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Contact: Michael.Hennessey@wghp.com

Michael comes to the FOX8 family from eastern North Carolina where he worked at WCTI-TV in New Bern, N.C. During his time there, he was the Greenville Bureau reporter and he filled in on the anchor desk.

As the Winston-Salem Bureau Reporter for FOX8, Michael will be focusing on Forsyth County and the western Piedmont. He’s committed to fulfilling his obligation as a journalist; keeping our viewers safe and informed.

Michael was raised in Newtown, Conn. His passion for television began behind the camera, but he then transitioned to working on-air during his time at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, VT where he graduated with a B.S. in Television Studies in December 2012.

Michael is an avid sportsman and enjoys anything from baseball and football, to golf and snowboarding. Don’t hold it against him, but he’s a die-hard New York sports fan.

If you see story that needs attention, or just want to say hello, please don’t hesitate to reach out!


Recent Articles
  • Drunk driver sends 2 to hospital after crashing into Winston-Salem bar, police say

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A suspected drunk driver crashed into the front of a Winston-Salem bar, sending two women to the hospital and another diving to safety, according to police. Around 1 p.m. Tuesday, police say the intoxicated man was driving a Nissan on Old Rural Hall Road when he crashed into another driver. The Nissan then barreled through a fence and under the awning of Willie’s Bar, where an employee was about to sit. “I heard a squeal noise and […]

  • Winston-Salem mother killed while driving cab to save for daughter’s birthday, baptism

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A large, diverse family is without one of their loved ones, and answers to a list of questions, after she was killed in an accident Wednesday night. “She loved her babies. That’s why she was doing this, is for extra money,” said Tammy Woodel, Olivia Florez’s half-sister, of why Florez was driving a cab on Wednesday. Police say around 7:30 p.m., 35-year-old Florez was driving a Universal Taxi Cab when she pulled out of a shopping center […]

  • FOX8 viewer grants 94-year-old D-Day veteran’s wish

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On Monday, FOX8 viewers met a man named Dewitt “Lucky” Wells during our veterans special “Home of the Brave.” Wells is a 94-year-old WWII veteran who landed on Utah Beach on D-Day with the 90th Infantry. In the story, he detailed his time spent in the war, which brought back some unpleasant memories. “The lieutenant that was in our squad, I saw him disappear right in front of me. He stepped on a mine. He just disappeared,” […]

  • New bride has wedding dress stolen in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A new bride is hoping someone will find, or return, her wedding dress after it was stolen in Winston-Salem Monday morning. Tiffany Allman says she and her husband, Aidan McCaul, were married last month in Germanton. She says she instantly knew he was “the one” when the pair met in the Forsyth Tech bookstore about five years ago. “I wouldn’t change the memories for anything,” she said. She had similar feelings about the dress she wore on […]

  • ‘The streets don’t love you’: Winston-Salem mother pleads for answers in 17-year-old’s shooting death

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – On Christmas Day of 2000, Latoya Davis was pregnant. Sitting at the table eating the food her grandmother cooked, she went into labor. “He was the best gift ever,” Latoya reminisced, speaking of her son, Tyrese. Over the next 17 years, Tyrese grew into a quiet, yet popular young man. “He was just a regular teenager,” she said, speaking to FOX8 on Monday. But on Wednesday, Tyrese became the victim of gun violence, at the Cambridge Apartments […]

  • Community leaders say call for Winston-Salem officer’s firing ‘premature’ after Hanes Middle incident body cam released

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Local organizations are now standing by the Winston-Salem police officer at the center of a controversy regarding his detainment of a 14-year-old student at Hanes Middle School. This, after some called for the officer’s job amidst allegations of excessive force by community members. “I think it was a premature call to call for Officer McCormick’s job,” said Bishop Todd Fulton, of the Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity, referring to Winston-Salem police officer Tyler McCormick. On Oct. […]

  • Search for answers after 2 homicides in 1 night in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police say two people were killed within a mile and two hours of each other in Winston-Salem Wednesday night. Thursday, investigators released that one victim is a 17-year-old and the other is a 32-year-old. The first homicide happened at 7:55 p.m. at the Cambridge Apartments on West 23rd Street, where the 17-year-old was shot. Police identified him as Tyrese Tamil Davis. They say after they arrived at the scene, they learned that Davis was at the hospital, […]

  • Kimbrough: Forsyth sheriff position about the people, has no intentions to ‘clean house’

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Bobby Kimbrough made history Tuesday, being elected the first African-American sheriff in the history of Forsyth County. Wednesday, both he and current Sheriff Bill Schatzman began what both intend to be a smooth transition between the two. After early voting, Kimbrough led Schatzman by about 14,000 votes, tallying 44,600 to Schatzman’s 30,530. Absentee by-mail ballots were also slightly in Kimbrough’s favor, with 1,362 compared to 1,348 for Schatzman. Unofficial North Carolina Board of Elections results show […]

  • Domestic violence protection order fails when mother and father found shot in Davie County

    ADVANCE, N.C. — Documents show that a Davie County mother had a domestic violence protective order issued against her husband a month to the day before both were found shot inside their home. Davie County Sheriff JD Hartman says the woman – identified as Michelle Lane – called 911 saying she had been shot around 6 a.m. Friday. Neighbors say they heard shots and also called 911. One of those neighbors tells FOX8 they were on the phone with 911 […]

  • Forsyth deputies announce operation to oversee sex offenders ahead of Halloween

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. – Forsyth County deputies are doing their part to make sure your children don’t encounter sex offenders on Halloween. It’s called “Operation Scarecrow.” Deputies will be checking on repeat offenders and highly dangerous individuals leading up to Halloween. “Making sure that they’re where they’re supposed to be and not where they’re not supposed to be,” said Investigator D.E. Terry, of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. However, Terry says there are no laws in North Carolina which prohibit […]

  • Video shows school bus carrying children going off the road before crashing into Forsyth County building

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. – Two children and a driver are unharmed after troopers say a high school-aged driver forced their school bus off a rainy roadway and into a brick wall Friday morning. The bus belonged to La Petite Academy on West Mountain Street in Kernersville and was headed east on West Mountain Street at about 7:40 a.m., according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. A teenage driver failed to yield to the bus, with weather and low visibility […]

  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools prepares for Business 40 project

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — When Business 40 closes for the Business 40 Project, students and parents will be up to the test. “That’s going to be a challenge,” said Wayne Loflin, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools chief operations officer. “We have about 12 schools in that area.” Plans for the closure were first implemented this summer, when buses were rerouted off the 1.2-mile stretch of the highway affected by the closure. Those buses will be affected by increased traffic on their new routes. […]