Ann McAdams

Ann McAdams has worked in the Wilmington television market for more than 10 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. She has won a number of awards from the NC Associated Press and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas during her career including: 2013 2nd Place Consumer, RTDNA TV Division II (High Hospital Bills) 2nd Place Documentary, RTDNA TV Division II (The State of Education) 2012 1st Place Investigative, RTDNA TV Division II (Legislative Prison Transfer Requests) 2nd Place Education, RTDNA TV Division II (Cost of NC Pre-K) 2010 1st Place Investigative, RTDNA TV Division II (Sen R.C. Soles Saga) 2009 1st Place Investigative, AP Division II (Sen. R.C. Soles Saga) 2nd Place Consumer/Economic, RTDNA TV Division II (Missing Down Payment) 2008 Honorable Mention, AP Division II, General News 2004 1st Place Enterprise Investigative, AP Division II (Crowded School Bus) 1st Place General News, AP Division II (HOA fines family for Christmas decorations) 2001 1st Place, Spot News, AP Division II (Crew Survives being stranded at sea) Ann is married to Richard Bumgardner, an internal medicine physician at East Columbus Primary Care. They live in Wilmington and have two young children, William and Elizabeth. Ann was born and raised in Winter Haven, FL. When she is away from work, Ann enjoys pilates, reading, cooking, and getting together with family and friends. She and her family attend First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. She and Richard love to travel, and one of their favorite places to visit is the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. If you want to reach Ann, email her at: If you have a story you'd like WECT to investigate, e-mail:

Recent Articles by Ann

  WECT INVESTIGATES: Murder or self-defense in car repo death?

‘Person of interest’ in elections fraud investigation was ‘throwing ballots in the wastebasket,’ Democratic party chair says

Bladen elections vice-chair explains sudden resignation

Campaign worker for N.C. congressional candidate has criminal history

Answers to frequently asked insurance questions after Hurricane Florence

Southport PD reopens after scandal, arrests

Meet the candidates running for school board in New Hanover Co.

Church hit by Hurricane Harvey donates $15K to Wrightsville Beach church

Candidate’s campaign signs defaced with hate speech

DTopp: convicted felon looking for a fresh start

Broken Blue Laws: Push to privatize NC liquor sales

Veteran’s family fights to bring long lost sister to NC

Congressman Jones wants VA to try to recoup wasted tax money

Schools begin to announce make-up day plans

Landlord moves to sell Wilmington VA clinic amidst criminal investigation

VA Secretary pays visit to Wilmington

1,000 more residents evicted from storm-damaged apartments

Inspector General finds potential fraud involving Wilmington VA Clinic

Fire chief back on active duty after arrest

NC Lawmakers could vote Tuesday on forgiving school make-up days