Tony Castleberry

Tony Castleberry

Digital Content Producer

Wilmington, NC

A career writer with 21 years of newspaper experience — 19 at daily papers — Tony made the move to the WECT digital team in February 2017 and in addition to producing daily news stories and helping manage the home and mobile web pages, he also interviews stand-up comedians for stories and videos on

Prior to joining WECT, Tony covered the East Carolina men’s basketball beat and other ECU sports during his 13 years at the Daily Reflector in Greenville, N.C. Before that, he was the Montana State men’s basketball beat writer for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle in Bozeman, Mont. He has won numerous North Carolina Press Association awards, two Montana Press Association awards and two Virginia Press Association awards.

Working at WECT has allowed Tony to continue pursuing opportunities related to his lifelong love of stand-up comedy. He even started doing stand-up in Wilmington, but still focuses mostly on interviewing comedians who headline Dead Crow Comedy Room.

When he isn’t telling jokes, interviewing comedians or watching stand-up shows, Tony enjoys playing and watching basketball, reading and fishing.

To contact Tony, email and follow him @tonycastleberry on Twitter and Instagram.


  • Several North Carolina Press Association Awards
  • Two Virginia Press Association Awards
  • Two Montana Press Association Awards


  • Western Carolina University, communication

Recent Articles by Tony

  Wilmington therapist wins national mental health counselors award

  Could tiny pieces of plastic in fish become a big problem for humans?

  NC fisherman catches rare all-blue crab

  FEMA, NC Dept. of Insurance stress importance of having flood insurance

  Wilmington nonprofit releases list of most threatened places

  Water safety critical in coming days as rip current risks rise

  UNCW Board of Trustees discusses alcohol sales at on-campus sporting events

  Large scale heroin busts often a result of police, community working together

  Camp fosters young people’s interest in science, technology and more

  See a stranded boat? Call a professional

  Lakers sign former UNCW standout

  Collaborative effort finds creative use for stormwater runoff at NHC Arboretum

  At Camp Invention, kids exercise their brains, learn to be self-starters

  Group from Michigan on a mission to help Hampstead family rebuild

  ‘It’s pretty simple actually’: Wrightsville Beach native presents idea for town’s drawbridge

  What is moral injury? It’s complicated but canines can help

  Learn to swim program at UNCW provides lessons for children in underserved communities

  Cape Fear riverkeeper selected for worldwide Waterkeeper Warriors project

  GLOW Academy closes in on grand opening of new campus

  If Old Glory has gotten really old, retire that flag at upcoming American Legion event

  Non-profit teams up with roofing company to help a veteran in need

  North Carolina natives travel to France for 75th anniversary of D-Day

  Historic glass tiles found in downtown building form meaningful replacement pane

  Corning Credit Union cuts ribbon on new regional office in Wilmington

  Laney High School’s teacher cadet program going strong for 19 years and counting

  WWII vet discusses D-Day, aftermath of war with Wilmington students

  ‘I forgive them’: After sentencing hearing, girlfriend of shooting victim embraces man who pulled the trigger

Health care facility damaged by hurricane gets donation from NC Medical Society Foundation

  SUPER COOP: Chicken Squad takes flight at Castle Hayne Elementary

  Several alligator sightings reported this week, including one underneath someone’s front porch