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Michael comes to the FOX8 family from eastern North Carolina where he worked at WCTI-TV in New Bern, N.C. During his time there, he was the Greenville Bureau reporter and he filled in on the anchor desk.

As the Winston-Salem Bureau Reporter for FOX8, Michael will be focusing on Forsyth County and the western Piedmont. He’s committed to fulfilling his obligation as a journalist; keeping our viewers safe and informed.

Michael was raised in Newtown, Conn. His passion for television began behind the camera, but he then transitioned to working on-air during his time at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, VT where he graduated with a B.S. in Television Studies in December 2012.

Michael is an avid sportsman and enjoys anything from baseball and football, to golf and snowboarding. Don’t hold it against him, but he’s a die-hard New York sports fan.

If you see story that needs attention, or just want to say hello, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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    4-year-old tells grandmother he fears being killed by police; local sheriff quells concern

    DOBSON, N.C. – A 4-year-old’s life should be relatively stress free. But, one local child was scared of something not even adults should have to fear. “He was afraid that he was going to get shot and get killed by the police,” said Tammy Ragan, grandmother of 4-year-old Sawyer Shepherd. Sawyer told Ragan about the trepidation multiple times over a two week period. “It could have been the news, could have been something indirectly he heard, or maybe one of […]

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    Early voting in NC begins Thursday; Forsyth County introduces app to help you avoid lines

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Early voting begins Thursday in North Carolina and counties are striving to make it easier than ever to get your vote cast. If you’re in Forsyth County, a new app will help you plan to avoid the lines before you leave your home. “Early voting is becoming a growing trend, phenomenon in terms of voting,” said Tim Tsujii, director of Elections in Forsyth County. For the first week, voters hoping to cast their ballots early will be […]

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    Winston-Salem firefighters now equipped with body cameras

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Local firefighters will be bringing you closer to the fires they fight than ever before. “You’ll be right there with us,” said Travis Franklin, of Winston-Salem Fire Department’s Rescue Company 1. “No matter where we’re looking, you’re going to be right there with us.” In the past, many times, you at home would only see the aftermath of the fires. But, that’s about to change. “People don’t get to see what we do at two and three […]

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    Winston-Salem officer with Kinston native wife plans drive for flood victims

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Although many people living in the Triad may have grown up in areas hit hard by Hurricane Matthew, they keep their hometowns close to their hearts. However, hearing of people they know and love rendered helpless due to the storm’s devastating impacts, leave many of them feeling further away from their hometowns than ever. “It’s heartbreaking, being that I’m here safe, I still have my home, and knowing that some people there don’t have anything,” said Officer […]

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    Beauty school shuts down 79 campuses, including in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Regency Beauty Institute announced that it will be closing all 79 of their campuses nationwide, including the one in Winston-Salem. “It was really exciting,” said Taylor Floyd, a former student at the institute, of beginning her education there. “This is what I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.” Many of the students had only months left before graduating. “We were here yesterday and all of our instructors were telling us, ‘I’ll see you tomorrow,’” said […]

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    North Stokes decides to end varsity football for the season

    DANBURY, N.C. — Last year, the North Stokes varsity football team had a winning record of 6 and 5 during the regular season. This year, they didn’t win a game. On Tuesday, the school decided to pull the plug on the season. They will be forfeiting their remaining games this year. The team was not “giving up,” they simply don’t have enough players. “When it comes to football, the numbers has always been a challenge and an issue,” said North […]

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    Scammers posing as IRS target local district attorney

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Scammers pretending to be IRS agents are hitting our area and hitting it hard. In fact, they’re so brazen they recently targeted a well-known district attorney. “There is a huge scam going on right now in the Triad, where people are receiving calls from overseas,” said Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill, who received one of the scam calls last week. The number which called O’Neill appeared to have come from New York, but it didn’t. In […]

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    Winston-Salem receives partial fuel delivery; limited non-essential operations resume tomorrow

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The City of Winston-Salem has received a partial fuel delivery and will resume limited operations for all non-emergency and non-sanitation vehicles on Wednesday. This comes just over 24 hours after the city announced it would suspend all non-essential operations due to the gas shortage. At the time of the suspension, about 1,000 of the city’s 1,800 vehicles were sidelined. The partial delivery of about 3,700 gallons was made shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday from Clinard Oil. The […]

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    Winston-Salem suspends non-essential operations due to gas shortage

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The City of Winston-Salem has suspended all non-essential services due to the ongoing gas shortage. This means that approximately 1,000 of their 1,800 vehicles will stay parked until the city gets more gas. “We just felt it would be better to be safe than sorry,” said Winston-Salem Assistant City Manager Derwick Page. “From a precautionary standpoint, it made more sense to try to do something now.” First and foremost, city officials are maintaining that the public should […]

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    FEMA grant to help Elkin Fire Department find volunteers

    ELKIN, N.C. — Earlier this year, the Elkin Fire Department was in danger of being put on probation. A rise in volunteer firefighters aging out and fewer volunteers coming in had them riding the cut line. “This is a widespread problem among the volunteer fire service in the United States,” said Elkin Fire Department Captain Theresa Knops. The threat of probation came at a time where the department’s duties continued to rise, with the number of calls they respond to […]

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    Business 40 improvement project details released; significant delays expected

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – If you use Business 40 to get to or through Winston-Salem, here’s the bad news; your commute will get about a half hour longer. The good news is you don’t have to worry about it for two more years. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has announced the awarding of the contract for the Business 40 improvement project, which totals about $99.2 million dollars. The task of completing the project now belongs to a partnership of Flatiron […]

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    Winston-Salem officers to travel to New York for recruiting

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – There are about 560 sworn officers in the Winston-Salem Police Department – officers sworn to keep you safe – the problem is, that’s not enough. “In talking with some of the other recruiting officers throughout the south and throughout this region, everybody’s kind of hurting for police officers right now,” said Sgt. Neek Readus, of the Winston-Salem Police Department. The department is about 50 officers short and although they’ve been recruiting locally – and will continue to do […]