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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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    82-year-old dies after being assaulted in his Rural Hall home

    RURAL HALL, N.C. — An 82-year-old man is dead after being assaulted in his own home and the suspects in the assault are still at large. Deputies say that on Feb. 1, they responded to 82-year-old Rolland Greene’s home on Jackson Street in Rural Hall. When they got there, Greene told them that two men had entered his home and demanded money, but when he refused, they assaulted him and took some money. “I couldn’t, it took a while for […]

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    Local program frees men from the grasp of addiction

    YADKINVILLE, N.C. — Addiction can be a dark, dangerous and deadly. For many, escaping its grasp is something they can’t do alone. “You’re the slave and it’s the master,” said Luke Money, a former addict, turned manager of Ministry at Alpha Acres in Yadkinville. Alpha Acres is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center tucked back in the country of Yadkin County. Since 1997, with the help of the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission, that have changed the lives of over 600 men. […]

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    Triad city sees 168 shooting calls in last month alone

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police say they responded to 168 calls for shootings in January alone — a figure which is up nearly 50 percent from January 2015 — and Greensboro is dealing with a similar problem. Winston-Salem officers say they responded to 86 calls for disturbances with weapons, discharging firearms, or discharging firearms into a dwelling or vehicle in January 2014. That number increased by 33 percent to 115 in January of 2015 and by 46 percent to 168 […]

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    Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem to merge with SciWorks

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The board of directors for the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem and SciWorks announced Thursday morning that the two organizations will merge. Administrators say the merger will take place by July 1 and may combine museum operations into a single larger building in downtown Winston-Salem. By combining resources, both organizations hope to reduce costs, offer better visitor access, expand educational programming and pursue a combined mission: “Inspiring wonder, curiosity and lifelong learning in our children and community through […]

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    Bus driver charged after child dragged nearly a mile last month

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The 78-year-old who was driving the school bus that dragged a first grader for nearly a mile in Forsyth County last month has been charged. Reuben Kelby Hash Jr., 78, of Winston-Salem, is charged with careless and reckless driving, Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill said Wednesday evening. The incident happened on Dec. 7, 2015, on Pine Meadow Drive in Forsyth County. According to Highway Patrol, the incident was dispatched as a “child drug by school bus” […]

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    NCDOT works to fill potholes in 48-hour time limit

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — The state DOT may as well change their motto to “no rest until the roads are safe” after the last week. Starting last Wednesday, DOT workers from both cities and the state worked long hours in an attempt to clear the roads of snow and ice after two rounds of winter weather. However, all of that spraying, salting and scraping has taken its toll on the roads. “The weather does a lot of damage,” said Robert […]

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    Family of murdered 71-year-old in Surry County convinced he knew his killer

    SURRY COUNTY, N.C. – The family of a 71-year-old homicide victim in Surry County is convinced their loved one knew his killer. Richard Clint Holmes was found dead inside his home on Haystack Road on Wednesday. The original call came in as a shooting, and deputies described Holmes as having suffered a traumatic head injury. “Anybody who needed anything, he let them in there to stay with him, he hated seeing anybody cold,” said Stephanie Holmes, of her father. “He […]

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    Fire continues to burn at Pilot Mountain tire plant

    PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. — Crews battled a fire at New River Tire Recycling on old Highway 52 in Pilot Mountain Tuesday. In the early morning, heavy smoke and flames spewed from the plant. Throughout the day, tires continued to burn and smoke continued to pour from the plant. Officials are letting the fire burn itself out. The roof is partially collapsed and tires are burning. Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency in Charlotte are on scene. The fire started at […]

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    Multiple shootings in two quiet Winston-Salem neighborhoods leave neighbors in fear

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — “Nobody knows who they are, where they are, and when they’re going to strike again,” were the words from a fearful homeowner after she says her neighbor’s home was shot at three times in the last few days. “What are you guys going to do, that’s what we’re asking the police, what are you going to do about this?” “What are you guys going to do, that’s what we’re asking the police, what are you going to […]

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    13 cases of whooping cough confirmed in Davie County schools

    DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. – Pertussis – commonly known as whooping cough – is a serious bacteria. It causes spasms of severe coughing, which can cause those who have it to vomit and lose breath. In the worst cases, it can be deadly. In recent weeks, it made its way to two schools in Davie County. The first case was reported on December 7. Today, the school system reported 13 confirmed cases, 11 in Davie High School, and two in the […]

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    Forsyth County may increase spending for security in county facilities

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Forsyth County officials have been making changes to improve security in their county facilities. “It’s a sad time, it really is a sad time, but you have to move forward and do what you think’s best for the county and for the employees,” said Forsyth County Commissioner Gloria Whisenhunt. Following the San Bernardino shootings, the safety of government employees has been a hot topic. However, Forsyth County began looking into the issue a year ago. “We’ve […]

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    Child dragged by school bus gets early Christmas from company whose shoes protected her feet

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — It’s been over a week since 6-year-old Forsyth County first grader Chelsea Klepzig was dragged nearly a mile by her school bus and the memory of it still haunts her dreams. “Every night she tosses and turns, she wakes up thinking that she was scraped all over her whole body,” said Chelsea’s mother, Falon Abbassi. Chelsea’s parents told FOX8 as she was getting off her bus, the bus driver closed the door on her arm and Chelsea […]


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