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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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    Forsyth County parents will have access to GPS showing where school buses are at all times

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The days of wondering where your child’s school bus is are coming to an end, at least if you live in Winston-Salem or Forsyth County. Today, if your child’s bus is delayed or in an accident, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools transportation department uses GPS tracking to figure out where the bus is and where it’s been. “It tells us everything down to the second,” said Angela Palmer, dispatcher for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system. Many times, when […]

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    Fires at church, break-ins at homes highlight week of crime in Winston-Salem neighborhood

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Some people in the Konnoak Hills community of Winston-Salem are questioning their safety in areas which they normally consider the safest; their vehicles, their homes and even their church. In the last week, Winston-Salem police say they’ve seen a rise in reports of suspicious persons, or prowlers. They have reports of eight vehicle break-ins, and these include forced entry into locked vehicles. They’ve also seen home break-ins, assaults, vandalisms, drug violations and more. But the repeat target […]

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    ‘Trust talk’ held to improve relationship between Winston-Salem police and people they serve

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem Police Chief Barry Rountree says – in respect to the relationship between his officers and the communities they serve – the “climate may not be perfect here, but we do have a lot of support here in Winston-Salem.” In an effort to improve those relationships, the Winston-Salem police and human relations departments teamed up to hold a “trust talk” on Thursday, at the Little Creek Recreation Center. “There’s really nothing more important to our community’s security […]

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    Family speaks after arrest in murders of Galax mother and 21-month-old daughter

    GALAX, Va. — The wait is over for the friends and family of a Galax mother and her daughter who were brutally murdered in their home in March. Alyssa Kenny and her 21-month-old daughter Anastasia Alley were found dead in the Galax home on March 10. On Tuesday, Galax police say they received a tip which led them to the man they believe is their killer. “Anything that they give him, beyond a beating every day, torture down to the […]

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    State of the Community highlights Winston-Salem’s future

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem is growing, with the population nearing 240,000 residents; but the future of the city, and Forsyth County, has some bright spots and some need for improvement. “There are a number of good things,” said Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines. “We’re not where we want to be.” Tuesday at the Winston-Salem Alliance’s State of the Community, leaders from some of the city’s most important organizations weighed in on what’s going well and what needs work. Joines said, in […]

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    Breakdown of number of weapons found in local schools

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Monday morning around 7:30, police say two female students at Hanes Magnet School entered a bathroom while one of them was armed with a small pocket knife. The students began to fight when one of them took out the knife and cut and stabbed the other. “The one child received some cuts and some puncture wounds to her head,” said Lt. Mike Weaver, of the Winston-Salem Police Department. The student wielding the knife also cut herself by accident. Both […]

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    Forsyth County, state officials meet regarding animal shelter violations

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Forsyth County officials are learning more about what the state requires of animal shelters while working through the next steps in the wake of violations being imposed against the Forsyth County Animal Shelter last month. The violations, 11 in total, include improper euthanasia, early euthanasia and poor record keeping. The county has claimed responsibility for four of the violations. Some of the rest, they believe, may be under reconsideration. “To have our inspectors, the inspectors from the […]

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    Local lawmakers say they will support Trump

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Donald Trump is on the fast track to becoming the Republican Party’s nominee in November, but that doesn’t mean the entire party is behind him. Some high-ranking Republican officials have either said they will not, or at this point cannot put their support for Trump. However, in the Piedmont Triad, others have already thrown their support behind him; or at least hope to. “I do believe there are some things about him that I could align with […]

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    Winston-Salem man arrested in rent-to-own scheme

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A man accused of renting out a property he didn’t own was arrested Friday. Dennis Hurt was arrested on Grant Avenue in Winston-Salem Friday morning, according to Det. Clark with the Winston-Salem Police Department. Hurt is charged with obtaining property by false pretense in connection with a case FOX8 first reported on in March. Jennifer Whiteside and her family found a Craigslist advertisement for a rent-to-own home on Waughtown Street in Winston-Salem. When they contacted the man who claimed […]

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    Weather doesn’t stop Winston-Salem rally for human rights on tobacco farms

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Rain and chilly temperatures didn’t stop people from taking to the streets for the eighth straight year, joining the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, for a rally and march outside the Reynolds American building, in their words, “to demand the company finally act to ensure that their supply chain is free of human rights abuses.” “We will fight, rain or shine,” was one of the chants coming from the crowd, as they left the Reynolds American building and […]

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    New initiative addresses student achievement gaps in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Figures which are coming out of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system show that by the end of the third grade, 40 percent of their students are struggling academically; many with reading levels lower than grade level. Community leaders and businesses recognized that, not only do they want these students to be successful, they need them to be. “The reality is there’s a lot of work that needs to be done,” said Winston-Salem Foundation President Scott Wierman. Project […]

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    Piedmont families speaking out in hopes of finding their missing loved ones

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The families of three missing Piedmont residents are speaking to FOX8 in the hope of keeping their loved ones’ stories alive. Today in Kernersville, the father of Martin Roberts, and the mother of Tyarra Williams, met for the first time. “My heart bleeds for you,” said John Roberts, Martin’s father, to Danielle Williams, Tyarra’s mother. “Mine as well. Thank you so much. It’s been a long, long process,” responded Danielle, with John continuing to say, “It’s […]


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