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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
  • High Point Fire Department has new wheels to get around on - Firefighters recently given $18,700 to form bike teams.

    High Point Fire Department purchases bikes for medical response team

    The High Point Fire Department has new wheels to help firefighters respond to medical emergencies more quickly and efficiently at large city events. High Point fire purchased eight new bikes with the help of an $18,000 grant from the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. The bikes are fitted with medical equipment like defibrillators. Firefighters will be split into bike teams to cover large events within the city. It’s an idea first tested during last fall’s High Point Furniture Market. HPFD says […]

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    Donations to Goodwill are down due to winter weather

    Goodwill industries of Northwest North Carolina says winter donations this year have fallen as much as 60 percent compared to last year. Snow and icy conditions are to blame. There are typically 100 trailers, stocked with donations, to supply 31 counties in our region through the winter. This year, Goodwill says it currently has fewer than seven. The nonprofit organization relies on money made in Goodwill stores to fund workforce development programs that serve more than 40,000 people in Northwest […]

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    Bear hunting now allowed in all Piedmont counties

    A growing black bear population in North Carolina has led to new regulations that allow bear hunting in all Piedmont counties. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission voted Wednesday in favor of a proposal that establishes a Piedmont bear hunting season. State officials say it will help maintain a healthy bear population in North Carolina. The decision comes after a series of community meetings and research by biologists. North Carolina Wildlife Biologist Ann May says the new rules will also […]

  • Cooling technique helps prevent organ damage after cardiac arrest

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A chilling medical treatment used at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center is helping cardiac arrest patients recover by preventing permanent damage to the body’s vital organs. It’s called Hypothermia Protocol. “That afternoon actually started off with a band practice,” said Glendon Golamco. “When I woke up, I looked at my shirt and I was filled with wires. And I couldn’t believe I was in the E.R.” Golamco has no recollection of his brush with death or week-long […]

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    Teacher charged with arson in connection with fire at Graham High School arrested

    GRAHAM, N.C. — Police have arrested a 28-year-old teacher in connection with a fire at Graham High School last Wednesday. On Monday, Michael Patrick Shannon, 28, of 3551 Forestdale Drive, Burlington, was charged in connection with a fire that broke out in the auditorium/theater area at Graham High School on Feb. 19. Shannon was arrested in Mecklenburg County at 7:35 p.m. by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, according to the Burlington Times-News. He was released Tuesday morning on a bond of […]

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    One dead, 11 displaced in Winston-Salem apartment fire

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – An apartment complex fire that killed a man and displaced 11 people is under investigation Monday morning. Authorities say the two-alarm fire broke out at Sherwood Station apartments on Castleford Court in Winston-Salem Sunday afternoon. Ralph Phillips, 55, died in the fire just after it started around 2 p.m. The victim was in a wheelchair. Authorities say the Red Cross is working to assist the nearly dozen people who were displaced, including nine adults and three children. […]

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    Goodwill hosts Prosperity Center open house in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is inviting the community to check out it’s newly opened Prosperity Center on Waughtown Street. The Prosperity Center recently relocated to 508 Waughtown Street in Winston-Salem and will hold an open house Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The center is a United Way collaborative that offers one-stop job help and financial services to the community for free. For more information on services, visit www.goodwillnwnc.org

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    Lexington florist delivering flowers by tractor

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — A flower shop in Lexington refuses to let the snow freeze out Valentine’s Day. Love Blossoms on North State Street in Lexington is making flower deliveries by tractor on Friday morning. “We are going to do our best to get them out,” said Love Blossoms owner Tiffany Wood. Wood said Valentine’s Day is their second busiest day of the year, a runner-up only to Mother’s Day. Wood said they were unable to make deliveries on Thursday because of […]

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    LVAD pump helps Piedmont woman living with heart failure

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Living with heart failure can make everyday tasks nearly impossible, but there’s new hope for people in the Triad who aren’t eligible for a heart transplant or remain on the waiting list. “It’s a very rare and precious resource,” said Cone Health Cardiologist Daniel R. Bensimhon. “There are about 3,000 heart transplants done across the world every year. There are many, many, many more people who need transplants. We have to choose a sort of select population […]

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    Suspect surrenders, ending 29-hour standoff at Winston-Salem motel

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A man holding a 16-year-old hostage inside a motel on University Parkway surrendered around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday following a 29-hour standoff, nearly two hours after he released the hostage. Christopher Shane Jenkins surrendered to police without incident at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, two hours after a 16-year-old hostage walked out of the motel room. Jenkins is scheduled to appear in court Thursday. Officers escorted 16-year-old Andrew Jovanni Menjivar alongside the front of the motel and across a parking lot toward […]

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    Update: Greene Street in Greensboro reopens after water main break

    UPDATE: The water main break has been fixed. The road has reopened. GREENSBORO, N.C. — A water main break has closed part of North Greene Street in Greensboro early Monday morning. Police say all northbound lanes of North Greene Street at West Friendly Avenue are closed. Westbound lanes of West Friendly Avenue at North Greene Street are down to one left turn lane onto Greene Street and a single lane for through traffic on West Friendly Avenue. City crews have started […]

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    Winston-Salem police present revised gun buyback proposal

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A plan to conduct a gun buyback program is heading to a vote by the Winston-Salem City Council. The city council’s public safety committee voted unanimously Monday to bring the proposed buyback to the full council. No date was proposed. Winston-Salem Police Chief Barry Rountree presented the revised gun buyback proposal Monday night that addressed questions and concerns by city leaders and included additional options. City council postponed making a decision when the idea was first put […]