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

  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

  Consideration of barge project at Carolina Beach marina postponed again as neighbors mull further action

ILM expects high volumes for Thanksgiving after already seeing big year

  ‘Stuck between a rock and a hard place’: Her home was damaged by Florence but woman says a roofing company has been the real nightmare

  Duke Energy warns against utility scams during annual awareness week

  Concerns over water, air quality continue in Southport as Capital Power seeks DEQ permit renewal; Public hearing set for Thursday

  City leaders say increased price tag ‘worth it’ as North Waterfront Park moves into construction phase

  Wilmington City Council to consider new contract with Live Nation as concert company offers additional $2 million for North Waterfront Park

  With seats in the balance, New Hanover Co. election officials approve absentee, provisional ballots; Final counts to be tallied Friday

NHRMC Partnership Advisory Group gets primer on healthcare industry, hospital strategic plan as RFP process really begins

  Seizing the Opportunity: WECT Investigates Opportunity Zones in the Cape Fear region

  Veterans recognized at Wilmington National Cemetery

  Parents upset with candy-filled pill bottles distributed at middle school career day

  Coastal Horizons sees continued success, need for Overdose Quick Response Team

  Saffo hangs on to Wilmington mayor seat as newcomer ousts council incumbent

  WMPO presents Wilmington City Council with alternative funding options for future transportation needs

  Pender County rallies around second grader fighting aggressive brain tumor

NHRMC paves way for easier access to lung cancer screenings for low-income patients

  Growing Pains: UNCW faculty, chancellor at odds over growth

  Addicted: Part Three - Road to Recovery

  State board dismisses complaints against Bladen County Board of Elections members

  NHRMC hopes to combat shortage by raising pay for nurses

  Incoming NHRMC trustee chair tries to allay Wilmington City Council concerns, resolution urging more time passes anyway

City to consider ‘Gateway’ developer, next steps for Rail Trail project at Tuesday meeting

  County, NHRMC announce members of partnership advisory group in charge of exploring hospital’s future