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!
Update 3 p.m. — Power has been restored in all areas. Update 8:36 a.m. — Duke Energy has restored power to customers in Graham and Winston-Salem. About 200 homes in the Raven Ridge community in Greensboro are still without power. People in the neighborhood said they woke up without power around 5 a.m. One man said he went to a hardware store to buy a space heater, but they were sold out. Duke Energy said the source the outage has been linked […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A woman and her two children are displaced after a house fire Friday morning. The fire, which started just before 5 a.m., happened on Machine Street at 26th Street. The fire was under control by 5:23 a.m. No one was injured. Fire officials said the fire does not appear to be suspicious. house fire, heavy flames/ smoke Machine St. E3,12,9, tk 1, T5, B4, R1, AR1 @CamelCityDispat @JournalNow @TWCNewsTriad http://t.co/CxBECiDaxR— IAFF Local 682 (@WSPFFA) February 13, 2015
Guilford County, N.C. — A single-vehicle crash Friday morning closed one lane of Interstate 40 westbound right after the Business 40 split. Both lanes have since reopened. The crash happened at about 4 a.m. Instead of following the curve at the I-40W/Bus-40 split, the driver appears to have gone straight, crashing into some trees, Highway Patrol officials said. The driver sustained life-threatening injuries and was unresponsive when taken to the hospital. He was the only person in the car. Highway […]
GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board have arrived in Greensboro to begin the investigation into a plane crash that claimed the life of a prominent community and business leader in the area. Frank Richard Mascia Jr., of Greensboro, was the pilot of the Piper PA-28 aircraft that crashed shortly after departing Air Harbor Airport Wednesday. Two Federal Aviation Administration officials and the sheriff’s office are assisting the NTSB in the investigation today. Officials are working to collect evidence […]
UPDATE 5:33 p.m. — The ramp is now open. GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Exit 79B ramp heading onto Interstate 85 Business southbound is closed after a tractor-trailer carrying 41,000 pounds of paper overturned on a ramp. A detour is leading drivers north to Creek Ridge Road to loop around. Officials said the ramp could be closed until noon. “The exit ramp will be closed for several hours while approximately 42,000 pounds of paper is off-loaded from the trailer and transferred to […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Firefighters responded to the scene of a house fire in Winston-Salem on Wednesday morning. The fire broke out on the 130 block of Scott Hollow Drive. The home belonged to Winston-Salem Fire Department Capt. Gary Poplin. Poplin’s wife and son were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Their injuries are not life-threatening. Poplin was next door when the fire started. Battalion Chief Charlie Hampton said it took firefighters 40 minutes to get the flames under control. The cause is still […]
Update 11:05 a.m. — The victim that died in the house fire on Runyon Drive this morning was identified as 69-year-old James Wilson Broadie. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Fire investigator on scene of fatal house fire in HP. pic.twitter.com/cZAylnUh6c — Carter Coyle WGHP (@CarterCoyleWGHP) February 3, 2015 Update 8:10 a.m. — One person died in the house fire that broke out on Runyon Drive in High Point Tuesday morning, according to police. Authorities are still working to confirm the victim’s […]
Update 11:45 a.m. — Crews have cleared the scene. Update 8:36 a.m. — Police said the driver of the tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of yarn was Cynthia Thurman, 53, of Effingham, S.C. She is in the hospital recovering from minor injuries. Thurman told police she approached the curve too fast. Police cited her for exceeding a safe speed for a curve. Updat 6:45 a.m. — Crews are now expecting the scene to be clear between 10:30 and 11 a.m. Friday. Update 6:17 a.m. […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Greensboro Police Department says false alarm calls are tying up its resources and even with tougher penalties that took effect in July, the issue isn’t getting much better. GPD responded to 300,000 service calls in 2014 and says alarms, whether at a home, apartment complex or business are the department’s number one call. The problem is; less than 1 percent are actual emergencies. Of the 13,422 alarm calls officers responded to in 2014, only 54 were […]
UPDATE: All lanes have reopened. GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A two-vehicle crash closed three of five lanes of westbound I-40/85 Friday morning in Guilford County. The right three lanes and entrance ramp are closed near exit 132, Mt. Hope Church Road. This is just before the I-85 split. The wreck happened just before 9 a.m. One person has been injured. A father and toddler in the second car were not injured. Developing…
MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Multiple fire departments are on the scene of a 3-alarm fire that broke out at a lumber business Friday morning. A person driving by reported the fire early in the morning at the Mountain Lumber and Pallet Company, located at 3583 W. Pine St. One building was destroyed. The Pine Ridge Fire Department said the fire is under control. Crews said this is a difficult fire to fight because of icy conditions and the buildings are full of wooden pallets. There are […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. – It’s a teenager’s dream: Shopping and cold hard cash. “I’m 17 years old and I have over $1,000 in my hand,” said Amber Garcia. “I was so happy.” Last month, the Greensboro high school senior was flying high after being offered a secret shopper job by email. No social security number required; just name, address and birthday. “I opened up the envelop and there was a letter inside of it,” said Garcia. “It had my assignment.” Also […]