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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 zookeepers surprised after new baby gazelle is born

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — You have to look closely to see the newest animal at the North Carolina Zoo — the baby gazelle. One morning last month, the two gazelles came into the barn to eat their breakfast and when zookeepers returned an hour later, the baby was born. The gazelles are a new species to the zoo, but none of the zookeepers knew one was pregnant when they came in May. Learn more about the adorable animal in today’s Zoo […]

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    Fresh fall recipes for the family

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — It may not feel like November, but we’re definitely in the full fall season. On this Recipe Wednesday, FOX8’s Shannon Smith stopped by The Fresh Market in Greensboro to cook up some great fall meals for your family! Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes Makes 8 servings Ingredients: 4 medium sweet potatoes (about 8 ounces each) 4 slices of chopped bacon 1 small chopped onion 2 cloves of minced garlic 1 (10-ounce) bunch of Tuscan kale, chard, or spinach, tough […]

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    NC zookeepers work to save endangered Puerto Rican crested toads

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — One of the most important jobs of the North Carolina Zoo is saving endangered species — that’s exactly what they’re doing for the Puerto Rican crested toads. Zookeepers at the NC Zoo started at the beginning of the process and decided to speed up the mating season for the toads. They simulated toad calls musically, and within one day, thousands of tiny tadpoles hatched. They are expected to be shipped back to Puerto Rico to repopulate.

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    Perfect recipes for your Halloween party

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — It’s the season of tricks and treats!  On this Recipe Wednesday, we cooked up quite a few with the chefs and students at GTCC’s Culinary School in Jamestown.   Check out some of the scary good recipes! On this Recipe Wednesday, we cooked quite a few with the chefs and students at GTCC’s Culinary School in Jamestown.  Check out some of the scary good recipes! Layered Fudge Ingredients: 1 teaspoon of butter 2 cups of (12 ounces) semisweet […]

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    Gazelles at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — North Carolina zookeepers are excited about the park’s new gazelles. The skittish, sweet and endangered antelope are trying to get comfortable with their new environment. Every morning, zookeepers open the gates and allow them to roam around the park’s 40-acre fields. The zookeepers say they are adjusting well and hope to add even more.  

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    Four recipes that give us a taste of fall

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On this Recipe Wednesday, we’re getting you ready with some great soups and stews to feed your family during the fall.  Chef Tim Grandinetti from The Spring House in Winston-Salem showed us how to make four great new recipes. SAMP Ingredients: 1 pound dried samp About 2 1/2 cups of water 1 pound Polish sausage, kielbasa 2 long, mildly hot red or yellow peppers, about 1/4 pound 1 peeled onion, about 1/4 pound Salt to taste 1 sweet […]

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    NC Zoo’s roadrunner gets special sandal to help healing foot

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Roadrunners are usually pretty fast on their feet, so when a 13 year old roadrunner got on his foot, zookeepers at the North Carolina Zoo had to step in to help. Keepers tried bandages and various treatments, but they didn’t work – so zoo officials fitted him with a special sandal to keep his foot safe. The sandal, which wraps around the foot to protect the sore, is taken off and cleaned every few weeks. Because of […]

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    Simple pumpkin recipes for the fall

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — It’s Pumpkin time here in the Piedmont Triad and we making all things pumpkin at Dewey’s Bakery in Winston-Salem. On this Recipe Wednesday, bakers show us how to create some sweet and savory pumpkin dishes. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups of canned or roasted pumpkin 1 can of chickpeas 1 clove of roasted garlic 3 teaspoons of oil Juice from 1 lemon 1 teaspoon of water 1/2 teaspoon of paprika 1/2 teaspoon cumin Pinch of cinnamon Salt and […]

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    NC Zoo’s new baby bongos bring big excitement

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo’s new baby bongo is creating quite the stir with zoo employees. The zoo acquired two new bongos last year and became a breeding facility for the species. Experts believe only about 100 of the bongos still live in the mountains of Kenya, so a new bongo is a huge opportunity for the zoo. And now, zoo keepers think another adult may be pregnant. For more, watch today’s Zoo Filez.

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    Bring the taste of fall to your table with these recipes

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — It’s finally starting to feel like Fall outside, and now you can get a taste of it too. On this Recipe Wednesday, Chef Leigh Hesling from Green Valley Grill in Greensboro shows us how to make some new fall dishes. Veal Saltimbocca Ingredients: 4 Veal Saltimbocca Prep chops ¾ cup all-purpose flour ½ cup canola/olive oil blend 1 ½ cups Mushroom Marsala Sauce Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a sauté pan. Sauté chops, one at a […]

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    Greensboro man creates online cooking channel

    Tired of trying to come up with new recipes? Well, some new ideas could be just a click away. Meet Oliver Lloyd, creator of Each week he records 4-minute recipes from his Greensboro home.

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    NC Zoo set designer gets innovative to enhance seal exhibit

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Sometimes your career path can take an unexpected turn. The same remains true at the North Carolina Zoo, where one UNCG graduate received his degree in set design for theatre. Little did he know, his stage would be viewed by thousands of people and used by 800-pound animals. With a deadline and plenty of things to consider, it’s safe to say the exhibit has been a success. He says the seals and sea lions all seem happy […]