Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith

Cleveland, OH

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

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 currently covers everything from breaking news to human interest stories across Northeast Ohio. 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.

As she reports various stories, her goal isn’t just to report the story and get answers, but to connect with viewers and communities both on and off air.

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

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Recent Articles by Shannon

  Stow councilman, veteran shocked to hear plans of Northeast Ohio soldier charged with terrorism

  Doctors warn families to wait to visit loved ones after getting vaccine

  Ohio leaders prepare security ahead of Inauguration Day

  Ohio AG warns opioid epidemic is getting worse during the pandemic

  U. S. Capitol breach: What went wrong? National security experts weigh in

  Cleveland’s rise in violent crime makes national headlines, city leaders react

Long lines for food distribution; food bank sees new families in need

The Salvation Army dealing with Red Kettle donation shortage

  Flannery’s closing for the winter; plans to reopen in March

  Richmond Heights police to get spit masks after seeing increase of people spitting on officers

  Medina County auditor explains why public records were found in a recycle bin

  Ohio nursing homes prepare for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

  Homeless shelters staying vigilant during recent coronavirus surge

  Cleveland Heights police warn of increase in gun thefts from cars

  Statewide curfew to be extended, local restaurants react

  Cleveland area residents’ frustrations grow over snow removal after first major snowstorm

  Winter weather causes dangerous driving conditions across Northeast Ohio

  Beachwood Place adds special K9s that sniff out weapons to security plan

  Local restaurant owners ask for relief from liquor license fees as deadline looms

  Cleveland restaurants, city government react to statewide curfew

  Soldier from Painesville 1 of 5 Americans killed in Egyptian helicopter crash

  ‘There isn’t anyone to come to the rescue,’ University Hospital doctor warns

  Doctors worry about hospitals as coronavirus cases surge in Ohio

  Former local ‘Jeopardy!’ contestants reflect on Alex Trebek’s legacy

  Local teen warns of child predator possibly posing as cosmetics company on social media

  Caught on camera: Man fights off armed robber in downtown parking lot

  College of Wooster going to remote-learning for the rest of fall semester as state COVID-19 cases rise

  Absentee ballot application rejected? Here are your options to vote

  Stop the Pain rally in Cleveland honors mothers who lost children to gun violence

  Concerns about school grow as reported coronavirus cases rise in Ohio