Emily Featherston

Emily Featherston


Wilmington, NC

Emily Featherston is a journalist with background in community reporting. She joined WECT in August 2018, and is a multimedia reporter focused on Wilmington’s local government.

Emily comes to WECT from the newspaper industry, most recently working as a community editor for Starnes Media, a group of hyper-local publications in Birmingham, Alabama.

While in Alabama, Emily won awards from the Alabama Press Association for her reporting on local news and education. She won the association’s 2017 Freedom of Information Award for her coverage of a discrimination lawsuit between the city of Vestavia Hills and a former employee. In 2018 she won first place awards for Best Online Breaking News and Best Use of Social Media for coverage of a flash flood.

Emily has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Samford University, as well as an MBA from Samford’s Brock School of Business. She was the 2016 Timothy Robinson Fellow at The Washington Post, and the editor in chief of her college newspaper, The Samford Crimson.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys cooking, going to the beach and getting to know the hidden gems of the Wilmington area.


  • 2017 Alabama Press Association Freedom of Information Award
  • 2017 Alabama Press Association Best Local News Coverage, 1st Place
  • 2017 Alabama Press Association Best Education Coverage, 1st Place
  • 2018 Alabama Press Association Online Breaking News Coverage, 1st Place


  • Samford University - BA in Journalism & MBA in Management

Recent Articles by Emily

  Hospital official: Current trend ‘bodes well’ that post-holiday virus surge is waning, but precautions still critical

  NC attorney general clears sale of NHRMC — with conditions

  Office of Diversity & Equity looks to reach, educate marginalized communities on COVID vaccine

  Brunswick County resident expresses frustration at vaccine rollout, encourages others to keep trying

  Health officials ask for patience as Novant, Brunswick work to ramp up vaccine effort

  Group holds drive-by protests against Congressman Rouzer over election vote

  NC Attorney General warns against potential vaccine-related scams

  NHRMC adjusting as virus hospitalizations surge

  New Hanover County reports ‘busy but successful day’ of vaccine Phase 1b as those 75+ line up for shots

  Phone lines inundated, appointments filled as Southeastern North Carolina health departments begin Phase 1B of vaccine effort

  WFD Assistant Chief retires after three decades

  New Hanover County liquor sales were up in 2020, but most imbibed at home

  New Hanover County sees hiccup in vaccine rollout as some non-1A workers get shots over weekend, communication issues blamed

  Vaccine rollout continues across Southeastern North Carolina

  Avoid falling victim to post-holiday crime

  WDI’s incoming President/CEO hopes to build on downtown’s live-work-play opportunities as new chapter begins

  NC nursing homes prepare for vaccination effort as state’s hospitalizations, death toll climb

  Cape Fear area health departments prepare for arrival of COVID-19 vaccine

  Vaccinations underway at NHRMC

  Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol goes virtual for 2020

  ’We’ve all been waiting for this time to come’: Cape Fear area hospitals prepare for roll out of COVID vaccine

  UNCW trustees approve resolution in support of chancellor, ‘repudiating’ vote of censure by Faculty Senate

  WMPO seeking public comment on short-term transportation plan

  Contaminated recycling a growing problem with holidays poised to add to the issue

  Judge rules on wrongful termination, libel suit brought by former Bald Head public safety officers

  UPDATE: New LED-based rotating beacon lit at Oak Island Lighthouse, Monday

  ’We’ve got to keep our guard up’: As virus cases surge statewide, local health officials urge precautions

  NHRMC, Wake Forest Baptist Health launch COVID symptom study

  Here’s how to avoid potential scams as holiday shopping moves increasingly online

  Grief counselor shares tools for navigating holidays