Shannon Smith

Morning anchor
Cleveland, OH
Shannon Smith

Shannon joined the 19 News team in September 2020, as the weekend evening anchor/reporter.

You can now find her waking up Northeast Ohio as the morning anchor for 19 News This Morning!

She’s no stranger to lake effect rain or snow, as she comes to Cleveland after being the weekend morning anchor/reporter on the other side of Lake Erie in Buffalo, NY.

Hailing from the south side of Chicago, Shannon began her journalism career in high school by working and writing for a teen publication called True Star Magazine.

While working at True Star, she gained the experience of covering local stories, specifically issues affecting teens, along with meeting and interviewing various celebrities.

Shannon graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she earned her degree in Broadcast Journalism.

She’s worked as a reporter in almost every time zone, starting at WIFR in Rockford, IL — with stops in Omaha, NE, and Fresno, CA.

She loves to connect with viewers and is always thankful to them for allowing her in their private space during some of their most difficult times.

In her spare time, Shannon enjoys walking her dog Sebastian, dancing, trying new restaurants, finding new music, and watching crime documentaries and shows like Law & Order SVU.

You can reach Shannon at

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign