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.


  • More than 13 North Carolina Press Association awards

Recent Articles by Jim

Inmate hospitalized after stabbing at Columbus Co. prison

WPD investigating thefts of catalytic converters

Man wanted in connection to armed robbery in Brunswick Co.

Oak Island man faces attempted murder charge after allegedly setting fire to home while woman was inside

  Suspect in Wilmington bank robbery arrested by US Marshals

  Freeman Park access limited to permit holders, campers through Monday

NCDOT: Work to begin soon on I-40 improvements

  Wilmington Fire Department looking to add recruits

  Boil water advisory issued for portion of Brunswick County

S.C. man accused of stealing trucks, trailers in Columbus Co. last year

  Surf City council member indicted for election violations

TRAFFIC ALERT: Portion of River Road in Wilmington to close for six months

  Water service restored for some in pender County, boil advisory now in place

Shallotte police asking for public’s help in larceny investigation

Wilmington police searching for man missing since January 2018

  WPD to conduct explosives training at The Glen Apartments today

  Controlled burn planned for Carolina Beach State Park

Casting company seeks extras, triplets, ventriloquist for movie filming in Wilmington

  Man wanted on arson charges arrested in Virginia, extradited to Brunswick Co. jail

STUDY: New Hanover Co. Schools ranked 18th among N.C. school districts

  Officials say alleged shoplifter threatened employees with scissors at beauty supply store

  Hope for the Warriors Invitational set for Monday

  Car hits trailer, flips onto side on Third Street

  Plans submitted for additional condos near River Road-Independence Blvd. intersection

Brunswick Co. deputies respond to report of shots fired in grocery store parking lot

Pirate Promise Agreement will help CFCC students transfer to ECU

  Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office looking for man last seen about a month ago

  Man pleads guilty in 2017 fatal shooting in Wilmington

  Two Columbus Co. men heading to prison on gun charges

  Get ready for a ‘Roaring’ good time at the Wilmington Fur Ball