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.
ASHEBORO, N.C. — One in six people struggle with a sensory processing disorder including autism, ADHD, and anxiety. Places with big crowds like the North Carolina Zoo can be overwhelming. The zoo recently started offering sensory backpacks to help those guests. They can be picked up at the entrance. The zoo also has designated headphone zones and quiet zones in the 500 acre park. Shannon Smith shows us how they are helping in today’s Zoo Filez.
Many families will gather around the table to celebrate Easter this Sunday. On this Recipe Wednesday, Shannon Smith stopped by Guilford Technical Community College’s culinary school for some delicious dishes you may want to make for your Easter feast. Hot Cross Buns Yields 1 dozen Ingredients 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup whole milk 1/2 cup sugar 4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (two 1/4-ounce packages) 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted, plus as needed 1 large egg yolk 1 1/2 teaspoons […]
ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo set a record for volunteer service hours last year: about 1,300 people served 43,000 hours in 2018. Volunteers assist in every department from helping with the gardens to teaching guests about the animals. The volunteer coordinator at the zoo says volunteers allow them to provide more programs on a larger scale. The volunteers say the experience keeps them coming back. Klass Anderson told FOX8, “You’re getting paid, but it’s not money. It makes […]
ASHEBORO, N.C. — The weather’s warming up at the North Carolina Zoo. That means, you’ll see more animals diving into their pools to cool off. The polar bears, seals, sea lions, grizzly bears and more have aquatic features in their exhibits. It takes millions of gallons of water and four full-time staff members to keep those habitats up and running year round. Crews say it is worth the work for the animals to live like they would in the wild. […]
HIGH POINT, N.C. — A new High Point barbecue restaurant offers much more than just pulled pork, and so far Sweet Old Bill’s has been quite a hit among customers. Owner Bill Heard said, “You can go to about any town in North Carolina, to about any corner, and you can get barbecue, so we knew we had to standout and do something a little bit different. You know man cannot live by pulled pork alone.” At Sweet Old Bill’s […]
ASHEBORO, N.C. — Construction on the new Asia section of the North Carolina Zoo should begin early next year, but some of the animals that will live there are already arriving. That includes two of the world’s largest lizards — two baby Komodo dragons. They will grow to be about 10 feet long and weigh up to 200 pounds. Zookeepers wanted to move them as babies so they will have time to train them before they are full grown. Komodo […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Spring is a time when a lot of us like to brighten up our homes and you can get some great ideas this weekend. The Greensboro Ideal Home Show is open at the Greensboro Coliseum. As FOX8’s Shannon Smith shows us, it’s not only a place to find ideas, it’s a place to find big names in home improvement. The Greensboro Ideal Home Show opened this morning and runs through Sunday. You can find times and ticket prices […]
One man’s grandfather helped build the first atomic bomb. The other man’s grandfather was in Hiroshima, Japan when that bomb fell. They discovered their historic connection when they were randomly assigned as roommates in graduate school. Andrew Keiper and Kei Ito decided they would draw on the heritage and create an art exhibition called Archives Aflame. It uses light, sound and pictures to explore the building of the atomic bomb, and what happened when the United States dropped off the […]
ASHEBORO, N.C. — Zookeepers at the North Carolina Zoo have a dirty job. In one habitat, they even have to dive into extremely cold water to clean up after the animals. The water in the Arctic sea birds habitat is kept at a cool 59 degrees. So to stay warm, keepers wear very thick wet suits with hoods and gloves. They spend about an hour in the water scrubbing the rocks and sweeping all the debris to the trains. Zookeepers […]
JAMESTOWN, N.C. — It’s the first day of Spring and we’re giving you a taste of the new season. Before long, fresh flavors will be arriving in gardens and at farmer’s market. Shannon Smith stopped by Southern Roots in Jamestown on this Recipe Wednesday. Spring Vegetable Risotto Ingredients 4 cups chicken broth 2 Tbls butter, divided 2 Tbls olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice 1/2 cup white wine 1 cup trimmed asparagus spears 3/4 cup […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Cult Cakes in Greensboro has quite a following on social media. They create custom cakes for special events like weddings and birthdays. Some of the favorite flavors include hummingbird, carrot cake, chocolate and the “Elvis.” The award-winning cupcake is banana cake with a chocolate peanut butter icing. Owner Ellen Murray said, “We jazz it up sometimes. I call it ‘Elvis in Vegas.’ I put a chocolate ganache on top.” After a great first year cooking in a […]
ASHEBORO, N.C. — Spring means the beginning of the beginning of the busy season at the North Carolina Zoo, so right now the Zoo needs to hire about 300 people to held handle the crowds. They have both full- and part-time positions open in transportation, dining services, admissions, custodial, membership and retail. You need to be 16 to apply and the jobs come with a few fun perks. Shannon Smith shows us in today’s Zoo Filez.