford Courthouse National Military Park marked the anniversary of the battle this weekend. FOX8’s Shannon Smith introduces us to a woman who devotes much of her time to teach others about the history there in this edition of “Inspired Living.” The Guilford Courthouse National Military Park is open seven days a week and most days you will find Nancy Stewart helping […]

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    Mediterranean diet recipes from Pastabilities in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — On this edition of Recipe Wednesday, FOX8’s Shannon Smith is featuring Mediterranean diet recipes, courtesy of Pastabilities in Greensboro. Grilled Marinated Artichokes with Parmesan Baked Crostini and a Yogurt Garlic Feta Dip (Hearts a Flame) For 2-4 people 1 12oz jar (or can) of quarted artichoke hearts 2oz olive oil 1 small loaf french baguette or Italian Panino 2oz shredded parmesan cheese 1tsp Italian herb blend (basil and oregano) 1 tsp parsley for garnish Preheat oven to […]

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    Mommy Matters: Swim lessons

    If you want your children to feel comfortable in the water at the pool or beach this summer, you may want to think about signing them up for swim lessons now. This morning, Shannon Smith showed us how at one local pool, it’s never too early to get started.

  • Restaurant shares recipes for non-processed foods

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — On this edition of Recipe Wednesday, FOX8’s Shannon Smith will be at The Fit Station in Jamestown. The Fit Station focuses on “real,” non-processed foods.  They offer recipes for everything from pancakes to spaghetti. NOTE: The Fit Station asked us to remove the recipes we mentioned during our segment on Wednesday. They sent us replacement recipes, and you can view them here.

  • Mommy Matters: Easter Egg Class

    Psanky (pronounced peh-sahn-keh) is a 2000 year old Ukrainian tradition of writing on eggs with wax.  The vibrant coloring of the egg with imagery and design symbolizes good luck, posterity and the arrival of Spring. The Randolph Arts Guild is happy to announce the return of the popular egg class taught by an excellent mother and daughter team. Karen and Grace McFetters provide you with everything you need to make an oval-esque masterpiece.  All materials are included.  Each paid registrant […]

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    The Paleo diet and its benefits

    On Wednesday morning, FOX8’s Shannon Smith will be discussing the Paleo diet. The Paleo Fried Chicken recipe can be found below, while more recipes, including the recipe for Paleo Fudge, can be found on Paleo-fried chicken recipe: chop or blend pumpkin seeds & raw almonds into a powder and combine the two beat 3 or 4 eggs in a bowl dip boneless, skinless chicken breasts in egg then roll in almond/pumpkin seed mix heat 1/4 inch of coconut oil […]

  • Spring House Restaurant shares Italian-inspired recipes

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On this edition of Recipe Wednesday, the Spring House Restaurant in Winston-Salem is sharing Italian-inspired recipes. Puttanesca Pan Sauce 1/2 cup evoo 2 anchovies 1 shallot 2 garlic crushed red pepper 1 Tbsp. capers 2 Tbsp. olives 2 cups tomatoes 1 Tbsp. parsley 1# pasta Heat evoo in saute pan – cook anchovies.  Add shallot, garlic, crushed red pepper and cook additional 3-4 minutes. Add capers & olives – remove from heat. Combine tomatoes & parsley in […]

  • Ten tips for losing ten pounds by spring

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — On Tuesday during the FOX8 Morning News, Julie Luther with PurEnergy Fitness Center in Greensboro is sharing ten tips for losing ten pounds by spring. You can contact Julie by visiting her website, Here are her tips: Write down your goal with a specific date: i.e. “I will lose ten pounds by April 1.”  Read it before bed and first thing in the morning — so leave it on your nightstand.  Imagine yourself standing on the […]

  • Maxie B’s dessert recipes

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — In this edition of Recipe Wednesday, Shannon Smith is featuring Maxie B’s. The Greensboro bakery shared “Sweets for your Sweet” recipes, including whoopie pies, cream cheese frosting and more. Recipes: Whoopie Pies and Cream Cheese Frosting Champagne Cupcakes Pupcakes For more, visit or check out the bakery’s Facebook page.

  • Scotty McCreery talks Bojangles with Shannon Smith

    It seems you see Scotty McCreery just about every where these days – on stage performing with big country music stars, returning to his roots by appearing on this season’s Charlotte episode of American Idol, singing on ESPN Game Day, and even in Bojangles commercials. “So, it’s been really cool. I’ve gone there my whole life and grown up eating chicken, so for me to be part of that company… it’s a really cool thing,” McCreery said. McCreery says now […]

  • Debunking myths about artificial colors and flavors

    Artificial colors and flavors are in so many foods and drinks and for decades, doctors and parents have questioned whether or not they impact a child’s behavior. So, this morning, Pediatrician, Dr. Jim Anderson joined us to clear up the myths.

  • GTCC chefs share recipes for your Super Bowl party

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — This edition of Recipe Wednesday will feature the chefs of Guilford Technical Community College, who will share recipes for crafting a superb Super Bowl party.  The chefs will share recipes that will be familiar with both San Francisco fans and Baltimore fans.  Featured recipes (.PDF-format)


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