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

  Columbus County manager accused of sexual harassment by employee

  City spends $500K to settle lawsuit after questionable arrest on child rape allegations

  Lawyers file notice of appeal in Columbus County sheriff’s election dispute

  CFCC facing $2 million budget cut

  Attorney “astounded” by mayor’s comments about ongoing H2GO lawsuit

  Town spends over $500,000 fighting $1,500 property damage claim

  Two boats capsize in separate incidents off Topsail Beach

  Major changes made at Bladen County Board of Elections to improve security

  Industry experts concerned with local handyman’s work: ‘He could potentially kill someone’

  Utility documents list acting sheriff’s purported residence as commercial account with cow barn

  Another deputy seeking back pay from Columbus Co., says acting sheriff didn’t have authority to fire him

  Town clarifies new media policy, says it’s meant to increase, not limit public access

  Acting sheriff fired deputies despite uncertain election results

  State board sends sheriff’s election protest back to Columbus County, requires officials to take up residency issue

  Leland supporting Cape Fear Crossing route that spares Brunswick Forest, puts other neighborhoods at risk

  Case involving inmate’s amputated penis among lawsuits filed against county

  City, county, schools spent $9 million settling lawsuits over 5+ years

  New Hanover Co. school system one of few in the state to have attorney on staff

State records contradict sheriff’s candidate’s address history

  State concerned over Columbus County board’s dismissal of election protest on technicality

  While working, claiming residence in Columbus County, acting sheriff routinely gassed patrol car in Lumberton

  NHCS board declines citizen request for investigation

Interim college president draws six-figure salary while his own search firm looks for successor

  US Senators push to keep federal court in Wilmington open

  Father, son plead guilty in repo man’s shooting death

  Greene pays $25K bond to keep sheriff’s seat, for now

VA will work to recover improper payments if fraud confirmed

  Greene has yet to post required $25K bond in dispute over rightful sheriff

  Trial date set in disputed Columbus Co. sheriff’s race

  Former high school teacher facing new charges for sex crimes