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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
  • Winston-Salem police find vehicles stripped of parts along trail system as motor vehicle thefts spike

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police say motor vehicles are being stolen at an alarming rate and some of them are being found stripped along a vast trail system in the southeast corner of the city. “What they’ve done is found these isolated areas that we don’t have the means to patrol, because an average patrol car couldn’t get down in here,” said Sgt. T.S. Mabe, of the Winston-Salem Police Department. The system consist of several miles of trails between Interstate […]

  • Winston-Salem police spend Secret Santa money on gifts for Brenner Children’s Hospital patients

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police officers spent their Friday morning spending their own money for a good cause. Instead of buying Secret Santa gifts for each other, they took the money they would have spent and pooled it together. With what started as a few hundred dollars, the officers went to two Target locations in the city and bought gifts for patients at Brenner Children’s Hospital. “It’s a blast,” said Sgt. Trace Wooten. “We have a good time, we really […]

  • Increase in vehicle break-ins expected during holiday season

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Vehicle break-ins are on the rise in Winston-Salem, but if last year tells us anything, thieves are about to ramp up their activity during the holiday season. “They just take the opportunity and go with it,” said Officer K.A. Kirkman, of the Winston-Salem Police Department, as he investigated a stolen vehicle Monday morning. From Jan. 1, to Thanksgiving Day 2016, Winston-Salem police say there were 1,791 auto break-in/larcenies from motor vehicles in the city. However, from Black […]

  • Multiple homes, vehicles damaged by shots from BB or pellet gun in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Winston-Salem police are ramping up their efforts to find whoever is responsible for shooting a B.B. gun at homes and vehicles on at least 18 different streets in the city. “It’s sad that people will do something like that, destroy other peoples’ property,” said one of the victims, who didn’t want to be identified. Investigators tell FOX8 the incidents began on Thanksgiving eve and continued through the Thanksgiving holiday. Many residents noticed the damage the morning after, […]

  • Former Forsyth County student-athletes play football, raise food for less fortunate on Thanksgiving

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Former student-athletes from eight Forsyth County schools began their Thanksgiving by playing football for a good cause: Gathering food for local food insecure families. “To see them come back together, and play, and have this much fun on Thanksgiving really, really means a lot,” said James Blackburn, a former coach who watched many of the players grow. Teams representing Carver, East Forsyth, Glenn, Mount Tabor, North Forsyth, Parkland, Reynolds and West Forsyth high schools participated. “When I’m […]

  • Firefighters warn of unattended cooking dangers after Winston-Salem house fire

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Firefighters are warning about the dangers of unattended cooking after a house fire left a Winston-Salem family of four without a home for Thanksgiving Wednesday morning. The fire broke out as a result of unattended cooking on Aureole Street. Exclusive video obtained by FOX8 shows a first-hand view as firefighters fought to put out the flames, which were erupting from the home’s kitchen. “It happens quicker than people think,” said Sabrina Stowe, senior community educator with the […]

  • Family, friends gather in memory of slain Winston-Salem 20-year-old

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A 20-year-old shot and killed hundreds of feet away from his mother’s Winston-Salem home was remembered by friends and family during two separate vigils Tuesday. “They [were] like, ‘Something happened, your house is roped off,’” said Tasha Jarrett, the victim’s cousin. Police say Leon Conrad Jr. was shot in the neck around 5:30 p.m. Monday on Richard Allen Lane Northwest. He died at the scene. “When they told me it was Leon, I just, I still don’t […]

  • Police on scene of ‘shootout’ at Winston-Salem apartment complex

    WINSTON-SALEM — Winston-Salem police are on scene of a “shootout” at a Winston-Salem apartment complex. The shootings happened at about 11:30 a.m. at the Hampton Station Apartments on Shattalon Drive. No injuries have been reported but police say there were multiple shooters and five cars were hit. No arrests have been made but officers are pursuing leads on suspects. .@cityofwspolice on scene of shootout @ Hampton Court Apartments on Bethania Station Rd. No injuries, but multiple shooters. @myfox8 pic.twitter.com/4E6ruUpRW7 — Michael […]

  • Winston-Salem mother pleads for answers in unsolved homicide of her son

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Karodd Nash was many things during his lifetime; a youngest child, an athlete and a father. But after 25 years, in September 2016, he became a homicide victim. Today, his family, and the investigators tasked with finding his killer, are asking for answers. “He was 6’5”, tall, handsome,” said Lisa Scott, Nash’s mother. On Sept. 16, 2016, Scott says she and her son were talking outside her Winston-Salem home. “I told him I love him, I’ll see […]

  • Robbery at bank branch inside Winston-Salem’s Wells Fargo Center

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – It’s the tallest and one of the most recognizable buildings in Winston-Salem, and Wednesday, the bank branch on its first floor was robbed. Police say around 9:30 a.m., a woman entered the Wells Fargo Bank branch located on the first floor of the Wells Fargo Center, which is at the corner of Second and North Main streets in downtown Winston-Salem. The woman demanded money from a teller, before putting the cash in a plastic bag and running […]

  • Administrators discuss students leaving campus, cutting class at Parkland High School in Winston-Salem; residents in the area are concerned

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Students leaving campus and skipping class at Parkland High School was the focal point of a meeting between school administrators in Winston-Salem on Thursday. “I think it is a problem, kids leaving campus when they’re supposed to be in class,” said Jonathan Wilson, Security Director for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system. Reports of the issues have been coming from people living nearby for years, including one man who says the students have become confrontational and police have […]

  • Former Lexington soccer coach and youth ministry leader accused of trying to arrange sex with a minor

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — A Lexington man, who’s a former soccer coach and youth ministry leader, is accused of arrangement to have sex with a 13-year-old girl. A federal grand jury indicted Timothy Sean Coogle, 46, of Lexington, on Sept. 26 for the Southern District of West Virginia on one count of using a cellphone to knowingly attempt to persuade, induce, entice and coerce an individual who had not attained the age of 18 years to engage in sexual activity. Coogle […]