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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. — Anyone who has had to visit a courthouse to get a traffic ticket dismissed knows it can be a day filled with long lines, missed appointments and frustration. “Not only do we enter one line, we have to get out of that line, get back in another line, to get back in the line to get a ticket and start the line back over again,” said Pjada Baltazar, who was in the Forsyth County Courthouse to get […]

  • UPDATED: Man found shot to death in Winston-Salem identified

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A man found shot to death in Winston-Salem Wednesday morning has been identified. Jalik Austin, 21, was found in the driver’s seat of a Dodge Charger around 7 a.m. off North Highland Avenue. Hundreds of people gathered to watch as his body was removed from the car. “Jalik was a very good person,” said Deshanda Harris, a friend of Austin’s. “He was humble, loyal and he cared for everybody.”  Police say he had an apparent gunshot wound to […]

  • 13-year-old shot during home invasion speaks out

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A 13-year-old who was shot during a home invasion is out of the hospital and speaking about the ordeal. Cregg Penn, who lives on East Fourth Street in Winston-Salem, was asleep inside the home just before midnight on Oct. 22. Cregg’s mother and her fiancé, Mike Baker, also were in the home. “I was sleeping, I heard a big boom,” Cregg said. “And then someone walked in the door with a mask and a gun.” The gunman […]

  • Foliage season providing a boost to local economy

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    13-year-old shot in Winston-Salem home invasion

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A 13-year-old boy is recovering after being shot during a home invasion in Winston-Salem late Wednesday evening. Police responded to the shooting at a residence on East Fourth Street just before midnight. The boy’s stepfather told FOX8’s Michael Spears that he was asleep with the boy’s mother when they heard glass breaking inside the house. When they went to investigate, they saw three men in ski masks and the 13-year-old was face down on the floor. “We […]

  • Local organizations donating to fight Ebola in Liberia

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — As the number of Ebola-related deaths continues to rise in Liberia, some local organizations are helping to fight the spread of the deadly virus. The Liberian Organization of the Piedmont reached out to city leaders, asking for help. Winston-Salem, along with Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center answered the call. “It is a huge need. There are thousands and thousands of people that are suffering; that are crying today. There will be people that will […]

  • Bed bug infestation at Winston-Salem fire station

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Firefighters at Winston-Salem’s Fire Station 14 had a rude awakening last week — bed bugs where they sleep. “Some of them reported the actual bites from the bugs themselves,” said David Pollard, of the Winston-Salem Professional Firefighters Association. But when they started looking around the firehouse, they realized the bugs weren’t only confined to their sleeping quarters. “It’s in an office area, in office bags, in totes of equipment that we carry. You know, it’s pretty severe,” […]

  • Forsyth Co. hospital chosen as Ebola treatment center for Novant Health patients

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Novant Health’s Forsyth Medical Center has been chosen as an Ebola treatment center – one of two in the Novant Health system in North Carolina. That means if someone were to be diagnosed with the virus at one of Novant Health’s other health care centers, they could end up in Winston-Salem. “We have the resources, we have the capacity and we have the intellectual capital,” said Larry Nycum, MD, vice president of medical staff services for the […]

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    CLEMMONS, N.C. — The skeletal remains found in the backyard of a home in Clemmons have been identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office. The remains were found on Oct. 5 in the backyard of 2749 Knob Hill Drive. The first victim has been identified as 37-year-old Joshua Fredrick Wetzler. The second victim has been identified as 36-year-old Tommy Dean Welch. “I would like to know why,” said Martha Wetzler, Joshua’s mother. “Why? Why they killed either one of these men.” Three people […]

  • Man critically injured in hit-and-run while on morning walk in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Highway Patrol officials are investigating a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian who was on his morning walk. The incident happened Friday morning at about 7 a.m. near the intersection of Union Cross and Willard roads. The 79-year-old man, identified as Steve Roper, was wearing a reflective vest and blinking light when he was struck. EMS officials say Roper, who has a fractured skull, has been taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Roper, who is in critical condition, does […]

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    FORSYTH COUNTY — Court documents now say that, before their arrests, alleged killers Pazuzu Algarad and Amber Burch were living off of taxpayer dollars. The documents say that the two, who are accused of killing one person each and then burying the bodies in the backyard of their home in Clemmons, were taking in $1,221 a month combined; all from social security. Burch was collecting $721 a month from Social Security, according to the documents. Her expenses were listed as $200 […]

  • Clemmons murder suspect sacrificed animals, spoke ‘as though he was possessed,’ according to source

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