Michael Hennessey is the anchor of the FOX8 News at 11, which premiered on May 1, 2019.
Michael’s career with FOX8 started in the station’s Winston-Salem bureau in May 2014, where he served as the bureau chief. There, he broke some of the region’s largest and most impactful stories while developing a reputation built on trust. He’s also spearheaded FOX8’s national coverage on events ranging from major crimes, to animal attacks and natural disasters.
Prior to working with FOX8, Michael began his career in eastern North Carolina, serving as the Greenville bureau reporter for WCTI-Newschannel 12, beginning in February 2013. There, he met his wife Katie, who was raised in Greensboro.
Michael and Katie were wed before Hurricane Matthew made landfall in October 2016, when they were forced to move up their wedding date by two days as the town of Southport shut down in preparation for the storm.
Michael studied television studies as a member of the News7 team at Lyndon State College, which is now Northern Vermont University – Lyndon.
Michael enjoys speaking at public events and fundraisers, particularly those with the mission of improving the lives of our youngest generations and less fortunate.
A Newtown, Connecticut, native, Michael spends much of his time on the Piedmont Triad’s golf courses, traveling to the North Carolina coast, fishing, as well as playing and watching other sports.
In addition to seeing Michael every weeknight on the FOX8 News at 11, you’ll see some of his reporting in various shows throughout FOX8’s 11 hours of on-air news every weekday.
MADISON, N.C. — Five years ago, the people of Rockingham County watched helplessly as 39,000 tons of coal ash spilled into the Dan River from the Duke Energy plant in Eden. Less than 20 miles southwest, the people of Madison were introduced to a future which now looked unsettled, with the spill rivaling the town’s well-known clocktower as its claim to fame. “What does that mean for our town?” resident Bobbie Webster, who co-owns M&M Pawn Shop alongside her 29-year-old […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Sincere Davis’ coaches, teammates and classmates haven’t had trouble remembering him since his death was announced in March. “I can just see images of him daily, smiling. He had this great, beautiful smile,” said Jared Rolfes, Page High School Varsity Football Coach. “He would just look at you and smile. Kind of make you melt.” Though thoughts of his cheerful face emerge unprovoked, evidence of his commitment to his team, and his passion, are preserved through videos […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Nearly 20 years ago, a group of mothers in Guilford County recognized the opportunities they had to spend time with their children weren’t afforded to most. “Our whole neighborhood would get together and we would play with our kids, do fun stuff and we realized that support was very, very valuable,” Patti Learman said. As they saw a need for new parents to have similar experiences, they discovered Parents as Teachers and the Guilford County affiliate of […]
SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — In 2017, Surry County officials reported a total of 237 overdoses, 55 of which were fatal. The next year, the number of overdoses jumped to 372. But, before 2017 ended, the county became the second in the state to begin participating in an overdose detection mapping application program, called ODMAP. “There was actually a gentleman who created this that had an overdose in his own family,” Surry County EMS Director John Shelton said. In 2018, 31 […]
HIGH POINT, N.C. — For those coming to the United States from overseas, with the ambition of joining demanding fields, the American dream can seem out of sight. But, there is a program to help bring those aspirations into view. “If you’re coming here, struggling with school, it’s a very good program,” said Mohamed Mohamed, who came to the states from Somalia. Mohamed, a rising senior who wishes to join the medical field, is currently participating in a program called […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — How Alex Wilson’s story of addiction starts is all too familiar. But it’s how he escaped that’s inspiring others to press the restart button, no matter how far gone they may feel. “I had a pretty bad back injury, then from there they give you pain medicine,” Wilson detailed. More than seven years ago, Wilson’s prescription quickly developed into an addiction. “Maybe a matter of months to where [that] feeling of control was gone,” he said. When […]
BURLINGTON, N.C. — Joseph W. Cobb, better known as Jerry, was born in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 1940. “My father, he went into the service,” Cobb said. “But he didn’t come back.” In 1946, his mother married Cobb’s stepfather, who was from Gibsonville, moving the family to North Carolina. In 1958, Cobb joined the Navy, and when he got out, he returned to North Carolina, attending what at the time was the Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina. […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — When Tony Phillips took over as the coordinator for UNC-Greensboro’s Historically Underutilized Business program, his mission was for UNCG to become the university others looked at as an example of how to develop minority participation. Today, they’re realizing that goal. “When you’re looking at minority participation, and minority contractors, they just want to be at the table,” Phillips said. Currently, UNCG undergoes anywhere between 60 to 75 projects a year. This year, one of the largest is […]
FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — America has set a record for the number of firearm background checks run through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, month-by-month, to start a year. “There’s really no rhyme or reason why there can be an uptick,” said Cpl. Roger Dunlap, the corporal over the permits unit for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. 2019 is the first year where NICS firearm background checks have surpassed 2 million every month, January through June, since the NICS […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — When University of North Carolina at Greensboro administrators studied their student body, they realized one group in particular was lacking needed support. So, in the summer of 2017, the university launched a program called UNCG CHANCE, which stands for Campamento Hispano Abriendo Nuestro Camino a la Educacion (UNCG Hispanic Camp Opening Our Way to Education). Manuel Valdez, a rising junior at UNCG, is the oldest of seven children. He’s also the first member of his family to […]
ASHEBORO, N.C. — When visiting Randolph Health, the sights of people being wheeled inside and echos of sirens blocks away display the rural community’s need for care close by. But, while seconds matter in terms of what hospital staff do on-site, time for the hospital itself is running out. “We really need a solution very, very soon,” said Angela Orth, Randolph Health CEO. The hospital has been looking for a partner dating back to 2015. In 2016, it partnered with […]
HIGH POINT, N.C. — High Point teen Luka Kinard has an extraordinary story; but it began with a desire most teens feel every day. As a freshman at High Point Central, Luka went to a Friday night football game. There, he saw that some of the older students were sitting in front rows, while he was relegated to the back. “Everybody in the front, that’s the better seats, so everybody with the better seats was doing it so I wanted […]