Ann McAdams

Ann McAdams

Investigative Reporter

Wilmington, NC

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:

2013

2nd Place Consumer, RTDNA TV Division II (High Hospital Bills)

2nd Place Documentary, RTDNA TV Division II (The State of Education)

2012

1st Place Investigative, RTDNA TV Division II (Legislative Prison Transfer Requests)

2nd Place Education, RTDNA TV Division II (Cost of NC Pre-K)

2010

1st Place Investigative, RTDNA TV Division II (Sen R.C. Soles Saga)

2009

1st Place Investigative, AP Division II (Sen. R.C. Soles Saga)

2nd Place Consumer/Economic, RTDNA TV Division II (Missing Down Payment)

2008

Honorable Mention, AP Division II, General News

2004

1st Place Enterprise Investigative, AP Division II (Crowded School Bus)

1st Place General News, AP Division II (HOA fines family for Christmas decorations)

2001

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.

If you want to reach Ann, email her at: amcadams@wect.com

If you have a story you'd like WECT to investigate, e-mail: Investigate@wect.com

Awards:

  • 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

Education:

  • Wake Forest University, Bachelor of Science in Business, cum laude

Recent Articles by Ann

  High school seniors devastated over cancelled prom, uncertain graduation plans

  Furniture store owner challenges selective enforcement of COVID-19 order

  Additional call center assists with deluge of unemployment claims

  Error messages, three hour+ hold times for newly unemployed trying to file for benefits

  With schools remaining closed for months, districts expand remote teaching plans

  What can we do while social distancing for weeks, months?

Search warrants are powerful. Yet few N.C. courts track how often they’re kept secret

  Should grandparents avoid grandchildren to prevent spread of Coronavirus?

  CFCC leadership concerns make state, national headlines

  Search warrants detail alleged sex act by former band teacher with NHC middle schooler

Miller, Morgan will face off for open NC House 19 seat

  Judge Ray files counter complaint against people behind unflattering political flyer

  Elections intimidation complaint filed against Judge Sandra Ray

  Thousands sign petition to remove Holliday’s name from Laney Stadium

  WECT Investigates: County preparing for potential claim in death of inmate Nicholas Oates

  WECT Investigates: Penalties for contractor who ruptured utility lines, snarled traffic

  CFCC Board shares confidence in president’s leadership following employee complaints

  Cash strapped WAVE transit warns city, county it could be ‘forced to suspend operations’

  Board chair responds to story about alleged mismanagement, retaliation at CFCC

  WECT Investigates: Top executives at CFCC say President Morton has created toxic culture

  Local Jewish community responds to anti-Semitic attacks

  Chief Ralph Evangelous reflects on nearly 50 year law enforcement career

Candidates line up to file for 2020 general election

  Understanding the gridlock: WECT talks to Wilmington traffic light engineer

  Lead character in Dark Waters has ties to Wilmington

  WANTED (and desperately needed): NHC school bus drivers

  School bus driver shortage making some students late for class

  NC lawmakers pass bill to extend statute of limitations for child sex crime victims

  UNCW graduate wins Nike shoe design contest

  Sheriff’s office investigating reports of attacks, attempted break-ins in Ogden