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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!


Recent Articles
  • Suspects arrested, lockdowns lifted after manhunt in Stokes County

    STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — Four Stokes County schools were locked down during a search for three men suspected of breaking into a Stokes County home. Stokes County Sheriff’s deputies say they began receiving calls for a suspicious vehicle near Flat Shoals Road Wednesday morning. When they responded, they say they found three men who had broken into a home belonging to Howard and Phyllis Collins, who are 80 and 77 years old respectively. “Everything was tore up, and strung out […]

  • Biologists study Salem Lake’s bass population by electrofishing; ‘It’s just a real fish factory’

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — If you’ve gone bass fishing at Winston-Salem’s Salem Lake and failed to catch anything it’s not the fault of the fish. It’s on you. “It’s just a real fish factory,” said Kin Hodges, District 7 fisheries biologist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Now, before you start sending in angry emails, let’s make it clear that we’re not calling you an amateur; you’re simply not using the same equipment Hodges and his counterparts do. Frankly, you’re not […]

  • Friday marks 1 year since Kernersville college student Martin Roberts disappeared in Boone

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — It’s been exactly a year since James Martin Roberts, known as Martin, disappeared after last being seen at the Convocation Center at Appalachian State University. For his father, John, the pain, worry and emotions are still with him every day. “Some of the coping gets better, but that’s only a temporary Band-Aid on a serious wound,” John said on Friday. Martin, who was 19 years old and a student at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute at the […]

  • Mom raising awareness after 22-year-old daughter’s heroin overdose, death at King Taco Bell

    DANBURY, N.C. — Less than four months after losing her daughter to a heroin overdose, a Piedmont mother is taking her story to the courtroom, in the hope of preventing other mothers from experiencing heartbreak of their own. “You may not feel like you’re worth it, because you have hit your ‘rock bottom,’ but somebody, somewhere, loves you and cares about you, and if you don’t get help, this is what they’re going to get. This is where you’re headed. This is […]

  • Grisly new details emerge in killing, dismemberment of Winston-Salem man

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — New details show that 75-year-old John Douglas Agnew, and the man accused of killing and dismembering him — 31-year-old Adrion Demare Whorley — had a relationship dating back to 2001. Search warrants obtained by FOX8 from Richmond County — where Whorley lived and was taken into custody — show that he began serving a prison sentence in August of 2001. Whorley had been sentenced for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and […]

  • Gunman killed in attempted sweepstakes robbery connected to string of armed robberies in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police have connected a man killed during an attempted armed robbery on April 5 to a group they believe is responsible for at least 14 armed robberies which happened in the city over the last several months. Starting in December 2016, a group of suspects began robbing convenience stores at gunpoint. Surveillance videos showed them forcibly shoving a customer in one incident and holding a clerk at gunpoint in another. In some of the robberies, one of […]

  • Program prepares students for the college admissions process

    Crosby Scholars is an academy working in partnership with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system to — starting in middle school — prepare students for the college admissions process, while giving them enrichment opportunities they wouldn’t normally be exposed to. The program has seen 98 percent of their participants go to a two or four-year school after K-12, and they say 100 percent of their students graduate high school. Last year, their students went to more than 130 different colleges and […]

  • Troubled, crime-ridden Winston-Salem apartments nearing demolition

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Some troubled Winston-Salem apartments, which police and community members say have become a hotbed for criminal activity, are nearing demolition. “We haven’t abandoned them,” said Larry Woods, Housing Authority of Winston-Salem CEO. “We haven’t walked away from the deal.” The housing authority had planned to close on the New Hope Manor Apartments – formerly the Burke Village Apartments – back in January. However, they say holdups with the bank and unresolved citations have caused the delay. The housing […]

  • Winston-Salem neighborhood seeing increase in gun violence

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — In a one-week period, the neighborhoods inside the boundaries of the Winston-Salem Police Department’s beat 222 have seen a 19-year-old shot dead, a 79-year-old shot in the face, Kalvin Michael Smith critically injured in a shooting, and two men shot early Monday morning. “That’s not the way to live in this world,” said 89-year-old Mattie Young, widely known as the “Mayor of Cleveland Avenue,” which is inside beat 222. “You got to live and let live.” On Monday, March 27, […]

  • Wiley Middle School student hit by vehicle while walking home

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Wiley Middle School student was hit by a vehicle while walking home shortly after 3 p.m. Monday, according to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Transportation Department. The student, identified as a 13-year-old male, was crossing Northwest Boulevard where there was not a school crossing guard when he was hit. The student was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he was treated and released for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle stayed and cooperated with police after […]

  • 79-year-old shot while reading Bible recounts shooting that left other victim dead

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Before shell casings fell on Rich Avenue in Winston-Salem on Monday, before bullets shattered windows and punctured car doors, before one of those bullets hit and killed 19-year-old Ladawn Morgan; a man 60 years her elder was in his driveway reading his Bible. “I was reading the book of Samuel, Second Samuel,” 79-year-old Alexander Barber said. Barber was sitting in his Cadillac, about a block away from the home targeted in the shooting, to read while getting […]

  • Students skipping class at local high school causing problems in surrounding community

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police, businesses and people living in the area of Parkland High School in Winston-Salem say they’ve been dealing with the same problem for years: students skipping class. “From a law enforcement perspective, our biggest concern is the risk to that student when they’re absent,” said Lt. Tom Peterson, of the Winston-Salem Police Department’s Educational Services Unit. The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system says Parkland’s absentee numbers mirror those of other schools, but police say delinquent activity as a result […]