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
Six years after two people were killed in a house fire, the man blamed for their murder is going on trial. 14-year-old Makayla Pickett, who was blind, was never able to escape the house. Her great-aunt, Pamela Pickett, made it outside, but did not survive..
According to neighbors who live nearby and overheard the altercation, the deputy told Coniglio not to come any closer or she’d have to draw her weapon. In short order, a bystander heard two shots, and called 911 for help.
It was an undercover FBI operation that went on for well over a year in the early 1980s. Dubbed “Colcor” by federal officials, the far reaching organized crime scandal shocked the community with the eventual arrest of over 50 people, including about a dozen public officials.
WECT has confirmed that New Hanover Regional Medical Center will no longer be offering patients the popular “prompt pay discount” now that it has officially merged with Novant Health. WECT was made aware the 25% discount was discontinued by a disappointed patient.
Of the $70 million in overpayments across the state, officials estimate only $7-8 million was due to fraud. The rest seems to involve honest mistakes by applicants for unemployment, many of whom had never been out of work before or needed to file for assistance.
The North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners is investigating the unusual billing trends of Dr. Michael Hassan, the same Wilmington oral surgeon already facing dozens of criminal charges for allegedly sexually assaulting his female patients while they were sedated.
The VA’s Office of Construction and Facilities Management (CFM) claimed they got 14 competing offers to build the clinic, but were only able to produce two of those offers for investigators, despite federal requirements to keep that paperwork.
A New Hanover County high school teacher was suspended from her job without pay, after getting caught smoking on a Zoom call in front of her students. She opted to retire rather than return to the classroom.
A 67-year-old Vermont man is being extradited to Wilmington to stand trial for crimes he is accused of committing here in the 1980s. Wilmington Police took out arrest warrants for Peter Drutchal after two victims came forward to say he’d molested them over a period of years while serving as their sc
But WECT recently learned three children ages five and younger died by homicide in Pender County in 2017. It took more than a year to get autopsy reports for some of those cases, all of which remain unsolved.
WECT has obtained emails that indicate a local judge, who previously served as president of the Lower Cape Fear Republican Women’s (LCFRW) group, was directly involved in the sale and auction of two hats that were allegedly marketed as being signed by President Donald Trump.
The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into criminal allegations surrounding a local political group. The group is accused of auctioning off merchandise allegedly hand signed by the president, that turned out to be fake.
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.