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
The owner of Rose Brother’s Furniture, the first Wilmington business to be cited for not complying with coronavirus restrictions, told WECT that because they sell essential items like small appliances, they are allowed to stay open.
Many displaced workers have been unable to logon to the overwhelmed website to apply for unemployment benefits in North Carolina. Some were locked out of their accounts after the website crashed, while others have sat on hold for hours waiting for help over the phone.
As tens of thousands of students across southeastern North Carolina sit at home at a time they would normally be in school, some public school districts are preparing to launch online classes. It remains unclear when students will be able to return to their classrooms.
WECT has obtained search warrants that appear to detail the crimes against a seventh victim in the Peter Frank case. The alleged incidents happened prior to those that first reported against other students, and appear to be more serious.
This election cycle, Representative Ted Davis decided to run for the neighboring District 20 seat, which will remain exclusively in New Hanover County under newly drawn district lines. That seat opened up when Representative Holly Grange announced her plans to run for Governor.
A New Hanover County judge has hired a law firm to go after political opponents of hers for distributing campaign materials about her past controversies. Judge Sandra Ray says the campaign flyers do not have the proper campaign advertising disclosures, and are factually inaccurate.
According to complainant Mike Korn, Ray confiscated campaign material Korn had handed out to a voter, including a pamphlet discouraging people from voting for Ray. Additionally, Korn indicates that Ray threatened legal action against him.
Thousands of people have signed a petition requesting Rick Holliday’s name be removed from the Laney High School Football Stadium. The former Laney High School principal abruptly retired from his job with New Hanover County Schools last summer in the midst of a teacher sex abuse scandal.
It was an unusually full board meeting at CFCC on Thursday night. Many faculty attended to see what would happen when the Board of Trustees met for the first time to discuss recently disclosed concerns about President Jim Morton’s leadership by two executives who just resigned.
While David says the board only has one anonymous letter, during the last several weeks, WECT has spoken to more than two dozen current and former employees of CFCC who voiced similar concerns about CFCC President Morton.
Two former executives at Cape Fear Community College are speaking publicly about why they recently left their jobs with the college. Several others at the highest levels of the college echoed their concerns.
Dark Waters hits theaters on Friday, and is already generating some Oscar buzz with critics. The movie, about chemicals in drinking water in a town in West Virginia, hits very close to home for people in Southeastern North Carolina worried about GenX.
Months into this school year, New Hanover County Schools has still been struggling to get kids to school on time on some of its bus routes. Administrators are struggling to fill more than a dozen open positions for school bus drivers.
Neighbors are on edge, and social media is on fire after four separate incidents of suspicious behavior in the Ogden area. In two of the cases, women tell WECT a stranger showed up in their backyard and assaulted them.