"I stayed in trouble in school for talking so much, so I decided to start writing it all down instead.” That’s how Shannon Smith describes herself from a young age. It wasn’t long before her teachers recognized her strong writing skills. Shannon grew up with her 3 sisters in the Southside of Chicago. She is currently a Reporter/MMJ/Fill-In Anchor at WIVB in Buffalo, NY. Shannon started her media career during a 3-year summer high school internship with True Star Magazine (for teens).
Shannon later graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Her internship at WCIA TV in Champaign, helped her land her first “on air” position a few months later at WIFR, 23 News in Rockford, Illinois. Two years later, Shannon became a Multi-Media Journalist at KPTM, Fox 42 in Omaha, Nebraska, then MMJ at KMPH in Fresno, California.
She appreciates her innate ability to invoke emotion in the people she interviews as well as her viewers. And she thanks her viewers for allowing her in their private space during what can be some tough times. In her spare time, Shannon enjoys singing gospel music with her sisters and watching crime stories like Snapped and Law and Order: SVU.