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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
  • Zoo goes extra mile to look after tropical plants through North Carolina winter

    Animals from all over the world live at the North Carolina Zoo. Did you know you can also see exotic plants too? Horticulturists landscape African animals’ habitats with tropical plants from that continent. But those plants can struggle through our cold North Carolina winters. In today’s Zoo Filez, Shannon Smith shows us how those tropical plants survive.

  • Get a taste of this Dewey’s Bakery recipe for Valentine’s Day

    On this Recipe Wednesday, we’re getting you ready for Valentine’s Day. Shannon Smith is showing us delicious sweet treats at Dewey’s Bakery in Winston-Salem. Heart Shaped Crepes Recipe Ingredients 1 cup  sifted flour 3 eggs 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup milk 1/2 tbs sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp vanilla 2 tbs melted butter Directions Heat a nonstick skillet to medium-high heat. In a medium size bowl, whisk flour and eggs. Add milk and water gradually, and whisk in between pouring. […]

  • Tigers, red pandas, kangaroos coming soon to NC Zoo with major expansion

    Tigers, red pandas and kangaroos will all be coming soon to the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. The Zoo is working on their biggest expansion in the decades. Over the next five years, they plan to build two new regions: Asia and Australia. Shannon Smith shows us what visitors will be able to enjoy.

  • Greensboro firefighter turned baker opens ‘Uncle Cheesecake’

    From Greensboro firefighter to Food Network competitor, Daniel Gray is now adding another title: bakery owner. Gray works full time for the fire department, but during his down time he likes to experiment in the kitchen. He started making creative versions of his favorite dessert, cheesecake. He first shared them with friends and family and then began selling them to customers at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market. Gray got more attention last year when the Food Network invited him to […]

  • King’s Crab Shack in Winston-Salem shows how to cook up oysters yourself

    January and February are the best time of year to enjoy fresh oysters. King’s Crab Shack And Oyster Bar in Winston-Salem shows the ways to enjoy them in this Recipe Wednesday. Oyster Stew Ingredients 1/2 pound butter 1/4 cup shallots 4 quarts heavy cream 3 tablespoons garlic powder 2 pounds oysters Salt & pepper to taste Directions Add butter to pot Sauté shallots until translucent Add flour to absorb butter Cook for 2 minutes on low Add heavy cream and […]

  • How NC Zookepers stay safe caring for dangerous animals

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Zookeepers at the North Carolina Zoo take care of the animals every day, but they rarely come face to face with the dangerous ones like the polar bears and gorillas. The only exception is when the animal is under anesthesia during a medical procedure. Zookeepers are allowed to have “free contact” with the animal once Chief Veterinarian Dr Jb Minter confirms it is fully asleep. During the procedure, a trained staff member armed with a shotgun monitors […]

  • Comfort food recipes from Bib’s Downtown in Winston-Salem

    During these cold winter months, nothing can warm up the body like good old comfort food. Bib’s Downtown in Winston-Salem shared some of their favorites for Recipe Wednesday. Smoked Fried Bologna Sandwich with Egg Ingredients Thick slice bologna, 1/4 inch or thicker Hamburger buns Lettuce Tomato Mayo Fried Egg Directions Place slices of bologna on 250 degree smoker over hickory fire for about 45 minutes Place it in a pan on stove for about 2 minutes per side. Add mayo […]

  • Recipes to help you keep your ‘eat healthy’ New Year’s resolution

    So you resolved to drop a few pounds in 2019. That doesn’t mean you have to give up all your favorite foods. This morning we’re showing some healthy and delicious dishes to enjoy and feel good about eating this year. The culinary instructors at GTCC in Jamestown showed Shannon Smith how to cook up diet-friendly dishes from breakfast to dinner. Protein Pancakes w/Blueberry Honey Sauce Yield 4 servings Ingredients Protein Pancakes 1 1/2 cups steel cut oats 1 cup almond […]

  • Here’s the best of FOX8’s Zoo Filez from 2018

    From baby rhinos to new red wolf puppies, here are the best Zoo Filez moments of 2018.

  • Here are some delicious recipes for Christmas morning

    On this Recipe Wednesday, we’re showing you delicious dishes to feed family and friends who are visiting for the holidays. Often times, we focus on the big meal and desserts but forget about breakfast. Pepper Moon Catering in Greensboro shared some recipes for Christmas morning. Cinnamon Roll Waffles Belgian waffle iron 1 tube refrigerated cinnamon rolls (tube with the glaze in it) Butter or pan spray Assorted Toppings – optional Suggestions: sliced bananas, cut strawberries, blueberries, peanut butter mousse, syrup, honey, […]

  • Cupcake Wars winner opens bakery in Piedmont Triad

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — Many people like to watch reality TV cooking competitions. Cupcake Wars is a popular one on the Food Network. One of the winners of that show just opened up a bakery in the Piedmont Triad. Michelle Spell won Cupcake Wars in 2012. Since then, her bakery in her hometown in New Jersey has become one of the most successful cupcake shops in the country. Recently, Spell’s family decided to move south and decided Clemmons was the perfect […]

  • Explore the dark in the NC Zoo’s Nocturnal wing

    The North Carolina Zoo allows visitors to see unique animals from all over the world, including some that in the wild only come out at night. In this Zoo Filez, Shannon Smith learns more about how the nocturnal animals that only come out when it’s dark. The habitats in the Nocturnal wing stay dark during the day and become bright at nigh tot mimic the way nocturnal animals live in the wild. Many of these creatures have exaggerated features to […]

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