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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
  • 5 teens taken into custody after Winston-Salem crime spree involving hospital parking decks

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police say five teenagers – ages 13 to 16 – were involved in a crime spree including an SUV stolen from one local hospital’s parking deck and a gun pulled on a man inside another hospital’s parking deck in Winston-Salem in recent days. Sometime between July 14, and 16, police say a white Honda Pilot was stolen from Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center’s parking deck. They say the stolen vehicle is now being considered the suspect vehicle […]

  • Winston-Salem 8-year-old speaks after being hit in head by falling bullet

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem 8-year-old is recalling the moment a bullet came falling from the sky, hitting her in the head as she played with family Saturday evening. “I thought it was something big just hit the top of my head, but it was something, something else,” Alondra Delgado said. “Something small.” Alondra was at a family member’s house on Patria Street, in a blow-up pool in the back of the home, around 5:50 p.m. Police say a bullet […]

  • Carolina Brotherhood cyclists ride 600 miles to honor fallen first responders

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Six-hundred miles worth of pedaling, pain and perspiration may seem like a taxing sacrifice to make. But, to the Carolina Brotherhood, it’s a journey intended to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. On Thursday, members of the Carolina Brotherhood – a charity event established in 2012 with the mission of raising funds for the families of fallen first responders and honoring their memories – rode their bicycles for about 126 miles, from Siler City to Sherrills […]

  • Officials warn of vehicle fire dangers after several go up in flames in Piedmont Triad

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — It was an ordinary drive down North Patterson Avenue in Winston-Salem for Lamont Fowler Friday morning. That is, until a fellow driver alerted him that his SUV was on fire. “It was cruising, wasn’t making no noises, nothing,” Fowler said. “I got out, looked up under there and it was on fire.” As he and his cousin retreated to a nearby parking lot, the flames overtook his 2004 Buick Rendezvous, until the gas tank caught fire. “The […]

  • Winston-Salem man keeps at-risk youth out of trouble by training them in the boxing ring

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Getting in trouble in the boxing ring and getting in trouble outside of it are two different things. In the basement of the 14th Street Community Center in Winston-Salem, it’s Clifford Hardy’s job to make sure youth avoid both. “If they get here, I can change their life,” Hardy said. In 1980, Winston-Salem native Hardy’s boxing career was flourishing. “I had a really good, promising career,” he remembered. Hardy had hoped to go to the Olympics, but […]

  • Son of slain Kernersville man speaks after police release video of suspects

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Kernersville police have released images and video of three suspects they believe are responsible for the homicide of 41-year-old Kenneth Kelly, who was shot in his apartment at the Lake Park Apartment Homes on Century Boulevard. “Let’s get them put away,” said Daniel Kelly, one of the victim’s sons. “Let’s get justice.” Surveillance video shows what appear to be three men walking through the apartment complex before the homicide, which took place on Saturday. “Everybody was in […]

  • New details emerge in killing of Kernersville man

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Police on Thursday released photos of suspects wanted in connection to a murder in Kernersville earlier this week. Kenneth D. Kelly, 41, of Kernersville, was found injured from a gunshot wound Saturday. He was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem where he died from his injuries. The shooting happened at 229 Century Blvd., Apt. 32B. Kelly’s fiance and two teenage family members were home at the time of the shooting. Police say the people pictured […]

  • Youths raise donations for hundreds of children impacted by domestic violence in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On Wednesday, members of Winston-Salem’s youth advisory council gathered near the youth expression wall at Winston Square Park to create their own mural. But, although it’s art on the surface, the underlying meaning behind the effort was to provide comfort to child victims of a widespread, city-wide issue: domestic violence. “Children of the victims of domestic violence need to understand that their peers care about them,” said Wanda Allen-Abraha, human relations director for the city. Winston-Salem police […]

  • Tanglewood Arboretum an escape for plant, tree and nature lovers

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Nestled inside Forsyth County’s Tanglewood Park is an escape for plant, tree and nature lovers alike: the Tanglewood Arboretum. When Forsyth County’s N.C. Cooperative Extension program took over the arboretum in 2000, they did so with the support of the Winston-Salem Foundation. “We have different gardens, lots of different things, we have annual plants, flowers,” said Leslie Peck, Tanglewood Arboretum director. Much of the foundation’s funding was directed to the restoration of the arboretum’s landscaping, beautification […]

  • Illegal ATV and dirt bike activity spikes on public roadways in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Illegal ATV and dirt bike activity on public roads in Winston-Salem is on the rise. On Friday, FOX8 cameras recorded four men, three on ATVs and one on a dirt bike, at the intersection of University Parkway and Bethabara Park Boulevard. The men started rolling into the intersection, then took off toward downtown while two of them popped wheelies. “One wheel, going up and down,” said Aldeen Smith, who has witnessed the riders in his neighborhood, near […]

  • Lack of water following main break ‘a huge deal’ for people, businesses in Walnut Cove

    WALNUT COVE, N.C. — In a town like Walnut Cove, sometimes even a small water main break can be a big deal. On Monday, a break was discovered in a 15-foot piece of PVC pipe near the intersection of Main and Sixth streets. Town Manager Kim Greenwood said the north and south ends of town were largely unaffected, but nearly everyone else was either without water or with low water pressure. “I had to use distilled water to brush my […]

  • Log truck clips bridge, sending log tumbling onto Bus. 40 in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Business 40 in Winston-Salem is dangerous enough as it is, which is part of the reason why the NCDOT plans to shut down portions of the highway for at least two years for the Business 40 Improvement Project starting in the fall. Add a piece of a tree trunk tumbling down the westbound lanes and you have an unpredictable level of risk. Around 11 a.m. Thursday, Winston-Salem police say a log truck was driving westbound when one […]