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

  As pandemic unemployment, eviction protections fade, community resources are available for those who need financial assistance

  Voters express concern over absentee flyer as state sees surge in mail ballot requests

  WAVE board considers future of service as riders, citizens ask that Brunswick Connector be spared

  Wilmington City Council delays action on Black Lives Matter art

  Wilmington City Council members at odds over proposed Black Lives Matter mural

  People under 50 are disproportionately testing positive for coronavirus, and experts say could cause issues for vulnerable populations

  Data shows stay at home trends as public health experts urge compliance with 3 W’s

  Wake County DA clears Mark Harris, candidate in congressional race that led to election fraud investigation

  Novant CEO ‘excited’, looking forward to next steps after county commission moves forward with deal for NHRMC

  County Commissioners vote in favor of NHRMC partnership with Novant Health

  As case counts increase, so does the difficulty of contact tracing

  Partnership Advisory Group holds virtual Q & A session

  NHRMC Trustees approve of a potential deal with Novant Health

  Passenger numbers at ILM on the rise as airport adjusts to financial hit of pandemic

  Health experts urge caution ahead of holiday weekend as coronavirus cases continue to climb in Cape Fear

  Partnership Advisory Group makes a recommendation: Novant Health

WAVE board begins looking for new director, but outgoing leader says news came as a surprise

  City requests court consider whether to release audio of racist conversations among officers

  Crunching COVID Numbers: Experts say overall trends important as we evaluate virus response

  NHRMC releases COVID-19 data as state rep. demands NC harden virus directives to hospitals

  As COVID-19 patients increase, hospitals prepare for surge

WAVE board passes budget, still plans to resume collecting fares on July 6

  A look at COVID protocols for restaurants as cases surge and Phase 2 continues

  The Republican primary election for Columbus County’s District 2 commissioner seat had to be re-done, coronavirus protections in place

  Physicians, community members speak their minds over future of NHRMC as decision looms

  As they near a recommendation, NHRMC advisory group members agree: They want a partner

  Whether leaders implement mask mandates or not, health experts urge use anyway

  Wilmington City Council approves FY 20-21 budget

  Wilmington mayor discusses frequently asked questions as George Floyd protests continue for seventh straight day

  With possible permanent fix for the White Oak Dike still far in the future, Kelly braces for another season of storms