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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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    Tree falls on moving vehicle, sends it crashing into oncoming traffic in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A tree fell onto a moving vehicle and sent it into oncoming traffic Friday morning in Winston-Salem. The vehicle hit by the tree then hit another vehicle head-on. The wreck happened on North Stratford Road around 10:30 a.m. Two people were taken to the hospital, but there is no word on their injuries. North Stratford Road will be closed for some time so crews can remove the tree and restore power to the area.

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    Widow of fallen officer brings awareness to domestic violence

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — October is a month dedicated to bringing awareness to an issue far too few people talk about and admit to; domestic violence. It’s also a month which marks the anniversary a wife, and mother — who never thought domestic violence would affect her — lost her husband because of it. “Coming from a Christian household where there was no domestic violence, it’s kind of hard to say ‘my husband was killed because of domestic violence,’” said Beth […]

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    State Board of Education members question school grading system

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The North Carolina State Board Of Education coming to your school can be a daunting idea for staff. But today in Winston-Salem, board members came to visit; not to hurt, but to help. The board has a planning retreat twice a year, and this year, they chose the Piedmont Triad. One of the schools they visited was Mineral Springs Elementary School in Winston-Salem; a school that received a “C” grade by the state. “This grade of C […]

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    Winston-Salem misreports number of accidents involving police officers

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The City of Winston-Salem made a mistake when reporting how many accidents their officers have been involved in so far this year. On Wednesday, city officials told FOX8 that there had been 18 accidents involving their officers in 2015. This came after the police department says one of their officers went to pull a U-turn and ended up colliding with a motorcyclist, bringing the number to 19. However, the city also told FOX8 that their officers had […]

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    20% of Surry Co. residents get food stamps; $400k worth of fraudulent claims in 18 months

    DOBSON, N.C. — Surry County Department of Social Services officials say out of the 73,000 people in the county, 14,000 receive food stamps; and they pay out about $1.5 million to those 14,000 people every month. However, not all of the people who receive the benefits are truthful when they apply for them. About a year and a half ago, the county brought on an employee to investigate fraud when it comes to food stamps. Their conclusion is that about […]

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    Union Cross Road widening project completion date delayed

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The completion date for the Union Cross Road widening project in Winston-Salem and Kernersville has been delayed. The project, which consists of what the NCDOT is calling a “diverging diamond,” a road widening section and new traffic signals was supposed to be done by mid-November. Now, NCDOT officials say they’re looking at a completion date no earlier than mid-December. The NCDOT says the diverging diamond “allows traffic moving in two directions to temporarily cross to the […]

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    Vandals cut seats on 17 Winston-Salem school buses

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — An act of vandalism involving 17 school buses could result in a vandal or vandals facing felony charges. Upon their return to work Monday morning, bus drivers and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools transportation mechanics discovered that all of the seats in some of their school buses had been sliced in “X” patterns. As more buses were inspected, the number kept growing, all the way up to 17 buses. “They exed all the seats through every bus. Every seat […]

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    Winston-Salem reptile rescue center ordered to move

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A herpetologist known for rescuing and rehabilitating reptiles out of a home in Winston-Salem is now being told he needs to move his business. Chad Griffin, the owner of CCSB Reptile Rescue and Rehab Center, has been running the business out of his father’s home on Rickard Road. City officials had visited the home in the past, and let Griffin continue to have the animals there, but that has since changed. “Us, our family, and the animals […]

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    Photos of truck wanted in connection to Wilkesboro double homicide released

    WILKESBORO, N.C. — Police have released photographs of a truck they are searching for in connection to a double homicide. The bodies of the victims were found on Monday inside an apartment on River Street in Wilkesboro. The victims were a male and a female in the mid-to-late fifties. Police say the truck, which may belong to one of the victims, is a 1992 Chevrolet S-10. It is either black or dark blue, and is in rough shape, with front-end […]

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    Witness describes Forsyth County plane crash; 3 victims identified

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — FOX8 has learned more about the last moments of the flight of a Beechcraft A36 which crashed in Forsyth County on Monday. The three people in the plane all died, officials say. They are now identified as Michael and Christy Apfelbaum, and Christy’s father, Clarence Imgrund; all of Pennsylvania. The family had been flying from Sarasota, Florida to Piedmont Triad International Airport. PTI Executive Director Kevin Baker said the pilot tried to make contact with the […]

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    10-year-old Winston-Salem boy speaks after being shot while walking home

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Jason Taylor is a 10-year-old boy living near New Hope Lane in Winston-Salem. Sunday evening around 10:45, Jason — also known as “JJ” — was walking home. “I was walking in the street, minding my own business, with two soda cans on my side,” JJ said. What happened next had JJ thinking this walk would be his last. “Out of nowhere, three shots fired somewhere else and one shot hit me,” JJ said. Winston-Salem police say two […]

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    Winston-Salem man spends 60th birthday giving $10 to 150 strangers

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Winston-Salem resident and retired school teacher Bob Blackley turned 60 today and instead of spending his morning receiving, he spent it giving. “I get the deer in the headlights look a lot. Like why, what are you doing,” Blackley said. Blackley set up shop at the corner of Peter’s Creek Parkway, and Silas Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem. In one hand was a sign reading, “I HAVE A JOB, I HAVE A HOME, COULD YOU USE AN EXTRA […]


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