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

  DREAMS of Wilmington looks to help alleviate pain of food desert through education

  Wilmington gets federal railroad grant for realignment project

  NC Senate mulls bill that could restrict access to hog farm documents

  ’We can’t run a business, at all’: Restaurant, venue owners concerned about noise ordinance update

  County planning board approves controversial South College development

  Developers, city look for compromise on waterfront regulations

  City redirects funds to Portia Hines Park, but residents worry over project’s future

  WECT Investigates: Medicaid and ER visits — a look at expenses, expansion

  State elections board issues order in Columbus County Sheriff dispute, parties plan appeals

  South College residents wary of proposed apartments, mixed-use development as builders push for rezoning

  Wilshire Blvd residents say crashes common, ask city for help

  Fairway frustration: Golfers unhappy with proposed Muni price increases

  Wilmington City Council approves plans for new juvenile court facility, hears updates on projects

  Recount scheduled in Bladen County Commission race

  Wilmington City Council to hear updates on rail realignment, soccerplex at meeting Tuesday

  Documents show CFPUA will avoid fine for removing trees without permit

  NC9 Election Results: Bishop takes GOP primary; Bladen Commissioners’ race decided by four votes

Bladen County, 9th district vote in election re-do

  Developer appeals planning commission decision on Hooker Road development; neighbors vow to continue fighting

Why does it feel different driving over the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge?

  WECT Investigates: Allegations of mismanagement renewed as Yahweh Center bankruptcy case continues

Jervay residents still searching for answers, ask city for help

  State elections board sides with Jody Greene; protesters plan appeal; investigators detail absentee ballot activity

  Bladen County Sergeant warns of scam after falling victim to ploy himself

  Election deception: WECT Investigates spillover of absentee ballot irregularities in Columbus County

  Mayor Saffo pushing national lawmakers for funds to protect infrastructure from future storms

  With voter confidence on the line, all eyes on Bladen County as voting gets underway

  Leland pushes harder for NCDOT to reconsider Cape Fear Crossing plans ahead of public hearings

  Chalking it up to technology, cities wait to see fallout of appeals court decision on parking enforcement

  Drain on the system: Stormwater infrastructure in focus in the wake of Florence