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
  • 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 […]

  • FOX8’s Shannon Smith take a look at the last gator feeding of the season at the NC Zoo

    The fall brings big changes for animals at the North Carolina Zoo. Some animals will hibernate through the cold weather months. Others slow down so much, they stop eating. That’s the case with the alligators. In October, the American alligators at the Zoo have their last meal of the year. They won’t eat again until it warms up in April. In today’s Zoo Filez, Shannon Smith gives us a look at that last gator feeding.

  • Kaleidoscope Butterfly Garden at the North Carolina Zoo open through Sunday

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — It’s your last chance to be surrounded by butterflies at the Kaleidoscope Butterfly Garden at the North Carolina Zoo. The attraction will close for the season at the end of the day on Sunday. Since it opened last spring, more than 53,000 people have walked through the immersion garden to see hundreds of domestic and exotic butterflies. Butterflies cannot survive in cooler weather so the garden will close on Oct. 6 and then reopen in May. Shannon […]

  • Zookeepers at the North Carolina Zoo travel to Thailand to train and educate other zookeepers

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — North Carolina zookeepers are now helping animals at zoos across the world. Four zookeepers traveled to Thailand this summer to train and educate their colleagues at two zoos in that country. It’s part of a partnership with the nonprofit group Wild Welfare. The organization sends experienced zookeepers into countries to teach new techniques to fellow keepers. The North Carolina zookeepers say in just a few days time, the zoos in Thailand made changes to their training and […]

  • North Carolina Zoo one of only 3 zoos home to the fringed eared oryx

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo is the largest in the world. The biggest habitat there is the Watani Grasslands in the Africa section of the Zoo. Guests can watch rhinos, ostriches and several species of antelope run around 40 acres that look like a natural space in Africa. While many zoos across the United States have antelope, only three facilities — including the North Carolina Zoo — have the fringed eared oryx. In today’s Zoo Filez, Shannon Smith […]

  • Baked Just So rises up to become one of Winston-Salem’s hottest bakeries

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Massive cinnamon buns made from scratch, hot out of the oven, dripping with icing… Have we got your attention? Those buns are the specialty at Baked Just So in Winston-Salem. The bakery opened two years ago, and in that short time has become one of the most popular in Winston-Salem. FOX8 Foodie Shannon Smith heard about all their tasty treats and stopped by to try them out.

  • FOX8’s Shannon Smith takes trip to Love Valley to visit the Cowboy Capital of North Carolina

    LOVE VALLEY, N.C. — There’s a tiny town in North Carolina where you cannot drive your car on Main Street. You can ride a horse or stroll down the street past the saloons and leather shop. The town of Love Valley is in the Brushy Mountains in Northern Iredell County. One man built the town 65 years ago because he wanted to be a cowboy. Now his granddaughter is keeping his legacy going. Shannon Smith took a trip to Love […]

  • Puffin chicks born at the North Carolina Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Three horned puffin chicks hatched at the North Carolina Zoo this summer. It’s the first time in several years that puffin chicks have been born at the zoo. Typically, keepers would allow the parents to raise the chicks; however, these new chicks were not getting enough food. The keepers decided it would be better to hand-rear the chicks. Several times a day, the chicks are fed small whole fish. Now they are thriving and should be ready […]

  • Local restaurant shares yummy apple recipes

    North Carolina produces some of the best apples in the country. You can enjoy them right off the tree or you can use them in some delicious recipes. FOX8’s Shannon Smith stopped by Southern Roots in Jamestown for some yummy ideas. Turkey, Brie and Apple Sandwich Ingredients: 2 slices Sourdough bread 3 Tbsp. fig jam 1/4 Lb. sliced or shaved deli turkey 2-3 oz. brie cheese 1/2 c. mixed spring greens or arugula ½ granny smith apple sliced thin 2 […]

  • Sneak peek inside the Treehouse Trek at the NC Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Treehouse Trek just opened at the North Carolina Zoo. The attraction features three treehouses, a large bird nest, several rope bridges and small climbing structures. Treehouse Trek sits beside Air Hike, the popular aerial ropes course that opened several years ago. Participants must be 4 years old and 48 inches tall for Air Hike — that left some young family members out of the fun. Treehouse Trek offers them a chance to have an outdoor adventure, too. […]

  • Savory recipes to bring your tailgate to the next level

    Football is back and that means it’s time to talk about the tailgate.   On this Recipe Wednesday, we’re cooking up dishes that will be a big hit with all football fans. Shannon Smith shows us what you’ll want to take to the next game.   She stopped by GTCC in Jamestown to learn from their culinary instructors. Hummus Makes 6 servings or about 1 1/2 cups Ingredients 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas or 1 1/2 cups (250 grams) cooked chickpeas 1/4 cup […]

  • Zookeepers at NC Zoo educating public about the importance of snakes in the environment

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Many people are scared of snakes. Some even try to kill them. But the zookeepers at the North Carolina Zoo want people to realize the important role snakes play in our environment and why people shouldn’t be scared. Shannon Smith shows us in today’s Zoo Filez.

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