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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.

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Recent Articles
  • Forsyth County man recounts heroin addiction on video months before his fatal overdose

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. – A 24-year-old man is among the latest young adults to lose their lives due to drug addiction in the Piedmont. But, he is still telling his story, through a video captured months before his fatal overdose. Will Scott was 23 years old when he was released from jail for a second-degree trespassing charge. Later that day, he sat down with his friend – and fellow addict – Chase Hodges. “You think it had to do with […]

  • 2 dogs removed from Winston-Salem house after being locked inside for several days

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Two dogs were removed from a Winston-Salem home on Thursday, after being inside for several days, following their owner’s arrest on Sunday. “The dogs will die, the dogs will die,” said Teri Kennedy, who learned of the dogs on Wednesday. “That’s my worst fear.” Multiple sources confirmed that the owner of the dogs, who was renting the property at 1708 Doune St., is Laura Lyerly. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said that Lyerly was arrested on Sunday at […]

  • Procession held for fallen North Carolina soldier killed in Afghanistan

    WILKES COUNTY, N.C. — Fallen North Carolina soldier Sgt. Dillon Baldridge has returned home. Baldridge, 22, was killed in Afghanistan on June 10 after a member of the Afghan army opened fire. His obituary states that he was born July 18, 1994, in Raleigh and grew up in Youngsville. The Department of Defense announced that 29-year-old Sgt. William M. Bays of Barstow, California, and 25-year-old Sgt. Eric M. Houck of Baltimore, Maryland, were killed in the same attack. Baldridge, who […]

  • Winston-Salem military incentive to improve recruiting

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The City of Winston-Salem has taken a step to allow their police and fire departments to be more competitive with like departments, in an effort to improve their recruiting and retention results, by acknowledging the military services of both new and current officers. “We definitely are concerned about our staffing,” said Assistant Chief Scott Bricker, of the Winston-Salem Police Department. “We don’t want to have it affect public safety.” Bricker is a University of North Carolina alum, […]

  • Local family fearing for life of political activist who could be deported to Niger

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A citizen of Niger living in Greensboro could be facing deportation after being arrested by ICE – Homeland Security Investigations; a move his family says could lead to his death. The man in question is 56-year-old Ali Marounfa, also known as Ali Tera. Family and friends say Marounfa is a vocal critic of Niger’s government and their management of the country’s resources and finances, who uses social media to present his opinions. They add that he’s lived […]

  • 4 injured after wrong-way driver hits car head-on on Highway 52 in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police say two people have life-threatening injuries, and two more were seriously injured, as the result of a head-on collision on Highway 52 in Winston-Salem late Thursday night. At about 10:40 p.m., police received reports of a vehicle traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 52. Police add that an officer, with an unrelated arrestee in his vehicle, was nearly struck by the vehicle while traveling southbound on the highway. The vehicle, a 2004 Nissan driven […]

  • Behind the scenes with Winston-Salem investigators tasked with solving vehicle break-ins

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – So far this year, Winston-Salem police say they’ve responded to 996 reports of vehicles being broken into or stolen in the city. “We’re getting multiple reports, sometimes daily,” said Investigator Stephen Horsley, one of three district investigators in the Winston-Salem Police Department’s Field Services Bureau. Vehicle break-ins are one of the most common, yet preventable crimes in the city. On Thursday, FOX8 went on a ride along with Horsley to see how the investigators respond to and […]

  • Family of 19-year-old woman killed in Winston-Salem shooting pleads for public’s help finding her killer

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The family of a 19-year-old woman killed in a shooting in Winston-Salem in March is pleading for the public’s help to find her killer. “Justice. Until you seek it, and can’t find it, sometimes you don’t know what it means. But, it’s what we’re looking for,” said Ladawn Deion Morgan’s uncle, Michael Warren. “Not revenge, for that is of the Lord.” Police say they responded to 903 Rich Ave. shortly before 2 p.m. on March 27. There, […]

  • Several homes, vehicles shot with BB gun over the weekend in Forsyth County

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — Several families are left quite literally picking up the pieces after a person, or people, shot out windows of their homes and vehicles over the weekend. “The police actually notified me first that there were gunshots in the area,” said Kay Ingersoll, who then returned to bed only to hear shots shortly afterward. “It was like a thud, thud, thud.” The majority of the damage is on Millbridge Road, in Clemmons, across from West Forsyth High School. […]

  • Newly-launched nonprofit aims to take down opioid crisis in Triad and beyond

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A local nonprofit is now up and running, aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic in the Triad and — if all goes as planned — beyond. “People were dying,” said Kerri Sigler, a former public defender and founder of Phoenix Rising of Winston-Salem. “Everyone in the courthouse knew people – multiple people – who had died.” Sigler said in the middle of 2016, she noticed a rise in overdoses and drug-related offenses. “It was generally young people, […]

  • Local officers taking measures to protect themselves from overdoses while handling drugs

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Nowadays, heroin is more dangerous than ever, simply because it’s not solely heroin in many cases. So dangerous, in fact, that officers are having to take extra steps to protect themselves from potential overdoses during their investigations. “As officers we’re coming in contact with different people, and different substances and we don’t know what we’re dealing with until we’re right in the middle of it,” said Lt. William Penn, of the Winston-Salem Police Department. Heroin is now […]

  • Stovetop fire suppressors stop three kitchen fires in Winston-Salem within a week

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — So far in 2017, the Winston-Salem Fire Department has responded to 55 cooking fires. But, for years, their firefighters have been telling the public there’s a cheap – and sometimes free – way to prevent them. In the last week, we’ve seen their solution ring true. On April 6, a grease fire was extinguished in an apartment on Gillcrest Drive by a StoveTop FireStop device. “The things had worked so good that, I’m telling you, I didn’t […]