Michael Polarchy is pleased to call FOX8 his new home. He’s a true Florida native. Michael was born in Winter Haven and graduated from Winter Haven High School. He went on to graduate from the University of South Florida.

So far, Michael’s career has taken him to a newsroom in Illinois. He was a multimedia journalist at KHQA in Quincy. There, he saw snow for the first time, which was an experience he’ll always remember.

While in school, Michael was an intern at WFLA and WFTS in Tampa, Florida. He graduated in 2014 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

He’s more than happy to be back in a warm-weather climate state like North Carolina!

Michael is looking forward to enjoying everything the Triad has to offer.

Please don’t hesitate to say hi or send him an email at Michael.Polarchy@wghp.com or contact him either via Facebook at MichaelPolarchyWGHP or Twitter @MPFox8.

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    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A Western Guilford Middle School substitute teacher was fired this week after a video was posted to Facebook showing him body slamming a student (video posted below). The student’s mother posted the video of the incident on Facebook Friday. She wrote that the incident happened on Valentine’s Day, and that she wants “justice.” FOX8 spoke exclusively on Sunday with her son, Jose Escudero. Jose says it all started over a box of chocolates. The substitute teacher, […]

  • 17-year-old arrested after threatening to blow up Alamance County school

    ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — It’s a warning that students might not want to take for granted. Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson has already made an example out of a 17-year-old student. Deputies arrested a Clover Garden Charter School student after making threats towards his school to blow it up. “Things like this that may come back and really happen and we just can’t turn out back on it,” Johnson said. The student allegedly threatened to blow up the school and […]

  • Sheriff Grice addresses Ledford High School shooting threat

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  • Local school resource officer talks about keeping students safe after Florida shooting

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  • Family speaks out after child dies from abuse in Randolph County, man arrested

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  • Multiple mail bins broken into at High Point post office

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  • Duke Energy crews work overnight to restore power after wintry mix

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  • Crews from multiple departments put out massive lumber yard fire in Stokes County

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