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Contact: Michael.Hennessey@wghp.com

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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    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 […]

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    Suspect shot, killed during attempted home invasion in Forsyth County

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — An attempted home invasion turned deadly on Monday morning in Forsyth County, according to Chief Deputy Brad Stanley. At about 4:30 a.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to the 4800 block of Grakeintemple Court regarding a report of a break-in in progress. While deputies were responding to the scene, the 911 caller said someone had been shot. Upon arrival, deputies located a man lying on the front porch of the residence with an apparent gunshot wound to the […]

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    Winston-Salem residents: Mow your lawns or pay a hefty fee

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — If you say the word eyesore, pertaining to a neighborhood, chances are overgrown lawns would be one of the first things which came to mind. Unfortunately for thousands of people in Winston-Salem, that eyesore is something they deal with every day. “This is a nice neighborhood. Then you have this yard sitting up there, grass all high and it makes the rest of us look bad,” said Freda Manns, whose neighbor’s yard has been overgrown almost all […]

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    Local 14-year-old dead after 15-year-old crashes car they were riding in

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. – A 14-year-old high schooler is dead after a crash in a car driven by a 15-year-old over the weekend. Family members tell us the 14-year-old is Brayden Troxler, who was changing schools from West Forsyth to North Davidson High School this year. Monday would have been his first day at that new school. Instead, he spent it fighting for his life inside Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “Every time I saw him he just gave me […]

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    Man accused of exposing self to kids in Winston-Salem park, students near Wake Forest University

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Winston-Salem police are asking for help identifying a man they believe exposed himself to teenagers, as well as two Wake Forest University students, in three separate incidents. Police say the first incident took place at Hanes Park, when a man exposed himself to teenagers on Friday morning at about 7:30. The park – frequented by children and families – is located between the William G. White Jr. Family YMCA and Wiley Middle School. The most recent incidents […]

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    Police put extra patrols in school zones to kick off 2016-2017 school year

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – If you don’t have kids, you may have forgotten, but Monday was the first day of school for much of the Piedmont Triad. In case you did forget, law enforcement officers were staked out to remind you, should you give them a reason to. “It’s the first day of school back, we’re gonna be out in school zones enforcing it and kind of getting people back in the habit of realizing school’s back in session,” said Master […]

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    Friends speak of missing Forsyth Co. teacher as day two of searching provides no clues

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — As day two of the search for a missing Forsyth County middle school teacher comes to a close, we’re learning about what made him so special to those whose lives he touched. “He has a really big heart, and that’s why he connects with kids and adults alike with no problem,” said Cam Kilby, director of Child Care Services at the William G. White Jr. YMCA in Winston-Salem. On Thursday, deputies say they were asked to make […]