Emily Featherston

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.

Recent Articles by Emily

  Day 3 of NC9 hearing: Son of Mark Harris says he found McCrae Dowless suspicious; Red Dome leader continues testimony

NC9 hearing day 2: Witness indicates early vote totals leaked, Red Dome leader testifies

NC9 hearing: McCrae Dowless, man at the center of the investigation into election fraud, refuses to testify as state presents evidence

With hearing set to begin, a look back at the election fraud investigation

News you can use: What to do if a downtown parking meter eats your change

Rouzer says office can do little to help with White Oak Dike, will look at flood mitigation

Final documents set stage for election fraud hearing

Millions of dollars are needed to repair the White Oak Dike, but where will the money come from?

Failure to Protect: Decades of dike’s neglect leave residents with unanswered questions

Harris team asks for subpoenas for Dowless, other key players in 9th district investigation

Citing election fraud hearing, lack of information, NCSBE will not appoint new members to election boards in Bladen, Columbus counties

Pier 33 development breaks ground; developers say issues to fade with time

Wilmington City Council considering several long-running, contentious issues Tuesday

NCSBE sets hearing for election fraud investigation

City, state leaders discuss priorities at legislative breakfast

Cooper names new state board of elections

New Hanover County to lead DEQ effort testing landfill water for PFAs

Landfill’s lifespan ‘drastically reduced’ as Florence recovery, area growth squeeze resources

Months after storm, who will pay for debris removal in gated neighborhoods still up in the air

Grange named co-chair of state House elections committee