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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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    Family member of missing Clemmons woman speaks in hope of finding answers

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — Nearly two weeks after her disappearance, a family member of 63-year-old Gayle Fleming is speaking to the media for the first time. “When I found out about it, it just completely floored me,” said Joshua Fleming, Gayle’s stepson, speaking exclusively to FOX8’s Michael Hennessey. “You never know how much you really care for somebody until a moment like this.” Gayle was reported missing by family, after they last saw her at her Clemmons home on Sunday, April […]

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    Man tries to rob Winston-Salem bank with uniformed deputy inside

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police say a man tried to rob a Winston-Salem bank Friday while a uniformed deputy was inside. Deputy J.M. Boysel with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said he was inside the Wells Fargo, located at 701 N. Martin Luther King Drive, when the robbery took place. “I was in the bank. A teller motioned for me to come over to her quickly,” Boysel said. “She told me she had just been robbed.” The teller gave Boysel a […]

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    Local authorities warn of vehicle break-ins both where you live and where you play

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. – For law enforcement, the formula for preventing vehicle break-ins is relatively simple; lock your doors and hide your valuables. As the temperatures rise, historically, so do break-ins. It’s for that reason authorities are encouraging citizens to remember to be extra vigilant. “If you don’t protect yourself as much as you can, you’re taking a chance,” said June Moore, who regularly leaves her vehicle while visiting Tanglewood Park in Clemmons. At Tanglewood Park, and many others in […]

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    Winston-Salem offering $250 reward for information stopping illegal dumping

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Keeping your neighborhood clean can be time-consuming as it is; never mind when people come into your neighborhood and leave their trash for someone else to pick up. The City of Winston-Salem has identified at least 15 problem areas where they have either noticed or received complaints about illegal dumping. “You see people dumping couches and mattresses and everything,” said Maxine Meeks, who lives in one of those areas. If you were to drive around the corner from […]

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    Largest search for missing 63-year-old Clemmons woman comes up empty

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — The largest search thus far for a missing 63-year-old Clemmons woman was the latest of the searches to turn up nothing today. Gayle Annette Fleming was reported missing over a week ago, last Sunday, by family members. Last Wednesday, a family member located Fleming’s car at Tanglewood Park, which prompted a two-day search for Fleming by both air and ground. Today, about 100 volunteers, along with about 50 Forsyth County sheriff’s deputies, 20 Forsyth County Parks workers, […]

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    Missing Kernersville teen’s father: ‘It’s unusual, out of the norm, for him to just be gone’

    BOONE, N.C. — The questions surrounding the disappearance of a 19-year-old Kernersville teen are mounting, as police and family continue to search for James Martin Roberts, better known as Martin. “It’s unusual, out of the norm, for him to just be gone,” said John Roberts, Martin’s father. “That’s not how he is.” Martin went to East Forsyth High School, where he was a soccer captain. After graduation, he became a student at Appalachian State University. “Without even visiting he said, […]

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    Crews search Tanglewood Park for missing 63-year-old Clemmons woman

    CLEMMONS, N.C. – Day two of a search for a missing Clemmons woman turned up nothing inside Tanglewood Park Thursday. On Sunday, 63-year-old Gayle Annette Fleming was reported missing, by family, to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s office. A missing person’s alert was sent out, which was upped to a Silver Alert once deputies learned she took medication for high blood pressure. On Wednesday, Fleming’s red passenger vehicle was found inside Tanglewood Park, in a smaller parking lot near the dog […]

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    Video shows car crashing into popular local frozen yogurt shop

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Surveillance cameras inside Sweet Frog’s Frozen Yogurt on Summit Square Boulevard in Winston-Salem show the destructive moment a car crashed into the shop. “I was probably seven feet away,” said Justin Williams, a cashier at the shop. The 2006 Nissan Altima, driven by 32-year-old Jarrett Tyler Cook, of Kernersville, barreled through the front window of the shop around 8:40 Tuesday evening. “I guess he was trying to make it a drive-thru,” said Brian Ricciardi, owner of Mozzarella […]

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    City leaders react to release of body camera video from night of Travis Page’s death

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Two days after Travis Page died after being taken into Winston-Salem police custody, the Minister’s Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity, along with city leaders, called a press conference to demand the release of the footage captured by the body cameras on the officers involved. “We wanted a thorough investigation. We wanted the videos released in a timely manner,” said Bishop Todd L. Fulton, president of the Minister’s Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity. Last month, after the close […]

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    Prayer vigil held in response to LGBT day of silence outside local school campus

    RONDA, N.C. — On a day where thousands of people nationwide stayed silent in support of the LGBT community, another group gathered outside a local school for a prayer vigil in response. About 100 people joined in, on the outskirts of the East Wilkes High School campus in Ronda, including students from the school. “A gang of youth that walked out of class, walked out of school, to show their support and to show their love of their God,” said […]

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    Domestic violence results in death of Winston-Salem woman

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Domestic violence resulted in the death of a 53-year-old Winston-Salem woman early Thursday morning. Police say they were called out to a home on Dacian Street shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday after a report of a physical altercation. People living nearby tell FOX8 the fight could be heard by neighbors. “The detectives did come to our house and ask if we heard shots, screams or banging,” said Celina Flores, who lives across the street. “The neighbors did […]

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    Piedmont Triad parents failing to meet their young children at bus stops

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — So far in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools 2015-2016 school year, there have been thousands of instances where a child was not met by a parent or guardian at their bus stop and they could not be dropped off after school. The school system’s policy is that all children pre-K through first grade must be met at their bus stop in order to be dropped off and the same goes for exceptional children. In addition, some second graders […]


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