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

Candidates line up to file for 2020 general election

  Understanding the gridlock: WECT talks to Wilmington traffic light engineer

  Lead character in Dark Waters has ties to Wilmington

  WANTED (and desperately needed): NHC school bus drivers

  School bus driver shortage making some students late for class

  NC lawmakers pass bill to extend statute of limitations for child sex crime victims

  UNCW graduate wins Nike shoe design contest

  Sheriff’s office investigating reports of attacks, attempted break-ins in Ogden

  Smooth transition after county sold hospital in Brunswick

  Mother upset with Pender County Schools after six-year-old sexually assaulted on school bus

  Parent refiles retaliation complaint following superintendent’s suspension

  UPDATE: Student’s suspension reduced, sophomore allowed to return to school

  Community looking for answers after 14-year-old’s suicide

  Whiteville sophomore suspended after she says she was jumped by two other students

  WECT INVESTIGATES: Potential impacts for employees’ pensions if NHRMC is sold

  Commissioner: Behind-the-scenes research on hospital sale happened months before public informed

  NHC commissioners approve resolution to explore hospital sale

  County hopes to fix clogged culverts that led to recent Ogden flooding

  Meth use on the rise as local law enforcement gets handle on heroin

  Students towed as Hoggard High School deals with bigger parking shortage

  Cautionary tales from other markets as county considers sale of NHRMC

  Wilmington company under investigation by Attorney General appears out of business

  Still no law requiring fingerprint background checks for teachers in N.C. public schools

  Bill to extend statute of limitations could help NHCS teacher sex abuse victims

  UNCW professor accuses NHCS superintendent of intimidation after employer is contacted

  Pender County jury returns guilty verdict in murder-by-baseball bat case

  County, hospital officials pitch business leaders on proposed hospital sale

  WECT Investigates: Knowing your daycare

  Attorneys file suit against NHCS in teacher sex crime scandal, seek class action

State could take over Cape Fear Museum