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. — 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.
ASHEBORO, N.C. — One of the oldest southern white rhinos lives at the North Carolina Zoo. The record age is 53. Olivia is 51. The zoo recently lost Olivia’s long time companion Stan. He lived to be 49 and served as an ambassador for the zoo. In the wild, rhinos live to be 20 to 30 years old. Zookeepers say the fact that these animals live so long is a testament to the care they receive at the zoo.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Flour Box offers a traditional English tea service, complete with a pot of hot tea with savory and sweet treats. The little cafe in Old Salem opened three years ago. It’s been so successful the owner will soon expand to the historic Shaffner House in downtown Winston-Salem. Milla Ranieri started The Flour Box in Old Salem serving light lunch and high tea. The tea comes with savory finger sandwiches, homemade scones and bite-sized desserts. She says […]
It’s Fat Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras! You can celebrate today by eating some cajun-inspired dishes. Louisiana-native and chef Jay Pierce showed us some of his Mardi Gras menu at Mozelle’s in Winston-Salem. Jambalaya Makes – 6 servings Ingredients 5 tablespoons canola oil 10 ounces Andouille sausage, cut into half moons, 1/4 inch thick 1 pound boneless chicken, chopped 1/3 cup green bell pepper, chopped 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped 1/3 cup celery, chopped 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 […]
It’s National Chili Day! Celebrate with a big bowl of your favorite recipe. For some, that means a really traditional chili with beans. Other favorites include chicken chili or even a vegan version. Shannon Smith stopped by GTCC’s Culinary School in Jamestown for some chili recipes you may want to try today. Vegan Chili Serves 6 to 8 Ingredients 1 tablespoon sunflower oil 1 medium yellow onion, diced 1 cup shredded carrots 1-2 jalapeño peppers, stemmed, seeded, and minced 3 […]
Two local artists are famous for painting people. The couple competes in international body painting contests and their human masterpieces have won world championships. In fact, they are the only team to win five first place finishes at the World Body Painting Festival in Austria. Madelyn Greco and Scotty Fray last competed in those world championships in 2014. This Summer, the two will travel back to Austria to try for a sixth first place finish in the new team category. […]
Local doctors say they believe we are approaching the peak of flu season in our area. They say the best way to prevent the flu is the vaccine, but some patients have been asking about an alternative. People are talking about the power of elderberry. You can buy elderberry syrup or elderberry gummies. Many claim elderberry boosts the immune system, and can keep you from getting sick or at least shorten your symptoms. Doctors say people have used elderberry for […]
Parents who can’t seem to pry their kids away from Fortnite now have a way to at least get their kids out of the house. New Fortnite tournaments give players a chance to compete face-to-face and even win cash and gift cards. The two Triad Rockin’ Jump locations host 64-person tournaments every weekend. Rockin’ Jump started hosting the events four months ago, and now they sell out almost every weekend. Shannon Smith shows us how you can sign up.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C — Today is Presidents’ Day, and one local professor knows our country’s leaders in great detail. In fact, he can draw all of them, by memory, in just minutes. Dr. John Hutton teaches Art History at Salem College in Winston-Salem. He is so good at sketching the 45 U.S. Presidents, the White House Historical Association asked him to write a book teaching others how to draw them. The new book will be released July 4. Dr. Hutton says […]
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.
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 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.