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

  Addicted: Part Three - Road to Recovery

  State board dismisses complaints against Bladen County Board of Elections members

  NHRMC hopes to combat shortage by raising pay for nurses

  Incoming NHRMC trustee chair tries to allay Wilmington City Council concerns, resolution urging more time passes anyway

City to consider ‘Gateway’ developer, next steps for Rail Trail project at Tuesday meeting

  County, NHRMC announce members of partnership advisory group in charge of exploring hospital’s future

Bladen County election-related disputes continue as Republican leader files complaints against Democratic board members, NCSBE to consider complaints

  Sunny skies, clouds on the horizon: Economists recommend cautious optimism as business experts promote global thinking at UNCW forum

Friday last day to register to vote in November municipal elections

  Bald Head Island details coyote management plan, N.C. Wildlife offers perspective amid public concern

  Addicted: Part Two - Coping with an Enduring Epidemic

  Council fast-tracks improvements to Portia Hines Park, OKs expansion at Wilmington Brewing Company

  Addicted: Origins of an Epidemic

  Reunited: Dad returning from deployment surprises 5-year-old daughter at Columbus County school

  River Road closure for culvert repair starts Monday, drivers urged to prepare for extra traffic

WAVE Transit financial troubles expected to worsen unless new funding found; route cuts still on table

  N.C. state treasurer watching potential sale of NHRMC

  A closer look at transparency concerns with possible NHRMC sale

  New Hanover County gives update on redistricting

  WECT Investigates: Avoiding post-storm scams

  Host family frustrated Brunswick County Schools won’t accept exchange student

  County Commissioners to vote on ‘Resolution of Intent to Sell’ NHRMC on Monday

  N.C. House overrides Cooper veto of state budget in ‘unexpected’ morning vote

  Republican Dan Bishop unofficial winner in 9th District re-do election

  New election in N.C.’s 9th district Tuesday; Experts say race could be ‘canary in the coal mine’ for 2020

  ’We want you to know we are with you’: Gov. Cooper visits Wilmington, talks Dorian recovery in shadow of Florence

State elections board encourages early voting for Sept. 10 races ahead of possible Dorian impacts

  Dorian-influenced swells to create rip current risk over already busy Labor Day weekend

With no discussion at agenda briefing, New Hanover County Commission looks ahead to Sept. 3

  Days away from County Commission vote, officials field more questions on possible hospital sale