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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.

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Recent Articles
  • 2-year-old girl injured in Winston-Salem shooting

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police are investigating after a 2-year-old girl was shot in Winston-Salem Monday morning, according to Winston-Salem police. At about 10:15 a.m., police went to the 3000 block of Bon Air Avenue in reference to a child being shot. Arriving officers found the girl and a parent and determined the two-year-old was shot in the foot. She was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. According to a press release, the shooting happened after a disagreement between “at least […]

  • ‘Pure evil’: Charges added against man accused of shooting, killing horse along Winston-Salem greenway

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The man arrested in connection to the shootings of three horses in a pasture along the Muddy Creek Greenway in Winston-Salem is facing additional charges. One of the horses, Jelly, was killed after being shot in the head with a rifle, according to her owner, Wendy Weeks. “I don’t know how you got to the point where you thought this was something that was OK to do,” Weeks said. Winston-Salem police say they were called to the […]

  • Retired Winston-Salem police chief honored for his work with children, years of public service

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — For nearly 30 years, retired Winston-Salem Police Chief Barry Rountree served the people of the city. But his legacy lies to some extent in the Winston-Salem Police Foundation, which he founded. According to its website, “the Winston-Salem Police Foundation is a non-profit, independent organization dedicated to enhancing the capacity of the Winston-Salem police to be more effective in improving public safety. Working closely with the Chief of Police, we assist in carrying out a strategic program agenda […]

  • 3rd horse injured in fatal shooting in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police say they have now recovered all three vehicles wanted in connection to what they described as a “heinous crime” after three horses were shot — one fatally — on Saturday. “I think I’m still kind of in the — I’m going to wake up and this is going to be a bad dream,” said Kaye Johnson, the owner of one of the surviving horses, Dixie. Police say around 7:40 a.m. Saturday, they were dispatched to […]

  • Man rescued after falling 40 feet at Pilot Mountain identified, released from hospital

    SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — The father of a 21-year-old who was rescued after falling 40 feet at Pilot Mountain Wednesday is providing some insight into what happened before and after his son’s accident. The 21-year-old has been identified as Dylan Pappas, of Florida. Dylan’s father, Gary Pappas, tells FOX8 that Dylan is an experienced climber, who graduated from the University of Florida this past weekend. “He’s putting a lot of time into safety, and training and he knows that he’s […]

  • Winston-Salem Fire Department recruit sacrifices kidney to save daughter while in training

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — David Emery, 29, is one of the Winston-Salem Fire Departments newest recruits. However, he’s also one of the oldest and most unlikely. “We had a 2-year-old son, just a happy, normal family doing sort of the normal things,” said Emery, of his family’s life before his wife Brittany became pregnant with her second child. In 2016, Emery was working as an attorney, when doctors realized the Emerys second child was having health issues. “About halfway through the […]

  • Driver of 18-wheeler credited with preventing further accidents, injuries during 14-vehicle pile-up in Forsyth County

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The driver of an 18-wheeler is being credited with preventing further accidents by police, and possibly saving lives by witnesses, after a 14-vehicle pile-up in Forsyth County Wednesday morning. “It’s a work zone, so there’s barriers up along the right side, you have a guardrail on the left,” said Chris York, who was behind the 18-wheeler when the accidents happened. Winston-Salem police say a car had a blowout on Business 40 near Linville Road during the […]

  • Winston-Salem church destroyed in overnight fire

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The most recent sermon delivered at the New Gospel Tabernacle Holiness Church in Winston-Salem was centered around “preparing for war.” “We are in a spiritual battle, not just a physical battle,” said church Deacon Avery Cockerham, when asked how he interpreted his pastor’s message. “To forge ahead and deal with today’s problems,” Deacon Joniest Moses added. However, when church members walked out of the front doors of the church around noon Sunday, they had no idea that […]

  • Winston-Salem police teach safety course as motorcyclists hit the road for spring, summer

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — With spring-like weather around the corner, motorcycle riders will most likely be hitting the road. For drivers, that means a need to double check sight lines. For riders, it means it’s time to freshen up your skills. “I try to take a refresher course every year or so,” said Jerry Canterbury, who’s been riding for about 30 years. Canterbury was one of the people who participated in a BikeSafe North Carolina course on Friday, being taught by […]

  • Assault on police officer sparks chase in Winston-Salem, officer injured

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem police officer is recovering after Winston-Salem police officials say he was assaulted with a vehicle while trying to serve a warrant Thursday morning. Zachary Marshall Lynn, 31, of Lexington, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing to elude arrest, felony hit-and run-resulting in serious bodily injury, misdemeanor hit-and-run with property damage, driving while license revoked, careless and reckless driving and failure to stop at a duly erected stop […]

  • 2 women killed in Winston-Salem crash identified; 3 juveniles injured

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Two sisters were killed, and three juveniles were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Winston-Salem Tuesday morning, according to a news release from Winston-Salem police. The crash happened in the 700 block of East Clemmonsville Road at 8:17 a.m. “I was actually in the car with them, probably about an hour or so before the crash actually happened,” said Latrelle McIntyre, the sisters’ nephew. McIntyre tells FOX8 they had dropped him off at school. “My last words […]

  • Winston-Salem firefighter saves dog from fire the day after losing her dog to cancer

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Kelly Jernigan is not only a captain with the Winston-Salem Fire Department, but also an animal lover. “I just lost one yesterday,” she said. About three years ago, Jernigan took in two Dobermans that were rescues. One was named Zion. “When they got out in the yard, the one that just died, it’s almost like he had never seen grass before,” Jernigan said. On Tuesday, Zion, who they estimated at about 11 years old, had to be […]