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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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    Social media fuels rumors of threat against West Forsyth High School

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — About two-thirds of West Forsyth High School’s student population either left early or didn’t show up at all on Friday, largely due to a threat which may have never truly been made. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools officials say late Thursday night/early Friday morning, they received information from a parent, saying that their child had seen a tweet which contained a threat against West Forsyth High School. The school system increased security on campus with the help of the […]

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    Hundreds of vehicles stolen in Triad’s two largest cities in 2017

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police say between Jan. 1 and Feb. 16, there were 157 vehicles stolen in the city. No one is immune, including a volunteer at a local radio station. On Feb. 15, the volunteer was doing some interior work at Joy FM, located on West Clemmonsville Road in Winston-Salem. Surveillance video taken at about 3 p.m. shows a group of suspects approaching the station as an employee drives out of the parking lot. “It’s [the] thought of how bold […]

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    Davie County officials want residents to design park for current high school campus

    MOCKSVILLE, N.C. — Starting Tuesday, Davie County residents will have the opportunity to give county officials their ideas for a new park on the site of the current Davie County High School campus. The park, with a $3.96 million budget for re-purposing, will be built around some of the existing infrastructure, including the football field, two gymnasiums, the B building and cafeteria. However, that leaves a lot of space to fill, and the county wants to know how their citizens […]

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    89-year-old known as the ‘mayor’ of Winston-Salem’s Cleveland Avenue

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — If you walk through the majority of the city of Winston-Salem and ask people who their mayor is, they’ll tell you it’s Mayor Allen Joines. But, if you go to Cleveland Avenue – and what’s known as the “Cleveland Avenue projects” in particular – they’ll give you a different answer. “Ms. Mattie, or Ms. Young, or the Mayor of Cleveland,” said a Cleveland projects resident, known simply as “Ms. Q.” In fact, if you ask Mayor Joines […]

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    Thousands of local parents keep their kids home from school for ‘Day Without Immigrants’

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Students stayed home from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools on Thursday, a day which has become known as a “Day Without Immigrants.” On Wednesday, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system reported 4,143 absences. On Thursday, that number spiked to 9,855 absences. While the school system says they can’t confirm the rise in absences was a direct result of a Day Without Immigrants, students who spoke to FOX8 said it certainly was. “I didn’t think it was going to be a […]

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    Winston-Salem police take FOX8 undercover in their fight against heroin epidemic

    It’s been more than a month since 22-year-old Madison Marini died of a heroin-related overdose in the bathroom of the Taco Bell in King, where she worked. For her mother, Claudia, the struggle to make life go on without her daughter is just beginning. “I wake up every morning and for a brief second I forget and I pray that it was a nightmare,” Claudia said. “Then I remember and then the rest of the day ends up being my nightmare.” […]

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    Winston-Salem officials set up dozens of cameras to catch people dumping illegally

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The City of Winston-Salem is dealing with an illegal dumping issue; so much so that they’ve started setting up cameras, which is already paying off. At one site in particular – on Eldora Street – the cameras caught one Chevrolet truck in particular dumping illegally on two separate occasions. “You have people that come through the neighborhood that don’t live in the neighborhood that throw trash out of their cars,” said Linda Nesbitt, who has lived in the […]

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    Winston-Salem elementary school teachers work to understand poverty

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Teachers at Sedge Garden Elementary School have their own set of problems. But some of the children they’re responsible for are facing challenges they could never fully understand. So, they piled into the school’s gym to get a glimpse into their students’ world. They have fifteen minutes between a bell ring and each time, they have to get everything done for the week — the four rings total a full month below the poverty line. From paying […]

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    Discarded Christmas trees find new life at the bottom of Salem Lake

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — It’s February and the Christmas tree which was once the centerpiece of your holiday decorations is long gone from the curb on which you discarded it. However, weeks after city sanitation workers came to remove it from the roadside, some of the trees are just beginning a longer-term purpose. While some trees are simply mulched to decorate parks and neighborhoods, others are taken to Salem Lake. In a ritual which — in relation to other life forms — would normally […]

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    Stokes County citizens begin war on illegal opioid activity

    WALNUT COVE, N.C. — A spike in opioid usage and overdoses in Stokes County has prompted its citizens to begin their own war on drugs. A meeting held at South Stokes High School on Thursday night attracted upwards of 150 people. The forum was organized by a group which was recently put together in its own right; Stokes County Concerned Citizens. In attendance were parents, teachers, law enforcement, addicts and mothers who had lost their children to overdoses, including Gail Bennett, […]

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    Winston-Salem armed robbers target more cities, become increasingly violent

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Two men believed to be behind at least 10 armed robberies in Winston-Salem appear to be growing more violent and new developments show they appear to be targeting businesses in other cities as well. Winston-Salem police say they believe the two suspects started their spree on Dec. 20, 2016, at Stanleyville Grocery on North Patterson Avenue. Since, they have hit businesses on North Cameron Avenue, South Broad Street, South Main Street, Waughtown Street, North Martin Luther King Jr. […]

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    Winston-Salem police release video of men possibly involved in several armed robberies

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Winston-Salem police are asking for your help in identifying two men who committed an armed robbery Sunday night. Surveillance video from the JBS Food Mart on Old Rural Hall Road show two men making their way toward the front entrance of the business shortly before midnight. In the video, you can see the first man’s face, before he pulls a mask over it and shoves an elderly man near the front door. Both suspects then enter the […]