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
  • Babies are always a big deal at the North Carolina Zoo, even when they are baby SNAKES!   

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Babies are always a big deal at the North Carolina Zoo, even when they are baby SNAKES! This fall, 10 indigo snakes hatched — and zookeepers are thrilled. The zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan, and zookeepers have been charged with helping with breeding of these snakes because they are endangered in the wild. FOX8’s Shannon Smith gives us a look at the new babies in this Zoo Filez.  

  • Winston-Salem baker competes on Hallmark Channel for $25,000

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Christmas came early for a local baker. This Summer, Anna Simeonides, owner of “To Your Health” Bakery in Winston-Salem, applied to compete in the Hallmark Channel’s first-ever Christmas Cookie Match-up. In July, she was chosen along with five other self-taught bakers to fly to California to film the elimination bake-off show. The last baker standing wins $25,000. Anna says she loves baking, Christmas and Hallmark shows and movies so this was perfect for her. It’s hard to […]

  • Take a sneak peek behind the scenes with the NC Zoo’s two polar bears

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — It’s Polar Bear Week. Polar Bears International started the awareness campaign to help people understand the plight of polar bears in the wild. The Arctic ice caps are shrinking and that has had a major impact on the habitat and survival rates for polar bears. The two polar bears at the North Carolina Zoo help their wild counterparts by educating people about their species. In today’s Zoo Filez, Shannon Smith shares more about Anana and Nikita.

  • Diamondback Grill in Winston-Salem shares the magic behind cooking with local products

    Studies show shopping at locally owned businesses can benefit the entire community by creating jobs and boosting the local economy.  It’s easy to shop local and cook local with the great products made in North Carolina.  On this Recipe Wednesday, Shannon Smith spent the morning at Buie’s Market in Winston-Salem, a shop that specializes in locally-made food and drinks.   A chef from Diamondback Grill next door showed how to create some delicious dishes with those ingredients. Diamondback’s Bread Pudding Ingredients […]

  • Monster Jam series rolls back to the Greensboro Coliseum in January

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Monster Jam series returns to the Piedmont Triad early next year and tickets are already on sale. The Monster Jam Triple Threat Series stops at the Greensboro Coliseum Jan. 11-12, 2020. It’s called the most action-packed motorsports experience. Shannon Smith traveled to Monster Jam headquarters in Tampa, Florida, for a look behind the scenes of building these big trucks.

  • Native Piedmont Triad woman Tabitha Brown moves to vegan lifestyle — and finds fame

    November is National Vegan Month. The number of Americans trying the vegan lifestyle, meaning no dairy or meat products, has skyrocketed in recent years. Nutritionists estimate in the last five years, the percent of Americans who are vegan has grown from 1 to 6 percent. Tabitha Brown made the switch for health reasons but then found fame in the process. Brown is originally from the Piedmont. She now lives in Hollywood. During a recent trip home to North Carolina, Brown […]

  • How the North Carolina Zoo fills 1,800 hungry mouths every day

    Think about how much work it can be to make three meals a day for your family. Now, imagine having 1,800 mouths to feed every single day. That’s the job of the commissary staff at the North Carolina Zoo. All 365 days a year, five staff members prepare diets for hundreds of animals, from the tiny toads to the giant giraffe. Shannon Smith shows us the tons of food and work it takes to complete the job in today’s Zoo Filez.

  • Crafted in Greensboro brings the heat with their Nashville hot chicken

    The Carolina Panthers take on the Tennessee Titans this weekend in Charlotte.  There will certainly be quite a bit of southern fried chicken at tailgate parties.  There may even be some Nashville hot chicken too. FOX8 Foodie found a local version to see if the Panthers and the fans can handle the heat.

  • Elk herd is on the move at the North Carolina Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — You may have noticed more deer out and more activity this time of year. That’s the case, too, for the elk herd at the North Carolina Zoo. Shannon Smith got to see them very up close for this week’s Zoo Filez.

  • Goat Lady Dairy in Randolph County stacks medals with their championship cheeses

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Goat Lady Dairy in Randolph County recently won five awards at the America Cheese Championships. More than 400 companies and dairies from all over North America entered their cheeses. Goat Lady took home one gold medal for their Smokey Mountain Round, as well as three silvers and a bronze for other varieties. Since the dairy started in 1996, they have won a total of 20 medals.  So this year was by far their most successful at […]

  • NC Zoo’s Riley the lion hits an astounding 20 years old

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The lions are some of the most popular animals at the North Carolina Zoo. Guests are especially impressed with the massive male lion Riley. What many don’t know is how rare Riley is.  He just turned 20 years old this year. Shannon Smith explains why that is such a big deal in this Zoo Filez.

  • Magnolia 23 in Asheboro shares the secret behind their southern fried chicken

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — You don’t have to travel far to eat some of the best fried chicken in the country. Foodie magazines and websites have consistently named the fried chicken at Magnolia 23 in Asheboro some of the best in the country. People have even traveled from all over the state and the country to try the classic southern cuisine including collard greens, candied yams and cornbread. FOX8 Foodie Shannon Smith stopped by to taste this amazing fried chicken and […]

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