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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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    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The city of Winston-Salem is in the midst of a major overhaul when it comes to their traffic light system. Planning for the project began in 2011, and as of today, those plans are about 60 percent completed. The project was split into two halves; the eastern portion of the city and the western portion. People have begun to notice the work because the downtown portion of the project began last week. “The intersections will be connected […]

  • SUV crashes into ABC store in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — An SUV crashed into the front of an ABC store in Winston-Salem Thursday. The crash happened just before noon at the ABC store located at 4017 Country Club Road. First responders said an elderly driver hopped the curb and smashed through the entrance. No one was injured in the accident. There is no word on how long the store will be closed. Responders say an elderly driver hopped the curb and went through the front door of […]

  • Ardmore residents plan neighborhood meeting as home break-ins continue

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The number of break-ins in Winston-Salem’s Ardmore community continues to grow and residents are meeting with city leaders to discuss options to better protect themselves. Winston-Salem police say in June, there were nine home break-ins in the area they designate as Ardmore. In July, they say there have already been 22 home break-ins – including four in the last week alone. “We won’t have any trouble for five, or six or ten years,” said Julie Wonders, a […]

  • 2.24-magnitude earthquake centered in Ararat

    ARARAT, N.C. — On Sunday, shortly after 3:20 in the afternoon, the Surry County 911 center took multiple calls from concerned residents, all claiming to have either heard a loud boom or felt shaking. On some of the recordings, you can hear the callers ask if it was an earthquake. Less than 24 hours later, FOX8 was able to confirm their suspicions. Officials with the NC Geological Survey, as well as Virginia Tech, confirmed that a 2.24-magnitude earthquake struck at […]

  • Confederate monument at Greenview Cemetery in Reidsville

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    REIDSVILLE, N.C. – The Reidsville Confederate Monument — the topic of a debate which lasted for years — is now covered in red paint and spray paint. From 1910 to 2011, the monument stood in Reidsville’s downtown area. In 2011, a motorist hit the monument, shattering the granite soldier which stood atop it. Placing the monument back in the center of town sparked a debate between local officials, neighbors and friends — which resulted in it being placed at its […]

  • ‘Suspicious’ devices found concealed in former Walnut Cove Police Department

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  • Blown transformer knocks out power in downtown Winston-Salem

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    Home break-ins double in a month in Winston-Salem’s Ardmore neighborhood

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — People in the Ardmore neighborhood of Winston-Salem have seen crime come in waves over recent years. In particular, they’ve grown used to locking their vehicles thanks to people raiding them. However, in recent months, home break-ins have become a growing problem; a problem which has doubled in the past month. “We know crime’s all around, we just probably felt it was a little less likely to happen in this neighborhood,” said Vince Higgins, who has lived in […]

  • 3 charged in Triad golf course geese shootings

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has charged three men in connection with killing Canada geese at a local golf course. James Lee Butler, 79; Rick Thomas Butler, 56; and Bennett Wayne Fendley, 55; are each charged with misdemeanor taking migratory waterfowl during closed season. The incident happened on Sunday at about 6 p.m. at the Pine Knolls Golf Club in Kernersville. The NCWRC said James Butler is the owner of the golf course and that he […]

  • Video shows men using shotguns to kill geese on Triad public golf course

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — The sound of golfers teeing off, cheering and maybe even a rogue golf ball are not uncommon for people living alongside a golf course. However, the sounds and sights heard and seen by residents near Pine Knolls Golf Course in Kernersville Sunday evening were anything but ordinary. Exclusive video obtained by FOX8 shows a man, with a shotgun, opening fire on a goose while on the course. Further video shows multiple Canada geese floating dead atop a […]

  • New strain of dog flu forces local humane society to temporarily close

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A new strain of dog flu is now in the Triad, and has forced a local Humane Society to temporarily close its doors. There are currently about 200 unconfirmed cases of H3N2 – the new strain of canine influenza – in North Carolina. Three cases have been confirmed – two in Asheville, and one in Winston-Salem. Along with Asheville and Winston-Salem, Greensboro has been named a hotspot due to a cluster of unconfirmed cases. The case in […]

  • Two Triad cities named as hotspots for new strain of dog flu

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A new strain of canine influenza has made its way to North Carolina, and two areas in the Triad are being monitored as hot spots. H3N2 is the new strain of the dog flu, and although there is a vaccine for the old strain – H3N8 – officials don’t know that it will work for H3N2. As of Thursday, there are about 200 unconfirmed cases of H3N2 in North Carolina. Three cases have been confirmed – two in […]

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