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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.

If you see story that needs attention, or just want to say hello, please don’t hesitate to reach out!


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    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – If you don’t have kids, you may have forgotten, but Monday was the first day of school for much of the Piedmont Triad. In case you did forget, law enforcement officers were staked out to remind you, should you give them a reason to. “It’s the first day of school back, we’re gonna be out in school zones enforcing it and kind of getting people back in the habit of realizing school’s back in session,” said Master […]

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    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — As day two of the search for a missing Forsyth County middle school teacher comes to a close, we’re learning about what made him so special to those whose lives he touched. “He has a really big heart, and that’s why he connects with kids and adults alike with no problem,” said Cam Kilby, director of Child Care Services at the William G. White Jr. YMCA in Winston-Salem. On Thursday, deputies say they were asked to make […]

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    Drivers illegally passing school buses before school year starts

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The school year hasn’t started for many students and people are already passing school buses. “It’s extremely dangerous. We’ve got children that are crossing the street trying to get on the bus so we can get them to and from school very safely,” said Cris Cox, assistant transportation director for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system. On Wednesday, bus drivers were on their practice routes in Forsyth County, and reported drivers passing them while they were stopped with […]

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    Mount Airy police using new gadget to collect data on speeders

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – Mount Airy is well known for its small town feel and “slow” way of life. But, in talking to some residents, you’ll find that there’s a danger which has crept into – or better yet – sped into their neighborhoods. “If Lulu and I were out walking, we would know that we better scurry out of the road in a hurry,” said Hazel Jessee, who’s lived in the town for about six years. Jessee’s road is […]

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    WALKERTOWN, N.C. — A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper saved a high-speed chase suspect from a burning vehicle after the chase ended in a collision. Officials say the chase began in Stokes County at about 7:40 a.m. when the driver failed to pull over for an expired registration violation, and led to the crash, which occurred at 7:45 a.m. in Forsyth County. “I heard it one time, like one big boom,” said Ves Rucker, who lives nearby. Troopers say the […]

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    Parents to pay for children’s damage to school bus seats, or child could be suspended from bus

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system dished out $40,000 Wednesday, solely for repairs to school bus seats; repairs to damage caused by students. “Our budget for the year is $80,000 for seat repairs, and we’ll use every bit of it,” said Darrell Taylor, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools transportation director. Taylor said every year, students use pens, keys and sometimes knives to tear or vandalize the seats. “They rip the seats, they tear the seats, pull out the foam cushioning in […]

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    North Carolina troopers receive lifesaving trauma kits

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The North Carolina Highway Patrol and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have teamed up in the hope of preventing deaths due to blood loss. “Any time we have an active shooting situation, which seems to be occurring every day across the U.S., we go to the fight as they say,” said Lt. Jeff Gordon of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Troopers are often the first responders to scenes involving traumatic injury, such as gunshot or stab wounds. […]

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    WSFCS pilot program cuts down on bus driver training backlog

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — When it comes to school buses, safety and timeliness are often the most important factors to parents. Last year, timeliness became an issue in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system and a backlog was a major factor. The backlog was in relation to driver training, consisting of three main portions; classroom, behind the wheel and final testing. In the past, training for all drivers would have been done solely through the DMV and this led to a backlog […]

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    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A former volunteer teaching assistant at a local elementary school has been charged with third degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Police say 75-year-old Walter Schorer printed photographs of elementary school-aged females at a local CVS on Sept. 23, 2015. A CVS employee contacted police, who later determined that the pictures were taken inside the cafeteria of Diggs-Latham Elementary School, where Schorer was volunteering. “It was strictly pictures of various children, specifically girls,” said Lt. E.R. Montgomery, of […]

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    Local student athletes across all sports tested as part of NCAA concussion study

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Student athletes at a total of 31 institutions – including Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State universities – are going through their first tests of the year. But, they’re not being graded; instead, they’re being evaluated. The results from the tests could help determine which sports are safest for children to play in generations to come. “Testing our memory, like speed and reaction time,” said Karlee Spirit, a member of the Wake Forest University field hockey team. “Getting to […]

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    Father of Wilkes County deputy dead after shooting at son’s co-workers

    WILKES COUNTY, N.C. — The father of a Wilkes County Deputy Sheriff is dead after a deputy-involved shooting that occurred at 5047 Congo Road Monday night. At about 9:07 p.m., deputies responded to a shots fired call. Upon arrival, they encountered 64-year-old James Eugene Burgess, who they say was ordered to show his hands, but instead began firing at them. A press release from the sheriff’s office says Sgt. V.E. Byrd and Detective R.J. Adams returned fire, as both they […]

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    Local sanitation workers continue to pick up our garbage in severe heat

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – When heat indexes reach into the triple digits, we often think of the men and women in uniform braving the elements to keep us safe. However, there is a different type of public servant, one with the dirtiest of jobs, which are much less recognized: sanitation workers. “The first week I started I thought I was gonna quit,” said Johann Haney, sanitation worker for the city of Winston-Salem. These men and women dispose of our trash four […]

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