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.
HIGH POINT, N.C. — A new High Point barbecue restaurant offers much more than just pulled pork, and so far Sweet Old Bill’s has been quite a hit among customers. Owner Bill Heard said, “You can go to about any town in North Carolina, to about any corner, and you can get barbecue, so we knew we had to standout and do something a little bit different. You know man cannot live by pulled pork alone.” At Sweet Old Bill’s […]
ASHEBORO, N.C. — Construction on the new Asia section of the North Carolina Zoo should begin early next year, but some of the animals that will live there are already arriving. That includes two of the world’s largest lizards — two baby Komodo dragons. They will grow to be about 10 feet long and weigh up to 200 pounds. Zookeepers wanted to move them as babies so they will have time to train them before they are full grown. Komodo […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Spring is a time when a lot of us like to brighten up our homes and you can get some great ideas this weekend. The Greensboro Ideal Home Show is open at the Greensboro Coliseum. As FOX8’s Shannon Smith shows us, it’s not only a place to find ideas, it’s a place to find big names in home improvement. The Greensboro Ideal Home Show opened this morning and runs through Sunday. You can find times and ticket prices […]
One man’s grandfather helped build the first atomic bomb. The other man’s grandfather was in Hiroshima, Japan when that bomb fell. They discovered their historic connection when they were randomly assigned as roommates in graduate school. Andrew Keiper and Kei Ito decided they would draw on the heritage and create an art exhibition called Archives Aflame. It uses light, sound and pictures to explore the building of the atomic bomb, and what happened when the United States dropped off the […]
ASHEBORO, N.C. — Zookeepers at the North Carolina Zoo have a dirty job. In one habitat, they even have to dive into extremely cold water to clean up after the animals. The water in the Arctic sea birds habitat is kept at a cool 59 degrees. So to stay warm, keepers wear very thick wet suits with hoods and gloves. They spend about an hour in the water scrubbing the rocks and sweeping all the debris to the trains. Zookeepers […]
JAMESTOWN, N.C. — It’s the first day of Spring and we’re giving you a taste of the new season. Before long, fresh flavors will be arriving in gardens and at farmer’s market. Shannon Smith stopped by Southern Roots in Jamestown on this Recipe Wednesday. Spring Vegetable Risotto Ingredients 4 cups chicken broth 2 Tbls butter, divided 2 Tbls olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice 1/2 cup white wine 1 cup trimmed asparagus spears 3/4 cup […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Cult Cakes in Greensboro has quite a following on social media. They create custom cakes for special events like weddings and birthdays. Some of the favorite flavors include hummingbird, carrot cake, chocolate and the “Elvis.” The award-winning cupcake is banana cake with a chocolate peanut butter icing. Owner Ellen Murray said, “We jazz it up sometimes. I call it ‘Elvis in Vegas.’ I put a chocolate ganache on top.” After a great first year cooking in a […]
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 […]