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
Two more clinical trials just got underway in Wilmington as researchers try to find a vaccine to fight COVID-19. Trial Management Associates (TMA), the same company that has been testing a vaccine for Moderna, was selected to test two new vaccines in production by other pharmaceutical companies.
Police in Bennington, VT arrested 67-year-old Peter Drutchal Sunday night on warrants out of Wilmington, NC. Wilmington Police took out the warrants against Drutchal after two victims came forward alleging Drutchal had molested them in the 1970s and 1980s when he lived in the Wilmington area.
Since Sheriff Greene took office in December 2018, his department has accepted $3.8 million dollars in surplus military equipment from the federal government, including two helicopters, a mine resistant vehicle, nine cargo and utility trucks, boats, 300 magazine cartridges and nine riot shields.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center has submitted an application to the state to build a 66 bed facility in Scotts Hill. The Certificate of Need application is under review by the NC Division of Health Service Regulation.
Prince received a letter from a local community college on Friday informing him that he could not report for work as an instructor due to the obtaining property by false pretense and embezzlement charges that have yet to be resolved in court.
Former Columbus County Animal Control Director Joey Prince says he is not guilty of criminal charges leveled against him in 2018, but cannot clear his name because the District Attorney still has not taken his case to trial.
Students say they are being involuntarily withdrawn from their training program, effectively losing credit for all of their studies up to this point, and still being required to pay for that coursework.
Despite persistent concerns from some faculty and staff about his abilities to lead the college, Cape Fear Community College President Jim Morton got a five-year extension on his contract during the most recent Board of Trustees meeting.
After WECT aired a story about Bader’s case, where WPD dropped child sex assault charges against him for lack of evidence after his highly publicized arrest, another man came forward to say the same thing had happened to him at the hands of the same detective.
After repeatedly refusing to provide itemized bills for the college’s legal expenses, insisting the bills from their attorney were protected by attorney-client privilege, CFCC changed course and gave those documents to WECT at the end of June.
The New Hanover County District Attorney is in the process of either dismissing or reviewing around 89 pending cases connected to three officers terminated this week from the Wilmington Police Department.
New Hanover County commissioners are moving closer to a vote on a proposed partnership for the county-owned New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC). Commissioners will also consider restructuring without necessarily changing ownership, and leaving things at the hospital under the status quo.
WECT got a tour of the new and improved design. The square footage of the main school building more than doubled during this renovation, with second story addition that added about 17,000 square feet to the school building. 12 new classrooms will be ready for students in the fall.
Some tourists walking on Front Street Monday were unaware anything had happened there the night before. Others said they came out of their hotel rooms Sunday night just as officers were launching tear gas.