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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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    Suspected arson threatens homes of several Winston-Salem families

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — What appears to be an intentionally set fire threatened the homes of several families Tuesday night. Tenants of the Salem Crest Apartments in Winston-Salem say around 10:30, firefighters began knocking on their doors. “The fire department’s like, ‘There’s a fire, get out now,’” said Austin Freeman, who witnessed firefighters entering the smoldering apartment. “Smoke just came pouring out when they opened it,” Austin said. For hours, residents were forced to stand outside in the frigid temperatures as […]

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    2 of 3 suspects caught on camera breaking into Forsyth County home arrested

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — After a video of a Forsyth County home break-in was caught on camera and viewed thousands of times, two of the three men deputies believe were in it have been arrested. The two who were caught are 20-year-old Walter Marion Mackey Jr. – who was already in jail on a pending felony charge – and 17-year-old Devonte Makell Flowers. Flowers was arrested then released on an unsecured bond. “Oh ultimate relief,” said the woman who lives […]

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    Vehicles in 3 Winston-Salem church parking lots broken into during services

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police are warning the public to be more vigilant this holiday season after vehicles in three separate church parking lots were broken into on Sunday. The above video shows two people making their way through the back of the First Calvary Baptist Church, checking out a few vehicles, before breaking into two cars behind the church. What they may not have known, is one of those vehicles belongs to the pastor, Derwin Montgomery, who’s also a […]

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    High school football playoffs bring increased security measures

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — The high school football playoffs mean huge games. With huge games come huge crowds and with huge crowds come high security. “It’s playoff time, which we’re going to bring a lot more people in, and I understand that people are on heightened alert all throughout the United States right now,” said Sgt. D.S. Marotz, of the Kernersville Police Department. Marotz told FOX8 that on average, they have eight to 10 officers at an East Forsyth High School […]

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    Caught on camera: Burglars steal from Forsyth County home

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A local woman caught three men on camera as they burglarized her home in Forsyth County on Wednesday. In the video, you can see three men going through the owner’s belongings at her home on Baux Mountain Road. They can be heard as they dig through a back room and talk to each other during the burglary. The three make off with miscellaneous items and a television in broad daylight. The homeowner says this is the […]

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    Forsyth County health department trains for public health emergency

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — If someone were to expose a large group of people to a potentially life-threatening bacteria — like anthrax — what would your health department do? Wednesday, on the Winston-Salem State University campus, we got an idea. A drill was held where, hypothetically, someone exposed a group to a bacteria at a “Get Out and Vote” rally. “If the folks have symptoms, or are sick, they get sent to the hospital,” said Yalonda Galloway, director of Emergency Response […]

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    Funding requested to improve security at two Mount Airy schools

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Mount Airy schools parents, employees and city commissioners are working to improve safety at their schools after concerns were raised regarding student and parent safety both in and outside the high school. Mount Airy Schools Superintendent Dr. Greg Little told FOX8 that safety has always been the number one priority for the school system. Dr. Little says there has been an ongoing conversation regarding safety, but a city commissioner came forward wanting to enhance and strengthen […]

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    Walnut Cove experiences ‘mass attack’ by vultures, hangs dead ones to fend them off

    WALNUT COVE, N.C. — On Tuesday morning, the town of Walnut Cove experienced what Town Manager Bobby Miller described as a “mass attack” from the sky. The “attackers” are a common sight all over the country and around the world: vultures. Miller says there are about a thousand of the birds which have set up shop in the town. For years, Miller said the residents of Walnut Cove have “cohabitated” with the birds, but recently, business owners have complained they […]

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    2 Winston-Salem Family Dollar employees shot during armed robbery

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Employees at a Winston-Salem Family Dollar were shot during an armed robbery Sunday night. Officers were called to the Family Dollar located at 4404 Old Rural Hall Road just after 8 p.m. Employees told police that the two suspects entered the business through the front door. One stayed by the front door as the other suspect, armed with a pistol, approached employees and demanded money. As the employees were complying, multiple rounds were fired, injuring two employees. […]

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    Family of Lewisville murder-suicide victim: ‘Somebody dropped the ball’

    LEWISVILLE, N.C. — Documents show that the killer in Thursday’s murder-suicide in Lewisville was ordered to hand over his guns, but he never did. Around 7 a.m., deputies responded to an assault call on Harper Road in Lewisville at the residence of Sabrina and Gerry Belcher. When they got there, a SWAT team found Sabrina dead in the driveway of the home. A couple hours later, they located a deceased Gerry Belcher in an outbuilding on the property. They later […]

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    Winston-Salem car break-ins caught on camera, police want your help

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem neighborhood is hoping you can identify the suspects in the above video, for they are part of a crime spree which has caused residents to say they’re “getting robbed on a regular basis.” On the morning of Oct. 30, one family living in the Fiddlers Creek neighborhood caught on camera a vehicle break-in which happened in their driveway. In the video, you can see at least three suspects canvassing the neighborhood and checking to see […]

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    Some local sex offenders are allowed to hand out candy to children on Halloween

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – This Halloween, your child could come within inches of a sex offender, and it’s all within the law. Sex offenders who are on probation or parole are not allowed to participate in trick-or-treating anywhere in our state. “Participation means not advertise that you’re soliciting Halloween. So, cut your lights off, don’t go to the door for kids,” said Captain Dwayne Hedgecock with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. However, if a sex offender is off probation or parole, there […]


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