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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
  • Winston-Salem officer takes cruiser onto ice rink to demonstrate winter driving tactics and dangers

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Even a small coating of ice can cause the most ordinary roads to become impassable. Ahead of a weekend where much of the Piedmont Triad is expected so see some sort of wintry precipitation, FOX8 wanted to make sure you know what to expect if you do have to drive. “It’s a completely otherworldly feeling,” said Cpl. Thomas Day, a driving instructor with the Winston-Salem Police Department, of losing control on ice. Day met FOX8 at the […]

  • Firefighters rescue man from Winston-Salem house fire

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A man is still at a local hospital tonight after being rescued from his burning Winston-Salem home Thursday morning. Firefighters responded to 3434 Anderson Drive shortly before 7 a.m. and saw flames coming from the left side of the house. “All I heard was just bangs; boom, boom, boom,” said the man’s neighbor, Felix Lopez Mendoza. Firefighters started trying to put out the flames, while cutting a hole in the roof to release some of the fire […]

  • Alleged domestic violence at center of Winston-Salem stolen vehicle chase; suspect still wanted

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Documents detailing the relationship between the man at the center of a sheriff’s office investigation and his alleged victim show allegations of domestic violence. Investigators say that a woman flagged down a Forsyth County sheriff’s deputy on Patterson Avenue Wednesday around 3:15 p.m., saying that her SUV had been stolen. About 15 minutes later, the deputy spotted the stolen vehicle and a chase ensued. “He went through the store parking lot, and kind of ran the red […]

  • City of Winston-Salem orders removal and relocation of downtown Confederate monument

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The City of Winston-Salem has ordered the removal and relocation of a Confederate statue in the city’s downtown, according to a letter sent by city’s attorney on Monday to the United Daughters of the Confederacy. “It is a symbol of oppression and the subjugation of the African-American people and so it’s hurtful to many in our community,” Mayor Allen Joines told FOX8 on Wednesday. The order comes in the wake of another vandalism of the privately-owned monument, […]

  • Family, friends, followers mourn Clemmons pastor killed in car crash

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — Family, friends and followers of Rev. Scott Randolph Hammett Jr. are preparing to say their final goodbyes to him, as questions surrounding the circumstances of his death remain unanswered. Hammett was the senior pastor at Clemmons First Baptist Church. His final sermon was delivered to its congregation during their Christmas Eve service. Following the service, Rev. Justin Hernandez, minister of youth at the church, says Hammett and family left to see relatives in South Carolina for the […]

  • City of Winston-Salem proposes plaque ‘disassociating’ itself from downtown Confederate monument

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The city of Winston-Salem has a new proposal in the wake of another vandalism of a privately-owned Confederate statue in the city’s downtown. Police say they responded to a call that the monument had been defaced at 5:24 p.m. Christmas Day. There, they found that the monument – owned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy – had the words “cowards & traitors” written on it in what appeared to be permanent marker. “I’m not surprised,” said […]

  • Mayberry miracle: Trooper helps man stranded on snowy highway

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — On Dec. 9, Davidson County resident Mike Axelrod was driving home from visiting family in Philadelphia after a family party. However, there was an obstacle – in the form of a historic snow storm – in his way. “I must have passed 60 cars, 70 cars and trucks that were off the road,” Axelrod said. With only about an hour left to go, his back right tire blew out on Interstate 74 in Mount Airy. “At […]

  • ‘It’s a nightmare,’ Mother grieves loss of daughter after her body was found in dumpster

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Shantika Lashae Dunlap was a 30-year-old mother of four. In about a week, her children – ages 6 to 13 – will be spending their first Christmas without their mother. “This is gonna be the worst Christmas of my life,” said Shantika’s mother, Latonia Mayes, who calls her daughter by her nickname, Tika. Dunlap was reported missing by her boyfriend on Thursday, according to police. Detectives say her boyfriend last saw her the day prior. When Dunlap […]

  • Children wander out of Winston-Salem day care, end up on Peters Creek Parkway

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Leaders of a Winston-Salem day care say they are “devastatingly embarrassed” after six children were able to slip away from an enclosed playground unnoticed on Tuesday; some making their way into the middle of a busy 55 mph parkway. “It was disbelief, and it was shock, and then at some point it was complete devastation,” said Matthew Sink, minister at Pinedale Christian Church on Peters Creek Parkway. Sink says there was a class of 20 children at […]

  • Another dog runs loose at Hanes Magnet School day after woman attacked half-mile away

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Another loose dog was found running on the Hanes Magnet School campus Tuesday. This, the day after a woman was attacked by four dogs a half-mile away and less than a week after a student was bitten by a dog on school grounds. Tuesday morning, an animal control officer was back at the scene of Monday’s attack on East Sprague Street attempting to figure out who owns the dogs that attacked the woman, who is in her […]

  • Caught on camera: Woman attacked by four dogs in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A woman is in the hospital after being attacked by four dogs while walking down a Winston-Salem sidewalk Monday morning. Forsyth County Animal Control said the woman – who is in her 60s – was attacked on East Sprague Street, near Peachtree Street, around 9:30 a.m. A neighbor ran outside after hearing the woman’s pleas for help and was able to scare the dogs off. “I saw the lady laid down in my driveway,” said the neighbor, […]

  • Wake Forest University students punch and kick their way to self-defense

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Over the last 25 years, more than 7,000 Wake Forest University students have been trained in self-defense in what’s called a Rape Aggression Defense – or R.A.D. – course. This week, FOX8 took a firsthand look at their training in action. “This is the day we look forward to getting beat up,” said R.A.D. Instructor Anthony Chambers. For seven weeks, students have learned how to prevent, escape and evade offenders. “They’re not using just one technique,” said […]