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:
2nd Place Consumer, RTDNA TV Division II (High Hospital Bills)
2nd Place Documentary, RTDNA TV Division II (The State of Education)
1st Place Investigative, RTDNA TV Division II (Legislative Prison Transfer Requests)
2nd Place Education, RTDNA TV Division II (Cost of NC Pre-K)
1st Place Investigative, RTDNA TV Division II (Sen R.C. Soles Saga)
1st Place Investigative, AP Division II (Sen. R.C. Soles Saga)
2nd Place Consumer/Economic, RTDNA TV Division II (Missing Down Payment)
Honorable Mention, AP Division II, General News
1st Place Enterprise Investigative, AP Division II (Crowded School Bus)
1st Place General News, AP Division II (HOA fines family for Christmas decorations)
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.
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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
Wake Forest University, Bachelor of Science in Business, cum laude
While the school bus policy issues bothered her, the mother says it was the lack of communication from the school system and apparent lack of knowledge regarding what they could and could not tell her that caused her to become so frustrated she ultimately called the media.
The parent of a former Hoggard High School student has refiled a retaliation complaint with the New Hanover County School Board. This comes just days after the school board suspended Superintendent Tim Markley for retaliating against another parent, Dr. Clyde Edgerton, in an unrelated incident.
Abrien’s mother says she got an email from the school board after they met Monday night, stating Abrien was allowed to return to school Tuesday — earlier than the previously imposed suspension would have allowed.
This was the first juvenile suicide in Wilmington in five years, according to statistics provided by Wilmington police. But nationally, suicide is the second leading cause of death in children over the age of ten.
A Whiteville High School Sophomore said she tried to walk away when other girls wanted to pick a fight on Tuesday. But Abrien Batten said she still got jumped, and suspended from school right along with the girls she said attacked her.
While county and hospital officials have assured employees their pensions will be protected, many NHRMC employees remain unconvinced, concerned in part by the actions of other hospital systems in the state, and lawsuits filed against them.
One day after a divided New Hanover County commission voted in favor of an “intent to sell” resolution for the county-owned hospital, WECT is learning more about behind-the-scenes dealings that were apparently going on for months before the public was made aware of the possible sale.
WECT found out Hurricane Florence caused significant damage to the drainage system for that area and has still not been fixed. The county is waiting for an influx of cash from the federal government, and residents are left hoping it gets here before it’s too late.
Drug dealers are adapting to the local crack down on heroin. As officials see a recent rise in methamphetamine use, they are moving towards a federal prosecution approach to fight drugs and get around territorial limitations.
Since many of you are trying to understand the potential impacts of a sale without a lot of time before commissioners vote on exploring a sale, WECT has researched some of the potential hospital buyers, along with a few cautionary tales about hospital systems in other North Carolina markets.
A bill making its way through the North Carolina legislature attempts to give greater protection to people who were sexually abused as children. The bill has bipartisan support, and could play a significant role in the civil lawsuit recently filed by victims of Michael Kelly.
A Pender County jury found a man guilty of first degree murder Tuesday afternoon, in the death of 18-year-old Antonio Logan. Logan was beaten to death with a baseball bat in Willard on June 29, 2017, following a dispute over social media.
At a meeting at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning, New Hanover Regional CEO John Gizdic and County Manager Chris Courdriet explained to business leaders and elected officials in attendance they thought the need to eventually sell the hospital was “inevitable.”
A judge will ultimately decide if this can proceed as a class action, but there is commonality in the claims. Former teacher Michael Kelly is the perpetrator against all of the victims the attorneys represent, Kelly engaged in sexual activity with the victims, and all were boys under age 18.
New Hanover Commissioner Rob Zapple, the only commissioner to publicly speak out about a new travel policy for county commissioners, says new per-commissioner spending limits are onerous to the point they are preventing the county from participating in important business.
Two Wilmington law firms have announced they are investigating evidence for a possible civil lawsuit against New Hanover County Schools, after a recent scandal involving students being abused by their teacher.
Instead of approving a proposal that would have allowed some commissioners to exceed their current $4,000 annual travel budget, commissioners reached a split decision to cut the current travel budget in half.
Law enforcement has been investigating claims raised by a former teacher now convicted of sex crimes against students that New Hanover County school administrators knew about claims he’d been sexually inappropriate with his students, and failed to report the allegations.
It appears that many of these bogus applications are not coming from real people, but bad actors in other countries making up fake identities. They are using those fake names to pose as college applicants, hoping to be issued a student email account.
According to the timeline provided by Bowen in a letter to commissioners, she had a series of disturbing interactions involving County Manager Mike Stephens that she says began in January of this year.
Attorneys challenging the outcome of the November election for Columbus County sheriff filed a notice of appeal Friday with the North Carolina State Board of Elections. They also plan to file a complaint and a Motion for a Stay of certification with Wake County Superior Court.