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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
  • 5 juveniles identified in connection with rock throwing incidents on US 52 in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police have identified five juveniles they believe are responsible for throwing rocks at vehicles on U.S. 52 in the city. Earlier this week, police told FOX8 that at least 15 vehicles had been struck with rocks within a 6 week period, all within a one mile radius of U.S. 52 and Clemmonsville Road in Winston-Salem. On Wednesday, officers stopped and identified three juvenile suspects involved in these incidents. Subsequently, two additional juvenile offenders have been identified […]

  • King kneeling soldier memorial replaced; rally planned

    KING, N.C. — The kneeling soldier memorial in King has been replaced. In its place now kneels a new memorial, with one major difference; the cross which used to stand next to it has been replaced by an M-1 rifle. Also gone is the Christian flag which used to fly on the site. “It hurt when it came down. It hurt,” said Don Holland, American Legion Post 290 Commander, who also helped design the new memorial. “Every time I see […]

  • Police: At least 15 vehicles hit by thrown rocks on Winston-Salem highways in last 6 weeks

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police are now saying at least 15 people have had their vehicles hit by rocks which were thrown at them while traveling down highways within the city. Those numbers are compiled from the last month and a half and do not include some reports which have been filed at the time of this article. Story continues below photo gallery. The latest of the incidents happened Monday morning on Highway 52 near the Clemmonsville Road exit, according to […]

  • Conversations planned to discuss Greensboro police and community relations

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro city leaders are planning a series of meetings to discuss police and community relations. Mayor Nancy Vaughan tells FOX8 those topics were a major center of discussion at the U.S. Conference of Mayors she attended in Washington D.C. last week. “We really do want to have a back and forth to see how we can improve. I don’t think there’s a community across this country that can’t do things better,” Vaughan explained in an interview. “We […]

  • Damage reported after rocks thrown from overpass in Forsyth County

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — At least two people driving in Forsyth County have been targeted by someone apparently throwing rocks at them. The latest incident happened Monday on Highway 52 near the Clemmonsville Road exit. One person sent FOX8 a photo of the damage done by the rock. The rock in the picture is about six inches long, according to an Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Kernersville. Administrators at the business said one of their drivers was going down Highway 52 earlier […]

  • Couple gets married at Winston-Salem hospital for sick mother

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Piedmont Triad couple, planning to tie the knot this summer, moved their wedding up so the groom’s mother, ill with cancer, could attend. This Thursday, Bruce Lawson learned from doctors at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center that his mother, Lynn, may only have days to live. In less than a day, with the help of the hospital staff, the family put together a wedding to remember; in a place none of them could have imagined.

  • Stokes County school officials warn parents about the ‘choking game’

    WALNUT COVE, N.C. — It’s a game that schools are saying has already claimed lives in North Carolina, and now a school system in the Piedmont-Triad is warning parents to be on the lookout. “If they take it too far, it’s lights out,” Rhonda Jackson, principal of Southeastern Stokes Middle School said. “They’re not going to wake up.” It’s called the “choking game.” It’s where participants choke others or themselves to the point where they nearly or fully pass out. […]

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    What’s next for ‘devil worshiper’s’ Clemmons home?

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — It’s been over three months since two men were found buried in the back yard of a home on Knob Hill Drive in Clemmons. The people allegedly responsible remain behind bars and the home remains intact with no concrete decision about its future. After the alleged killers — Pazuzu Algarad and Amber Burch — were arrested and charged, the home was deemed uninhabitable by Forsyth County Housing and Community Development. The homeowner, Algarad’s mother, was given until […]

  • Pilot Mountain Pride suspends operations

    PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. — Pilot Mountain Pride, LLC – a nonprofit project designed to distribute products from local farmers and distribute them along the East Coast – has suspended its operations. For Piedmont Triad farmers, many of whom relied on the nonprofit, it’s unwelcomed news. “You know, farming is legalized gambling,” said Van Cooke, owner of Salty Dog Farms in Pilot Mountain. “You take a gamble that the weather’s either going get you, wildlife’s going to get you, a disease […]

  • Piedmont woman looking for answers after dog is found dead

    TRINITY, N.C. — A Triad woman is offering a reward to anyone who may know how her dog was killed and who is responsible. Anna King, of Winston-Salem, adopted her dog Tyson eight years ago. On Saturday, the pair went to Trinity to visit family at the house where King grew up. King let Tyson out of the car, as she had done for years. Tyson went into the neighborhood, where he had spent a good part of his younger […]

  • Winston-Salem VA plans walk-in claims clinic in effort to improve trust

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — When USMC veteran John Gilroy visits the Winston-Salem Veterans Affairs Regional Office, he doesn’t walk; he rolls. That’s thanks to the time he served with the Corps in Vietnam. “Got shot down in the helicopter,” Gilroy said. “Ended up in the wheelchair.” Paralyzed instantly, Gilroy had his first experience with the VA upon his return to the States. “You wouldn’t want to send your worst enemy to the VA in the 70s,” he said. Yet, four decades […]

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    Mike Britt, Winston-Salem advocate for special needs children, dies from flu complications

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem has lost a man who many say was one of the city’s most devoted and beloved sons. Mike Britt, a 66-year-old Winston-Salem native, passed away Wednesday. Friends and former colleagues say he died due to complications after being treated for the flu. “Mike Britt is an individual who, truly was larger than life, and yet, just a real as a human being,” said Ted Burcaw, principal of the Center for Exceptional Children on Coliseum Drive in […]


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