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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
  • Help wild animals by looking to the NC Zoo for your gift-shopping

    You can give a wild gift this holiday season: a trip to the North Carolina Zoo. Gift cards can be used for admission or one of the many extra experiences at the zoo including behind the scenes tours of animal habitats. There are also a number of items in the gift shops at the zoo that will benefit animals in the wild. Shannon Smith shows us some gift ideas for the animal lover in your life in today’s Zoo Filez.

  • Sweeter by the Batch: Guilford County woman cooks up custom cookie creations

    You can’t have Christmas without cookies. That makes the holidays very busy for the owner of Sweeter by the Batch. Jessica Fancourt bakes hundreds of cookies in her home kitchen each week. Then she spends hours hand decorating each custom cookie. That process can take days to complete. She ends up with cookies that look like works of art. And the amazing part, she has no formal training. She’s neither a chef or artist. In fact, she was a teacher […]

  • NC Zoo’s arctic foxes gearing up for winter

    We are not the only ones who need an extra coat this time of year. Many of the animals at the North Carolina Zoo grow an extra layer of fur and pack on the pounds to make it through winter. And for some,  such as the arctic foxes, it’s when they look their best. The two young foxes gain several pounds but look a lot bigger and cuter with their full, fluffy white fur. They will keep it through the […]

  • Dewey’s Bakery shares delicious Cookie Dough Cheese Ball recipe

    The holidays are always a time of sweet treats. On this Recipe Wednesday, Shannon Smith stopped by Dewey’s Bakery in Winston-Salem for some cute and tasty treats to take to a holiday party. Soft Baked Cookie Dough Cheese Ball Recipe Ingredients 1 package of Dewey’s Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Soft Baked Cookies Other cookie favorites, like Moravian Sugar Cookies or Animal Crackers 8 oz cream cheese, softened ½ cup butter, softened ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup powdered sugar 3 […]

  • FOX8’s Shannon Smith explores the desert dome at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Even when it’s cold outside, you can still enjoy a trip to the North Carolina Zoo. Several habitats give guests a chance to step into different climates, like the warm desert. Shannon Smith shows us why the desert dome at the zoo is a hot spot in the winter.

  • North Carolina Zoo workers waiting and wondering if female polar bear is pregnant

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — For weeks, zookeepers at the North Carolina Zoo have been anxiously waiting and wondering to find out if the female polar bear is pregnant. Now they know — and Shannon Smith shares the answer in today’s Zoo Filez.

  • Recipes for Thanksgiving: Freezing the feast

    Thanksgiving is just a week away. This year, you can have a stress-free turkey day by starting your cooking now! On this Recipe Wednesday, Shannon Smith stopped by the culinary school at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown for a few dishes you can make now and freeze for the feast. Apple  Sausage and Sage Stuffing: Ingredients: 1 lb stale bread or stuffing mix (not stovetop) 1 lb breakfast sausage, I like to use hot 1 medium onion small dice […]

  • Take in the beauty of the Piedmont Triad at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Of course you can see lots of different animals at the North Carolina Zoo, but it’s also a great place to admire the landscape of the Piedmont Triad. They have trails around the zoo that are beautiful this time of year. National Go Take A Hike Day is Saturday November 17th. Again, you can hike for free on the trails at the zoo any day all year. Shannon Smith shows us how to enjoy them in today’s […]

  • Bell ringers could be in short supply as Triad’s Salvation Army preps for holidays

    The Salvation Army Red Kettles will be out in front of stores and shopping center starting next week. That’s if the organization can find enough volunteers to man the kettles. The Salvation Army in Greensboro wants to set up 30 kettles across the city every Monday through Saturday until Christmas Day. They hope volunteers can ring the bell and ask for donations. If they can’t get enough volunteers, they will hire people to fill in the gaps. However, with the […]

  • Comfort food recipes to warm you up as temperatures drop

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — As the temperatures continue to cool off, we crave comfort food to warm us up. Shannon Smith stopped by Southern Roots in Jamestown to try some tasty recipes the season.​ Neese’s Sausage Quiche Ingredients 1 9” deep dish pie shell ½ pound Neese’s sausage with extra sage 5 green onions sliced thin 1½ cups shredded cheddar ¼ cup Parmesan 4 ounce cream cheese 4 eggs 1 tsp grainy mustard 1 cup heavy cream pepper Instructions Preheat the […]

  • An inside look at the lives of NC Zoo park rangers

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo not only wants to take care of the animals that live there, but also the guests who visit the park every day. Park rangers patrol the Zoo around the clock, every single day of the year. They help in any kind of situation from serious emergencies to minor inconveniences. Shannon Smith gives us a look at their day in this week’s Zoo Filez.

  • ‘A Special Blend’: Greensboro’s non-profit cafe serves up jobs to adults with intellectual disabilities

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro’s newest coffee shop serves so much more than just delicious drinks. A Special Blend employs adults with intellectual disabilities. A group of volunteers, many who have special needs children, decided to open the shop to give these people a chance to earn a paycheck. “It’s a sense of accomplishment, pride,”Jo Hughes said. “There’s nothing like receiving a paycheck or having that sense of accomplishment. I have a job. Look at what I’ve done. You just can’t […]