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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
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    13-year-old shot in Winston-Salem home invasion

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A 13-year-old boy is recovering after being shot during a home invasion in Winston-Salem late Wednesday evening. Police responded to the shooting at a residence on East Fourth Street just before midnight. The boy’s stepfather told FOX8’s Michael Spears that he was asleep with the boy’s mother when they heard glass breaking inside the house. When they went to investigate, they saw three men in ski masks and the 13-year-old was face down on the floor. “We […]

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    House explosion under investigation in Reidsville

    REIDSVILLE, N.C. — The Rockingham Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a house exploded in Reidsville Monday evening. The house was located at 1699 Highway 158 East, Reidsville. Crews were dispatched at 8:39 p.m. No injuries were reported. The Yanceyville Road Fire Department arrived on scene to find windows in the highway and debris approximately 100 feet in all directions from the house. The house was completely leveled. Fire Marshal Robert Cardwell said the house had been vacant, but all utilities were active inside the structure. During a […]

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    ‘Field of Fears’ event to last through Halloween

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A new fall festival is underway in Winston-Salem that promises to deliver fun for the entire family, including a scarecrow build for the little ones and “The Darkroom” experience for teens. The Field of Fears debuted Thursday evening at BB&T Ballpark and will run through Halloween. It’s a unique partnership between The Winston-Salem Dash and Peppercorn Theatre. Attractions include a “Face Your Fears” walk where people get a chance to conquer their fears of everything from clowns, […]

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    UPDATE: NC A&T students to hold memorial for slain student

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — A student at North Carolina A&T is dead following an early-morning shooting in Greensboro . Dorian Tawan Edwards, 19, of Atlanta, Ga., died after being taken to the hospital. Counseling services will be open at the college from 3 to 6 p.m. for students impacted by his death. A&T students will hold a memorial at 8:30 p.m. at the reflection pool on campus. The incident happened at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Greensboro police responded to the 1400 block of Perkins […]

  • Fast cash for your old electronics

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — A new type of ATM is spreading quickly across the Piedmont. They’re called ecoATMs and dozens have popped up in local Walmarts and shopping malls — built to recycle electronics and keep the metals, plastics and other materials out of landfills. Kiosks collect cellphones, MP3 players, tablets and other electronics. Some devices can bring you several hundred dollars in cash. “It’s a gold mine,” said Greensboro Police Department Sergeant Terry Brown. “Turn it in and get paid cash […]

  • Tracking Piedmont car break-ins

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro police are working to determine whether three people arrested Monday night while breaking into cars are connected to dozens of other car break-ins citywide. It’s a crime that can happen to anyone anywhere and leave victims out of thousands of dollars. Not to mention the hassle of repairing vehicle damage like broken windows. FOX8 took a closer look at car break-ins in the Piedmont. There were 49 reported car break-ins and thefts over the last week […]

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    Guilford Co. couples gather in hopeful anticipation of gay marriage ban being overturned today

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Couples gathered at the Guilford Co. Register of Deeds office Thursday morning in anticipation of North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban being lifted — possibly today. A federal judge in North Carolina has lifted stays in two cases challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriages, a possible sign he’s preparing to strike down the prohibition as unconstitutional. Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen confirmed that Chief U.S. District Court Judge William L. Osteen, Jr., worked well into the evening getting […]

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    Sales tax increase in Davidson Co. goes into effect today

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A voter-approved quarter-cent sales tax increase took effect Wednesday in Davidson County to cover costs of a new $40 million high school and eventually fund other education projects. The county’s sales tax is now 7 percent. The hike means taxpayers will spend an extra penny in sales tax per $4 purchase. That’s an extra 50 cents for a $200 purchase. Officials say the tax increase will bring in more than $2 million a year for a new […]

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    Man hospitalized after being stabbed in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — A man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after being stabbed overnight in Greensboro. Police responded to an apartment at 2710 Patio Place just after midnight Tuesday, where they found a man who had been stabbed in his back. The suspect was apprehended a short time later and identified as 33-year-old Gregory A. Cummings of Greensboro. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Officials say that the victim and suspect […]


    Police highlight importance of neighborhood watch after recent homicides in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro police are highlighting the importance of watchful neighbors following four recent homicides that have led detectives to actively search for leads and suspects with the help of the community. Police realize that neighbors know their surrounding community best. That’s one reason police rely on neighborhood watches to help keep crime in check. It’s not a new concept; you’ve likely seen watch warning signs posted around town at one point or another. The City of Greensboro has […]

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    UPDATE: Victim fatally shot on Byrd Street in Greensboro identified

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The victim of Tuesday morning’s fatal shooting has been identified as 26-year-old Kevin Lashon Davis. Davis was taken to Moses Cone Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police responded to 2119 Byrd Street at about 1:25 a.m. Tuesday. Neighbors say they heard multiple gunshots. There are no details on the motive of the shooting. This is the city’s third homicide investigation in less than 48 hours. Three people were shot and two died in separate shootings on Sunday evening.  UPDATE: […]

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    Reading program for students in Winston-Salem looking for volunteers

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A reading initiative aimed at helping struggling students in more than a dozen Winston-Salem/Forsyth County elementary schools is looking for volunteers to help with tutoring. The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Volunteers Program needs between 80 and 100 volunteers to work with children weekly on reading. This year, organizers say the learning materials were updated to match new North Carolina state reading standards and volunteers will work with more students. Anyone is welcome to apply to be […]


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