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
  • Behind the scenes with vet techs at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Hundreds of animals live at the North Carolina Zoo, but there are only two full-time veterinarians to provide health care for all of them. They rely on 19 veterinary technicians on staff to help with everything from blood draws to lab work. This is Vet Tech appreciation week, a chance to see how critical these members of the team are to providing health care for the animals at the Zoo. Shannon Smith shows us in today’s Zoo […]

  • Customers react to Biscuitville’s new waffle breakfast sandwiches

    A very successful local company built their business with the biscuits. But recently Biscuitville branched out beyond just biscuits. Customers can now order waffle breakfast sandwiches. FOX8 Foodie Shannon Smith found out how biscuit fans feel about the new option.

  • Shannon Smith previews the ‘Birds in Flight’s show at the NC Zoo

    You only have a few weeks left to see a very special show featuring exotic birds at the North Carolina Zoo. “Birds in Flight” arrived at the zoo in April, and it will wrap up at the end of October. From a raven that recycles to a parrot that collects cash for conservation, this is a show you shouldn’t miss. Shannon Smith gives us a preview in today’s Zoo Filez.

  • Pumpkin recipes to start your fall off right

    This time of year is all about PUMPKINS! But it’s more than just pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin pie. You can enjoy pumpkin in so many ways to welcome the fall season. On this Recipe Wednesday, Shannon Smith learned new ways to cook and serve pumpkin from the chef for Lowes Foods. Pumpkin Smoothie INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 Cups Unsweetened Almond Milk 1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt 1 Cup Pumpkin, Canned 2 Teaspoons Pure Maple Syrup 1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice […]

  • FOX8’s Shannon Smith spent a week at Walt Disney World – here are her stories

    Walt Disney World added a huge new attraction this summer at Hollywood Studios called Toy Story Land. It has two new rides, a walk-up restaurant called Woody’s Lunch Box and live entertainment with the green army men. Shannon Smith got a tour from Disney’s Imagineers. Visitors love Disney’s new Toy Story Land for more than just the rides and attractions. It’s become a destination for Foodies. The walk up restaurant is called Woody’s Lunch Box. The chef at Hollywood Studios […]

  • NC Zoo teams up with International Space Station on tracking project

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo is the only zoo in the United States participating in a research project that involves the International Space Station. It’s called the ICARUS Initiative, the International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space. The zoo is testing new animal tracking technology that’s connected to the Space Station. In August, astronauts connected an antenna to the space station. Zookeepers then attached an ear tag to a kudu calf recently born at the zoo. That tag […]

  • Take a look inside Woody’s Lunch Box at Disney World’s Toy Story Land

    Visitors love Disney World’s new Toy Story Land for more than just the rides and attractions. It’s become a destination for Foodies. The walk-up restaurant is called Woody’s Lunch Box. The chef at Hollywood Studios gave Shannon Smith a taste of the most popular orders.

  • Tommy the elk heading into mating season at the North Carolina Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Zookeepers at the North Carolina Zoo say fall is prime time for their male elk named Tommy. Out on the prairie, this time of year is called the rut or mating season. In the spring, male elk shed their antlers. They grow back over the summer and reach full height in the fall. The antlers grow a bit larger each year until the males reach adulthood at 7 or 8 years old. Tommy is 7 this year, […]

  • Hunkering down with the grizzly bears at the North Carolina Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The grizzly bears at the North Carolina Zoo may have shed their furry coats during these hot summer months, but soon, they will be fuzzy again as they gear up for winter. This fall is the perfect time to visit the bears at the zoo, as Shannon Smith explains in this week’s Zoo Filez.

  • Dav Pilkey, author of the popular children’s book series ‘Captain Underpants,’ visits the Piedmont

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Dav Pilkey, the author of the super popular children’s book series “Captain Underpants,” spoke to students from seven Winston-Salem elementary schools Friday morning. He’s one of 50 authors in town for the annual Bookmarks Festival. There are free events all weekend, including a festival downtown on Saturday. After Pilkey’s talk with students, Shannon Smith had a chance to interview him. She had not read many of his books, but her 9-year-old son has read them all. So Sam took […]

  • Get up close and personal at the NC Zoo’s ‘Saving Species Across Africa’

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — This weekend, you can help save gorillas, elephants and other endangered animals in Africa. The North Carolina Zoo is hosting the a special event tomorrow called Saving Species Across Africa. You can feed the giraffes for free and talk to keepers about the animals. Shannon Smith shows us in today’s Zoo Filez why this event is so important to help animals all over the world.

  • Sea lions learn how to help in their healthcare at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Every day zookeepers at the North Carolina Zoo work on training the animals. In the past several years, the Zoo’s made it a top priority to train animals to assist in their healthcare. Trainers in the rocky coast have taught the sea lions and seals dozens of behaviors. Now, when it’s time for a vet check or an exam, the animals don’t need anesthesia. Instead, they are trained to take part in the procedures. Shannon Smith shows […]