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
  • Puffin chicks born at the North Carolina Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Three horned puffin chicks hatched at the North Carolina Zoo this summer. It’s the first time in several years that puffin chicks have been born at the zoo. Typically, keepers would allow the parents to raise the chicks; however, these new chicks were not getting enough food. The keepers decided it would be better to hand-rear the chicks. Several times a day, the chicks are fed small whole fish. Now they are thriving and should be ready […]

  • Local restaurant shares yummy apple recipes

    North Carolina produces some of the best apples in the country. You can enjoy them right off the tree or you can use them in some delicious recipes. FOX8’s Shannon Smith stopped by Southern Roots in Jamestown for some yummy ideas. Turkey, Brie and Apple Sandwich Ingredients: 2 slices Sourdough bread 3 Tbsp. fig jam 1/4 Lb. sliced or shaved deli turkey 2-3 oz. brie cheese 1/2 c. mixed spring greens or arugula ½ granny smith apple sliced thin 2 […]

  • Sneak peek inside the Treehouse Trek at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Treehouse Trek just opened at the North Carolina Zoo. The attraction features three treehouses, a large bird nest, several rope bridges and small climbing structures. Treehouse Trek sits beside Air Hike, the popular aerial ropes course that opened several years ago. Participants must be 4 years old and 48 inches tall for Air Hike — that left some young family members out of the fun. Treehouse Trek offers them a chance to have an outdoor adventure, too. […]

  • Savory recipes to bring your tailgate to the next level

    Football is back and that means it’s time to talk about the tailgate.   On this Recipe Wednesday, we’re cooking up dishes that will be a big hit with all football fans. Shannon Smith shows us what you’ll want to take to the next game.   She stopped by GTCC in Jamestown to learn from their culinary instructors. Hummus Makes 6 servings or about 1 1/2 cups Ingredients 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas or 1 1/2 cups (250 grams) cooked chickpeas 1/4 cup […]

  • Zookeepers at NC Zoo educating public about the importance of snakes in the environment

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Many people are scared of snakes. Some even try to kill them. But the zookeepers at the North Carolina Zoo want people to realize the important role snakes play in our environment and why people shouldn’t be scared. Shannon Smith shows us in today’s Zoo Filez.

  • Zookeepers at NC Zoo train large mammals to participate in their own healthcare

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Veterinarians at the North Carolina Zoo try to avoid using anesthesia on animals as much as possible. So over the last few years, zookeepers have trained many of the large mammals to participate in their own healthcare, including the 300-pound Silverback gorilla Mosuba. Working behind protective barriers, zookeepers have trained Mosuba to show his hands and feet for checkups. He also opens his mouth on demand for vets to check his teeth. Recently, zookeepers began training with […]

  • Most people have never heard of the red river hog — meet 4 that live at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — A trip to the North Carolina Zoo gives guests a chance to see all kinds of animals from around the world, even ones they might not even know about. Many people have never heard of or seen a red river hog. Four of them live at the North Carolina Zoo. Two of them, a pair of sisters, just arrived last Fall. They joined two other females that have called the zoo home for years. In today’s Zoo […]

  • Local coffee business paying it forward

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — A local coffee business received help getting up and rolling — and now is passing along the good deeds. Cause Roast coffee is one the first four new businesses to be accepted into the Tech Lab at HQ Greensboro. North State sponsors the lab that helps entrepreneurs launch their businesses during an 8-week program that teaches them to build financial models, create business plans and use technology to grow their business. Cause Roast coffee opened a coffee […]

  • NC Zoo’s chimpanzee Amy expecting baby at end of November

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Another chimpanzee at the North Carolina Zoo is pregnant. Amy is expecting a baby chimp at the end of November. It will be the second chimpanzee born at the zoo this year and the fifth in the last 10 years. Curator of Mammals Jennifer Ireland says the recent births make the North Carolina Zoo one of the most successful facilities for breeding chimpanzees. The Zoo has one of the biggest chimp troops in the country. The new […]

  • Bib’s Downtown in Winston-Salem shares some great recipes for your end-of-summer party

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Host an end-of-summer party or back-to-school bash with these delicious backyard dishes from Bib’s Downtown in Winston-Salem. Shannon Smith shows us on this Recipe Wednesday. Fresh Summer Peach Salsa Ingredients 4 fresh peaches peeled and chopped 2 cups of fresh diced pineapple 1 small red onion diced 1 red bell pepper diced 1 fresh jalapeno seeded and diced 1 small bunch of fresh cilantro chopped The juice of 1 fresh lime (may need more) Salt and pepper […]

  • North Carolina zoo raising baby Puerto Rican toads before releasing them into the wild

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Zookeepers at the North Carolina Zoo have played a huge role in helping to save an endangered toad in the Caribbean. The zoo’s mission is to care for not only the animals that live at the zoo but also wild animals all over the world. The conservation projects range from large elephants in Africa to these tiny toads that only live in Puerto Rico. Keepers help raise baby Puerto Rican crested toads in a special holding facility […]

  • Zookeepers at the NC Zoo share stories for Zookeeper Appreciation Week

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — This week is Zookeeper Appreciation week. Eighty zookeepers work at the North Carolina Zoo. It is physically demanding work to feed, clean, and care for the hundreds of animals that live at the zoo. In this Zoo Filez, Shannon Smith talked with several zookeepers about why the hard work is worth it.

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