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

  Election officials closely watching state vote on voting systems Friday as 2019, 2020 races loom

  Council grants developers more time for redevelopment of former WAVE facility; Changes to Wilmington noise ordinance approved

  Council gets update on River Place; Noise ordinance, WAVE Castle Street facility on Tuesday’s agenda

  Coast Guard hosts training for WPD, NHC Sheriff’s deputies

  NHRMC responds to physician letter over possible sale, encourages attendance at community meetings

  Appeal in Columbus County sheriff dispute voluntarily dismissed in Wake County court

  NHRMC medical staff requests delay in county commission’s consideration of hospital sale

  State walks-back classifying Cape Fear River as swamp, city looks to continue water quality improvement effort

  NHC Commission takes first step to re-vamp Government Center, brings back Committee for Women

  6-year-old left alone in hot YWCA bus, employee terminated

  County gives more details on possible government center redesign ahead of commission meeting

  Owners submit plans to begin demolishing The Glen

  Stormwater repairs, Rail Realignment take focus at infrastructure-heavy Wilmington council meeting

Abuse of Power: WECT Investigates risks seniors face with powers of attorney

  New Hanover County exploring ban on vaping, e-cigarettes

McCrae Dowless faces additional charges as new election fraud indictments announced

  Three additional plaintiffs step forward in teacher sex crime suit against NHCS

  In light of potential NHRMC sale, a look back at a 2011 deal that fell flat

  As county considers selling NHRMC, a closer look at some of the frequently asked questions

  County to consider sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center; Commissioners respond

  Pender County releases Florence after action report, focuses on shelters, debris

  Watching and waiting: Sales of Freeman Park passes continue as Carolina Beach plays chicken with Mother Nature

  Opportunity Zones: Wilmington explores potential benefits, holds forum to connect investors to projects

  New Hanover County receives feedback as it considers stormwater utility

  Wilmington continues noise ordinance discussion ahead of public meetings

  Empty Ballots: Halfway through candidate filing, several municipal races have no candidates

  As debate over noise ordinance continues, public information sessions planned

  CFPUA monitoring test results after elevated level of lead found in water at New Hanover County home

  Just hang up: Law enforcement officials warn of possible Social Security phone scam

  WECT Investigates: Oak Island property owners battle town over flooding issues