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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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    Examining wild animals at the North Carolina Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Occasionally wild animals have to be moved to the North Carolina Zoo for their protection. The veterinarians at the zoo must make sure they are healthy before they can join the animals already living there. Shannon Smith shows us one of those exams in today’s Zoo Filez.

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    Mixing up holiday drinks the entire family can enjoy

    In today’s Mommy Matters Joy Richie showed FOX8’s Shannon Smith how to make some fun holiday drinks the entire family can enjoy.  

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    Baking Christmas cookies for Santa

    It’s almost time to bake up some Christmas cookies for Santa.  You could even share a few with friends and family too. The chefs at GTCC’s Culinary Program shared four easy recipes to try this holiday season. For one of them, you don’t even have to turn on the oven. Here’s a look at their favorite Christmas cookies:  STRUFFOLI Yield: about 60 Ingredients  4 cups Flour (AP, can use self-rising but don’t use baking powder) 7 Eggs 1 Lemon (grated […]

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    Giving back during the holidays

    Many families are looking for ways to give back during the holiday season. In today’s Mommy Matters, Lisa Northrop from The Family House in Winston-Salem shared some great volunteer opportunities. For more ideas, visit The Family House website.

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    The North Carolina Zoo aviary

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — You can take a trip to the tropics just by visiting the North Carolina Zoo. The aviary feels warm year round, and with the tropical plants and birds you’ll feel like it’s quite the escape from winter. But as Shannon Smith found out, keep a close look out during feeding time.

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    Sweet holiday treats to make with your family

    In today’s Mommy Matters, Danielle Dilizio with Dewey’s Bakery stopped by with some sweet treats to make with your family this holiday season.

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    Chips, dips and sips for your holiday party

    Are you hosting friends and family this holiday season?  Or do you need a quick and easy dish to take to a party? On this Recipe Wednesday, we’re showing you four different “Chips, Dips, and Sips” for your holiday party. Southern Sisters in Thomasville makes it super easy! Smore’s Dip 1 bag large marshmallows 1 can sweetened condensed milk 8oz cream cheese 1 package of your favorite chocolate chips 2 large Butterfinger bars crushed (or your favorite candy bar) 1 […]

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    Oldest animal at the NC Zoo is one of the newest additions

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The oldest animal at the North Carolina Zoo is also one of the newest. The alligator snapping turtle just moved to North Carolina from the Philadelphia Zoo. Shannon Smith shows us while he’s old by our standards he still has lots of life ahead of him.

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    Cake pops for your holiday party

    It’s the time of year you cook sweet treats to give as gifts or serve to friends and family. We’re showing you something new you may want to try: cake pops.  They’re super cute and tasty too. Shannon Smith visited Cupacke Cuties Café and Bakery in Davidson County to show us how to make them. Reindeer cake pops:  Ingredients for reindeer cake pops: Cake of your choice (fully baked) Icing of your choice Black icing Red & brown M&M’s Chocolate […]

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    Here’s what your kids want for Christmas this year

    Want to know what to get your kids for Christmas? Well, you may want to turn to YouTube. FOX8’s Shannon Smith talked to the creators of the YouTube channel DCTC, which stands for Disney Cars Toys Club, to see what toys are hot this year.

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    Last-minute tips for Thanksgiving — chocolate butterscotch chess pie, turkey vegetable soup and more

    We’re less than 24 hours away from the big meal. So on this Recipe Wednesday, we’re getting last-minute turkey tips from expert chef, Mike Mort. He runs the kitchen for the Forsyth Country Club in Winston-Salem. Here’s some advice for a juicy bird, plus a last minute side dish and great dessert. Turkey Tips Thaw your turkey breast side up in its unopened wrapper in the refrigerator. Allow one day of thawing for every 4lbs. of frozen meat. Pat the bird […]

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    Sea lion at NC Zoo saved after swallowing battery dropped in tank

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Someone recently dropped two AA batteries into the sea lion tank at the North Carolina Zoo. A visitor in the underwater viewing area noticed the sea lions playing with the batteries and notified zookeepers. Divers cleared the sea lions out and dove into the tank. They only found one battery. They X-rayed the sea lions and found the other battery. One of the sea lions had swallowed it. They tried to remove it, but couldn’t, so they […]


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