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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
  • Triad family fights off would-be home invaders

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — When KiJuana Foster got her firearm permit a few weeks ago, it was to protect herself and her family. But she never expected she’d have to use it so soon. “By my luck I had that, to protect myself and protect my kids,” she said Thursday morning. About 12 hours earlier, just before midnight on Wednesday, Foster and her fiancé – Roy Rhymer – were asleep in their home on Barbara Jane Avenue in Winston-Salem. “It sounded […]

  • Winston-Salem officer injured in crash

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem police officer is recovering after losing control of his vehicle and hitting a restaurant early Tuesday morning. Officer R. M. Rendleman was responding to assist other officers on a call on the 2300 block of Reynolda Road, when he lost control of his police car and struck Pane E Vino Restaurant, located at 122 Reynolda Village. “When I came and saw the fire trucks all out here I thought it was a drunk driver or something […]

  • Victim in Yadkin County shooting is former county commissioner; fourth suspect captured

    Update 8 p.m. — Detectives with the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office have arrested Trevor Lee Dillard. Dillard, 25, was arrested in Lincoln County with assistance from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Catawba County Sheriff’s Office  and N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. He is charged with kidnapping, larceny of a firearm, attempted first degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy breaking and entering, felony larceny and breaking and entering. Dillard was placed in the Yadkin County Detention Center under a $1 million […]

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    Update: Victim in motorcycle accident on Appomattox Road identified

    Update — The victim in the motorcycle accident on Appomattox Road has been identified as Christopher Joe Purdue, 41, of Greensboro. GREENSBORO, N.C. — One person is dead after an accident involving a motorcycle in Pleasant Garden Friday morning. Troopers said the driver of the motorcycle died after colliding with a GMC pickup at the intersection of McClellan Road and Appomattox Road at about 6:30 a.m. The pickup went to turn left onto Appomattox Road and traveled into the path of the motorcycle, according to officials. The name […]

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    Investigators working to determine cause of 2 fires at same Asheboro townhomes within 12 hours

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Investigators are trying to determine what caused two fires at the same set of townhomes in Asheboro within 12 hours. The first fire broke out around 4 p.m. Monday at a townhouse on Humble Road. Firefighters battled the blaze for about three hours and determined the fire likely started in the kitchen. The families in two townhomes were displaced and power was cut off to both. Both families came back to get some belongings around 9 p.m. Monday and said there was no […]

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    Bank wants to demolish Pazuzu Algarad’s home, but that doesn’t mean it will happen

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — The Clemmons property where two men were found buried last October is in foreclosure. Wells Fargo – the mortgage holder – says it wants to knock the house down. However, that doesn’t mean that they definitely will be able to. The home, located on Knob Hill Drive, once housed Pazuzu Algarad and Amber Burch. The pair is accused of killing Joshua Wetzler, and Tommy Dean Welch, then burying them in the backyard. Forsyth County officials say the […]

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    Fire reported at woodworking shop in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A fire broke out around 6 a.m. Thursday morning, totally destroying a Forsyth County woodworking shop. It happened on Fraternity Church Road outside Winston-Salem. The owner, John Farmer, said he came outside to small fire on the south side of the shop and tried to put it out with buckets of water. However, the dried wood being stored in the building, coupled with chemicals used to treat the wood, caused the fire to spread too quickly. “It […]

  • Community around 10-year-old killed in hit-and-run looks to cut down on speeders

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The community support around the family of Alexander Perez, a Winston-Salem boy killed in a hit-and-run in front of his home on Monday, continues to grow. However, so does the anticipation of knowing what happened during and before the fatal crash. “The car was going so fast,” said George Gonzalez Perez, Alexander’s older brother. “He didn’t even know it was going to hit him.” George — along with his mother and sister — watched as the accident […]

  • Family of Winston-Salem boy killed in hit-and-run speaks out

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — As if losing their loved one wasn’t enough, we’ve learned that the family of 10-year-old Alexander Perez watched as he was hit by an SUV Monday afternoon. Alexander, who had just gotten off of his school bus near the intersection of Wright and Lomond streets, had been walking home when he became the victim of the hit-and-run. His family says his younger sister was walking with him and ran when she saw her mother in the front […]

  • Armed robbery at Winston-Salem assisted living center raises security questions

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem assisted living center was robbed at knifepoint early Friday morning; raising questions about security in nursing and assisted living facilities in our state. An investigation revealed a man, armed with a butcher knife, forced his way into the Cornerstone Living Center at 2900 Reynolds Park Road around 2:55 a.m. The suspect took the victim’s cellphone and wallet, according to police. In addition, the suspect allegedly took a large quantity of prescription medication from the office, […]

  • Winston-Salem police launch new campaign on unsolved homicides

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — In 2014, there were a total of 44 homicides in the three major Triad cities combined; 25 in Greensboro, 15 in Winston-Salem and four in High Point. Of those 44 homicides, 18 remain unsolved. Five of those unsolved homicides happened in Winston-Salem. Detectives say they have viable leads in one of the cases, so they’re asking for the public’s help in solving four of the cases. The first is the killing of Delroy East, who was found […]

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    Greensboro gauging interest from other Triad cities in funding PTI project

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The City of Greensboro has big plans for PTI Airport. However, in an effort to benefit the entire Triad, they are gauging the interest of the other two major cities to see if they’re interested in making it a group effort. Greensboro city officials say the purpose of the project is based around the “bridge to nowhere” at the airport and a parcel of currently undeveloped land. The bridge was constructed with the goal of connecting the […]


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