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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 mom says man accused of 2 break-ins nearly shot children

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A Winston-Salem mother says a gunman — responsible for two separate break-ins and shootings — almost shot several children Tuesday morning. “He was intending to kill, and nobody could stop him, nobody could say [anything] to him, he had no remorse for [anything],” said that mother, Andrea Kimbrough, who lives on Betty Drive in Winston-Salem. Kimbrough says shortly after 1 a.m., a man kicked in her front door and pointed a gun at three children who had […]

  • Winston-Salem to begin construction of permanent skate park this summer

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem city officials say the turnout at last summer’s temporary skate park — at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds — was so good; they’re building a permanent one. Construction on the new park, which will be built beside the fairground’s annex building, is set to begin this summer. It will be somewhere between 12,000 to 15,000 square feet. For local skaters, it’s a welcomed idea, especially when it comes to the next generation. “Their parents aren’t just going be […]

  • Winston-Salem officials looking to cut down on employee-related vehicle accidents

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Winston-Salem police officers have been involved in 18 accidents while on duty so far in 2015. For the last few months, city officials have been working on a way to cut down on the wrecks — but they want to stress — this is not a police department issue; it’s a city-wide one. When it comes to police, they have an added number of distractions while behind the wheel. “They have a radio, they have a cellphone […]

  • Deputy sitting next to Wilkes County sergeant when he was shot recounts shootout

    WILKES COUNTY, N.C. – Wilkes County Deputy Sergeant Steven Russell is out of the hospital and back at home after being shot outside Jonesville on Monday. However, without the help of his fellow deputy — who was sitting next to Sergeant Russell when he was hit — he may not have been so lucky. FOX8 has learned that Sergeant Russell was in an SUV driven by Wilkes County Sheriff Chris Shew when they responded to the scene on North River […]

  • Caught on camera: Burglars steal hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of racing engines in King

    KING, N.C. — You can help catch a group of crooks if you recognize the people in the above video exclusively obtained by FOX8. These burglars, believed to have been in a group of two or three, broke into Buck Racing Engines in King around 11 Thursday night. First, it appears they cut a hole in a back fence. One of them then used spray paint to black out a camera in the back of the business. Owner Charlie Buck […]

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    North Carolina shark attacks: Conditions of victims improve

    OAK ISLAND, N.C. — Any other summer day, the waters off North Carolina’s Oak Island would be alive with the sounds of vacationers frolicking in the surf. On Monday, the beach wasn’t empty, but nearly everyone stayed on dry land. The reason? It was the day after two teenagers lost arms in separate shark attacks. This area, which has mostly houses and no high-rises, does not attract the throngs of visitors that more touristy beaches do. It’s mostly a haven […]

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    Update: US 52 southbound in Winston-Salem reopens after wreck involving tractor-trailer

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — U.S. 52 southbound in Winston-Salem has reopened after a wreck involving a tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle near Patterson Avenue. The wreck happened around 1 a.m. Tuesday. The driver of the tractor-trailer said he was traveling in the right lane when he noticed the passenger vehicle passing in the left lane. He said it looked like the vehicle was losing traction because of the wet roads. The tractor-trailer driver said the driver of the passenger vehicle lost control hitting […]

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    Core drilling in Walnut Cove begins four days early

    WALNUT COVE, N.C. — Test drilling for shale gas in Walnut Cove has begun; four days earlier than expected. State officials say the company doing the drilling – Patterson Exploration Services – was scheduled to begin core drilling on Friday, June 12. However, they were able to start earlier because their drilling in the Cumberland-Marlboro took less time than originally expected. “Keep the local people in the dark and proceed at whatever pace the government entities want,” said  Mary Kerley, […]

  • Experts say more bears are coming to the Piedmont Triad

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Experts say that the black bear population is growing in our state and that means more of them could be making their way to the highly populated Piedmont counties. Last weekend, a black bear was killed along Business 40 in Winston-Salem. “It was about 125-130 pound black bear, which is pretty typical for a yearling male,” said James Tomberlin, wildlife biologist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission. Tomberlin says around this time of year, the mother […]

  • Crews continue to test methane gas levels at Bowman Gray Stadium

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Crews were at Bowman Gray Stadium Thursday, the day after the city of Winston-Salem said they found high concentrations of methane gas in and around the stadium. “Right now it’s about characterizing what the issues are at the location; do we have any health risk or safety risk?” said Winston-Salem Director of Stormwater and Erosion Control Keith Huff. Huff told FOX8 that the crews have found methane gas levels as high as 50 percent on the stadium […]

  • Yadkin County officially files complaint regarding hospital shutdown

    YADKINVILLE, N.C. — Yadkin County has officially filed their complaint against CAH Acquistions 10, LLC, with the federal government. This comes more than two weeks after the Yadkin Valley Community Hospital was shut down, more than two months before the county says CAH Acquisitions 10 was contractually obligated to continue operating the hospital. The county had originally filed a lawsuit against the company, which was set to be heard in Wake County District Court. Yadkin County says CAH Acquisitions 10 […]

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    Storm downs trees in Davie County

    DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. — A storm blew through Davie County Tuesday night, knocking down trees and leaving a trail of debris. One resident, who lives on Red Bud Lane, said the storm lasted 30 minutes and brought heavy winds and rain. He said the storm was the worst he’d seen there in 20 years.  


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