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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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    Water main break prompts major headache in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A water main break is causing come major issues for workers and drivers in Winston-Salem tonight. The break, located at the intersection of Second and Main Streets, is believed to have been caused by the frigid cold temperatures experienced in the Triad last week. Last Friday, crews noticed water gushing out of the bottom of a light post located farther down Main Street, and immediately began trying to figure out where it was coming from. Today, they […]

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    New details in the Monday evening oil truck, tractor-trailer crash on Wallburg Road in Forsyth County

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Troopers released new information Wednesday on a wreck that happened on Wallburg Road involving a tractor-trailer and an oil tanker Monday evening. Troopers said the 24-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer, Jordan Griffin of Kernersville, was new to his job as a driver for Pepsi. He was still in training when the crash happened. Griffin went off the right side of the road while traveling away from Union Cross Road then overcorrected and hit the oil tanker, causing it to […]

  • Thousands gather in Chapel Hill to remember Coach Dean Smith

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Two weeks after his passing, thousands of people piled into the building named in his honor, to remember a coach, teacher and beloved man — Coach Dean Smith. Of course the building, affectionately known as the “Dean Dome,” was built with the help of Coach Smith and decorated with the help of his players. However, during his memorial service, the light was squarely fixated on the coach himself. “As I look out over this huge crowd, […]

  • Citizens win lawsuit vs. the state over Northern Beltway Project

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — It’s a true David vs. Goliath story; hundreds of ordinary citizens sue the state of North Carolina, and win. “They sued the people that they paid taxes to, they sued the people that can put them in jail,” said Matthew Bryant, of Hendrick and Byrant, LLP; the lawyer representing the plaintiffs. We’re talking about the people in the path of the Northern Beltway Project, a $1,080,000,000 project creating a new freeway that will loop around the […]

  • Dangers of venturing out on frozen ponds and lakes

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The single-digit temperatures which have made their way in to the Triad have prompted the freezing of ponds, lakes and even some rivers. However, while the ice may be beautiful, it poses some chilling dangers. Experts say the ice is on our ponds and lakes is only about a half to three-quarters of an inch thick at most. In order to support even the smallest children, it needs to be upwards of two to three inches […]

  • Stokes County school honors boys killed in apparent murder-suicide

    KING, N.C. — More than a week after a Stokes County family of four was killed in an apparent murder-suicide, their remaining family members tell FOX8 that dealing with what happened keeps getting harder. Coleton and Amanda Tarpley, along with their two sons, Coleton VI and Charlie, were found dead in their home on Ralph Boyles Road on Wednesday, February 4. Deputies say each member of the family died as a result of a single gunshot wound to the head. […]

  • The next step for Hanes and Lowrance middle school students

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — With a decision made about the remainder of the school year for Hanes and Lowrance middle school students, parents are shifting their focus back from health concerns to education. “They’re going to spend most of their times with moving desks and teachers getting situated. I don’t think the rest of the year will be very productive at all,” said Ernest Marlette, who has twin eighth graders at Hanes. The plan is for Hanes sixth graders to go […]

  • Thousands of gallons of oil released onto North Stokes High School grounds

    STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — Stokes County school officials knew there was a problem at North Stokes High School starting on Jan. 29, when the heat was not working on campus. They quickly realized that thousands of gallons of oil, used to heat the school, was no longer in its underground storage tank. At first, they thought someone may have stolen it. However, they reviewed video footage and realized that could not have been the case. When they realized what had […]

  • Latest victim speaks after another car is hit by object thrown from bridge in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police are seeking petitions for two juveniles who allegedly threw a bottle at a vehicle on I-40. The victim, Joshua Gimlin, told police he was driving east along I-40 when an unknown object hit the roof of his vehicle. “The last thing I want is a rock in my lap, or in my face as I’m driving down the road unexpectedly,” Gimlin said. “That’s [going to] scare you, hurt you, possibly kill you.” After stopping, Gimlin noticed […]

  • Triad woman claims to have caught attempted break-in on camera

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — When Lynn Heneks’ husband passed away in 2013, she realized that she needed to take steps to ensure her safety at home. Lynn, who is disabled, spends the majority of her time at her home outside Kernersville in Forsyth County. She had a security system installed at the home, complete with cameras and sensors. However, on Tuesday, Jan. 27, those cameras showed her that she wasn’t as safe as she’d thought. Lynn had spent the majority […]

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    New details in Stokes County murder-suicide paint picture of troubled marriage, custody battle

    STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — New details have emerged about the family deputies found dead from gunshot wounds at a residence on Ralph Boyles Road Wednesday morning. Deputies believe Coleton and Amanda Tarpley and their two children, Charlie, 6, and Coleton, 9, likely died as a result of a murder-suicide. According to the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office, a preliminary investigation indicates that Coleton Tarpley was the shooter. Marital troubles On March 4, 2014, Coleton Tarpley filed for custody of their two […]

  • App State students respond to high number of student deaths

    BOONE, N.C. — Last Friday, another Appalachian State University student died, bringing the total number of student deaths to nine this school year alone. “It’s sad and it’s kind of scary, it makes you like, wonder what’s going on,” said Melissa Tally, a sophomore at the university. We wondered the same thing. Why? With administrators largely in meetings the majority of the day, we asked the students themselves. “It’s just been bad circumstances and they all just happened to fall […]

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