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

  Leland man will serve decades in prison for using ‘nightlight’ to secretly film children

Man pleads guilty in 2017 shooting in New Hanover County

  Back-to-back community meetings set for controversial Porters Neck development

  Plans submitted for residential development on Masonboro Loop Road

  Second suspect connected to deadly Wilmington chase appears in court

  Car crashes through barrier, lands in retention pond near Wilmington gas station

  WPD: Victim in Church St. shooting in stable condition; suspect still sought

  Fortney found guilty of fatally shooting Tabor City man

  Kiwanis Club hosting 49th annual Pancake Day

  WPD: Police searching for suspect in downtown shooting

  Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises awareness, funds for research

Early voting underway for 2019 Municipal Elections

  Study: Adult obesity rate has increased 20 percent in N.C. since 1990

  Plans submitted for apartment complex near Independence Blvd.-Oleander Dr. intersection

ILM survey gives insight on what flyers want at airport

Parking info, music schedule for this weekend’s Riverfest

Cash, firearms reportedly stolen during Bolton home invasion

  Planning board approves permit for large mixed-use project along Market Street

  Wilmington police identify woman injured in Tuesday night shooting

Maple Hill man accused of shooting victim during attempted robbery

  New Hanover Co. to hold public hearing on future of hospital

  Simulated gunfire planned for ‘Halloween’ scenes filming at CFCC downtown campus

  Wilmington murder suspect takes plea deal in 2016 shooting death

  Man allegedly flees from Bladen Co. traffic stop, throws marijuana at officers

  CFPUA: Boil advisory scheduled for about 160 customers in Ogden area

  Whiteville fire station lights up the night to remember fallen firefighters

  Wilmington business posts surveillance video of break-in

  River Road closure for culvert repair starts Monday, drivers urged to prepare for extra traffic

Inmate hospitalized after stabbing at Columbus Co. prison

WPD investigating thefts of catalytic converters