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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
  • Wilkes County K-9 deputy trained to find prescription pills

    WILKESBORO, N.C. — She’s playful, gentle and a deputy’s new best friend; but if you’re a pill pusher in Wilkes County, she’s about to become your worst enemy. Her name is Jett; a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, and she’s the newest K-9 deputy at the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office. They have had K-9 deputies in the past, but Jett is different. “We’ve had dogs in the past that have not been able to pick up on pills,” said Deputy Tim Rhoades, […]

  • Blood clot treatment practiced in Triad gains national recognition

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A treatment used by doctors at a Forsyth County hospital to treat major blood clots has been proven effective according to a new study published by the New England Journal of Medicine. Until now, the conventional way of treating blood clots was a medication called tPA, commonly known as a clot-busting medication. However, the doctors at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center believed they had a more effective way of treating major blood clots. “We know that that […]

  • Troopers riding with school buses to cut down on passing violations

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — In the past 14 years, 15 students have been killed by drivers while trying to get on their school bus in North Carolina. Troopers estimate that on any given day, 3,000 people illegally pass school buses. “We know that violations are taking place because the school bus drivers are telling us, they’re documenting this,” said Master Trooper Chris Knox, of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. To protect the 800,000 North Carolina students who ride buses […]

  • Lawmakers looking for funds to update Triad autopsy center

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C — Over the past year, North Carolina lawmakers have been seeing increased complaints regarding a backlog in autopsies done in our state. It began in reference to criminal complaints, but they have also been receiving letters from family members waiting to find out how their loved ones died. “There are actually very heart-wrenching cases where it’s taken years before they’ve got closure on the death of a loved one,” said Representative Donny Lambeth, who is also a former […]

  • Man charged with killing Triad man in hit-and-run now charged with two fire-related deaths

    In the midst of one of the worst winter storms in recent North Carolina history, two good Samaritans — one from the Triad — were killed while trying to help stranded motorists on I-40 outside Raleigh. Now, the man allegedly responsible has been charged in connection to two more deaths. On Feb. 13, 39-year-old Larry Kepley, of Winston-Salem, had stopped to help motorists who had lost control during the icy conditions. Another man, 34-year-old Nathaniel Williams, had also stopped to […]

  • ‘Black Lives Matter’ march organized in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — In the hope of getting their message across, community activists have organized a march in Winston-Salem, under the theme “Black Lives Matter.” However, what they truly mean is, “Black lives matter, brown lives matter, all lives matter,” said organizer Kim Porter. Porter, along with other activists and organizers say they’re peacefully assembling to spread the word of a problem that has gone unheard for generations. “Being oppressed, being criminalized, being policed, having their rights stripped away from […]

  • Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center doctors may have found treatment for central sleep apnea

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — For years, millions of Americans — and even more people worldwide — have been hoping for a viable treatment for central sleep apnea. Thanks to some local Triad doctors, help may not be far ahead. Central sleep apnea is a disorder where the brain doesn’t send signals to the lungs telling them to breathe during sleep. Doctors estimate that one to two million Americans suffer from the disorder, but say many more may not be aware they […]

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    Woman seriously injured in Winston-Salem crash

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A woman is in serious condition after the truck she was riding in went airborne and she was ejected. It happened at Cleveland Avenue and CE Gray Drive in Winston-Salem just before 9:30 last night. The truck, a 2013 Toyota Tundra, was going down Cleveland Avenue close to where it becomes a dead-end. The Tundra, driven by 35-year-old Jeremiah Dare, of Lexington, went through a tree line which is about 50 feet above U.S. 52. The truck […]

  • Grandmother of teen killed in wreck speaks in hope of stopping fatalities

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — When Sallie Coburn last spoke with her grandson, 17-year-old Drake Brown, on Nov. 22, he was at a Kernersville restaurant waiting for a friend to get off work. He told her he was planning to “hang out” for a bit, then sleep out. “He told me he loved me, he said he’d be careful,” she said. “I told him I loved him again. I said, ‘Be careful.’ I haven’t talked to him since.” Police say that about […]

  • Local agencies band together to combat ‘unprecedented’ number of fatal crashes

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Piedmont Triad has lost 14 community members due to car crashes in a nine-day period; and law enforcement agencies are calling it an “unprecedented” spike in fatalities. “I do not remember a period of time that we had this many losses in such a small time frame,” said Capt. Jeff Watson of the Winston-Salem Police Department. In an effort to stop the deaths, members from eight agencies – on both the local and state levels – […]

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    Wal-Mart coming to King

    KING, N.C. — Wal-Mart is coming to town; not the jingle many King residents wanted to recite this holiday season. Yet, after a city council meeting Monday evening, it was decided – the superstore will be setting up shop near Five Forks Street just off South Main. Wal-Mart first approached the city about moving in about a year ago. After multiple discussions, their rezoning request was approved. “A lot of our people in town have voted against it and tried […]

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    State finds excessive feces, dried blood in Yadkin County Animal Shelter

    YADKINVILLE, N.C. — Blood on the walls, excessive amounts of feces, and poor ventilation — these are just some of the problems the state found at the Yadkin County Animal Shelter. The state’s inspection, which took place on Nov. 6, found that the shelter was in violation of seven categories. They were deemed “not acceptable,” and are as follows: Daily waste removal Thermometer present Indoor ventilation Waste removal two times a day Clean and repair the building/grounds Number of employees […]

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