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Michael Spears comes to the Triad from Yakima and is excited to take the next step in his career on the East Coast.

His interest in journalism began early in high school as a writer for the school newspaper and eventually as copy editor for his school’s yearbook. This interest later grew as he became responsible for presenting announcements on-camera, which inspired him to study journalism in college.

Michael is originally from Seattle and graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Sociology. During his time as a ‘Cane, Michael took full advantage of the opportunities at the campus TV station, UMTV, working both in-front and behind the camera.

As an undergraduate, he interned at NBC in Miami and also on the network level at CBS News in New York City. Michael’s experience in New York cemented his desire to one day become a network correspondent.

Prior to arriving in the Triad, Michael worked for two years as a one-man band reporter in Yakima, Washington.

In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors, reading and exercising. He also loves travelling and visiting new places. Michael is excited to be living in North Carolina and would like to meet as many people in the community as possible!

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    Flywheel co-working space offers ideal environment in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

    Entrepreneurs and start-ups now have a new space to innovate and collaborate in the Triad. It’s called Flywheel. The 10,000 square-foot co-working space recently opened its doors in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem and offers around-the-clock amenities increasingly found in much larger cities across the country. Co-founder Brad Bennett spoke about the space that prides itself on not only offering an ideal environment to create, but also to learn and share ideas. For more information, visit www.Flywheelcowork.com.  

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    Massive fire heavily damages church in Biscoe

    MONTGOMERY COUNTY, N.C. — A church in Biscoe was heavily damaged by a massive fire early Tuesday morning. Crews responded to the fire around 2 a.m. where smoke and flames were seen billowing out of First Baptist Church of Biscoe. The church is located at 225 East Main Street. Four departments responded to the fire including Biscoe, Troy, Candor and Star. Officials say about 50 percent of the church was damaged by the flames. The church also suffered extensive smoke and water damage. The steeple collapsed into […]

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    Fire reported at Thomasville business containing hazardous materials

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Crews responded to a fire at a warehouse containing potentially explosives materials in Thomasville early Friday morning. Firefighters arrived at Advanced Motorsports Coatings, LLC. just after 5 a.m. The business is located at 17 High Tech Blvd., Thomasville, and was closed for the evening. The fire was contained to the warehouse behind the business. No one was injured. Officials say the sprinkler system was activated, which kept the fire contained. A fire reportedly destroyed the same business 10 years ago […]

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    Fire destroys house under construction at Flint Hill Vineyards

    YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. — A house that was under construction at Flint Hill Vineyards in Yadkin County was destroyed by a fire in the early morning hours Thursday. According to the East Bend fire chief, the house went up in flames around 3:06 a.m. The fire was contained to the house and did not spread to the vineyards. Crews say the fire was under control as of 5:45 a.m. No one was in the house at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. […]

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    Winston-Salem considers extending same-sex partner benefits to city employees

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem is considering a major policy change that would extend benefit coverage to domestic partners of LGBT city employees and their children. This comes by request of several city council members, according to the draft proposal written by Winston-Salem City Attorney Angela Carmon. If approved, same-sex domestic partners will have access to benefits that include medical and dental coverage, voluntary vision, voluntary long-term care and employee assistance. This new policy would also allow same-sex couples leave under […]

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    Debt-free Davidson Co. woman target of ‘threatening’ illegal debt collector calls

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Frances Marshall can’t escape the ringing of the phone. “For the past two years I have been getting these off the wall calls,” said Marshall. The Davidson County woman says she receives threatening calls from debt collectors. “I said, ‘What did I do?’ naturally,” Marshall said. “And they said because of the outstanding debts you owe.” The catch is Marshall says she doesn’t have any delinquent or outstanding debt but has been illegally threatened with arrest […]

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    All lanes of Business 85 in Jamestown reopen after 5-vehicle wreck

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — All lanes of Business 85 have reopened after a multiple-vehicle accident Wednesday morning. Troopers say a vehicle was traveling northbound on Business 85 near Vickrey Chapel Road around 7:25 a.m. and when the driver attempted to change lanes, sideswiped another vehicle sending them both across the median. One vehicle collided with a dump truck and the other vehicle collided with a passenger car. A fifth vehicle was also involved in the crash. Three people have been taken to the hospital, […]

  • Cleaning up along the Crystal Coast after Hurricane Arthur

    MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. — Clean up continues after Hurricane Arthur made landfall in North Carolina Thursday evening bringing dangerous winds and relentless ocean waves to the Crystal Coast. Thousands of people awoke to toppled trees and no power from Morehead City up and down the coast. FOX8′s Michael Spears spoke with neighbors who say they’ve experienced worse storms but admit Hurricane Arthur packed a punch.

  • Neighbors share experience of enduring Hurricane Arthur

    HARKERS ISLAND, N.C. — Many on Harkers Island, along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, spent the Fourth of July enjoying the blue waters of Atlantic Ocean and also cleaning up quite a mess. Hurricane Arthur passed right over the island bringing wind gusts of more than 100 mph to nearby Cape Lookout National Seashore. FOX8′s Michael Spears shares the story of two neighbors who experienced something in the midst of the category 2 storm that they may never get to experience again.

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    Fire burns three cars, motorcycle in downtown Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Authorities are investigating after three cars and a motorcycle went up in flames early Tuesday morning in downtown Winston-Salem. Officials said the fire was reported just before 1:30 a.m. at the parking lot of Gray Court Apartments along Fifth Street. Authorities said the fire did not spread to the apartments. The vehicles involved were damaged. No injuries were reported. Officials are investigating a cause of the fire and have not said whether or not it is believed […]

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    FOX8′s Michael Spears takes on firefighter agility challenge in High Point

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Nearly 400 people interested in becoming High Point firefighters will face their first big challenge next month. In order to receive a job application, those interested must complete an eight-station agility test in under 10 minutes, that simulates the obstacles and challenges firefighters face every day. Did we mention you must wear a 50 pound weight vest? FOX8’s Michael Spears took the challenge to see if he had what it takes. The current class of potential […]

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    String of ‘suspicious’ fires being investigated in Davidson Co.

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A string of fires that burned overnight in Davidson County are under investigation. All four fires happened within three hours overnight and three of them occurred within three miles of each other. Officials say the close proximity and timing of the fires is “suspicious.” Crews first responded around 1 a.m. to a dumpster fire at 4643 Friedberg Church Road near Mrs. Hanes’ Moravian Cookies. A second fire destroyed 10-12 rolls of hay about a quarter of a mile down […]