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

  Grief counselor shares tools for navigating holidays

  New Hanover elections board pushes hearing in Chief Justice election

  WRAAP, Food Bank distribute meals ahead of Thanksgiving

  As virus case counts and statewide hospitalization numbers climb, hospitals prepare for a surge they hope can be avoided

  Recount, protest hearings get underway in NC Chief Justice race

  Split appeals court upholds ruling on hog farm’s liability, kicks back multi-million dollar damages

  Health experts urge caution on Thanksgiving, lest Turkey Day become the ‘Grinch that steals Christmas’

  ’We take this job seriously’: Elections director who had to challenge her own mother’s ballot hopes voters see workers as dedicated public servants

  New Hanover canvasses all but two statewide races, prepares for protest hearing

  Tillis visits Brunswick County on criss-cross tour of NC ahead of Election Day

  With deadline extended, 233,000 absentee by-mail ballots remain outstanding as Election Day looms

  Local lawsuits against opioid manufacturers continue as NC Attorney General expresses frustration at Purdue Pharma deal

  Candidates face off on issues at Greater Wilmington Business Journal power breakfast

  Sen. Kamala Harris’ husband campaigns in Port City

  AG’s PFAS lawsuit welcome news for advocates as it joins litany of litigation

  NC attorney general sues DuPont, Chemours over PFAS contamination

  Attorneys, NCDHHS investigating assisted living facility as family seeks answers in man’s death

  Voter Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 9

  Novant, NHRMC leaders map out next steps after affirmative vote for sale

  Sold: New Hanover County Commission approves agreement with Novant Health for NHRMC

  ‘Time is running out’: With deadline uncertain, NC advocates push for last minute Census responses

  Partnership Advisory Group recommends agreement with Novant, matter moves to NHRMC Trustees and County Commission

  One week to go: New Hanover County Commission holds public hearing ahead of series of votes on deal with Novant Health

Resignation of NC elections board Republicans raises questions about closed session vote

  County commissioners vote on foundation bylaws, would not require public meetings

  Sally remnants leave behind storm damage, flooding in Cape Fear

  Dept. of Labor data shows long waits for unemployment payments

  Elections offices deal with sticking envelopes, other issues as record absentee votes start pouring in

  Census officials push ahead with Sept. 30 deadline as local advocates work to get accurate count of Cape Fear

  Stein to continue lawsuit after company backs away from seismic testing citing other possible attempts