Ann McAdams

Ann McAdams

Investigative Reporter

Wilmington, NC

Ann McAdams has worked in the Wilmington television market for more than 20 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.

Ann was born and raised in Winter Haven, Florida, but made North Carolina home after coming here for college. She is a mother of two.

When she is away from work, Ann enjoys tennis, reading, cooking, and getting together with family and friends. She and her family attend Wrightsville United Methodist Church. She loves to travel, and favorite destinations (so far!) have included Switzerland, Denmark, The Czech Republic, New York City, and Yellowstone National Park.

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1st Place Education, RTDNAC TV Division II, (WECT Investigates: Late School Buses) 2020

2nd Place Political, RTDNAC TV Division II, (Who’s the Boss? Disputed Columbus County Sheriff’s Race) 2019

2nd Place Hard News Feature, RTDNAC TV Division II, (Veteran’s Family Fights to Bring Sister Home), 2019

2nd Place Investigative, RTDNAC TV Division II, (Weak Teacher Background Checks), 2018

2nd Place Consumer/Economic, RTDNAC TV Division II, (Classic Car Tax), 2016

1st Place Investigative, RTDNAC TV Division II, (CFCC President Resigns), 2015

2nd Place Investigative, RTDNAC TV Division II, (New Hanover County Commissioner Spending) , 2015

1st Place Investigative, RTDNAC TV Division II, (Police Stingray Investigation), 2014

2nd Place Investigative, RTDNAC TV Division II, (Public Housing Income), 2014

2nd Place Consumer, RTDNAC TV Division II (High Hospital Bills), 2013

2nd Place Documentary, RTDNAC TV Division II (The State of Education), 2013

1st Place Investigative, RTDNAC TV Division II (Legislative Prison Transfer Requests), 2012

2nd Place Education, RTDNAC TV Division II (Cost of NC Pre-K), 2012

1st Place Investigative, RTDNAC 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, RTDNAC 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

Recent Articles by Ann

  Woman sues to recoup thousands overpaid in taxes to Bladen County

  Murder trial begins for man charged in deadly house fire

  “I shot him twice.” 911 calls reveal frantic moments after man allegedly pushes his way inside off-duty deputy’s home

  Crimes of the Cape Fear: FBI ‘Colcor’ sting uncovered hotbed of corruption in Southeastern North Carolina

$188 million Powerball jackpot winner sued by former fiancé

  United Kingdom variant of COVID-19 confirmed in Pender County

  Novant discontinues prompt pay discount for patients at NHRMC

  NC unemployment overpayment notices surprise, upset residents

  Oral surgeon charged with sexually assaulting patients now under investigation for Medicaid billing concerns

  U.S. Attorney General’s Office declines to prosecute potential fraud with bidding for Wilmington VA Clinic

  NHCS expands sexual assault training for students and teachers, hires investigator

  Lennon Lacy FBI File: How authorities determined suicide, not lynching

  Man wrongfully convicted in Bladen Co. double murder passes away

  NHC teacher suspended after smoking on Zoom in front of students

  WECT Investigates update: Parent gets partial refund after college suspends courses due to COVID-19

  WECT Investigates: Father of slain two-year-old frustrated over standstill in homicide investigation

  Vermont man wanted on decades-old sex crimes now jailed in Wilmington

  Medical examiner takes over a year to return autopsy reports in deaths of children

  New Details in SBI investigation into ‘signed’ Trump hats

  Criminal investigation underway after Trump hats auctioned off at political fundraiser

  Two new clinical trials underway in Wilmington for COVID-19 vaccines

  Man arrested for decades-old sex crimes against Wilmington minors

  CFCC releases travel expenses for president, trustees

  Veterans being displaced after nursing home loses contract with VA

  Some residents concerned about sheriff’s large acquisition of military surplus equipment

  State auditor intervenes after WECT Investigates team notices questionable CFCC policy

  New hospital planned for New Hanover County

  NHCS publishes new bus routes, rules as kids prepare to return to class

  Job offer rescinded for former animal control director awaiting trial

  Neighbors rally around family that received racist, threatening letter over Mexican flag