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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!

Recent Articles
  • Sales tax increase in Davidson Co. goes into effect today

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A voter-approved quarter-cent sales tax increase took effect Wednesday in Davidson County to cover costs of a new $40 million high school and eventually fund other education projects. The county’s sales tax is now 7 percent. The hike means taxpayers will spend an extra penny in sales tax per $4 purchase. That’s an extra 50 cents for a $200 purchase. Officials say the tax increase will bring in more than $2 million a year for a new […]

  • Man hospitalized after being stabbed in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — A man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after being stabbed overnight in Greensboro. Police responded to an apartment at 2710 Patio Place just after midnight Tuesday, where they found a man who had been stabbed in his back. The suspect was apprehended a short time later and identified as 33-year-old Gregory A. Cummings of Greensboro. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Officials say that the victim and suspect […]

  • Police highlight importance of neighborhood watch after recent homicides in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro police are highlighting the importance of watchful neighbors following four recent homicides that have led detectives to actively search for leads and suspects with the help of the community. Police realize that neighbors know their surrounding community best. That’s one reason police rely on neighborhood watches to help keep crime in check. It’s not a new concept; you’ve likely seen watch warning signs posted around town at one point or another. The City of Greensboro has […]

  • UPDATE: Victim fatally shot on Byrd Street in Greensboro identified

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The victim of Tuesday morning’s fatal shooting has been identified as 26-year-old Kevin Lashon Davis. Davis was taken to Moses Cone Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police responded to 2119 Byrd Street at about 1:25 a.m. Tuesday. Neighbors say they heard multiple gunshots. There are no details on the motive of the shooting. This is the city’s third homicide investigation in less than 48 hours. Three people were shot and two died in separate shootings on Sunday evening.  UPDATE: […]

  • Reading program for students in Winston-Salem looking for volunteers

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A reading initiative aimed at helping struggling students in more than a dozen Winston-Salem/Forsyth County elementary schools is looking for volunteers to help with tutoring. The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Volunteers Program needs between 80 and 100 volunteers to work with children weekly on reading. This year, organizers say the learning materials were updated to match new North Carolina state reading standards and volunteers will work with more students. Anyone is welcome to apply to be […]

  • UPDATE: All lanes of I-40 now open after tractor-trailer crash in Forsyth Co.

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — All lanes of Interstate 40 near the U.S. 311 interchange in Forsyth County have reopened Tuesday after being shut down for several hours due to a crash involving two FedEx tractor trailers and a van. The accident was reported around 4 a.m. when a van spun out and crashed on I-40 eastbound. The first FedEx truck driver pulled over to assist. A short time later, a second FedEx truck was also traveling in the left lane, swerved to miss the wreck […]

  • Two suspects arrested following armed robbery, police chase in Forsyth Co.

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Two men are in custody following an armed robbery that led to a police chase and vehicle crash in Forsyth County Thursday morning. The chase stemmed from an armed robbery reported around 8:13 a.m. in High Point. A witness called police after seeing an armed robbery in progress at the Dollar Tree on Eastchester Drive in High Point. Police responded and a chase ensued. The chase ended when the suspect vehicle, a 2001 Dodge Dakota, lost control and crashed on I-40 near N.C. […]

  • How secure is your home?

    How secure is your home? We can’t always keep burglars out but police say there are ways you can make it more difficult for thieves to do their dirty work. FOX8 meets with crime prevention specialists for a walk through on how you can help secure your house or apartment.

  • Safety tips for riding a bicycle

    Wearing a helmet can make the difference between life or death for bicyclists. Here in North Carolina, children under 16 years old are required by law to wear a helmet. But do you know the do’s and don’ts of strapping in? FOX8 speaks with an experienced cyclist ahead of Saturday’s High point Cycling Classic about the proper way to wear a helmet and also the importance of proper signaling while out on the roads.

  • Alcohol permits suspended at Greensboro nightclub after shooting, overcrowding

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — State ABC Commission officials have suspended alcohol permits at a Greensboro nightclub following a shooting in August and reports of underage drinking, illegal drug use, fights and severe overcrowding. The suspension was served Tuesday against Visions Entertainment Complex, located at 4927 W. Market St. It is effective immediately and will remain in effect until an appeal hearing. According to the 74-page report, ABC Commission officials say there is a “history of disregard for public safety associated with the […]

  • Winston-Salem woman fatally stabbed, boyfriend to be charged with murder

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A woman has died after being stabbed multiple times during an argument with her boyfriend in front of her Winston-Salem home Monday night. Police responded to the home on Upton Street around 8:50 p.m. to find the body of 43-year-old Cheryl Annise Bethea in the front yard. Her boyfriend, 52-year-old Ferjus Bernard Moore, was also at the scene. Police determined Bethea and Moore were involved in an argument that led to her being stabbed multiple times. Moore suffered lacerations […]

  • ‘Operation School Watch’ provides extra patrol in school zones to keep kids safe

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — As hundreds of school buses hit the roads Monday, local law enforcement officers in Guilford County will work together in a first-of-its-kind extended operation to crackdown on drivers who illegally pass buses and other school zone violations that put children in danger. It’s called Operation School Watch. Every year, North Carolina school bus drivers record thousands of illegal and potentially deadly stop arm violations. New laws were passed following the death of an 11-year-old Kernersville boy, […]