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 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 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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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

  WECT Investigates: Students involuntarily withdrawn from college training program, not offered refunds

  Part Four: Cover-Up Culture? WECT Investigates how the embattled NHCS system can move forward and heal from decades of abuse

  WECT Investigates: Homeowner learns contractor operating without a license

  Part Three: Cover-Up Culture? WECT Investigates claims of retaliation in the face of abuse reports at NHCS

  CFCC extends President Morton’s contract for five more years

  R.C. Soles placed on ‘disability inactive status,’ State Bar investigation suspended

  Part Two: Cover-Up Culture? - WECT Investigates administrators’ response to sexual abuse at New Hanover County Schools

  Detective’s tactics questioned after more charges dropped for lack of evidence

  Sheriff’s office ordered to hand over investigative files in New Hanover County teacher sex scandal

  Part One: Cover-Up Culture? - WECT Investigates decades of sexual abuse at New Hanover County Schools

  Fired WPD officer files appeal, claims wrongful termination

  CFCC provides heavily redacted legal bills after WECT hires attorney

  Nearly 90 cases handled by fired WPD officers dismissed or under review

  County commissioners get update on top 3 contenders for potential hospital partnership

  Wilmington City Council looks to close roads, add more outdoor dining downtown

  First look at newly expanded Wrightsville Beach Elementary School

  Embattled professor responds to questions about discrepancies on his resume

Former trustee threatens to withdraw funding over professor’s controversial statements, professor defends comments

  Business owners, tourists react to protest turned violent in downtown Wilmington

In-person court dates far less likely under ‘new normal’ starting Monday

  CFCC refusing to disclose itemized bills or reason for recent spike in attorney’s fees

Attorney for deputy accused in Pender ‘mob’ incident: ‘A colossal misunderstanding’

  Memorial for missing women at River Road crash site apparently vandalized

  Pender Co. commissioners ask Gov. Cooper for more local control during reopening process

  Officer alleges police chief made lewd remarks to women; closed meeting scheduled

  ‘This is really about survival.’ Gym owner re-opens despite state order

  What changes when New Hanover Co. stay-at-home order expires?

  Attorneys: Closing parking at open beaches unconstitutional

  NC Smithfield employees afraid to go to work after co-workers test positive

  County employees fear exposure after worker tests positive for COVID-19