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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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    Community to host event to honor 11-year-old electrocuted in a Lexington pool

    LEXINGTON — Family and friends of an 11-year-old girl who was electrocuted in a Lexington pool last summer plan to honor her memory with a community event Saturday at Central Davidson High School. “We wanted to make sure that we honored Lauren in a way that was appropriate,” said family friend Annette Conrad. “When we talked to Lauren’s family, the message we got was that she loved to play.” Lauren’s Play Day will feature food, music, games and more at […]

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    Greensboro Police request funding to supervise repeat offenders

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Greensboro Police Department wants to put more repeat criminal offenders under supervision through its Priority Offender List. The department is requesting a $55,000 funding boost in the 2015 budget to allow GPD’s Electronic Monitoring Unit to expand the program and take on 50 additional offenders. Greensboro police say the program is intended for people who can’t stay out of trouble; offenders who get out of jail on pretrial release and commit more crimes. Eligible repeat offenders […]

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    UPDATE: Man injured in propane tank explosions, fire in High Point

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — A man suffered burns on his face and hand after a propane tank explosion and fire in High Point early Tuesday morning. The fire was called in around 12:33 a.m. from a High Point business at 901 Prospect Street. A man who works at Carolina Container Co. was injured when officials believe he was filling a propane cylinder and a fire ignited, causing the explosions. The man was able to run away before the explosion but was still burned from the fire. His identity […]

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    18-year-old seriously injured after high-speed chase, crash in Jamestown

      JAMESTOWN, N.C. — An 18-year-old man is in serious condition after troopers say he led a sheriff’s deputy on a high speed chase that ended in a crash in Jamestown early Friday morning. Investigators say the man lost control and crashed while traveling at speeds of more than 100 mph. The chase ensued when deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Business 85 around 1:44 a.m. after they observed the man driving in a careless and reckless manner and speeding. The driver, identified […]

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    NC early voting begins for May 6 primary election

    Early voting begins today for the 2014 primary election. The primary election is May 6. You can cast your ballot from today until May 3. North Carolina’s new election law cut early voting this year by a week from 17 days to 10 days. As a result, counties have added additional hours and polling sites. Same day registration has also been cut meaning if you did not register by April 11, you will not be able to vote in the May 6 […]

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    Historic post office to be restored after ‘suspicious fires’ in Randolph Co.

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Nearly one month after the old Cedar Falls Post Office went up in flames, in what investigators have called a string of suspicious fires, a Randolph County group is moving forward with plans to restore the historic building. The Cedar Falls Historical Society says it will meet with an electrician this week to hook up power to the property which has remained virtually untouched since last month’s fire. Boarded windows, broken glass and charred wood still […]

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    Greensboro food truck businesses double in time for summer

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Registered food trucks in Greensboro have more than doubled following the city’s decision to relax regulations and expand where the mobile restaurants can set up around town. Permits have climbed from 14 to 39 following changes to Greensboro’s food truck ordinance in 2012, when city council approved allowing trucks to roll into new areas like downtown. City of Greensboro Small Business Coordinator Reggie Delahanty says the growth is not only a positive from an economic development and […]

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    Panhandlers in Winston-Salem could be required to wear ID badges

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Panhandlers in Winston-Salem could soon be required to wear a photo identification badge at all times under a proposal by the City Attorney’s Office. All panhandlers are required by current city ordinance to apply and obtain a free panhandling license. The City Attorney’s Office now recommends adding a photo ID provision into the licensing process and requiring the tag to be worn at all times while panhandling. The ID tag would also include the license’s expiration date. […]

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    Police ID pedestrian struck by vehicle, dragged 3 miles in W-S

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A man died after he was struck by a vehicle and dragged three miles down multiple streets in Winston-Salem. Police say John Otis Hill, 54, was struck by a vehicle traveling north on Cleveland Avenue near East 25th Street around 9:19 p.m. Wednesday night. After colliding with the pedestrian, the suspect vehicle stopped for a moment before continuing with the victim trapped under the vehicle for at least three miles down Cleveland Avenue, Akron Drive, Ogburn Avenue […]

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    High Point barber shop to close after 55 years in business

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — The College Village Barber Shop off Lexington Avenue in High Point will close its doors one final time this weekend after being in business for 55 years. The shops’s 70-year-old owner and sole barber, Steve Petroff, says his decision to retire is based on several factors including medical and financial reasons. FOX8’s Michael Spears learned that after five decades of business, some customers simply won’t allow Petroff to completely hang up the ole’ clippers for good.

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    Mother charged after 3-year-old twins found locked in room, covered in feces

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. —  A woman was arrested and charged after her 3-year-old twins were found locked in a room and covered with feces last week in Winston-Salem. Police responded to an apartment on Highland Avenue on March 29 in reference to gunshots. When they arrived, they found the door open. Upon entering, officers noticed that the doorknob of one of the upstairs bedrooms was tied to the banister of the staircase with a shoe lace. They found 3-year-old twins alone in the […]

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    Winston-Salem landmarks ‘Light it up Blue’ to support World Autism Awareness day

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem joined cities across the world Wednesday evening, lighting key landmarks and buildings blue in support of World Autism Awareness Day. This included City Hall, the Krispy Kreme corporate building, Millennium Center and R.J. Reynolds Building. April is National Autism Awareness Month. Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines says he asked City Hall to participate in the “Light It Up Blue” Campaign to help bring awareness to autism. The Centers for Disease Control and prevention recently reported that one […]