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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
  • Wake Forest University studying youth football helmets

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have received a grant to help them conduct a study which could shape youth football forever. The $3.8 million grant will allow them to put sensors in the helmets of 100-130 youth football players, 8 to 12-year-olds, and monitor the hits they take throughout an entire season. They will also be looking at their brains before and after the season. “We’re more looking at what’s the effect of all these […]

  • Hundreds gather to debate fracking

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Nearly 600 people on Wednesday showed up at North Carolina State’s McKimmon Center to voice their opinions about fracking to the state’s Mining and Energy Commission for the first time since Gov. Pat McCrory signed the “fracking bill” into law in January. The day started with a peaceful protest outside the center, where more than 100 people spoke and sang out against fracking in North Carolina. “People should be frightened, and more importantly, angry that this is happening in […]

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    Winston-Salem Police warn community of Craigslist robberies

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Craigslist.com — one of the most popular web sites for buying and selling items — may be as dangerous as it is convenient. Police in Winston-Salem are seeing an increase in robberies that occur during attempted transactions solicited through the web site. Currently they are investigating multiple Craigslist robberies, attributing the rise in crimes to a increased use in technology, which makes the site more accessible. Often, police said, victims end up with a gun in their face, no money and […]

  • Local woman sends a strong message to thieves

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — One local woman took a one-of-a-kind approach at alerting her neighbors to crime in her area by creating a flyer. However, this flyer is probably unlike any you’ve seen before. On Saturday morning, Jelisa Castrodale was on her way to her first-ever weightlifting meet, when she noticed her phone charger was missing. She soon came to realize that, also missing, was her GPS, some change and about $500 worth of workout gear. “I just basically sat in […]

  • Winston-Salem organization helping homeless vets

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — According to the United Way, There are about 40 homeless veterans in Forsyth County. One Winston-Salem organization is looking to cut that number by almost 25 percent. Whole Man Ministries is heading up a project in Winston-Salem where they are currently turning five abandoned, historic homes into permanent homes for homeless veterans. “We saw veterans sleeping up under bridges, sleeping in abandoned cars and houses and stuff,” said Kenneth Holly, of Whole Man Ministries. “Reaching out to […]

  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools looking to hire teachers

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — With the school year set to begin in less than two weeks, officials in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system are still trying to fill about 100 teacher positions. Theo Helm, the public information officer for the school system, said they had to wait to see where teachers and students would be moving before determining where they need the teachers to be. “I can’t think of a year where we haven’t had to do some hiring as the […]

  • Winston-Salem police want forensics lab

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police have proposed the option of getting a forensics lab at the Winston-Salem Police Department to analyze evidence related to their cases. This comes while they say about 400 of said cases are backlogged, pending analysis by the state crime lab in Raleigh. “We’re showing some pending cases as far back as 2010,” said Karen Watson, supervisor of the Winston-Salem Police Forensic Services Division. Watson says the department proposed the option to city leaders on Monday. […]

  • North Wilkesboro restaurant owner facing food stamp fraud charges

    NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. — A North Wilkesboro restaurant owner has been arrested for allegedly buying food stamps, then using them to buy food and selling the food at his restaurant. North Wilkesboro police have charged 53-year-old Herbert Dean Carlton, owner of Dean’s Southern Bistro, with 14 misdemeanor counts of illegal possession and use of food stamp cards. They say an anonymous tip to the Department of Social Services alerted them to the alleged misuse and after an 11 month investigation, […]

  • Wilkes Community College needs funds for firefighter training building

    WILKESBORO, N.C. — North Carolina ranks second in the nation for fire-related firefighters deaths. The state fire marshal has implemented new certification requirements to combat that. In Wilkes County, firefighters rely on Wilkes Community College to help them with certification; which the college has been doing for over three decades. However, the new requirements brought down from the fire marshal include training in a three story fire training building; a building which the college does not currently have. “What it […]

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    Woman, child injured after car plunges down embankment in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A woman and child were taken to the hospital after their car crashed through a fence and down an embankment in Winston-Salem on Friday. “Apparently she went up over the curb, hit the fence, the fence gave way and then the car nosed in,” said Bill Adams, owner of the nearby Golden Apple. Police said the car fell about 25 feet into the storm drainage collection area off the 3400 block of Robinhood Road shortly before 10 […]

  • Citizens concerned with crime at Budget Inn in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Recent crime in the area of Peters Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem, near the Budget Inn, is causing concern in the surrounding community. On Tuesday, police say there was a shooting at the motel. The victim told FOX8 that 14 shots were fired into his motel room. Thursday morning, the BP gas station across the street was robbed for the second time in less than a month. An employee at the neighboring Family Dollar told FOX8 that they’ve […]

  • Local organizations offered money to provide extras for ‘The Longest Ride’

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — As filming of “The Longest Ride” continues in Winston-Salem, the production continues to pump hundreds of thousands of dollars a day into our local economy. However, the crew now says that local organizations could be direct beneficiaries. About 500 extras showed up to Winston-Salem’s Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum Wednesday, as bull riding scenes were being filmed for the movie. On Friday and Saturday, the crew says, they need those numbers to be closer to 2,000. The […]


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