Anna Phillips joined the WECT news team in July 2019.
Anna grew up in Morganton, North Carolina and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts from The University of North Carolina Wilmington where she double majored in English and Communication Studies. Go Seahawks!
Anna began her career as a general assignment reporter for WVIR in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2014. She then moved to Greenville, NC to report for WITN-TV. While at WITN, Anna received her first RTDNAC award for a feature story about the summertime "modern day lighthouse keepers" of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse.
Anna loves highlighting unique people and places in our communities. She's interviewed clowns in a cemetery (they were honoring an aerialist who died in a love triangle shootout in 1906), covered presidential campaign events and delved into the ongoing recovery and future flood planning efforts following Hurricanes Matthew and Florence.
Anna's favorite stories are about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She'd love to hear yours. You can reach her via email at email@example.com and you can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under @annaphillipstv.
Anna lives in Wilmington with her fiance, Christian, and their two rescue dogs Toby and Maya.
The firing of three Wilmington police officers for racist remarks allegedly caught on camera left many people with questions about why freedom of speech did not protect them and/or whether they could face criminal charges.
Downtown Wilmington was more alive than it’s been in weeks after a vote by City Council allowed for the launch of “Downtown Alive,” which allows restaurants and retailers to take customer service off the sidewalks and into the streets.
On the celebration of Juneteenth, those who run the Latimer House in downtown Wilmington are committing to developing and sharing more thorough representations of what life was like for both the Latimer family and the enslaved people and later servants who lived there.
Messages of love and hate, support and dissent are spreading across cities and towns and on social media in a way we largely haven’t seen since the civil rights movement, or ever before in the case of social media.
As petitions continue to circulate and a Facebook group urges the New Hanover County Board of Education to reconsider hosting drive-in graduation ceremonies next week, survey results show what approximately 1,500 students and parents requested from the district.
As protesters marched the sidewalks of downtown Wilmington and filled the steps of City Hall for a sixth night Thursday, a few volunteers off to the side urged people to continue the momentum by registering to vote.
While frustrations are high among those businesses that cannot re-open under Governor Roy Cooper’s Phase 2 “Safer at Home” order like bars and gyms, restaurants are busy and in some cases a little frenzied trying to get ready for operating under the latest guidelines.
As New Hanover County plans to let its current restrictions expire on April 29, it will be up to each municipality to decide whether to enact more strict policies than those included in the Governor’s order for all of North Carolina.