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
  • Harry Potter app gives NC Zoo guests a magical experience

    Along with all the animals at the North Carolina Zoo, guests can now see magical creatures, too. The new Harry Potter app, called “Wizards Unite,” works a lot like The “Pokemon Go” games that came out a few summers ago. The app uses augmented reality to allow guests to play as they make their way around the zoo. FOX8’s Shannon Smith shows us how it works.

  • Has the lifeguard gig changed since the 90s? Shannon Smith finds out by reliving her first summer job

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — All week, the FOX8 morning team has been taking a trip back in time to once again try our first summer jobs. Shannon Smith’s first job was as a lifeguard and swim instructor in her hometown in South Carolina. She recently visited a Greensboro city pool to find out if the job has changed much since the 90s.

  • Today’s recipes give us a sweet taste of summer in the South

    On this Recipe Wednesday, we’re getting a sweet taste of summer in the South. Peaches and blueberries are ripe and ready for you to enjoy. Southern Roots in Jamestown shows us some delicious dishes using local farm fresh fruit. Peach Freezer Jam Ingredients: 3 cups peeled finely diced fresh ripe peaches 1 1/4 cups sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup water 1 3/4 ounce (1 box) SURE-JELL fruit pectin Directions: • Place diced peaches, sugar, […]

  • NC Zoo chimpanzee used to work in the entertainment industry

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — One of the chimpanzees at the North Carolina Zoo once worked in the entertainment industry. Kendall even appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show. At 5 years old, Kendall had to retire because he became too big and strong to be so close to people. Then, 12 years ago, Kendall moved to the North Carolina Zoo, but he didn’t have an easy transition. Zookeepers say he had never lived with other chimps and didn’t understand the language of […]

  • French Artisan Bakery offers a taste of France here in the Triad

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — You can enjoy an authentic taste of France without ever leaving the Triad. The French Artisan Bakery in Greensboro creates thousands of croissants, pastries and loaves of bread every week for restaurants and coffee shops in our area. They also sell directly to customers at several local farmers markets including the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market every Saturday. French pastry chef Julian Vicard showed FOX8 Foodie Shannon Smith what makes these treats so special.

  • Say ‘Hello’ to the NC Zoo’s internet famous bison

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Two of the bison at the North Carolina Zoo have become internet sensations. Last year, Lucy went viral for the “in my feelings” challenge. Then this Spring, Calf got her 15 seconds of viral fame.  She won a contest for the cutest animal video. Shannon Smith shows us the animal superstars in this Zoo Filez.

  • Grill up everything from appetizers to desserts with these recipes from GTCC culinary instructors

    It’s grilling season and on this Recipe Wednesday, we’re making a whole meal on the grill from appetizer to dessert.  The culinary instructors from GTCC in Jamestown stopped by our studios to show us these delicious dishes hot off the grill. Chef G’s Grilling Recipes Keith E Gardiner CEC CCE CCA AAC Chef Instructor at Guilford Technical Community College Grilled Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction Ingredients 1 cup balsamic vinegar 1 Tbs honey 3 large tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch slices […]

  • NC Zoo’s ‘Expedition Africa’ brings you on a virtual African safari

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — There’s an exciting new way to see your favorite African animals at the North Carolina Zoo. Technology takes you on virtual safari where you watch elephants, rhinos and giraffe in their wild habitats. Shannon Smith show us the the “Expedition Africa” virtual reality experience in today’s Zoo Filez.

  • FOX8’s Shannon Smith takes a sneak peek at the NC Zoo’s new Streamside habitat

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — New animals will be arriving at the North Carolina Zoo all summer. Crews recently renovated part of the Streamside habitat in the North America section of the zoo. New animals will be moving in including spotted turtles, snakes, lizards and frogs. They are all animals that can be found across North Carolina. The new habitat features native plants and trees as well. Zookeepers say it will allow guests to get a better look at the wildlife that […]

  • FOX8 Foodie takes Greensboro restaurant burger competition entry to the streets for a taste test

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Could you create a $5,000 burger? The chef at 1618 Downtown is giving it a shot. He entered the Prestigious James Beard Foundation’s 5th annual Blended Burger Project. Hundreds of restaurants from across the country have submitted their recipe for a burger that must be made of at least 25% mushroom. Mushrooms are more sustainable than beef because they require less water and do not cause pollution. 1618 Downtown is the only restaurant in the Piedmont competing. […]

  • The tasty trick that sets Belgian waffles apart from American waffles

    Do you know the difference between a Belgian waffle and an American-style waffle? FOX8 Foodie Shannon Smith learned that Americans pour waffles like pancakes. Belgian waffles, however, are made of dough with a special sugar. You don’t have to travel overseas to try an authentic one. The Factory in Lexington makes Belgian waffles from scratch. Then, they pile them high with a variety of toppings from fruit to ice cream to create decadent dishes that could be dessert or breakfast. […]

  • SIMEK’S shares meatball recipes to make great food for the greater good

    Make an easy dinner for your family and help feed the hungry in your community. That’s the goal of SIMEK’S — to make great food for the greater good. We’re showing you some great recipes using their meatballs and sharing more about their mission to feed those in need. Bacon-wrapped Meatballs 10–15 minutes prep time Ingredients 1 pkg Original Meatballs 15 slices of uncooked bacon; cut in half (makes 30) 1 jar of your favorite raspberry chipotle sauce Toothpicks Directions […]

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