Ann McAdams has worked in the Wilmington television market for more than 10 years. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a BS in Business in 2000, and accepted a job that summer as a general assignment reporter at WWAY. She later went on to serve as the station's evening anchor and investigative reporter.
In 2011, Ann joined the WECT news team as an investigative reporter and fill-in anchor.
She has won a number of awards from the NC Associated Press and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas during her career including:
2nd Place Consumer, RTDNA TV Division II (High Hospital Bills)
2nd Place Documentary, RTDNA TV Division II (The State of Education)
1st Place Investigative, RTDNA TV Division II (Legislative Prison Transfer Requests)
2nd Place Education, RTDNA TV Division II (Cost of NC Pre-K)
1st Place Investigative, RTDNA TV Division II (Sen R.C. Soles Saga)
1st Place Investigative, AP Division II (Sen. R.C. Soles Saga)
2nd Place Consumer/Economic, RTDNA TV Division II (Missing Down Payment)
Honorable Mention, AP Division II, General News
1st Place Enterprise Investigative, AP Division II (Crowded School Bus)
1st Place General News, AP Division II (HOA fines family for Christmas decorations)
1st Place, Spot News, AP Division II (Crew Survives being stranded at sea)
Ann is married to Richard Bumgardner, an internal medicine physician at East Columbus Primary Care. They live in Wilmington and have two young children, William and Elizabeth. Ann was born and raised in Winter Haven, FL.
When she is away from work, Ann enjoys pilates, reading, cooking, and getting together with family and friends. She and her family attend First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. She and Richard love to travel, and one of their favorite places to visit is the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC.
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2nd Place Consumer, RTDNA TV Division II (High Hospital Bills), 2013
2nd Place Documentary, RTDNA TV Division II (The State of Education), 2013
1st Place Investigative, RTDNA TV Division II (Legislative Prison Transfer Requests), 2012
2nd Place Education, RTDNA TV Division II (Cost of NC Pre-K), 2012
1st Place Investigative, RTDNA TV Division II (Sen R.C. Soles Saga), 2010
1st Place Investigative, AP Division II (Sen. R.C. Soles Saga), 2009
2nd Place Consumer/Economic, RTDNA TV Division II (Missing Down Payment), 2009
Honorable Mention, AP Division II, General News, 2008
1st Place Enterprise Investigative, AP Division II (Crowded School Bus), 2004
1st Place General News, AP Division II (HOA fines family for Christmas decorations), 2004
1st Place, Spot News, AP Division II (Crew Survives being stranded at sea), 2001
Wake Forest University, Bachelor of Science in Business, cum laude
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