Emily Featherston

Emily Featherston


Wilmington, NC

Emily Featherston is a journalist with background in community reporting. She joined WECT in August 2018, and is a multimedia reporter focused on Wilmington’s local government.

Emily comes to WECT from the newspaper industry, most recently working as a community editor for Starnes Media, a group of hyper-local publications in Birmingham, Alabama.

While in Alabama, Emily won awards from the Alabama Press Association for her reporting on local news and education. She won the association’s 2017 Freedom of Information Award for her coverage of a discrimination lawsuit between the city of Vestavia Hills and a former employee. In 2018 she won first place awards for Best Online Breaking News and Best Use of Social Media for coverage of a flash flood.

Emily has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Samford University, as well as an MBA from Samford’s Brock School of Business. She was the 2016 Timothy Robinson Fellow at The Washington Post, and the editor in chief of her college newspaper, The Samford Crimson.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys cooking, going to the beach and getting to know the hidden gems of the Wilmington area.


  • 2017 Alabama Press Association Freedom of Information Award
  • 2017 Alabama Press Association Best Local News Coverage, 1st Place
  • 2017 Alabama Press Association Best Education Coverage, 1st Place
  • 2018 Alabama Press Association Online Breaking News Coverage, 1st Place


  • Samford University - BA in Journalism & MBA in Management

Recent Articles by Emily

  Middle school band teacher charged with sex crimes fired by New Hanover County Schools

  Bladen County Commission to consider agreement for repairs to White Oak Dike

  ‘Some walls must come down’: Harrelson Center celebrates expansion, begins exterior renovations

  ‘Save Our Hospital’ holds rally seeking signatures for delay petition

  Slow down heading into town: Southport speed limit changes now in effect

  Strategic Needs: NHRMC Partnership Advisory Group continues digging into details

  City Council, planning commission discuss details of workforce housing incentive

  City votes to replace WAVE transit board, approves $400k loan

  WECT Investigates: Culture of retaliation, mismanagement alleged at troubled charter school

  Lawmaker discusses new sex crimes law as New Hanover County investigates third employee charged

  City, County to consider ’major changes’ for WAVE after request for $700,000 loan

Documents: Slaughterhouse union officers spent funds on all-inclusive vacation, trip to SeaWorld

  Mayor wants answers about WAVE’s fund balance after transit service asks for loan

  Awaiting responses to RFP, NHRMC Partnership Advisory Group digs deeper on how to evaluate responses, remaining independent

  Uncertain future of Lock & Dam No. 1 has water authorities on edge

  Save Our Hospital group holds meeting to discuss ongoing exploration of NHRMC’s future

  New Hanover County ABC stores explore opening on more holidays after a banner 2019

  Years in the making: Leaders dedicate new WAVE multimodal station in downtown Wilmington

  Four years later, family and friends of Ebonee Spears refuse to give up hope of finding answers

  Neighbors raise stormwater concerns at Echo Farms development

  Too soon? Campaign signs signal early start to 2020 elections

  NHRMC Partnership Advisory Group approves RFP exploring hospital’s future

  Under Contract: Pending sale of Belvedere Country Club has neighbors nervous over what’s to come

  Wilmington looks to form citizen climate committee

  Final Flight: A look at the investigation into what brought down National Airlines 2511

NC Attorney General will appeal Voter ID decision, but won’t seek to require ID for upcoming primaries

  Exploring Solar: Duke rebate program enters third year as N.C. continues to embrace the power of the sun

  Wrightsville Plunge tops fundraising goal at 5th annual event

  A look inside the collection as Cape Fear Museum celebrates sweater weather

  ‘We are at the 5 yard line:’ NHRMC Partnership Advisory Group moves closer to RFP draft exploring hospital’s future