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

  Pandemic-response elections bill headed to State House floor, but some legislators don’t think it goes far enough

NHRMC Epidemiologist: Antibody tests great for research, vaccine development, less so for personal decision making

  Novant would bring UNC Health, med school as part of partnership with NHRMC

  Despite ‘commitment,’ Trillium opts to go with Kentucky firm rather than Coastal Horizons for operation of controversial treatment center

  Federal grand jury declines to bring charges against Chemours regarding Clean Water Act

  Canceled by COVID: Loss of 2020 Azalea Festival will cost Cape Fear economy millions

WAVE’s Brunswick Connector route could be in trouble after Leland pulls funding

  Mental Health Awareness Month highlighted by pandemic

District Attorney, law enforcement will make presentation on reducing violent crime and gang activity

  The pandemic will drive up election costs, and so far NC isn’t ready

  ’If you are a woman or you love a woman, this is something you should care about’: Raising awareness on World Ovarian Cancer Day

  NHRMC Partnership Advisory Group votes to take closer look at three respondents as exploration of hospital’s future continues

  History of deficiencies at many NC nursing homes with big outbreaks

  Wilmington City Council extends local stay-at-home restrictions through May 8

Advocacy group files lawsuit over N.C. absentee ballot restrictions, asks for changes in light of coronavirus

  Perfect Storm: With an above-average hurricane season forecasted in the midst of a global pandemic, how local officials plan to have the cash on hand to respond

NC care facilities, counties inconsistent in reporting outbreaks

  ’The pressures of the crisis are just unprecedented’: As coronavirus takes toll on physicians, hospitals look to help

  Cape Fear area doctors say new COVID symptoms will help paint better picture of virus’ spread

  Coronavirus relief, transportation among Wilmington priorities presented to legislators

Coronavirus is tearing through NC nursing homes, but the state won’t say which ones

  Elections officials work to prepare for voting during a pandemic, in the shadow of an election fraud scandal

  Attorneys launch new civil suit regarding former NHCS band teacher arrested for sex crimes

Key figure in NC09 election fraud case indicted on Social Security fraud charges

  RFP responses are in: A look at what six organizations have offered NHRMC

  On Call: A look at questions received by New Hanover County during COVID-19

  Additional victims added in Mike Kelly lawsuit

  Battling coronavirus and winning: Leland man recalls his ordeal with COVID-19

  New Hanover County, Wilmington extend stay-at-home but roll back most-restrictive measures

  Wilmington, New Hanover County successfully place at-risk homeless population in hotels