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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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    North Carolina Zoo designer creates a tree for the Ocelot exhibit

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — FOX8’s Shannon Smith shows show us in Friday’s Zoo Filez how the North Carolina Zoo’s Exhibit Designer Sean Ross creates a tree for the zoo’s Ocelot exhibit. In a six-month process, Ross was able to make an artificial tree that closely resembles one that the Ocelot would encounter in the wild. After carefully planning out the height and size of the tree, Ross built a metal frame to create the trunk and branches. He then covered the metal with […]

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    Quick and easy meals for the whole family

    When it gets hot, you don’t want to spend hours cooking in the kitchen.  So on this Recipe Wednesday, Meredith Williams, owner of Pepper Moon Catering, shows us some quick and easy meals the whole family will enjoy. Pesto Grilled Chicken Skewers Cilantro Pesto Marinade 2 T coarsely chopped walnuts 2 t minced garlic 1.5 c loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves (no thick stems) ½ c loosely packed fresh Italian parsley leaves (no thick stems) ½ t kosher salt ¼ […]

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    Local therapy center needs your votes to win a horse

    COLFAX, N.C. — Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center is an equine therapy center that helps children and adults with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. They recently lost one of their therapy horses to illness and is asking the community for help to get a new one. Lexlin Gypsy Ranch in Tennessee is giving away 10 therapy horses to centers around the country and asks that participants vote for their favorite therapy center once a day all this week on their Facebook […]

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    Zoo program gives kids a close-up encounter

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — FOX8’s Shannon Smith shows us in Friday’s Zoo Filez  how the North Carolina Zoo’s Ambassador Program gives children a close-up encounter.  

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    Burger Warfare in Greensboro offers tips for making a delicious burger

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Summer is almost here, but it’s already burger season.  You can go traditional with mustard and ketchup or try something a little different. FOX8’s Shannon Smith stops by Burger Warfare in Greensboro to get some new ideas.   Chef Ralph Singleton shows up how to make a Memphis Belle burger, their popular Bang Bang burger, and one they call Operation Husky, with an Italian flare.   We’ll also top it all off with a big yummy milkshake. Here are […]

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    Watch GoPro ride of FOX8’s Shannon Smith taking 6-story plunge down new water slide at Carowinds

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carowinds’ Carolina Harbor Waterpark features new water slides in the Black Beard’s Revenge complex. Pirate’s Plank is a 6-story high slide where you begin standing up, and then the floor drops from beneath you. FOX8’s Shannon Smith tried out the slide before the park opened completely to the public. You can take a look at the 10-second thrill ride in the video player above.

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    Water park at Carowinds doubles in size

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carowinds’ Carolina Harbor Waterpark opens full time for the season Saturday. During the off season, Carowinds expanded their existing waterpark, doubling the overall size to 27 acres.  It’s now the largest waterpark in the state. New features include a second, bigger wave pool, upscale cabanas, a new bathhouse, as well as new coastal cuisine in the restaurants.  There are also water attractions for all ages. A 2-acre kids park offers several water playgrounds. Thrill seekers will find […]

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    Ocelots get new home at NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The pair of ocelots have been living at the North Carolina zoo for years but visitors often had a challenging time finding them. Earlier this month the ocelots got a brand new, custom-made home, a larger home but making it much easier for the pair to be spotted.    

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    A Very Berry Recipe Wednesday

    It’s berry season in North Carolina. Right  now you can buy fresh strawberries and blueberries.  Fresh blackberries and raspberries will be here before you know it. And, there are so many ways to enjoy these sweet treats.  The chefs at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown showed us how to whip up some “berry” delicious recipes. Fresh Berry French Toast Ingredients: For French toast: 8 slices Day old French Bread ¾ C Egg beaters ¼ C Almond milk 1 Tbs […]

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    Here’s how to volunteer at the North Carolina Zoo

    There are hundreds of volunteers at the North Carolina Zoo, aging from age 12 to people in their 90s. FOX8’s Shannon Smith talks about the zoo’s volunteer opportunities in this week’s Zoo Filez.

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    Researcher at NC Zoo receives $20,000 grant to study vultures in Africa

    A researcher at the North Carolina Zoo recently received a $20,000 grant to study vultures in Africa. African vultures have declined significantly during the last 30 years, mostly due to poisoning. Corrine Kendall, the association curator of conservation and research, said people put poison on carcasses, trying to kill lions and hyenas. That’s why Kendall recently received a grant from the National Geographic Society. She’s monitoring African vultures’ movement with satellite technology. “It’s put on as a backpack with little straps […]

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    Baby elk coming soon to NC Zoo

    Right now, bison and elk roam freely around their exhibit at the North Carolina Zoo, but an exciting development is coming soon. Baby elk may be bouncing the exhibit this spring! “We know we have at least two cows pregnant out there right now so this spring, May [or] June, we should have at least two elk babies and maybe more,” said Guy Lichty, the zoo’s curator of mammals. Baby elk haven’t been born at the North Carolina Zoo in […]


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