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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
  • Forsyth Co. hospital chosen as Ebola treatment center for Novant Health patients

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Novant Health’s Forsyth Medical Center has been chosen as an Ebola treatment center – one of two in the Novant Health system in North Carolina. That means if someone were to be diagnosed with the virus at one of Novant Health’s other health care centers, they could end up in Winston-Salem. “We have the resources, we have the capacity and we have the intellectual capital,” said Larry Nycum, MD, vice president of medical staff services for the […]

  • Joshua Fredrick Wetzler, Tommy Dean Welch

    Skeletal remains found in Clemmons backyard ID’d

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — The skeletal remains found in the backyard of a home in Clemmons have been identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office. The remains were found on Oct. 5 in the backyard of 2749 Knob Hill Drive. The first victim has been identified as 37-year-old Joshua Fredrick Wetzler. The second victim has been identified as 36-year-old Tommy Dean Welch. “I would like to know why,” said Martha Wetzler, Joshua’s mother. “Why? Why they killed either one of these men.” Three people […]

  • Man critically injured in hit-and-run while on morning walk in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Highway Patrol officials are investigating a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian who was on his morning walk. The incident happened Friday morning at about 7 a.m. near the intersection of Union Cross and Willard roads. The 79-year-old man, identified as Steve Roper, was wearing a reflective vest and blinking light when he was struck. EMS officials say Roper, who has a fractured skull, has been taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Roper, who is in critical condition, does […]

  • Pazuzu Illah Algarad, 35, and Amber Nicole Burch, 24, both of 2749 Knob Hill Drive in Clemmons

    Couple accused of burying two people in yard were living off taxpayer dollars

    FORSYTH COUNTY — Court documents now say that, before their arrests, alleged killers Pazuzu Algarad and Amber Burch were living off of taxpayer dollars. The documents say that the two, who are accused of killing one person each and then burying the bodies in the backyard of their home in Clemmons, were taking in $1,221 a month combined; all from social security. Burch was collecting $721 a month from Social Security, according to the documents. Her expenses were listed as $200 […]

  • Clemmons murder suspect sacrificed animals, spoke ‘as though he was possessed,’ according to source

    CLEMMONS, N.C. – For more than four days we’ve been figuring out what went on inside a Clemmons home, before two bodies were found buried in the back yard. And since they were found on Sunday, we’ve been watching the aftermath. Yet, what took place there around the time the bodies were buried has only been told through brief descriptions on arrest warrants — until now. One person, who claims to have been there around the time warrants say the bodies […]

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    Skeletal remains found in Clemmons backyard were buried in 2009

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — Three days after two bodies were discovered the back yard of a home in Clemmons we now know more details about those bodies and when they were allegedly buried. Warrants say that Pazuzu Algarad killed someone and buried that person in his back yard on Knob Hill Drive in July of 2009. They also say that his self-proclaimed wife, Amber Burch, helped him bury that body. Burch’s warrants say that she killed an unidentified male and with the […]

  • Schools in Surry Co. doing unannounced lockdown drills

    SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — In the wake of multiple school shootings, schools and authorities in the Piedmont are stepping up their preparations for emergency situations. In Surry County, they’re doing school lockdown drills; but in a way Sheriff Graham Atkinson says is as realistic as possible, without traumatizing the students. “What we’ve done over the last several years is incrementally made the drills more realistic, more intense and change them up every year,” said Sheriff Atkinson. The sheriff’s office sends […]

  • Boxwood blight harming Piedmont hedges

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A fungus has made its way to North Carolina, which is threatening popular plants; boxwoods. Boxwoods can be found in almost every neighborhood. They’re green year-round and easy to maintain. Most of the time boxwoods are trimmed as hedges and line driveways and homes. The fungus, called boxwood blight, popped up in Great Britain in the 1990s. “And then into New York in the year 2000, and it’s worked its way down as far south as North […]

  • Redevelopment raises concerns in Mount Airy

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — A city redevelopment plan, which once included only city property, may now include 20 properties owned by residents. The Mount Airy Redevelopment Commission was formed with the idea of refurbishing the old Spencer’s plant, which is located just outside the city’s downtown area. However, the city has now named 20 other properties which they believe are “eyesores,” to possibly be included in the plan. “It’s just time that something else is put here that would make […]

  • Winston-Salem police investigating possible rape at assisted living facility

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police are investigating a possible rape at an assisted living center inside the city. The alleged victim is a client at the Cornerstone Living Center, at 2900 Reynolds Park Road in Winston-Salem, and the suspect is a worker there. The case is officially being handled as a second-degree rape. Police say the victim is listed as a female but other information about her was unavailable. The suspect is listed as a male. The alleged incident was […]

  • Mayberry Days festival starts in Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — It’s a festival that signifies a simpler time in the lives of people all across our country, and it started right here in the Piedmont. The Mayberry Days festival began in Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy 25 years ago, as a one-day festival with very limited funding. Today, it has grown into a four-day attraction which brings in tens of thousands of people from all over the country. “I love seeing the town transform back […]

  • Davie Co. celebrates groundbreaking for new high school

    DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. — After a decade of debate, Davie County is getting a new high school and today marked the official groundbreaking of its new site. “It’s a very emotional day in Davie County for people that have worked very hard for it,” said Deana Roberts, mother of a Davie County 5th grader and high school freshman. The current Davie County High School was built in 1956 to house 725 students. There was no cafeteria, no gymnasium and no […]


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