Ann McAdams

Ann McAdams

Investigative Reporter

Wilmington, NC

Ann McAdams has worked in the Wilmington television market for more than 20 years. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a BS in Business in 2000, and accepted a job that summer as a general assignment reporter at WWAY. She later went on to serve as the station's evening anchor and investigative reporter.

In 2011, Ann joined the WECT news team as an investigative reporter and fill-in anchor.

Ann was born and raised in Winter Haven, Florida, but made North Carolina home after coming here for college. She is a mother of two.

When she is away from work, Ann enjoys tennis, reading, cooking, and getting together with family and friends. She and her family attend Wrightsville United Methodist Church. She loves to travel, and favorite destinations (so far!) have included Switzerland, Denmark, The Czech Republic, New York City, and Yellowstone National Park.

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1st Place Education, RTDNAC TV Division II, (WECT Investigates: Late School Buses) 2020

2nd Place Political, RTDNAC TV Division II, (Who’s the Boss? Disputed Columbus County Sheriff’s Race) 2019

2nd Place Hard News Feature, RTDNAC TV Division II, (Veteran’s Family Fights to Bring Sister Home), 2019

2nd Place Investigative, RTDNAC TV Division II, (Weak Teacher Background Checks), 2018

2nd Place Consumer/Economic, RTDNAC TV Division II, (Classic Car Tax), 2016

1st Place Investigative, RTDNAC TV Division II, (CFCC President Resigns), 2015

2nd Place Investigative, RTDNAC TV Division II, (New Hanover County Commissioner Spending) , 2015

1st Place Investigative, RTDNAC TV Division II, (Police Stingray Investigation), 2014

2nd Place Investigative, RTDNAC TV Division II, (Public Housing Income), 2014

2nd Place Consumer, RTDNAC TV Division II (High Hospital Bills), 2013

2nd Place Documentary, RTDNAC TV Division II (The State of Education), 2013

1st Place Investigative, RTDNAC TV Division II (Legislative Prison Transfer Requests), 2012

2nd Place Education, RTDNAC TV Division II (Cost of NC Pre-K), 2012

1st Place Investigative, RTDNAC TV Division II (Sen R.C. Soles Saga), 2010

1st Place Investigative, AP Division II (Sen. R.C. Soles Saga), 2009

2nd Place Consumer/Economic, RTDNAC TV Division II (Missing Down Payment), 2009

Honorable Mention, AP Division II, General News, 2008

1st Place Enterprise Investigative, AP Division II (Crowded School Bus), 2004

1st Place General News, AP Division II (HOA fines family for Christmas decorations), 2004

1st Place, Spot News, AP Division II (Crew Survives being stranded at sea), 2001


  • Wake Forest University, Bachelor of Science in Business, cum laude

Recent Articles by Ann

  ILM airport director voted out with no explanation from Airport Authority

  Days after adopting budget, Columbus County confirms it may not be able to afford approved expenditures

  New Hanover County Commissioners approve $457 million budget

  Novant explains what patients should do if they get out-of-network notices from their insurance companies

  Elevator experts push for stricter codes, enforcement as residential accidents continue

  New details emerge regarding Doppler blind spots in Brunswick County

  Crimes of the Cape Fear: Mother convicted of homicide by child abuse after 4-year-old disappears

  District Attorney moves to crack down on crime-ridden apartment complex

  New Hanover jury hears from accused rapist as cold case trial wraps up; jury deliberations to begin Thurs. morning

  Victim in cold case takes stand during rape trial

  Despite steady supply, bottlenecks at Wilmington fuel terminals causing distribution delays

  Oral surgeon under investigation by SBI, accused of abusing controlled substances

  Titus Lee takes stand in his own defense in kidnapping, rape trial

  Victim speaks out after cop who propositioned her for sex enters plea deal

  New push to fingerprint teacher candidates in NC

  Brunswick County families sue, claiming home elevators failed, causing serious injuries

  Crimes of the Cape Fear: FBI secretary murdered in New Hanover Co.

  New Hanover County shifts to walk-in clinics to keep COVID vaccinations going

  Former student testifies about kidnapping, rape at Wilmington apartment

  WECT Investigates: Moving company accused of taking entire household of furniture bound for Wilmington and disappearing

  Pender County man suing sheriff’s department hopes lawsuit saves dogs’ lives

  Residents expected to be able to return to condemned Leland apartments Friday

  New plant-based COVID-19 vaccine being tested in Wilmington

  Proposed database would track potential problem law enforcement officers

  Restaurants struggle to find workers as pandemic eases

  Search warrants reveal new details in Landreth murder investigation

  Southport Marina boat owners asked to cover millions in hurricane damage to docks

  Wilmington-area Democrats protest Rep. Rouzer’s voting record on guns, police brutality

  Unjustified deadly force lawsuit proceeding against Pender Co. deputy

  Man shot after forcing way into deputy’s home now in jail under $450k bond