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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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    Two sisters killed in Stokes Co. car crash identified

    STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — Two sisters killed in a car crash in Stokes County Monday have been identified. The crash happened on northbound U.S. 52 between King and Pinnacle around 7:50 p.m. Monday. Sgt. Kevin Barker with the N.C. Highway Patrol says two sisters, the older sister’s boyfriend and his little brother were in a 2001 Ford when the vehicle suddenly went off the side of the road to the right. Dokota Goss, 18, who was driving, attempted to over correct […]

  • Family stresses importance of seatbelts after son lives through crash that claimed 2 lives

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Kernersville family is stressing the importance of seatbelts this holiday weekend after one saved the life of their son this Saturday. The accident happened around 11:40 Saturday evening on Union Cross Road outside of Kernersville. The driver of a 1999 Ford Mustang, 17-year-old Drake Dalton Brown, of Kernersville, was ejected and died on scene. One of his passengers, 20-year-old Matthew Barry Jones, of Kernersville, was also ejected and lost his life. The Mustang had traveled […]

  • Locals feel the effects of immigration reform; for better and worse

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — President Obama’s announcement on immigration reform changed the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States. However, for those left out, it may have made things worse. “For those folks who actually are going to benefit from this program, this is going to be tremendously popular,” said Dr. Peter Siavelis, director of Wake Forest University’s Latin American and Latino Studies program. “For those who don’t there’s going to be some mixed feelings.” This immigration […]

  • Prayer ban lifted for Forsyth County Commissioners meetings

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — For the first time since 2010, prayer is allowed before Forsyth County Commissioners meetings. This comes after Judge James A. Beaty Jr. ruled that the commissioners can return to their former policy of allowing the prayer; however, there are some new rules. An injunction was filed in 2010, which barred the county from allowing clergy to pray before the meetings. The majority of the prayers were being said in the name of Jesus Christ. “Our main […]

  • Sanitation worker struck by vehicle in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A sanitation worker for the city of Winston-Salem was struck by an SUV Wednesday morning. The worker, identified as 59-year-old Alexander Bell, of Winston-Salem, was struck on Darwick Road about 10:30 a.m. He is in stable but serious condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Police say that the driver of the SUV, Carol Black Snyder, also of Winston-Salem, told them she saw the garbage truck, but did not see Bell in time to stop. “The sound […]

  • Winston-Salem neighborhood on high alert after string of break-ins

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem neighborhood has fallen victim to over 30 break-ins in the last month, according to the neighborhood watch. Residents of the neighborhood, located near the intersection of Clemmonsville Road and Konnoak Drive, reported 27 break-ins to the organization in October, and five this month. “You want to know where you go to bed and lay down and rest without anybody bothering you. And then you wake up and find out your house has been broke into,” […]

  • Lewisville teen killed by stranger in Raleigh remembered by classmates

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Piedmont community is still grieving following the untimely death of a 13-year-old who was shot and killed by a man he’d never met. Nathan Clark was in his bed at the Comfort Suites Hotel in Raleigh on Friday when police say he was shot by a bullet which traveled from the room next door. “[It’s] probably the most incredibly tragic and unbelievable type circumstance that any of us could imagine,” said Richard Hardee, head of the […]

  • I-74 Northern Beltway Project breaks ground

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – It’s taken 27 years, but on Friday, ground was finally broken on the I-74 Northern Beltway Project. The $1.08 billion project began as an idea in 1987. A week ago, the state awarded a $154 million contract to begin a four-mile stretch of the project, between U.S. 158 and Business 40. The project began at the top of the state’s priority list, then nearly hit the bottom, and is now back up towards the top thanks to […]

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    UPDATE: 1 killed, 1 assaulted during Forsyth Co. home invasion

    WALKERTOWN, N.C. — One man was shot and killed and another was assaulted during a home invasion late Wednesday evening in Walkertown. Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene at a house in the 6000 block of Cain Forest Drive just before 11 p.m. “I was watching TV and I heard two shots, and I was afraid to get up,” said Mary Powell, who lives about a hundred feet away. “And then I realized it was across the street. […]

  • Unemployment fraud reported in Wilkes County

    WILKESBORO, N.C. — Wilkes County residents are having their personal information stolen and used to try to defraud the government. In as many as eight cases, there have been unemployment claims made in Wilkes County, but when the N.C. Department of Commerce followed up they realized the people were still employed. “You feel like you’ve lost your privacy because someone else has become you, in essence,” said Major Craig Garris, of the Wilkesboro Police Department. Garris’ department is currently investigating […]

  • Homes 4 Our Heroes continues project to house homeless veterans

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On this Veterans Day, veterans will be honored, remembered and immortalized. Sadly, many will also be homeless. One group, led by Whole Man Ministries Rev. Kenneth Holly, is looking to change that through a project called “Homes 4 Our Heroes.” The last time we caught up with Rev. Holly, five homes on Cameron Avenue in Winston-Salem had been purchased with the goal of renovating them into new living spaces for homeless vets. Today, over 100 people showed […]

  • Three police substations planned for Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem residents have spoken and their safety is at the top of their priority list. So much so that they approved a bond referendum that will put $31 million towards improving public safety in the city. One of the major expenses in the bond referendum will go towards three police substations in the city; a city which currently has none. The substations will be based out of the three different police districts. The substation in district one […]


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