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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
  • 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 […]

  • Healthy recipes for a quick and easy breakfast and dinner

    With kids back in school, the schedule gets packed with homework, practices and activities. It can be tough to find the time to make healthy meals. Shannon Smith stopped by Brenner Fit, a group of health professional who work to help families with weight problems. The Director gave us some easy, quick recipes for breakfast and dinner. BLT Pasta Salad Breakfast Banana Split Mini egg quiches Pesto Chicken Wrap

  • Leap into the world of lemurs at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — A trip to the North Carolina Zoo allows you to see animals from all over the world, including many endangered species like the lemurs. Five lemurs live at the zoo, three ring tailed and two red ruffs. These animals are primates and love to eat fruit. In the wild, they can only be found of the island of Madagascar. You can see the lemurs every day at the zoo in the Africa section. You can also watch […]

  • How interns make an impact at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Several students from NC state have spent their summer studying animals at the North Carolina Zoo. The students work on research projects for the zookeepers. The students observe animals like the artic sea birds, elephants and sand cats for several hours each day. The record their findings into a computer program. The zookeepers then use that information to better care for the animals. Shannon Smith shows us how it’s great experience for the students that benefits the […]

  • Newborn baby rhinos growing quickly at NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Crowds continue to visit the North Carolina Zoo this Summer to see the two new babies rhinos. Zookeepers say the little girls are growing fast. Nandi weighed 90 pounds when she was born on July 3rd. She now weighs 275. The other calf does not have a name yet, so keepers call her 13 or Friday the 13th because she was born on Friday, July 13th. She weighs about 200 pounds now. Zookeeper Jade Abel says as […]

  • NC Zoo gorillas walk the walk in Duke University study

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Doctors from Duke University are spending the next several yesterday at the North Carolina Zoo studying the way gorillas walk. The professors work at the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke. They want to determine how gorillas load and move their hands and feet to better understand how they age as well as how human feet have evolved. The doctors worked with zookeepers to build special technology to record the pressure and gait of the gorillas. Shannon Smith […]

  • Sky’s the limit at NC Zoo’s high-flying bird show

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — You can see some of the most beautiful birds in the world fly right over your head. The Birds in Flight shows started in April at the North Carolina Zoo. It will continue through the end of October. New birds will be added every few weeks. The free flight shows includes all sizes, shapes and species of birds from all over the world. Guests can watch and participate with the natural behaviors of the birds. The Birds […]

  • Oak Ridge teen competes to be Fittest Teen on Earth in Crossfit Games

    OAK RIDGE, N.C. — A local teen will compete this week at the Crossfit Games in Madison, Wisconsin. 16-year-old Tyler Anderson won a spot this Spring by competing against thousands of others teens in his age group around the world. This week Tyler will complete a series of grueling workouts with 19 other teenagers. The winner will be crowned Fittest Teen on Earth. Tyler works out every day at Crossfit Oak Ridge in addition to taking advanced classes at Northern […]

  • NC Zookeepers share the work behind the wonder

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — From the tiny tree frogs to the two ton rhinos, thousands of animals live at the North Carolina Zoo. Just 80 zookeepers take care of them around the clock. This week is National Zookeepers Appreciation Week. In this week’s Zoo Filez, Shannon Smith shows us all the hard work and why zookeepers say it is worth it.

  • Greensboro hot dog stand serves up monstrous 33-inch dog!

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — July 18th is National Hot Dog Day! To celebrate, FOX8 Foodie found the biggest hot dog in the Piedmont Triad. It stretches on for 33 inches. You can order it at Maho Bistro Hot Dog stand. It sits outside the courthouse on Greene Street in Greensboro every day. Marcus Hood cooks up an 11-inch, 22-inch and 33-inch hot dog for people up for a challenge. The 33-inch dog is called the Goliath. If you can finish it […]