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

Mansfield man discovers new brother after taking DNA test

  Some Northeast Ohio parents receive refund after Easter ‘Eggate’ controversy

  Baseball fans can no longer wear headdresses or face paint at Progressive Field

  Violence in local bars, how’s the pandemic playing a role?

  Facts about the VAX: Cleveland hospitals, pro sports teams, partner with 19 News for vaccine special

  Ohio nursing home residents & their loved-ones rejoice after Gov. DeWine eases visitation guidelines

  Other children in the home during shooting that killed 17-year-old pregnant girl

  Ohio unions demand access to vaccine for food service workers

  CMSD and teachers union reach agreement on school return, what changed?

  Family of children injured during police chase file lawsuit

  Neighbors demand traffic changes to Clifton, after high speed crash

  New website by Lafayette Township trustees shares information on the mystery of Bryon Macron’s death

  Several carjackings in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood prompts bigger police presence

  Car stolen with two little boys inside, Cleveland police searching for suspect

  Victims identified in fatal Lakewood crash that split car in half

2 Lakewood men killed when car splits in half amid crash

  People hired to shovel away Northeast Ohio snow never finished job

  Gov. DeWine doubles down on March 1st deadline for return to school

  BBB warns of online romance scams ahead of Valentine’s Day

The Next 400: Doctor separates fact from fiction with COVID vaccine

  Cleveland developers see more interest in apartment rentals despite pandemic

  Vermilion police investigate fake bomb threat at middle school

  Is the consent decree working in Cleveland?

  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

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