Jim Gentry

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.

Recent Articles by Jim

  Crews on scene of structure fire in Sandyfield

Boil advisory starts later today for about 300 customers in N. Kerr Ave., Greentree Road area

  River Road culvert replacement among Hurricane Florence recovery projects

  City to look at alternates on North Waterfront Park project

Wilmington looks to add to its historic brick supply

  Shallotte police trying to identify women wanted in connection to larceny

Southport-Fort Fisher ferry on one-boat schedule

CFPUA sees spike in 1,4-dioxane levels in water from Cape Fear River

  TRAFFIC ALERT: Portion of East Boiling Spring Road to close for repairs

Sheriff’s office substation coming to Atkinson

  Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office looking for man missing since Monday

Orton Plantation to conduct controlled burning of 634 acres today

  UPDATE: Missing 85-year-old Pender Co. man located in Ga.; Silver Alert canceled

Drop-out rate improves for fifth straight year for New Hanover County Schools

  Orton Plantation to conduct controlled burning of more than 600 acres today

  West Bladen High student dies due to injuries from wreck

  TRAFFIC ALERT: Portion of Fifth St. to be closed for several weeks

  Nightly lane closures planned for Dawson St. as sewer work gets under way

  Man charged with attempted murder in Elizabethtown shooting

  Wilmington man faces manslaughter charge in overdose death