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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
  • 8 tailgating recipes from the chefs at GTCC

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Ready for some football?? On this edition of Recipe Wednesday, FOX8’s Shannon Smith was at Guilford Technical Community College where the culinary instructors showed us how to host a football game complete with all the right tailgating snacks. The featured recipes include Crisp Spicy Southern Mustard Coleslaw, Hoagie Dip, Pork-bellied Jalapeno Poppers, Beer-basted Pulled Pork Sliders, Chocolate-dipped “Strawberry Footballs,” Deviled “Footballs,” Seven-layer Dip Parfaits and Very Berry Truffle. Click here for all the featured GTCC tailgating recipes.

  • Linbrook Heritage Estate

    TRINITY, N.C. — Linbrook Heritage Estate is home to the Neal Agricultural and Industrial Museum, which displays a collection of rare tractors and industrial equipment. The museum houses twenty-two fully restored John Deere tractors, a large collection of John Deere memorabilia, a restored 1926 return-tube boiler from the P&P Chair Company in Asheboro, a 19th century steam engine, antique electrical apparatus, and a rare Otto-Langen engine. For more information, visit

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    8 exclusive photos from Daughtry’s final rehearsal before tour

    Daughtry gave FOX8 exclusive access to their final rehearsal before they hit the road with Three Doors Down. The band will play at The Red Hat Amphitheatre in Raleigh tonight. Shannon Smith’s interview with Chris and the band will air tonight at 10 p.m. on FOX8.

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    BBQ pitmasters from Red, Hot and Blue share recipes, tips

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On this edition of Recipe Wednesday, Shannon Smith will be with the BBQ pit masters from Red, Hot and Blue in Winston-Salem. Here are the recipes and tips they shared with us: Hush Puppy Batter (Makes 20 hushpuppies) 1 cup corn meal ¼ cup flour ½ tbsp baking powder ¾ tsp salt ¾ tsp ground black pepper 3 tbsp sugar ¼ tsp cayenne pepper 1/8 cup pasteurized egg mix ¾ cup buttermilk 1 oz scallions ½ tsp […]

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    Dewey’s Bakery shares ideas for creative summer treats

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On Tuesday during the FOX8 Morning News, Shannon Smith got some ideas on how to decorate and serve sweet and creative treats this summer from the bakers at Dewey’s Bakery in Winston-Salem. Here is the advice they offered:  To create beach cupcakes, first fill a pastry bag (available at craft stores) with blue and white swirled icing.  When you make “waves” on top of the cupcake, it will look like water.  Crush sugar cookies in a bag […]

  • Mommy Matters: Taking kids to summer movies

    On Tuesday’s edition of Mommy Matters, FOX8’s Shannon Smith talks about some of the deals you can find this summer for taking your children to the movies. Here are some of the deals you can find this summer: Greensboro Regal Theatres — $1 movie tickets — Carousel Movies — Free movie tickets — Grande Theatres — $3.50 includes popcorn and drink with admission — And here is a list of recent and upcoming movie releases your kids […]

  • Mommy Matters: Infant carrier

    There are lots of options on the market for baby carriers, from infant slings to back pack carriers. Triad Moms on Main recently researched some of the choices and Rachel Hoeing joined FOX8 Tuesday morning to discuss the topic.

  • RiverRun International Film Festival starts Friday

    FOX8’s Shannon Smith was live Monday morning at one of the many theatres in Winston-Salem that will show movies for the RiverRun International Film Festival. The event begins Friday and runs 10 days at various locations around Winston-Salem.

  • 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.


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