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

  State concerned over Columbus County board’s dismissal of election protest on technicality

While working, claiming residence in Columbus County, acting sheriff routinely gassed patrol car in Lumberton

NHCS board declines citizen request for investigation

Interim college president draws six-figure salary while his own search firm looks for successor

US Senators push to keep federal court in Wilmington open

Father, son plead guilty in repo man’s shooting death

Greene pays $25K bond to keep sheriff’s seat, for now

VA will work to recover improper payments if fraud confirmed

Greene has yet to post required $25K bond in dispute over rightful sheriff

Trial date set in disputed Columbus Co. sheriff’s race

Former high school teacher facing new charges for sex crimes

Hearing scheduled in dispute over rightful sheriff of Columbus County

Pender Co. School Board removes former superintendent’s name from building

Business disputes complaints, plans to sue for defamation

NC attorney general investigating Wilmington business

Commissioner says sheriff’s residency concern will be fine if ‘we leave it alone’

Evidence indicates Sheriff Jody Greene may not live in Columbus County

NC election fraud: Concerning number of absentee ballots not returned in Columbus Co.

Wrongfully convicted man allowed to proceed in case against SBI, NC Courts

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