Jim Gentry

Jim Gentry

Morning Executive Producer

Wilmington, NC

Jim joined the staff at WECT and Fox Wilmington in 2015 after spending two decades working for newspapers.

He’s been a digital content producer at the station since December 2015 and also took on the role of morning executive producer in January 2018.

He never planned to get into journalism but when he was 21, he took a job as a sports editor at a newspaper in his hometown of Havelock N.C., thinking he could do it until he figured out what he really wanted to do with his life.

After a stints in the sports departments at the Washington (N.C.) Daily News and New Bern Sun Journal, Jim was hired as a sports writer at the Greenville (N.C.) Daily Reflector in 2001.

Jim was the beat writer for the East Carolina football and baseball teams for three years before being promoted to sports editor in 2004. He stayed in that role until January 2015 when his family relocated to Wilmington when his wife, a Port City native, got a job offer that was just too good to pass up.

After a stint working on the Wilmington StarNews sports desk, Jim was hired by WECT to help with the digital platforms.

When not working, he loves spending time with wife and our two kids.

While he doesn’t cover the sports beat anymore, he still gets his sports fix by coaching his son’s various teams.

Awards:

  • More than 13 North Carolina Press Association awards

Recent Articles by Jim

  Fort Fisher aquarium back open after grappling with cooling issues

Plans submitted for 198-unit apartment complex in Mayfaire area

  Second suspect in Bladen County child abduction arrested

  Brunswick Co. deputy’s vehicle struck during traffic stop

  Former State Senator Michael Lee added to UNCW Board of Trustees

  Opera Wilmington presents production of ‘La Boheme’

  City council approves donation of Soccerplex property, management agreement

  Whiteville officials prepping for move into new city hall

  New Hanover Co. receives seven national achievement awards

  Wilmington Regional Safety and Health School annual education event slated for July 24-25

  Durham man dies while trying to rescue children off Wrightsville Beach

NCDOT to hold public meeting on proposal to extend Independence Blvd.

Man convicted of sex crimes against children, sentenced to 9 months in prison

  Man killed, another injured in Columbus Co. shooting

Chamber of Commerce looking for nominees for Karl Davis Leadership Wilmington honor

New Hanover Co. Schools to air Title IX Committee meeting on Facebook Live

  Conway man accused of trying to run deputy’s vehicle off road during chase

  TRAFFIC ALERT: Nightly lane closures planned for I-140

New Hanover County deputies arrest suspect in Speedway robbery

  Husband of former ‘Teen Mom 2’ star will not face animal cruelty charges, sheriff’s office says

Free concert to benefit St. Jude

  Wilmington police looking for two missing teens

WPD: Man armed with BB gun enters store, steals another BB gun

Four County Electric receiving more than $11 million in FEMA reimbursement

  New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office becomes first to earn Triple Crown Award

  Board of Elections to hold voter ID educational seminars in New Hanover Co.

  Man accused of leading police on chase from Leland into Wilmington

  Registered sex offender charged with several sex crimes involving children

  NCDOT to hold meeting on US 17-Hickman Road intersection

  Man convicted in New Hanover Co. murder to be paroled in 2022