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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
  • U.S. Attorney General Sessions visits Triad; discusses gangs, immigration, sanctuary cities

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in Winston-Salem on Thursday, speaking to the North Carolina Gang Investigators Association at the Benton Convention Center. In a speech which began shortly before noon, Sessions said, “This is America. We will not be held hostage in our homes and our communities by gangsters.” Sessions says according to the FBI’s most recent national gang report, approximately half of all gang investigators said gang membership and activity are on the rise. […]

  • Public meeting planned to discuss safety improvements to road between two Winston-Salem schools

    WINSTON-SALEM. N.C. — One of the more dangerous stretches for students – Northwest Boulevard between Wiley Middle and R.J. Reynolds High Schools in Winston-Salem – is getting closer to becoming safer; but the city and school system want the public’s input first. The dangers of the road are apparent on every school day, as the students at both schools arrive and depart from their campuses. At these times, student and parent vehicles line the roads, as well as buses and […]

  • $25 million bond project providing new technology in WSFCS

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system is putting about $25 million to work to better prepare their students for when they hit the workforce. As part of the 2016 bond referendum, Forsyth County residents approved the funds which go largely to updating technology in classrooms and media centers. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s very exciting for what we’re able to do on a large scale,” said Kevin Sherrill, chief technology officer for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. New […]

  • 163 charges filed in large-scale operation targeting heroin traffickers in Forsyth County

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Police say a total of 163 charges were filed as the result of a large-scale operation targeting heroin traffickers in Forsyth County last week. Winston-Salem police released the statistics to FOX8 on Wednesday, saying 38 people were arrested and charged. The charges include 75 felonies and 88 misdemeanors. Officers conducted parking lot stings where dealers are known to conduct their business, as well as takedowns of dealers which had been selling to undercover officers and a total […]

  • Kernersville residents respond to rise in crime with National Night Out

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Kernersville residents, like many others across the country, have fallen victim to a rise in crime in 2017. But, instead of letting the increase tear them apart, they’re responding by getting together. “When we grew up, we knew our neighbors,” said Naomi Harry, president of the Wyndfall Homeowners Association. “But, now we’re in a time when we don’t even know who our next-door neighbors are.” From January to June of 2017, Kernersville police report they’ve investigated 2,063 […]

  • Officers search 14 Winston-Salem homes as part of operation targeting heroin dealers

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Fourteen Winston-Salem homes and residences have been searched either by the execution of a search warrant or with the resident’s consent as part of an ongoing operation targeting heroin dealers within the city. It began with undercover officers monitoring parking lots and shopping centers within Forsyth County on Tuesday, in an effort to let the dealers know the officers were watching the areas where they sell drugs. “The dealers are not going to be as comfortable where […]

  • Video shows Winston-Salem police take down alleged heroin dealer

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police have taken down a man they say has been selling heroin in the city, including to their undercover officers, as part of an ongoing operation aimed at taking down heroin dealers throughout Forsyth County. “If you’ve been selling heroin in this town, there’s a good chance you’ve sold heroin to undercover police officers,” said Sgt. David Rose, of the Winston-Salem Police Department’s Special Investigation Division. The operation began on Tuesday, with officers running a sting […]

  • Boy steps on syringe at Mount Airy park; police investigating

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Mt. Airy police say an 11-year-old boy stepped on a syringe which had been left on the ground at Riverside Park on Monday. Officers say they received the call around 7:20 p.m. Monday, and when they responded, they found a bag of needles which had not been properly disposed of between two trash cans near the soccer field. The boy’s mother took her son to the hospital to get checked out. Police say the boy seems […]

  • Large-scale multi-agency sting targets heroin dealers in Forsyth County

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Several agencies took part in a large-scale sting operation targeting heroin dealers and users in Forsyth County Tuesday, as a result of a series of 11 overdoses in five hours at the end of June. “It’s frustrating because we know that all of this is preventable,” said Sgt. David Rose, of the Winston-Salem Police Department’s Special Investigations Division. Winston-Salem police were joined by officers from Kernersville, Forsyth County deputies, the DEA, ATF and Homeland Security to conduct […]

  • Police warn credit card skimmers are becoming harder to spot as fraud increases

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police are warning that credit card fraud is on the rise, card skimmers are using technology to their advantage, and if you don’t know what to look for, your information could end up in the wrong hands. “It can happen to me, it can happen to you,” said Dennis Little, a Winston-Salem resident. Winston-Salem police say last year, they received 322 cases of reported credit card fraud. This year, they have received 218. But, they add that […]

  • Little league, big money: Kernersville hosts regional baseball tournament

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Eight teams will be vying for regional supremacy during the 2017 Intermediate Baseball Division Southeastern Region Tournament, and for the first time, Kernersville Little League is the host. While it may be little league, this means big money. “It’s a big deal,” said Shawn Cofer, Kernersville Little League president. “It’s a lot of work but it’s a big deal.” Among the teams is the joint Kernersville/Walkertown team, which won their state title after battling not only tough […]

  • Large-scale search for missing Winston-Salem woman comes up empty

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A search for a missing Winston-Salem woman who would have celebrated her 63rd birthday exactly a month ago came up empty on Monday. Mary Magdalene Smith was last seen by family on March 1, 2017, at her sister’s house. The last conversation her family had with her ended in an argument. “So she got angry about it and left and said she was going to the Motel 6, which now is Rodeway Inn,” said Smith’s niece, Faye […]