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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
  • Recipe Wednesday: Spring House recipes

    Char Grilled Jumbo ShrimpTexas Pete Voodoo Sauce 32 oz. chopped tomato 3 Tbsp. garlic, minced .5 cup EVOO 1 T. salt .75 cup sugar .5 cup red wine vinegar .5 cup sriracha .25 cup TP. Simmer 20-30 minutes.  Reserve & chill.  Chicken Cutlets w. Country Ham, Mushroom, & Melted Fontina Truffled Potato Gnocchi Madeira Reduction 2 lb. russet potatoes ½ lb. all purpose flour 3 egg yolks S & P 3 T cold unsalted butter Bake potatoes 1+ hour(s). ,Remove […]

  • Gingerbread recipes

    1. Make dough and royal icing 2. Roll out dough and cut out pieces 3. Show how to assemble a house 4. Show how to decorate a house 5. Show the houses from the baking classes I made a Noah’s Ark with Noah and animals to show that you can do something different than just a house. I have the template for a manger too. I have some candy that we can decorate with and we’ll have colored royal icing […]

  • Mommy Matters: Dealing with Santa

    For many families, the holidays mean a trip to go see Old Saint Nick. But not all kids like having their picture taken with the Jolly Old Elf.  Experts say you can make it a happy trip if you follow some simple steps: 1.  Talk about Santa before the visit.  Explain how great Santa is and how your child has to tell him what they want for Christmas. 2.  Make it a family photo.  Most kids feel better if mom […]

  • Christmas decorations you can make yourself

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — On Monday morning, FOX8’s Shannon Smith will learn how to craft some “do-it-yourself” Christmas decorations. Linda Dozier at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store off Wendover Avenue will show us how. For more ideas, visit pinterest.com/fixitmom58.

  • Recipe Wednesday: Grits and other breakfast recipes

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — This edition of Recipe Wednesday features some great breakfast recipes, many of which can be tasted at the Puttin’ on the Grits event in High Point. Recipes in PDF format (recipe for Bangers and Mash is located below event information): Shrimp And Grits Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Sausage Yankee Grits Casserole Spinach Ham Cheddar Bread Pudding The breakfast event is the only public fundraiser held each year by the Community Clinic of High Point, which […]

  • Greensboro Urban Ministry hosts annual Thanksgiving meal

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — FOX8’s Shannon Smith will be live Thursday morning with the Greensboro Urban Ministry, which is hosting its annual Thanksgiving meal. For more information, visit GreensboroUrbanMinistry.org.

  • Recipe Wednesday: Cajun Cooking

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — FOX8’s Shannon Smith on Wednesday was at the Meridian Restaurant in Winston-Salem to learn about Cajun cooking. The Queen of Cajun Cooking will be in Winston-Salem for the 6 Days Festival. For more information on the event, visit 6daysws.com. Recipes (PDF-format): Jambalaya Barbecued Shrimp Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Boudin Balls: 1 3/4 lbs. pork butt cut into 1″ cubes enough water to cover pork 1/2 C. chopped yellow onion 1/4 C. chopped celery 1/4 C. chopped bell […]

  • UNC School of the Arts prepares for annual Nutcracker ballet

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Students at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem are preparing for the school’s annual production of The Nutcracker. In the video above, FOX8’s Shannon Smith talks about the choreography of the ballet with artistic supervisor Douglas Gawriljuk. In the video below, Shannon speaks with student lighting supervisor Mac Smith. Multiple performances are slated for Dec. 8, 9, 13 and 16 at the Stevens Center.  For more information about show times and tickets, […]

  • College football analyst discusses season, BCS standings [Video]

    In this video, the FOX8 Morning News team picks the brain of college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.  In addition to a little smack talk, the crew discusses the current season and Bowl Championship standings. 

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    ‘American Idol’ auditions: day two in Charlotte

    The American Idol auditions in Charlotte wrapped up on Tuesday after two drama filled day — including a big argument between celebrity judges, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. FOX8’s Shannon Smith talked to the stars of the about what happened and what’s next. Shannon Smith reports.

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    Mommy Matters: Preventing Child Abuse

    In this edition of Mommy Matters, FOX8’s Shannon Smith discusses how to prevent child abuse. More: PDF: Teach Children CSM Workshop Flyer || PDF: Bee Wise Workshop Parent Letter

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    Wine tasting takes place across NC this weekend

    FOX8’s Shannon Smith was live at Childress Vineyards in Davidson County Tuesday morning. People can taste wine from 20 North Carolina wineries this weekend with special events planned across the state for Harvest Time.