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

  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

Northside Bridgebuilders continue mission of helping those in need

  Reeling in a good time at disabled sportsman’s fishing tournament

  World’s fifth-oldest tree discovered in Bladen County

  Bald eagle population perseveres despite human threats

  Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 Cape Fear Comedy Festival

  Hot shots: CFCC students build cars powered by the sun

  CAPE FEAR COMEBACK: Beloved Pender Co. restaurant reopens after hurricane destroyed kitchen, oceanfront deck

  Nearly 700 people attend Cape Fear Crossing open house, public hearing

An interview about comedy, hotels, oranges and much more with Cape Fear Comedy Festival headliner Maria Bamford

Hari Kondabolu comes back to Wilmington for shows at Dead Crow Comedy Room

Local comedians take center stage in Wilmington this weekend

Fresh off doing shows for the troops, Erica Rhodes returns to Wilmington

DeAnne Smith concluding first trip to NC with weekend shows in Wilmington

After getting advice from her heroes, Lisa Best carved her own comedy path

UNCW women’s soccer misses CAA tournament after tie against Elon

Brunswick Co. Public Utilities lifts boil water advisories for all its customers

Nate Craig to fine tune his newest hour in Wilmington before upcoming album taping