Michael Praats

Michael Praats

Multimedia Journalist

Wilmington, NC

Michael Praats came to WECT in the summer of 2020 making the leap from print journalism to television.

Before starting with WECT he worked as the Assistant Editor at Port City Daily for several years where he won multiple awards for his reporting.

With a focus on government accountability, Michael is WECT’s representative with the North Carolina Watchdog Reporting Network, a collaboration between several news outlets across the state.

Michael, who is originally from Atlanta, is a graduate of Valdosta State University where he majored in political science with a focus on international relations. When not reporting, Michael spends his time surfing, tinkering with cars and motorcycles, and hanging out with his three dogs and fiancée.

Recent Articles by Michael

  American Rescue Plan allocates $2.5 million to Wilmington for affordable housing

  N.C. Fire Marshal’s office weighs in on NHC involvement in Carolina Beach

  Bipartisan medical marijuana bill introduced by local state lawmakers

  Following 6-month extension, Wilmington detox facility’s time is up

  WECT INVESTIGATES: Carolina Beach officials claim county overstepped jurisdiction in condo fire investigation, allege possible ethics violations

  Wilmington works to address murals in city code, would allow more in certain districts

  Despite pandemic, New Hanover County’s homes saw a 24% increase in value in just two years

  Beach rental company request changes from Wrightsville Beach to allow for more services on the beach

  Everyone 16 or older eligible for COVID-19 vaccine this week

  New Amtrak proposal shows passenger rail from Wilmington to Asheville

  Senator Michael Lee introduces bill that would add $34 million in funding for film incentives

  Cancer screenings down during COVID-19, doctors encourage patients to resume preventative care

  Despite prior Congressional approval, local beach nourishment projects left out of federal funding

  Study shows Wilmington’s nuisance flooding is getting worse

  Group asks state leaders to change how New Hanover County towns use parking revenues

  Crimes of the Cape Fear: ‘The Rights of White People’ a homegrown hate group

Lawsuit filed over ‘gentleman’s’ no-hire agreement between nCino, Live Oak Bank

  County Commissioners vote to move forward with Project Grace plans

  Business owner says Water Street construction continues to hurt local stores

  Parking debts pile up after late payments at River Place

  Wave Transit seeking input on new routes and service options planned to start this summer

  New tax assessments have some homeowners seeing significant increases

  Wilmington takes advantage of downtime at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater for repairs

  Kure Beach warns residents from using MOTSU land for recreational purposes

City Council discusses possible Greenville Loop Road safety improvements

  Coastal Resources Commission approves wheelchair accessible mats on the sand in Carolina Beach

  Wilmington’s Board of Adjustment rules on downtown mural at Pour House

  Months after ‘temporary’ removal, Wilmington’s Confederate monuments remain in limbo

  After COVID cancellation last year, Town of Carolina Beach hopes to bring back fireworks this summer

  Michael Jordan gifts $10 million to Novant to open two medical clinics in New Hanover County