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Contact: Michael.Spears@wghp.com

Michael Spears comes to the Triad from Yakima and is excited to take the next step in his career on the East Coast.

His interest in journalism began early in high school as a writer for the school newspaper and eventually as copy editor for his school’s yearbook. This interest later grew as he became responsible for presenting announcements on-camera, which inspired him to study journalism in college.

Michael is originally from Seattle and graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Sociology. During his time as a ‘Cane, Michael took full advantage of the opportunities at the campus TV station, UMTV, working both in-front and behind the camera.

As an undergraduate, he interned at NBC in Miami and also on the network level at CBS News in New York City. Michael’s experience in New York cemented his desire to one day become a network correspondent.

Prior to arriving in the Triad, Michael worked for two years as a one-man band reporter in Yakima, Washington.

In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors, reading and exercising. He also loves travelling and visiting new places. Michael is excited to be living in North Carolina and would like to meet as many people in the community as possible!


Recent Articles
  • False alarm calls still plaguing Greensboro police

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Greensboro Police Department says false alarm calls are tying up its resources and even with tougher penalties that took effect in July, the issue isn’t getting much better. GPD responded to 300,000 service calls in 2014 and says alarms, whether at a home, apartment complex or business are the department’s number one call. The problem is; less than 1 percent are actual emergencies. Of the 13,422 alarm calls officers responded to in 2014, only 54 were […]

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    UPDATE: Lanes open after crash on westbound I-40/85 in Guilford Co.

    UPDATE: All lanes have reopened. GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A two-vehicle crash closed three of five lanes of westbound I-40/85 Friday morning in Guilford County. The right three lanes and entrance ramp are closed near exit 132, Mt. Hope Church Road. This is just before the I-85 split. The wreck happened just before 9 a.m. One person has been injured. A father and toddler in the second car were not injured. Developing…      

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    Update: 3-alarm fire at Mount Airy lumber business shuts down part of Highway 89, fire contained

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Multiple fire departments are on the scene of a 3-alarm fire that broke out at a lumber business  Friday morning. A person driving by reported the fire early in the morning at the Mountain Lumber and Pallet Company, located at 3583 W. Pine St. One building was destroyed. The Pine Ridge Fire Department said the fire is under control.  Crews said this is a difficult fire to fight because of icy conditions and the buildings are full of wooden pallets. There are […]

  • ‘Secret shopper’ scam hits the Piedmont; teen almost falls victim

    GREENSBORO, N.C. – It’s a teenager’s dream: Shopping and cold hard cash. “I’m 17 years old and I have over $1,000 in my hand,” said Amber Garcia. “I was so happy.” Last month, the Greensboro high school senior was flying high after being offered a secret shopper job by email. No social security number required; just name, address and birthday. “I opened up the envelop and there was a letter inside of it,” said Garcia. “It had my assignment.” Also […]

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    Firefigthers battle an early morning garage fire in High Point

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Firefigthers battled an early morning garage fire in High Point Thursday. The call came in just before 4 a.m. Crews arrived on the scene of the fire on the 600 block of Woodlawn Road and contained the fire to the garage. The garage and the car inside were heavily damaged. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

  • Facebook friend request nearly cost Piedmont woman thousands

    Cheryl Albrecht says she almost fell victim to a $2,000 scam on Facebook. It all started when Albrecht, a nutrition director at Randolph County Senior Adults Association, received a friend request from an elderly woman she knew. The woman claimed to have been awarded money from the federal government. “She had seen my name on the winners list as well and wanted to know if I’d gotten my money,” Albrecht said. All Albrecht had to do was send a Facebook […]

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    Three adults, five children displaced after Winston-Salem house fire

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Three adults and five children were displaced after an early morning electrical fire at a home in Winston-Salem, according to officials. The fire was reported around 4:48 a.m. Tuesday on Waughtown Street, according to authorities in Winston-Salem. No injuries were reported. A grandmother and seven grandchildren were in the home at the time of the fire, including two local college students. The fire reportedly started in wall around an electrical outlet and spread throughout the home. Authorities […]

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    Firefighters battle fire in Stokesdale

    STOKESDALE, N.C. — Firefighters Friday morning battled at a fire at 273 Mt. Zion Church Rd. in Stokesdale. A woman was asleep in the residence when she was alerted to a smoke alarm. She saw smoke near the kitchen end of the home, officials said. She and her dog escaped through the back door and called the fire department at about 4:30 a.m. She saw heavy smoke near the carport and was able to back the car out. Officials said the roof […]

  • Lexington installs permanent surveillance cameras

    LEXINGTON, N.C. – Smile, you’re on camera. Twenty-one permanent surveillance cameras have been installed at seven different intersections on Main Street in Lexington. It’s a move the city says will enhance security and allow officers to keep a closer eye on the Historic Uptown district. Several weeks after being installed, the cameras helped police arrest a suspect accused of causing $3,500 in damage to the city’s Depot District, according to Lexington City Manager Alan Carson. Lexington police won’t release the […]

  • Mother, child injured after crash in High Point

    Mother, child injured after crash in High Point

    HIGH POINT, N.C. – A mother and her 4-year-old child were sent to the hospital after crashing into parked cars and building in High Point, according to police. Police said it happened Wednesday morning on Ward Avenue in High Point. The driver lost control of the car, clipped the guard wire and slammed against the building and several parked cars, according to police. The woman told police that her steering wheel was having trouble, but police cited her for careless […]

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    Mount Tabor teams up with HanesBrands for ‘Giving Tuesday’

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — This “Giving Tuesday,” Mount Tabor High School students teamed up with HanesBrands to hand out clothing to nearly 100 homeless people at the Salvation Army’s Winston-Salem emergency shelter. The donated socks and shirts were distributed during the Salvation Army’s community breakfast Tuesday morning as part of the company’s annual Holiday Sock Drive. Across the country, HanesBrands says 150,000 pairs of socks were donated to 40 Salvation Army’s. Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, the winners of last […]

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    School custodian assaulted, robbed in Greensboro; suspect wanted

    GREENSBORO, N.C. – Police are looking for a man accused of assaulting a Greensboro school custodian on school grounds and stealing his car. Police said it happened to a custodian at Jackson Middle School at 2200 Ontario St. shortly before 10:30 p.m. Monday. The victim told police he was working at the school when he was approached and assaulted by the suspect. The suspect allegedly stole property from the victim and took off in the victim’s white 2005 Isuzu Ascender with […]

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