Jim Gentry

Jim Gentry

Digital Content Manager

Wilmington, NC

Jim joined the staff at WECT and Fox Wilmington in 2015 after spending two decades working for newspapers.

He’s been a digital content producer at the station since December 2015 and also took on the role of morning executive producer in January 2018.

He never planned to get into journalism but when he was 21, he took a job as a sports editor at a newspaper in his hometown of Havelock N.C., thinking he could do it until he figured out what he really wanted to do with his life.

After a stints in the sports departments at the Washington (N.C.) Daily News and New Bern Sun Journal, Jim was hired as a sports writer at the Greenville (N.C.) Daily Reflector in 2001.

Jim was the beat writer for the East Carolina football and baseball teams for three years before being promoted to sports editor in 2004. He stayed in that role until January 2015 when his family relocated to Wilmington when his wife, a Port City native, got a job offer that was just too good to pass up.

After a stint working on the Wilmington StarNews sports desk, Jim was hired by WECT to help with the digital platforms.

When not working, he loves spending time with wife and our two kids.

While he doesn’t cover the sports beat anymore, he still gets his sports fix by coaching his son’s various teams.


  • More than 13 North Carolina Press Association awards

Recent Articles by Jim

  With Disney World closed, local man dreams up different fairy tale proposal

Tabor City man facing murder charge in shooting in Green Acres community

One dead, one injured in Whiteville shooting

  Elizabethtown police looking for ‘person of interest’ in church break-in

  Man charged in November assault that left two Marines injured

  Land cleared for apartment complex near Codington Elementary

  Man arrested in Chadbourn shooting also charged in 2016 murder case

  WPD investigating shooting in Redpoint neighborhood

  Man armed with knife attempts to rob gas station

  Two arrested in connection to truck, gun theft; two others wanted

  Apex man dies in wreck on I-40

  Truck crashes into building on Carolina Beach Road

  Two employees injured in shooting at Smithfield plant in Bladen Co.

  Leland man will serve decades in prison for using ‘nightlight’ to secretly film children

Man pleads guilty in 2017 shooting in New Hanover County

  Back-to-back community meetings set for controversial Porters Neck development

  Plans submitted for residential development on Masonboro Loop Road

  Second suspect connected to deadly Wilmington chase appears in court

  Car crashes through barrier, lands in retention pond near Wilmington gas station

  WPD: Victim in Church St. shooting in stable condition; suspect still sought

  Fortney found guilty of fatally shooting Tabor City man

  Kiwanis Club hosting 49th annual Pancake Day

  WPD: Police searching for suspect in downtown shooting

  Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises awareness, funds for research

Early voting underway for 2019 Municipal Elections

  Study: Adult obesity rate has increased 20 percent in N.C. since 1990

  Plans submitted for apartment complex near Independence Blvd.-Oleander Dr. intersection

ILM survey gives insight on what flyers want at airport

Parking info, music schedule for this weekend’s Riverfest

Cash, firearms reportedly stolen during Bolton home invasion