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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
  • Winston-Salem police investigating possible rape at assisted living facility

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police are investigating a possible rape at an assisted living center inside the city. The alleged victim is a client at the Cornerstone Living Center, at 2900 Reynolds Park Road in Winston-Salem, and the suspect is a worker there. The case is officially being handled as a second-degree rape. Police say the victim is listed as a female but other information about her was unavailable. The suspect is listed as a male. The alleged incident was […]

  • Mayberry Days festival starts in Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — It’s a festival that signifies a simpler time in the lives of people all across our country, and it started right here in the Piedmont. The Mayberry Days festival began in Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy 25 years ago, as a one-day festival with very limited funding. Today, it has grown into a four-day attraction which brings in tens of thousands of people from all over the country. “I love seeing the town transform back […]

  • Davie Co. celebrates groundbreaking for new high school

    DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. — After a decade of debate, Davie County is getting a new high school and today marked the official groundbreaking of its new site. “It’s a very emotional day in Davie County for people that have worked very hard for it,” said Deana Roberts, mother of a Davie County 5th grader and high school freshman. The current Davie County High School was built in 1956 to house 725 students. There was no cafeteria, no gymnasium and no […]

  • Rising concern over prescription drug overdoses in the Piedmont

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Prescription drug-related overdose deaths are on the rise in the Piedmont, and authorities fear the trend is just beginning. Experts say in 1999, there were just over 200 accidental overdose deaths related to prescription drugs in North Carolina. As of 2010, that number had risen to over 1,000. In Forsyth County in 2011, authorities say, 42 people accidentally overdosed on prescription drugs, resulting in death. That’s compared to eight in 2001. In Guilford County, 45 people died […]

  • Terrorism and homeland security expert talks ISIS with FOX8

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — After a morning filled with air strikes on Syrian lands, aimed at terror groups ISIS and Khorasan, U.S. Officials say one thing is for sure: members of the groups have been killed. However, the fact remains that many of them are still out there and the question of what those surviving members will do to retaliate remains. Retired Marine Lt. Col. Bill Cowan is a terrorism and homeland security expert, as well as a Mount Airy resident. […]

  • No water for some as crews repair Winston-Salem water main break

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Many people in Winston-Salem are water-less following a water main break on the outskirts of downtown. The break occurred over the weekend, when crews made a minor repair to keep water flowing to the area around 11th Street and Patterson Avenue. Monday morning, they were back on site to attempt to rectify the problem. Carolina Narrow Fabric, which is located on the corner where the break happened, had to close their doors around noon on Monday. Crews […]

  • Troopers trying to combat speeding in work zones

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — In the wake of an early-morning accident on I-40 in Burke County, which left one construction worker dead and two others injured, workers and authorities in the Piedmont are asking motorists to take extra precautions in work zones. “We’re just trying to make it safe for the people traveling through and the people working at these work zones,” said Sgt. Richard Simmons, of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Sgt. Simmons says Highway Patrol troopers regularly patrol […]

  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researching Alzheimer’s disease

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Doctors say five million Americans are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. About 170,000 of them live in North Carolina. As of now, the disease has no cure. But the doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center say they may have the solution. “Thirty years ago getting HIV was a terminal disease and now it’s a chronic disease,” said Dr. Kaycee Sink, of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The cure, Dr. Sink says, could be in a new study, […]

  • Percentage of domestic violence victims reaching out for help on the rise

    WINSTON-SALEM – Victims of domestic violence are starting to reach out in higher numbers here in the Piedmont. Winston-Salem’s Family Services, which specializes in helping domestic violence victims, says they’ve seen a 30 to 40 percent increase in people calling in asking for help and that’s just in the last two weeks. Experts don’t think there’s been an increase in domestic violence in the area, just that the victims are now realizing they’re not alone, thanks to multiple recent cases […]

  • 20 cases of Legionnaires’ disease confirmed in Forsyth Co., 5 in Guilford Co.

    WINSTON-SALEM — State officials say 20 people have come down with Legionnaires’ disease in Forsyth County this year alone. One of those people was a patient at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Seven more were patients at Oak Forest Health and Rehabilitation. Experts have not been able to tell us is where exactly the Legionella bacteria is coming from. “Historically, I think it’s been very difficult to really find the source of Legionnaires’ diseases because it’s naturally occurring in the […]

  • Working to stop the spread of Legionnaires’ disease in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Forsyth County officials have confirmed a seventh case of Legionnaires’ disease stemming from the water at a Winston-Salem nursing home. However, they have been unable to rid the facility of the Legionella bacteria and people are still in the building. The first cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported at the Oak Forest Health and Rehabilitation Center back in June. Legionnaires’ is a disease which can cause upper respiratory issues. It can be contracted through breathing in water […]

  • Winston-Salem quarry could turn into large state attraction

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — It’s what many are calling the “hidden gem of Winston-Salem,” but it could turn into one of the biggest attractions not only in the Triad, but even the entire state. For years, a 12-acre quarry has been sitting unnoticed by many, just minutes from downtown Winston-Salem. At one point, it was used as most quarries are: for mining. One day, the crews returned to the site to find that the quarry had filled with water. Their equipment […]

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