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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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    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Two devices designed to save lives were inside the same Winston-Salem home. Officials say a piece of one failed, causing a fire. However, the other did its job. It was shortly after 3:30 Wednesday morning. A 4-year-old, a 20-year-old and another woman were inside their rented home on Reynolda Road, according to their landlord, when a fire broke out. “The whole place could have been engulfed,” said that landlord, Jeff White. “The smoke could have been disastrous […]

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    New bill to improve lives of veterans in North Carolina

    RALEIGH, N.C. — There are 770,000 veterans living in North Carolina, and Tuesday, Gov. Pat McCrory finalized the latest step in improving the way they get their care. McCrory signed Senate Bill 105 into effect, which will add space on income tax forms so people can voluntarily indicate if they or their spouse are a veteran. This will allow the Department of Revenue to annually report the number of veterans filing tax returns to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. In […]

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    Time and place announced for Donald Trump’s visit to Winston-Salem on Monday

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Senior Republican officials have confirmed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s visit to Winston-Salem on Monday. Officials say the event will be held at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex. Doors will open at 5 p.m. The pre-program will begin at 7 p.m., with main speakers taking the stage at 8 p.m. “Senior Republican officials are thrilled that on Monday at 8 o’clock, they will be presenting – in a major sign of unity – a Republican ticket with Republican […]

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    Proposal for Winston-Salem venue sent to Trump campaign

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A proposal making the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex the venue for a visit from Donald Trump on Monday has been sent to the Trump campaign; now the city is waiting for a response. First reported by FOX8 on Wednesday, multiple sources confirmed that Trump plans to campaign in Winston-Salem on Monday, and although the news of the Annex as the possible venue has been released, a time has not. While Winston-Salem may have seemed like an unlikely site […]

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    Wake Forest Baptist completes new medical education building

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – If you, your children, or even your children’s children happen to get sick, there’s a good chance that current medical school students will be the ones giving treatment. With the world of health care changing so rapidly, medical schools need to make sure they stay ahead of the curve; and ahead is exactly where the Wake Forest School of Medicine has positioned itself to be with the completion of their new Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education. […]

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    Winston-Salem police warn of firearms being stolen from unlocked vehicles

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Firearms are being stolen from vehicles at twice the rate than at this point last year in Winston-Salem. For months, officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department have been warning residents of vehicle break-ins happening on a daily basis within the city. However, last week, officers addressed the issue of firearms being taken from unlocked vehicles, in turn ending up in the hands of criminals. “There have been several incidents in the last few weeks of firearms being […]

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    Winston-Salem officers who saved 3-year-old recognized

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — When four Winston-Salem police officers responded to a call of a choking 3-year-old Friday morning, it immediately became personal. “When you hear about a kid that’s the same age as yours, it kind of hits home,” said Officer A.R. Cruise. Officer D.S. Galbreath was the first to arrive on scene. When she got there, she found 3-year-old Kayden Hairston not breathing and without a pulse. Kayden’s parents say he had a seizure while eating and began to choke […]

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    72-year-old Vietnam vet left in fear after tree falls on home and car

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Robert York, 72, served as a Marine sniper in Vietnam. There, he learned to live without fear. However, an incident which happened at his home last Friday has brought that emotion back. “I don’t know what’s ahead of me and that’s the fear that I have right now. I’ve never experienced that before,” York said. Around 6:30 Friday evening, York drove home from the VA in his 2004 Lincoln LS. “And I get compliments for that 24/7,” […]

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    Father of 3-year-old saved by 4 Winston-Salem police officers speaks

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Last Friday, when four Winston-Salem police officers heard reports of a child choking, or possibly being choked, they rushed to respond. What happened next has the officers being hailed as heroes. Kayden Hairston, 3, was eating a sandwich inside his family’s Winston-Salem home when he had a seizure. Kayden began to choke, sending his parents into a frenzy trying to save him. “I was giving him the Heimlich maneuver, I was blowing in his mouth, sticking my […]

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    Community rallies around Winston-Salem police officers

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — As many members of the American public watched what unfolded in Dallas last Thursday, police officers around the world did the same. But, as details unfolded, revealing that five officers of the law had lost their lives, the badges on their chests began to feel more like targets. “We were all on edge, certainly on Friday,” said Winston-Salem Police Officer Jenny Britter. Britter works at the front desk at the Public Safety Center in Winston-Salem, home to […]

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    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Friday morning was a tough one for law enforcement officers across the country after five officers were killed Thursday in Dallas. The emotions coming out of Dallas even resonated more than 1,000 miles away in the North Carolina town of Kernersville. “I’ve been doing this for 18 years and my heart sunk,” said Kernersville police Lt. Damion Marotz. “It’s one of the saddest things I’ve ever witnessed.” While the officers walked in to work on Friday, the community they […]

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    LEXINGTON, N.C. — Jason and Maryanna Richardson met in high school, but didn’t date until after he went away to learn to be a firefighter. “We dated for five years before we got married, and May 3 this year, we were married 19 years,” Maryanna recalled. She would worry, because of the dangers of the job; mainly fire and smoke. “The fact that he saved lives and fought fires and wasn’t scared was pretty awesome,” she said. However, it wasn’t either […]

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