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.
The American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package that was passed in March did more than just provide $1,400 direct payments to Americans, in fact, the plan allocated money to a number of different plans and programs, one of which is the Department of Housing and Urban Develop
New developments in the ongoing debate between the Town of Carolina Beach and New Hanover County after inspectors from New Hanover County took to Carolina Beach at the behest of County Chairwoman Julia Olson-Boseman.
A new bill introduced into the North Carolina Senate could let patients suffering from debilitating illnesses legally consume marijuana for the first time in the state if passed. It’s known as the North Carolina Compassionate Care Act and it has backing from local, Republican state lawmakers.
The actions of New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman are being questioned by the Town of Carolina Beach after she allegedly directed the County Manager to instruct county staff to conduct an investigation into the recent fire in Carolina Beach – despite having no jurisd
For years the City of Wilmington has treated works of public art, namely murals, the same way it does signs. Now, the city’s planning staff is looking to separate murals from their advertising counterparts.
Let’s face it, not everyone who goes to the beach wants to purchase chairs or umbrellas, especially those who only visit the beach occasionally. That’s where beach equipment rental companies come into play, for a fee they will deliver and pick up items like chairs and umbrellas.
Right now, taking a trip from the beach to the mountains requires a car with a full tank of gas or a plane ticket, but, a newly released map from Amtrak shows passenger rail service connecting Wilmington to the rest of the state.
lm incentives have helped put the state of North Carolina on the map in terms of desirability and have made it a top choice for movie studios and television productions for years. Now, State Senator Michael Lee is hoping to bring even more money to the state’s already robust film incentive programs.
Every few years beach towns in the region undertake massive earth-moving projects to restore shorelines in the Cape Fear Region. The projects are typically spearheaded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and cost millions of dollars.
Paid parking is a common source of indignation for visitors to beach towns in the region, but as more towns adopt these programs, some people are looking to state leaders to implement some sort of change.
Despite a landmark Supreme Court ruling declaring the segregation of schools unconstitutional in the United States in 1954, it would take Wilmington years to desegregate. The integration of schools sparked civil unrest across the American South.
Competition is one of the underlying principles of a free-market economy. Now, two of Wilmington’s leading technology companies are facing a class-action lawsuit after allegations of violations of federal antitrust law to stifle competition and keep employee pay low.
For more than two years, Tony Savas has had to deal with ongoing construction on Water Street, directly in front of his business Tugboat Tony’s. Just 10 days ago the city once again blocked off the portion of road in front of his store in order to once again, do construction work - now - Savas is ho
Ask anyone who has been downtown and had a meter expire, the city’s parking enforcement is strict – but the private developer and management company at the city’s flagship public-private development known as River Place has routinely been late with payments.
Like most things, with a lot of use comes the need for repairs and maintenance, at the Hugh Morton Amphitheater, more commonly known as Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, the City of Wilmington took advantage of COVID-19 downtime to do just that.
People in Kure Beach might think that a the area of land behind Settlers Lane that was recently cleared makes for a perfect trail to walk dogs or to ride bikes, but the town is warning people from doing just that.
When the City of Wilmington’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) ruled that a piece of artwork commissioned by a renowned mural artist was a sign and had to be removed from the basement steps of a downtown bar it raised some eyebrows.
Confederate monuments have become a flashpoint for protesters following the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota last summer. In response to the unrest, cities, states, and counties across the nation removed some of these symbols.