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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
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    Mother of Surry County teen killed in car accident speaks to his peers about choices

    DOBSON, N.C. — The choices you make today can affect the rest of your life. That was the theme before hundreds of Surry County high school students Friday morning as the North Carolina State Highway Patrol presented them with a program they’ve named “Choices.” “If you get involved in a fatal crash, who do you think goes and gives the death notification to your loved one?” Master Trooper J.G. Leonard asked a Surry Central High School student. “I do.” On […]

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    Elderly woman killed in Surry County wreck

    SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — An 87-year-old woman died in a wreck Thursday afternoon. The crash happened at 5:06 p.m. at the intersection of Franklin Road and Forest Drive in Mount Airy. Two cars were involved in the wreck and six people were taken to Northern Hospital in Surry County. Lockie Dorilla Smith, 87, of Haystack Road in Mount Airy, was killed. Smith was pronounced dead at Baptist Hospital after being transferred there from Northern Hospital. The other five patients are all in stable condition. […]

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    One dead in Surry County domestic dispute

    SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — One person is dead after a domestic dispute in Surry County. On Thursday at 9:58 p.m. deputies responded to a call about a domestic dispute at 260 Mt. Pleasant Church Road. The woman living at 260 Mt. Pleasant Church Road told deputies she and Jeremy Matthew Darnell, 37, of 382 Liberty School Road, had broken up Thursday evening. She took him back to his Liberty School Road address and returned home. Darnell then returned to the woman’s home on Mt. Pleasant Church Road and that is […]

  • Overcrowding in NC jails hurts citizens financially, threatens their safety

    DOBSON, N.C. — Overcrowding in jails is a problem many North Carolina sheriffs say is growing; not only hurting taxpayers financially, but also threatening their safety. Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson said the problem with overcrowding began for many agencies when legislation was passed, which took criminals convicted of misdemeanors out of state prisons and into county ones. “This kind of came on us without a lot of warning. If we had had some time to prepare for it, we […]

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    15-year-old skateboarder in ‘very critical’ condition after accident

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — A 15-year-old skateboarder is in “very critical” condition after an accident Sunday afternoon. The accident happened at Renfro and Oak streets at about 1:15 p.m., according to the Mount Airy Police Department. Officers said it appears the skateboarder, who family identified as Hassan Moore, rolled through a stoplight and ran into a pickup. Surry County EMS treated the teen on the scene but Moore was quickly airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “Everything stops. Your […]

  • Firefighters train to rescue victims out of trees ahead of busy season

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — With spring comes severe weather; and with severe weather, come downed trees. Firefighters in the Piedmont Triad want to make sure that, if downed trees put someone in danger, they’re ready to rescue them. “One of the reasons [why] fires are so dangerous, is because [they are] unpredictable and trees are the same way,” said Winston-Salem Fire Captain Eric Compton, who also owns Compton’s Tree Service. Compton’s company was hired by the city of Kernersville to clear […]

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    Bank obtains title to Clemmons home where bodies were found, plans to demolish it

    CLEMMONS, N.C. – The Clemmons “devil worshiper” home is one step closer to being demolished. The note-holder, Wells Fargo, placed the sole bid on the home at auction Tuesday morning. At the conclusion of the auction, the title for the property went back to the bank, which now plans to move forward with their plans to destroy it. The property, located on Knob Hill Drive in Clemmons, once belonged to the mother of Pazuzu Algarad. Algarad and his self-proclaimed wife […]

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    Fire damages Winston-Salem restaurant

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A fire damaged a Winston-Salem restaurant on Monday afternoon. The fire was reported at Wen Hwa Asian Fusion Cuisine, located at 134 Spruce Street North, at about 2:45 p.m. An employee at the restaurant said she was trying to fry chicken when the grease spilled over near the stove and started the fire. The flames rose into the ventilation system between the ceiling and roof, causing the fire to spread. Crews were able to extinguish the fire, but there […]

  • Pistol permits could be eliminated in North Carolina

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Pistols permits could be eliminated altogether in North Carolina. This is thanks to a House Bill 562, which would amend multiple firearm laws. However, one portion of it would do away with certain general statutes; those which apply to pistol permits. “I really don’t think the people that sponsor this legislation have a lot of ill intent, I think the problem is that they don’t really understand the significance of what it is they’re trying to […]

  • Gambling machine business raided, sheriff warns more could meet same fate

    SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — If you’re in the business of illegal gambling machines in Surry County, you’d better watch out. The first of possibly multiple businesses housing the machines was raided this morning. Sheriff Graham Atkinson said this business, called “The Barn,” off Highway 89 outside Mount Airy, had hundreds of machines inside. “As much as two years ago, we started going around to individual businesses and telling them that the machines that they possessed were illegal, the business that […]

  • New NC bill would slap $200 fine on slowpoke drivers

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — If you’re someone who likes to drive slow, a new bill could make you stay out of the fast lane. The bill, introduced to the North Carolina Senate, would fine drivers $200 for going below the maximum speed limit in the lane furthest to the left on a multi-lane highway. “The speed limit is 60, somebody’s going 55 in the fast lane, I’m trying to get by them going 60, they’re creating a dangerous situation,” said Greg […]

  • High fire risk threatens entire Piedmont Triad

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — By 6 p.m. Tuesday, there were at least five brush fires reported in Winston-Salem alone. However, Forsyth County is not the only area of the Piedmont Triad at risk. The National Weather Service issued alerts for increased fire danger for every county in the Piedmont Triad on Tuesday. These were due to high winds, dry conditions and low humidity. Yet, officials are warning that the area will be at risk for fires even after the winds die […]


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