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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
  • Winston-Salem residents hold meeting in response to recent violent crimes

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Violent crimes, gangs and the future of our youth were at the forefront of a community meeting held in the wake of two violent crimes in neighborhoods off of South Main Street in Winston-Salem Wednesday afternoon. “I am extremely proud to say that overall, in this community, our crime overall is not up,” Winston-Salem Police Chief Catrina Thompson said. “However, I know it only takes one incident, one, to cause panic, to cause fear in our community […]

  • Plans to address traffic, safety issues near Meadowlark elementary, middle schools

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — If you’ve driven down Meadowlark Drive when students are coming to and from the middle and elementary schools, in the mornings and afternoons, you’re aware that traffic is a major issue. “We get here about 7:45 usually,” said Stephanie Walk, a Meadowlark parent. “School starts at 8:20.” When school is getting in and letting out, traffic regularly backs up to Robinhood and Country Club roads. “I think it’s absurd,” said Randy Glass, another parent. “My daughter gets […]

  • Officials reviewing safety measures after gun fired at Kernersville youth football game

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Youth football, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and police officials are meeting to improve safety standards after a gun was fired at a football game at Kernersville Elementary School on Saturday. “You just expect to go have a fun afternoon and watch your kids play ball and it turns into something a little larger than that,” said Jonathan Wilson, security director for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Kernersville police say they were investigating a disturbance at the game around 11 a.m. […]

  • Winston-Salem police take new approach to solve cold-case homicides

    WINSTON-SALEM, NC. — There have been 60 homicides in the city of Winston-Salem since the beginning of 2015, and to date, 15 remain unsolved. On Wednesday, Winston-Salem police changed how they’re highlighting the cases in a search for answers. “It has been productive,” said Lt. Michael Cardwell, of videos the department has released regarding unsolved homicides in the past. “It does help us. It’s important that the community continues to reach out to us with information when they have it. […]

  • Boom that shook homes in Winston-Salem remains a mystery

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A mysterious boom, which reportedly shook homes and rattled windows in Winston-Salem Saturday night, has officials stumped and people talking. “It just sounded like a muffled explosion,” said Charles Walker, one of the many people who heard the boom. Police say around 10:45 p.m. Saturday, they received numerous calls reporting a sound “similar to that of a loud explosion and windows of” callers’ homes shaking. They added that those reporting the information live in a several mile-wide […]

  • Dixie Classic Fair worker found dead in road jumped out of cab window, police say; not a hit-and-run

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police now say it was not a hit-and-run that killed a Dixie Classic Fair worker early Tuesday morning. At about 4 a.m., Winston-Salem police responded to an “unknown trouble” call involving a person lying in the road in the 400 block of Deacon Boulevard. Upon arrival, officers found 41-year-old Michael Jason Curl, of Hickory, dead in the roadway. Winston-Salem police said Wednesday Curl was picked up at a local hospital by a Classic Cab, with the fairgrounds as […]

  • First look: Inside the new Winston-Salem police ballistics lab

    WINSTON-SALE, N.C. — Bullets don’t have eyes, they can’t control their direction and they can’t talk. But, each one tells a story. It’s up to forensic investigators to figure those stories out. “Everything that we do behind the scenes, we understand there’s a bigger picture to it,” said Ally Anderson, firearm and tool mark examiner for the Winston-Salem Police Department. On Friday, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for improvement to the Alexander R. Beaty Public Safety Training and […]

  • Video shows aftermath of shooting investigated by Winston-Salem police gang unit

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Video obtained by FOX8 shows the bloody aftermath of a drive-by shooting now being investigated by the Winston-Salem Police Department Gang Unit. Officers say they were first dispatched to the corner of Anderson Drive and South Main Street for a shooting at 4:18 p.m. Monday. They say the victim, 25-year-old Michael Sosa, was sitting in his vehicle in his driveway when the occupants of a red car shot at him one time. Investigators say Sosa told them […]

  • Police respond to string of shootings over the weekend in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police are investigating a string of shootings over the weekend, totaling four victims. But, although only two of them are believed to be connected, all three shootings have one thing in common; they occurred in patrol beat 222. “The young people don’t want to listen to the elderly people and they’re getting killed in the street,” said Mattie Young, who is known as the “Mayor of Cleveland Avenue.” “The street is taking them out.” The first […]

  • 2 teens, 20-year-old injured in overnight Winston-Salem shootings

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Three people, including two teenagers, were injured in overnight shootings in Winston-Salem. Police first responded to a reported shooting at E. 15th and E. 17th streets around 11:46 p.m. Sunday. Arriving officers located two teens suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. While police were investigating, a second shooting was reported at 12:47 a.m. in the 800 block of North Cameron. Officers located 20-year-old Cherokie DeMichael Williams […]

  • Officers surround home of man they say used vehicle to assault Wake Forest University policemen

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Surveillance video shows the two-plus hour police response to a man who allegedly tried running over two Wake Forest police officers on campus Tuesday. Wake Forest officials say the officers engaged a suspicious man outside Z. Smith Reynolds Library late Tuesday afternoon. Winston-Salem police say the man used his vehicle as a weapon against two of the WFU officers before leaving campus. Around 4:15 Tuesday afternoon, police responded to an accident involving a green Honda and a […]

  • 2 sexual assaults reported at Winston-Salem State dorm

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem State University police are investigating after two sexual assaults were reported in a dormitory on Monday, school officials confirm. The assaults were reported at 10:24 a.m. and 12:12 p.m. They allegedly happened in Atkins Residence Hall. Police currently have a suspect and it is unknown whether the incidents are connected. Statement from @WSSURAMS regarding reported sexual assaults on campus @myfox8 pic.twitter.com/Qh9XoZBFlT — Michael Hennessey (@mhennesseynews) September 19, 2017