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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
  • Woman’s dog accidentally euthanized at Forsyth County Animal Shelter

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A Forsyth County woman’s dog was required to be quarantined at the animal shelter. However, when she went to pick him up, she found that a case of mistaken identity led to tragedy. Ashley Burton adopted her border collie/lab mix about five years ago, when he was six weeks old, and named him Maximus. In June, Maximus – who she knew to be very protective – made a mistake. “Maximus did what he thought he was supposed […]

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    New details emerge in deadly Davie County dog attack, woman retrieving mail when attacked

    DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. — The dog who killed a Davie County woman Monday night near Cooleemee had a history of attacking other dogs and going through people’s trash — but had no history of attacking humans, authorities said. The dog, a pit bull named Patch, had been declared a “nuisance animal” from a previous incident in May 2015, when the dog left the owner’s property and got into a fight with another dog. The owner, Latisha Young, of 249 Clark […]

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    3-year-old boy drowns in Davie County pool

    DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. — A 3-year-old boy drowned in southern Davie County on Monday, Sheriff Andy Stokes confirmed Tuesday afternoon. The incident, which was reported to authorities Monday as a near-drowning, happened at 1644 Junction Road near Cooleemee. Sheriff Stokes said there was a group of children playing in their grandparent’s pool, but when they got out they realized one was missing. They then checked the pool and found the boy. EMS worked extensively to revive him and brought him […]

  • Winston-Salem father outraged when morning school bus driver is no-show, sons take wrong bus home

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — For one Forsyth County family, the first day of school started early, but not on time; and the end to their day came much later than expected. “We went out to meet the bus and we waited and waited,” said Andrew Houston, father of two Smith Farm Elementary School students. “The bus was supposed to arrive around 7:30.” Houston waited with his two sons — Gabriel, 7, and Michael, 5 — until about 8 in the morning; […]

  • Scammer pretending to be well-known local law enforcement official

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – There’s a new scam out there, which is targeting people from Alamance, Davidson, Forsyth, Randolph and Wake counties. The scammer is impersonating a well-known local law enforcement official and people are falling for it. Brad Stanley, chief deputy with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, says the scammer is pretending to be him. “She recognized the name and knew of the affiliation with the sheriff’s office, so she thought that it was legitimate,” Stanley said, of one of […]

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    Warrants issued for Discovery Channel TV personality in connection to King Buck Racing Engines heist

    KING, N.C. — Police have issued arrest warrants for two men they believe are responsible for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of racing engines from Buck Racing Engines in King; and one of the men appeared on the popular Discovery Channel series “Street Outlaws.” On June 19, owner Charlie Buck says he came to work only to discover that his shop had been broken into, and at the time thought that up to $800,000 worth of engines had […]

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    Winston-Salem police investigating child’s death as possible child abuse

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Winston-Salem Police Department is investigating the death of a 2-year-old child from Stokes County. As of now, the police department is calling it a child abuse case. Officials say the child was from Stokes County, but the possible abuse happened inside the Winston-Salem city limits. On Sunday, police and EMS responded to the 5400 block of Grubbs Street in reference to an unresponsive child. The child was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. On Wednesday […]

  • Schools struggle to fill open teacher positions before school starts

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — Regardless of how you feel about it, summer is over. Well, at least for the kids. Some school systems in our area have the students scheduled to return to school next Monday and teachers made their return today. “I was anxious this morning,” said Waverly Lynch, a first-year English teacher at West Forsyth High School. “Woke up a little earlier than expected, but I was excited to come in today.” However, in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system, […]

  • Racing legends reflect on Bowman Gray Stadium on eve of its 1,000th NASCAR event

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Saturday will be a historic night for Bowman Gray Stadium, as it hosts its one thousandth NASCAR sanctioned event. “That’s a pretty big milestone for a weekly race track,” said Gray Garrison, with Bowman Gray Stadium management. The track has been officially running races for 67 years now. In those 67 years, with the exception of some structures, little has changed. “It’s been paved a couple of times, which creates a little bit of differences for a […]

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    Arrested Winston-Salem officer allegedly told victim he would ‘wreck his life’

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A Winston-Salem police officer who was arrested in Charlotte Tuesday night allegedly threatened one of his victims. Editor’s note: Story contains profanity.  Byron Mark Jamerson told one of his victims he was going to “beat [his] ass and wreck [his] life.” According to arrest warrants obtained by FOX8, Jamerson — who began his career as an officer with the Winston-Salem Police Department in August 2007 — communicated the above threat to a male victim, which resulted in […]

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    Winston-Salem police officer arrested on breaking and entering, assault charges

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem police officer was arrested following an alleged assault inside a Charlotte diner. A listing on the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office website shows that 33-year-old Byron Mark Jamerson was arrested Tuesday night shortly before 11 p.m. and was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female as well as misdemeanor breaking and entering. Winston-Salem Police Chief Barry Rountree did confirm that he became aware that one of his employees was “involved in an incident in Charlotte that […]

  • Winston-Salem council member ends discussion of ‘Dixie Classic Fair’ name change

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — An official with the City of Winston-Salem confirmed to FOX8 that Councilman James Taylor Jr. will no longer consider changing the name of the Dixie Classic Fair. On Tuesday, Taylor told FOX8 that some of the people he represents find the “Dixie Classic Fair” name to be “offensive.” Taylor said that some people were “angry” with the name and believed the city should consider changing it. He added that — as a city that is progressive — […]


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