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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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    Winston-Salem issues urgent warning about kerosene-gasoline mix-up at convenience store

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The City of Winston-Salem released an urgent alert Wednesday night regarding kerosene purchased at a local convenience store. Anyone who purchased kerosene from the Akron Market Citgo station, located at 3890 Glenn Ave., in the last 10 days should not use it, the city said. According to Jeff Heitman, Winston-Salem Fire Department division chief, the kerosene tank was filled with gasoline on Jan. 2. Heitman said his understanding is that the station sold 30 gallons to a […]

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    Fugitive wanted in connection to New York homicide captured in Forsyth County

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A suspect connected to a homicide that occurred in Buffalo, New York was arrested in Forsyth County on Wednesday. Authorities say the fugitive — 32-year-old Daren M. Alexis, Jr. — was involved in a shooting, which resulted in a homicide on August 5, 2016. Buffalo police received information which led them to believe Alexis was in Forsyth County. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office says their detectives worked with Buffalo police to locate Alexis at a local car wash, […]

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    Mother speaks of addiction after daughter found dead from apparent overdose at Taco Bell in King

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Twenty-two years ago, Madison Bailey Marini was born. Her mother, Claudia, says she gave her daughter those names because they’re strong names; Madison meaning “gift of God,” or, “strong fighter,” Bailey derived from the noun “bailiff.” “She had so much compassion deep in her. She loved to read, and sing and she was brilliant,” Claudia Marini said. Madison was a straight-A student, a soccer goalie and a singer among other things. Around high school graduation time, however, Claudia […]

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    Winston-Salem woman’s home shot into as she attended church on New Year’s Eve

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Making the decision to spend New Year’s Eve in God’s house may be the best choice one local woman and her daughter made in all of 2016. “Thank God we were in church,” said Doris Terry, of Winston-Salem. Terry and her daughter chose to spend the last minutes of 2016 at a watch night service at their church – Mt. Olive Baptist Church – this past weekend. After the ball dropped and well-wishes were exchanged, they headed […]

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    More than 500 vehicle break-ins in Forsyth and Guilford counties in December

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — More than 500 vehicle break-ins in Forsyth and Guilford counties. No, that’s not the total for all of 2016; it’s the total for December, so far. “We’ve had a ton of breaking and entering vehicles here in this last month,” said Officer Jerry L. Redden, of the Kernersville Police Department. “56.” Yet, 56 is a relatively small number when compared to the numbers in Greensboro and Winston-Salem. Winston-Salem police say they’ve had 190 vehicle break-ins since Dec. 1. […]

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    Generosity, lifesaving continues at Forsyth Humane Society

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A donation which covered the adoption fees for 48 animals at the Forsyth Humane Society will have impacts lasting well beyond when the last covered animal is brought home. The Humane Society says “paying it forward” is now coming into play. “We actually did more adoptions than the donation covered,” said Mitra Wilkenfeld, marketing and outreach manager for the Forsyth Humane Society. Wilkenfeld added that some animals who were not covered were taken, while two cats who do […]

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    Several drivers targeted by rocks on Highway 52; police release images of suspects

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Driving down the road and being hit by a snowball this holiday season would be frustrating. But, driving down a highway and having a rock thrown at your vehicle would be something different altogether; and for at least eight people in Winston-Salem in the last month, it has been. Police say they have had several reports of people having projectiles thrown at them while traveling down Highway 52 in recent weeks. One of those people is Mike […]

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    Residents not sold on idea that W-S housing authority acquisition of apartment complex will fix problems

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — For people living in the New Hope Manor Apartments, located near Cleveland Avenue in Winston-Salem, silence is golden. Unfortunately, they only get to experience it for a few hours a day. “Before the thugs, and the prostitution, and the drugs, and the addicts and everybody else gets out here,” said Johnnie Quick, a New Hope Manor resident. Quick has lived in the apartment complex since November 2015. He says, in the past year, the conditions there have […]

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    Winston-Salem firefighter gathers toys for brother’s hurricane-ravaged fire department

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Twins have a special connection. For John Powell, a Winston-Salem firefighter, and his twin brother James, chief of the Princeville Fire Department, that’s no different. In October, during Hurricane Matthew, John nearly became the only remaining one of the two. “Some firefighters here told me that they heard that my brother was involved in a rescue and he almost lost his life. So, I called the station, I heard a lot of commotion in the background,” John recalled. […]

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    Chase ends in crash involving Forsyth County deputy, suspects

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A vehicle pursuit ended in a crash involving a Forsyth County sheriff’s deputy Friday afternoon. At 3:25 p.m., Forsyth County deputies respond to a breaking and entering in process on Conrad Road in Lewisville. A caller provided them with a vehicle description and while in route to the break-in, deputies spotted the vehicle. A chase ensued, lasting from Lewisville to the intersection of Yadkinville and Transou roads in Pfafftown, ending in a vehicle collision involving a deputy and […]

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    Winston-Salem package theft caught on camera; another thwarted by alert homeowner, postal worker

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — If you want to catch a package thief, check out the video above. The suspect may not be who you would picture. Winston-Salem police say the woman in the video stole a package off the front porch of a home on Sweetgrass Trail on Dec. 8. “An older lady, not unlike myself,” said the victim’s mother, Shellie Brewer. Brewer tells FOX8 her daughter and husband had been at the home moments before the video was taken. When they […]

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    Winston-Salem mom says man, appearing to be on drugs, could have killed 3-year-old before his own death

    WINSTON-SALEM, NC. — A Winston-Salem woman says a family friend showed up at her house, acting in a manner which could have seriously harmed her 3-year-old son, before dying himself. Police say the ordeal began shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday, when 911 dispatchers received a call saying that a person known to the caller as 36-year-old Marvin Lenard Wardlow was “acting erratically and attempting to force entry into nearby apartments.” As officers were arriving there, they say they received another call that […]