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
  • Meet the North Carolina Zoo’s brand new baby rhino

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — FOX8 gives you the first video of the new baby rhino born on July 2 at the North Carolina Zoo. She’s the first rhino born at the zoo in 41 years. Zookeepers have been trying to breed the southern white rhinos for more than a decade, but this baby came as a bit of a surprise. Animal Supervisor Chris Lasher explained, “In the middle of June, we started noticing Linda showing some signs of a pregnancy. White […]

  • Recipes for National Ice Cream Month

    July is National Ice Cream Month and we are celebrating with some sweet new ways to enjoy a cool treat.  Dewey’s in Winston-Salem combines all kinds of flavors to make this Recipe Wednesday one we will all scream for! Pina Colada Ice Cream Sundae -Vanilla Ice Cream, -Pineapple, diced -Coconut Chips -Deweys Bakery Toasted Coconut Moravian Cookie Thins -Graham cracker, crushed -Rum glaze: 8oz butter, 1/2 sugar, 1/4 water, 3 T of rum: Heat all together in a medium saucepan. […]

  • Take a sneak peek inside rhino-feeding time at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Every day, zookeepers spend hours feeding the hundreds of animals at the North Carolina Zoo. Here’s what it takes to feed a 5,000-pound rhinoceros. Keepers have trained each rhino to stand on a mat for feeding time that makes sure they don’t fight over food. They only get about 3 pounds of grain each. You can see the rhinos up close on the African plains with a special Zoofari tour. Tickets cost $20.

  • North Carolina Zoo helps gorillas with homegrown greens

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo feeds hundreds of animals every day, and that adds up to one big grocery bill. So, to offset the cost, horticulturists at the zoo grow produce and plants for the animals. One of those plants could even save the lives of the gorillas.

  • Virginia-based Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts comes to NC

    A different kind of donut is making its way into small towns in North Carolina. The Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts is based in Lynchburg, Va. Their vintage trailer rolls into small towns across Virginia and northern North Carolina. When they show up, so do the crowds. People wait sometimes an hour to try these apple cider cake donuts. They are made with cider from a local orchard in Virginia. They are fried and then rolled in either cinnamon and sugar […]

  • North Carolina Zoo helping two otters whose mother was killed

    ASHEBORO, N.C. – The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the North Carolina Zoo provides free veterinary care to more than 1,000 sick, injured or abandoned animals every year. Right now, they are helping two otters whose mother was killed. It takes extra care to make sure these animals will be able to return to the wild. Vet techs only whisper around the animals and even hide their food. They’re are trying to teach the animals the skills they will need in the wild. […]

  • Recipes for the hot weather

    Chef Jay Pierce returns to Recipe Wednesday for a taste of summer. The season officially starts Thursday and he’s showing us some easy recipes that are perfect for the hot weather ahead.  Chef Pierce recently took over as executive chef at Mozelle’s in Winston-Salem. Angry Pecans Ingredients: 2 pounds Pecan Medium pieces ½ Cup water 2 Tbsp Kosher Salt 4 Tbsp Sugar 1 Tbsp Cayenne Prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper liner and pan release spray over liner. Combine […]

  • Summer camps underway at the North Carolina Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Summer camps are underway at the North Carolina Zoo Themes this summer include wild America, Africa adventure and even learning to be a zookeeper. The camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. First- through sixth-graders can attend the camps. The students will meet animals up close, explore behind the scenes at the zoo, create crafts and play games. The zoo also offers camps for children on the autism spectrum. The summer camp programs are […]

  • Delicious recipes for food growing in your garden

    Summer Succotash 2 Cups Shelled Butterbeans 2 T Olive Oil 1 Vidalia Onion chopped 1 Red Bell Pepper, diced 3 yellow squash, diced 4 ear of corn, cooked: cut off kernels and then use back of knife to scrape the stripped cob to release the juices into the bowl with the kernels 2 Tomatoes Chopped 4 Tblsp unsalted butter 8 fresh basil leaves Cook the beans in about 4 or 5 cups of water with salt and pepper for about […]

  • NC Zoo zookeepers work to save the red wolf population

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The American Red Wolf is on the verge of extinction in the wild. There are only a few dozen left in a small area of northeast North Carolina. But the North Carolina Zoo wants to ensure this species does not disappear completely. Zookeepers have made great progress with a special breed area behind the scenes at the zoo. However, this past April they suffered a heartbreaking set back. In April, five red wolf puppies were born at […]

  • Take a sneak peek inside a polar bear examination at the North Carolina Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — FOX8’s Shannon Smith got a close-up look recently at a polar bear examination at the North Carolina Zoo. Chief Veterinarian Dr. J.B. Minter prepared the team for the annual exam of the male polar bear. The 11-year-old bear, named Nik, weighs about 1,000 pounds and can be dangerous. Dr. Minter first tranquilized the bear with a dart injection. “They have a lot of blubber or fat overlaying the area where we are going to dart so I have […]

  • Smoking recipes to throw on your grill this summer

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On this Recipe Wednesday, we show you how to have a smoking summer season. The Pitmasters at Bib’s Downtown in Winston-Salem gave us some cooking tips and recipes to throw on your grill or smoker. Bib’s Pitmaster’s Burger Starting with a hand patted 1/2 pound — 80/20 Angus burger sitting on two slices of apple Smoked bacon topped with a 1/4 pile of Bib’s pulled pork Your choice our red or white slaw on a sesame bun […]