Allison Smith joined FOX8 News in May 2018 as a reporter.
Before moving to North Carolina, she worked as the morning anchor in Tyler, Texas, for three years. Allison has covered her share of local politics, education and feature stories.
She has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from The University of Oklahoma. BOOMER SOONER!
Allison was born and raised in Texas but is thrilled to call the Triad community home.
Outside of work, you can find Allison spending time with her two rescue cats and traveling. Also, Tex-Mex makes her heart happy and when she needs to work off all the chips and salsa she enjoys long distance running.
Allison would love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to reach out!
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center is one of only 28 hospitals in North Carolina to have a SANE program. There are currently 12 sexual assault nurse examiners at the hospital, including two who are finishing up their certification. The nurses are tasked with properly securing evidence from survivors of abuse. They are on call at Forsyth, Clemmons and Kernersville medical centers, and average about seven to nine calls a month. “It never gets easier, you never get […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A local community in so much pain. People in Winston-Salem gathered to remember a 5-year-old killed in a drive-by shooting on Saturday. Police say all of the suspects involved in the shooting are teens. Three of them are in custody, but Wednesday police identified a fourth suspect. He is 17-year-old Santiago Rodgriguez-Marcial. The message at Wednesday night’s peace gathering was to stop the violence. People say that change starts with the future generation. “You have to be […]
The state veterinarian is warning livestock and pet owners about an aggressive tick responsible for the death of five cows in Surry County. More than 1,000 Asian longhorned ticks were on the body of one dead young bull brought to the Northwestern Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab. These ticks are known for building intense infestations in animals. “A thousand ticks on an animal is just absolutely terrifying to me and it makes me sick you know to think that it suffered […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem police officer is sharing his thoughts after three teens were charged with killing a 5-year-old boy in a drive-by shooting. “You make an arrest and you find out this kid is 14-years-old and you think back to what you were doing when you were 14 years old. I wasn’t running around the street with guns,” said Lt. Gregory Dorn, with the Winston-Salem Police Department. The crime happened Saturday evening in an apartment complex on Cole […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Swimming pools operated by the City of Winston-Salem require swimmers under the age of 18 to pass a swim test. If they don’t pass then they have to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. “They are actually making sure that these children can swim before they’re just throwing them out to almost the number one killer of children,” said Nicole Minshew, a parent at the city pool. During the swim test kids have to swim 25 yards […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C — Neighbors in a Winston-Salem community are concerned about a large dog wandering the streets after being abandoned a few weeks ago. Homeowners say they are worried about their safety and the animal’s. They tell FOX8 Forsyth County Animal Control has been called out to the neighborhood before, but officers didn’t take the dog. “It’s not his fault that he got left, but somebody needs to come get him,” said Brittany Caldwell, who lives in the neighborhood. On […]
KING, N.C. — A mom says an older man riding a scooter made suggestive and inappropriate comments to her young daughter in an aisle at Walmart. It happened Friday afternoon at the Walmart in King. Management was alerted and the man was removed from the store by security. But parents are still worried for their kids’ safety in a city where people normally feel safe. “It scares me. I’m grateful I have boys, but they’re not safe from predators because […]
THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Thomasville tourism is getting double in advertising money for this fiscal year. The city’s tourism commission will have $40,000 to spend on local businesses. On Monday, several new business owners gathered to focus on what it will take to keep the locals coming and also attract new visitors. Several owners told FOX8 in order for them to reach long-term success they have to work together. “Not just come to my store. It’s hey guys when you are […]
HIGH POINT, N.C. — A local nonprofit is pushing for peace on the streets. As violence plagues communities across the Piedmont Triad, the Commander Peace Academy is trying to teach people there are better ways to resolve issues. Greg Commander is the founder of the organization. He’s a High Point native who spent 18 years in jail and he says he’s trying to do what he wishes someone had done for him. “If someone would have gave me what I […]
LEXINGTON, N.C. — A 15-year-old lifeguard at Southside Pool in Lexington followed her training and pulled a young boy from the water Sunday evening. During a swim test, paddling across water 12 to 13 feet deep, a young swimmer started to slow down. “He got in the middle and he couldn’t do it any more and he gave the dead stare,” said Leah Morrison, a Southside Pool lifeguard. When Morrison locked in on the boy from the lifeguard stand she […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — People say “sidewalk closed” signs along a Winston-Salem bridge are rerouting them on a dangerous path. Neighbors who live near the Fourth Street bridge are wondering why the signs are up when things look finished. This is one of several bridges rebuilt during the Business 40 project. Dezra Hines, who lives just on the other side of the Fourth Street bridge, says people are obeying the signs posted and instead walking along the road. “It’s really hard for […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — A mother fighting to put her son’s accused killer behind bars. 22-year-old Brandon Frye was shot and killed at the Stonesthrow Apartments in Greensboro on Oct. 3, 2017. Police arrested Jmal Townsend shortly after and charged him with first degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Nearly two years after Frye’s death, Townsend is set to go to trial Oct. 21 of this year. “You took someone’s life. He don’t even deserve to be on this […]