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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
  • 2 children trapped, killed in Wilkes County house fire

    WILKES COUNTY, N.C. — Two children were killed in a Wilkes County house fire that occurred Wednesday night, according to Wilkes County Fire Marshal Kevin Bounds. Officials were called to a home on Little Elkin Church Road around 11 p.m. in reference to the fire. The home was right outside the Ronda town limits. Within three minutes, a deputy was at the scene and attempted to locate the two boys, ages 4 and 6. The fire department arrived and attempted […]

  • Projects to improve student pedestrian safety at several Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Keeping students safe at school is always the number one priority, but it isn’t confined to what goes on inside the walls. For some Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools, they’re improving their safety measures outside as well; particularly near the roadways. But in the case of a high-priority project, they’re in a race against the clock. If you travel down Northwest Boulevard in between the hours of 6:30 and 9 a.m. and 2:45 and 4 p.m., you know it can […]

  • Winston-Salem police spend off-duty hours meeting the people they serve

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police don’t want to meet people for the first time while they’re in their neighborhoods investigating a crime. That’s why last year, they started a new program of community policing, where they visit neighborhoods in all three police districts within the city, five days a week. “It’s just making that contact to let them know we’re not the bad guys,” said Sgt. Michael Knight. “When we first started this program, it was a lot of surprise.” But, […]

  • Couple helps save overdosing stranger after she was dropped off at their home

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — When a woman overdosed on Tuesday morning in Winston-Salem, the people she was with nearly left her for dead. Instead, they called someone they trust; a former user. “They were going to leave her in a hotel room and just shut the door behind themselves,” said the former user, who didn’t want to be identified, so we’ll call her “Emily.” When Emily got clean, she and her husband started visiting a nearby needle exchange. There, they get […]

  • Pazuzu Algarad’s girlfriend gets 30 to 40 years in prison

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Amber Nicole Burch, who, along with her late boyfriend, Pazuzu Algarad, is accused of killing and burying two men in 2009 in the backyard of their Clemmons house, will spend 30 to 40 years in prison. Algarad and Burch were arrested on Oct. 5, 2014, and charged with the murder and burial of two men at their home. The two are accused of murdering Joshua Fredrick Wetzler and Tommy Dean Welch in 2009, then burying their bodies […]

  • Firefighters who rescued 17-year-old from Hanging Rock speak; brother gives update

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — About two and a half weeks after 17-year-old Jason Messer fell 40 feet down a cliff at Hanging Rock State Park, his brother says he is making progress. “He’s moving his extremities, not a whole lot, just a little bit,” said Samuel Messer. Samuel added that Jason is no longer in a medically-induced coma and is not paralyzed, but is still unconscious and has a long way to go. “It shook the brain around, it’s almost like […]

  • Winston-Salem police car involved in crash

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem police car was involved in a crash Wednesday morning, according to a press release. The crash, which involved an Audi driven by 38-year-old Tina Lyell Spurgeon of Winston-Salem, happened at about 9 a.m. at the intersection of Peters Creek Parkways and Academy Street. There was heavy front-end damage to the police cruiser and significant damage to the Audi. The police cruiser, a Dodge Charger, was driven by Officer J. W. Guest, a police officer of four years. The police […]

  • Flower vases valued at hundreds of dollars stolen from Winston-Salem cemetery

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Thieves have stolen flower vases off of dozens of graves at a Winston-Salem cemetery. Winston-Salem police say they are investigating the incidents, which happened at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. However, they have not been able to provide FOX8 with a timetable as to when the thefts occurred or how many people have been affected. People with loved ones buried there tell FOX8 that as many as 150 vases appear to have been stolen. “As I was walking I noticed […]

  • Long Island natives make up more than one-third of current WSPD training class

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem Police Department’s current Basic Law Enforcement Training class is the smallest in recent memory. However, it would have even fewer recruits if it weren’t for a trip 600 miles north. “For us to actually fill this class, or to get this class going, we needed those applicants from New York,” said Sgt. R.B. Readus, of the Winston-Salem Police Department. Last fall, Readus embarked on a recruiting trip to Long Island, New York, in the hope of […]

  • Residents speak out after large fire damages Winston-Salem apartment complex

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Authorities continue to investigate what caused a fire at a Winston-Salem apartment complex, which left 14 children and 11 adults displaced. “I just kept hearing a pow-pow noise,” said Raynisha Hardy, a resident of the Foxwood Place Apartments, the scene of the fire. “I opened the door and I just seen, like, you could feel the heat coming toward you.” Fire officials say it broke out around 9 p.m. Thursday and involved two floors of the apartment […]

  • 2017 Surry County drug-related deaths reach half of 2016 total

    SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — There have been 16 drug-related deaths through the first two months of 2017 in Surry County, compared to 32 drug-related deaths in all of 2016. As state lawmakers have introduced legislation to combat the opioid epidemic in North Carolina, Surry County officials are taking steps of their own. “There’s still a lot of catastrophe with it,” said John Shelton, Surry County Emergency Services director. “A lot of families who are having to endure the results of what’s […]

  • Social media fuels rumors of threat against West Forsyth High School

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — About two-thirds of West Forsyth High School’s student population either left early or didn’t show up at all on Friday, largely due to a threat which may have never truly been made. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools officials say late Thursday night/early Friday morning, they received information from a parent, saying that their child had seen a tweet which contained a threat against West Forsyth High School. The school system increased security on campus with the help of the […]