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

  Mayor wants answers about WAVE’s fund balance after transit service asks for loan

  Awaiting responses to RFP, NHRMC Partnership Advisory Group digs deeper on how to evaluate responses, remaining independent

  Uncertain future of Lock & Dam No. 1 has water authorities on edge

  Save Our Hospital group holds meeting to discuss ongoing exploration of NHRMC’s future

  New Hanover County ABC stores explore opening on more holidays after a banner 2019

  Years in the making: Leaders dedicate new WAVE multimodal station in downtown Wilmington

  Four years later, family and friends of Ebonee Spears refuse to give up hope of finding answers

  Neighbors raise stormwater concerns at Echo Farms development

  Too soon? Campaign signs signal early start to 2020 elections

  NHRMC Partnership Advisory Group approves RFP exploring hospital’s future

  Under Contract: Pending sale of Belvedere Country Club has neighbors nervous over what’s to come

  Wilmington looks to form citizen climate committee

  Final Flight: A look at the investigation into what brought down National Airlines 2511

NC Attorney General will appeal Voter ID decision, but won’t seek to require ID for upcoming primaries

  Exploring Solar: Duke rebate program enters third year as N.C. continues to embrace the power of the sun

  Wrightsville Plunge tops fundraising goal at 5th annual event

  A look inside the collection as Cape Fear Museum celebrates sweater weather

  ‘We are at the 5 yard line:’ NHRMC Partnership Advisory Group moves closer to RFP draft exploring hospital’s future

  Rouzer challenger Pete D’Abrosca candidacy canceled by state elections board

  Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting wanted for crimes in Charlotte, Myrtle Beach

  New Hanover health board passes new rules on vaping, smoking; Final decision in hands of County Commission

  Gold Star family gifted mortgage-free home just in time for Christmas

  New Hanover County Commission to vote on new stormwater service

  Governor Cooper visits Columbus County family recovering from both Matthew and Florence

  Search warrants allege murder suspect also stole victim’s credit, debit cards

  City holds groundbreaking on North Waterfront Park

  ’We want to try to help them deal with the grief and begin their recovery’: Red Cross brings fire victims relief in time of crisis

  Leland first responders pack patrol car, fill firetruck with food for Brunswick Family Assistance

  Partnership Advisory Group continues refining goals, hopes to get draft of RFP soon

  On-shore risks of off-shore drilling: Environment NC releases report in continued effort to get NC removed from list