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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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    13-year-old shot in Winston-Salem home invasion

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A 13-year-old boy is recovering after being shot during a home invasion in Winston-Salem late Wednesday evening. Police responded to the shooting at a residence on East Fourth Street just before midnight. The boy’s stepfather told FOX8’s Michael Spears that he was asleep with the boy’s mother when they heard glass breaking inside the house. When they went to investigate, they saw three men in ski masks and the 13-year-old was face down on the floor. “We […]

  • Local organizations donating to fight Ebola in Liberia

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — As the number of Ebola-related deaths continues to rise in Liberia, some local organizations are helping to fight the spread of the deadly virus. The Liberian Organization of the Piedmont reached out to city leaders, asking for help. Winston-Salem, along with Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center answered the call. “It is a huge need. There are thousands and thousands of people that are suffering; that are crying today. There will be people that will […]

  • Bed bug infestation at Winston-Salem fire station

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Firefighters at Winston-Salem’s Fire Station 14 had a rude awakening last week — bed bugs where they sleep. “Some of them reported the actual bites from the bugs themselves,” said David Pollard, of the Winston-Salem Professional Firefighters Association. But when they started looking around the firehouse, they realized the bugs weren’t only confined to their sleeping quarters. “It’s in an office area, in office bags, in totes of equipment that we carry. You know, it’s pretty severe,” […]

  • 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 […]

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