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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. — On Wednesday, many residents were moved out of Cornerstone Living Center after the state ordered it to shut down on Tuesday. FOX8 was able to uncover details into the facility’s past, either documented by the state or by Winston-Salem police. One violation listed in the state’s report was that of “medication administration.” “I’ve visited people in the hospital because their meds weren’t administered correctly and they go off the rail,” said a woman, who identified herself as Marie […]

  • County lays out plans to re-open Yadkin Valley Community Hospital

    YADKINVILLE, N.C. — Yadkin County Commissioners say they are doing everything in their power to get the currently-closed Yadkin Valley Community Hospital re-opened. On Friday, the company which was operating the hospital — CAH Acquisitions 10, LLC — shut down the hospital. They were under contract with the county to continue operations there until July 31, 2015. “It’s sent my anxiety levels through the roof. I’ve been on edge ever since,” said Emily Osborne, a former registration clerk at the […]

  • Uncertainty surrounding closed Yadkin County hospital continues to grow

    YADKINVILLE, N.C. – The uncertainty surrounding the Yadkin Valley Community Hospital continues to grow. On Friday, the hospital was abruptly closed, leaving the 37,000 residents of Yadkin County without a hospital. On that day, Yadkin County Attorney Ed Powell said the county, which owns the facility, learned that the company that leases and operates the hospital planned to close the facility and fire the employees Saturday morning. In reaction to that news, attorneys for Yadkin County went to court in […]

  • Davie County mother charged after running over, killing 6-year-old daughter

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  • Multiple fires break out overnight Wednesday in Winston-Salem, four labeled arson

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Investigators are combing through what caused multiple fires in Winston-Salem Wednesday morning, but have determined four of them to be arson. Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, firefighters were called out to the South Fork Cleaners dry cleaning business on Country Club Avenue. A fire had destroyed the business and the majority of what was inside. “To see all of this, you know, pulled out — and to see it ripped apart like this — it’s just devastating,” said Bridgette […]

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    Fire destroys Winston-Salem dry cleaning business

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A fire destroyed a dry cleaning business in Winston-Salem early Wednesday morning. Crews have been on the scene at South Fork Cleaners located on Country Club Road since just after midnight. When firefighters arrived they could see flames and heavy smoke from the outside. The fire spread quickly and almost entirely through the business. Firefighters were able to stop it before it spread to another business, Carolina Wood Floors, which is located directly behind the dry cleaner. No […]

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    BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. — A train hit a truck with a man sleeping inside in Browns Summit early Monday morning. Nicholas Webb, 30, of Gibsonville pulled onto Ferrin Road. When Webb realized the road is a dead end, he went to turn around and his pickup truck got stuck in the gravel near the tracks. His phone had died so Webb took a nap in the bed of his truck. When a train came through, it hit the truck. There was […]

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    Update: Police confirm 14-year-old in Winston-Salem shot in head

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police confirmed Tuesday that the 14-year-old victim in the Charleston Court shooting was shot in the head. The teen is still in very critical condition. Investigators are still conducting interviews, trying to figure out where the gun came from and how it was stored. They are also trying to determine whether the juvenile shot himself, and if he did, if it was accidental or intentional. Police have not ruled out the possibility that someone else shot the teen. No […]

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    Marine vet says he could ‘have been just another unsolved murder’ after Winston-Salem gunfight

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