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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.

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  • Men travel from Miami to Winston-Salem to steal card information at gas pumps, according to police

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A recent arrest made by Winston-Salem police shows that – not only are criminals still after your card information at the pump – but they are traveling great lengths to get it. “My wife just had her card skimmed before from the pump, so it’s definitely a concern,” said Dustin Foley, who said that he always goes to the register to pay for gas. Warrants show that police arrested two men on Monday while they were trying […]

  • Winston-Salem police investigating city’s 5th homicide of 2018

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police are investigating the city’s fifth homicide of the year after a man was shot and killed at the end of a dead-end road Tuesday morning. “We [have] never had [anything] happen like that,” said Harry Andrews, who lives about a half-dozen houses away from where the man was killed. Police say two people called in to report shots being fired around 9:40 on Mount Vernon Avenue, which is off Old Greensboro Road. One of the […]

  • ‘Have some pride’: Winston-Salem’s Quarry Park vandalized, police taking action

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem’s Quarry Park opened to the public in August 2017, but in the six months since, some people have been taking to the park for all the wrong reasons. “There’s this beautiful thing that we have this ability to finally see and enjoy,” Winston-Salem resident Lindsay Reynolds said. “People have put a lot of effort into building this place and designing it.” The park, which offers spectacular views of the quarry and city skyline, is located on […]

  • Documents: Fired DSS director’s ‘grossly inefficient job performance’ cost Forsyth County hundreds of thousands of dollars

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The letter sent to former Forsyth County Department of Social Services Director Debra Donahue, which details the board of social services’ reasoning for firing her, shows they determined Donahue mismanaged funds, caused people to lose their jobs and cost the county hundreds of thousands of dollars. The board unanimously voted to dismiss Donahue from employment Thursday afternoon, two days after they met with her in a closed session special meeting. When Donahue left Tuesday’s meeting, she declined […]

  • Forsyth County Department of Social Services director dismissed

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Forsyth County Board of Social Services has dismissed director Debra Donahue from employment, effective at 5 p.m. Thursday. Donahue, who became director of Forsyth County DSS in November 2014, will have a notice of dismissal forwarded to her. In early January, the Winston-Salem Journal reported that Shontell Robinson, the county’s human resources director, said that Donahue was “out of the office unit further notice,” adding that Ronda Tatum, assistant county manager, will serve as the acting […]

  • Man shot in foot during robbery near Parkland Park in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police are investigating a shooting that happened Wednesday morning near Parkland Park in Winston-Salem, according to police. The shooting happened at about 8 a.m. at the tennis courts at Buchanan Street and Brewer Road. A man told police he was robbed and shot in the foot after a narcotics deal “went bad.” Due to the location of the robbery, local schools were placed on lockdown. The lockdown has since been lifted. He has since been released from a […]

  • School system implementing new guidelines to sports events after pepper spray used on students at Carver High game

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is implementing new guidelines for athletic events after multiple people were taken to the hospital when pepper spray was used to stop a fight at a high school basketball game. Several teenagers face charges after at least three people were taken to the hospital when pepper spray was used at a Carver High School basketball game, as they faced off against Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy last Wednesday. The spray was used after a dispute between […]

  • Investigation into fight at local high school basketball game continues

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police are still investigating what sparked a fight at a local high school basketball game Wednesday night at Carver High School as they hosted Winston-Salem Prep. School officials say the fight was between the two cheerleading squads and broke out around 9:30. “One group was cheering in front of the other group, and somebody didn’t like what was said, or the way it was done,” said Jonathan Wilson, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools security director. Wilson added that there […]

  • Surfaces wiped clean as East Bend Elementary remains closed due to illness-related absences

    EAST BEND, N.C. — East Bend Elementary School staff members spent their Wednesday wiping, spraying and mopping — at least, the ones who weren’t home sick. School administrators say 10 of their 35 staff members are ill. However, it’s the number of students stricken with sicknesses which prompted the school system to shut the school down for two days. “It’s kind of unreal that it had to take us to do this, to close and clean everything,” said Heather Stevens, […]

  • ‘You did not die in vain baby’: Local mother hopes to use daughter’s overdose to save lives

    LEWISVILLE, N.C. — The following poem is the work of Robert Frost, titled “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” The words which it contains came to define the life, and death, of 22-year-old Toria Stevens. Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. “It talks about the flower, only for […]

  • Authorities searching for ‘armed and dangerous’ man who fired shots at Yadkin County deputy

    YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. — Yadkin County authorities are searching for a man accused of firing multiple shots at a deputy, according to Yadkin County Sheriff William Oliver. At about 5 a.m. Tuesday, deputies went to a home in East Bend in reference to a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, deputies found it was occupied by two women and a man. The man, identified as 34-year-old Benji Alton East, of Walnut Cove, ran into the woods and a deputy followed but eventually lost […]

  • Greyhound bus breaks down during snowstorm, stranding passengers in Kernersville

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – Wednesday’s snowstorm turned a bus ride into a particularly turbulent trek for a bus load of passengers in Kernersville. “We passed about four accidents, people in the ditches,” said Melvin Bynum, who was traveling home to the coast from Tennessee. A Greyhound bus picked up the 20 passengers in Winston-Salem, heading to Raleigh. But, after only a few minutes in the treacherous conditions, they realized something wasn’t right. “We were trying to figure out, ‘why is everybody […]