Reporters Nick Ochsner and Michael Graff covered the 2018 election fraud scandal in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District separately, before teaming up to write “The Vote Collectors”, a deep dive into how an absentee ballot scheme unfolded and nearly delivered a seat in Congress.
Wiley Cash’s fourth novel, 'When Ghosts Come Home', represents several firsts in the New York Times Best-Selling author’s career. He’s crafted a murder-mystery and set it along the coast of his native North Carolina.
Meredith Viera’s current project, the Fox-syndicated game show “25 Words or Less” is now in its’ third season, and seen on television stations across the country. It’s another success in Viera’s award-winning career.
Yaya DaCosta traded the winters in Chicago for the heat of North Carolina’s coastline when she signed on to the Fox show "Our Kind of People". After six seasons of playing April Sexton on "Chicago Med", DaCosta now plays the lead character Angela Vaughn on the new hour-long drama that shoots in Wilmington.
Dr. Muneeb Shah has had a meteoric rise to social media stardom. The fourth-year Dermatology Resident from Wilmington posted his first TikTok video about skin care on May 1, 2020, and in less than 18 months has amassed more than ten million followers.
John Maginnes played professional golf for more than a decade. But when an injury presented an opportunity to still make a living with the game he loves, Maginnes took it. He's now established as an analyst and co-host of "Katrek and Maginnes on Tap" on Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio, and loving the second chance he has at fatherhood.
Jay Leno and Kevin Eubanks are working together again on television. Leno, who hosted "The Tonight Show" for more than two decades, is hosting a new comedy show "You Bet Your Life", and his longtime bandleader will join him as a co-host. Jay and Kevin are guests on the "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast, telling viewers what they can expect from the show.
New York Times #1 bestselling author Brad Thor appears on the newest episode of the "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast to discuss his new Scot Harvath thriller “Black Ice”, the gamble of killing-off familiar characters, and getting the call to help prevent terror attacks against the United States.
Kathy Reichs’ new book, "The Bone Code", is the 20th in her bestselling “Bones” series that features forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. It’s a murder-mystery ‘ripped from the headlines’ that takes Tempe back to an unsolved case from her past.
Jack Carr spent two decades on the front lines of America’s war on terrorism. The former Navy Seal sniper and Special Operations Commander transitioned into a second career, as a New York Times best-selling author. Carr is the guest on the new "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast, talking about his new thriller "The Devil's Hand".
Hannah Black and Megan Petersen have taken different roads to their place in the film industry. Once their paths converged in an acting class, it set off a chain of creative events that resulted in the award-winning independent film, "Drought".
Drew Scheid and his younger brother Owen play two of the central characters in the award-winning independent film Drought, which was shot in southeastern North Carolina in 2018, released in 2020 and is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Shaneequa Vereen took a leap of faith to move halfway across the country without a job. Now, as Public Affairs Officer & Live Mission Commentator at NASA, Shaneequa is helping document mankind’s leaps into the heavens, while inspiring other young women of color to follow their dreams.
Alex Highsmith is the guest on this week's "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast, talking about what he learned during his first year of playing professional football for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and how much his family and his Faith have helped on the journey.
Patrick Brien doesn’t look at complicated issues the way most people do. The Army veteran and CEO of Cape Fear Collective has a view from about ten thousand feet, where he sees potential partnerships and innovative opportunities to address issues like poverty, affordable housing and healthcare.
Greta Van Susteren has hosted shows on all three major cable networks in her 25-year television career. She is the guest on this week's episode of the "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast, looking back at that career and how a toga party played a part in making it happen.
Cliff Cash hasn’t had many chances to make people laugh with his stand-up comedy since the pandemic hit. But fans can get their fill with 'Half Way There', Cliff’s new album that spent three days at #1 on the iTunes Comedy Chart.
Chris Everett, the award-winning producer and director of the documentary "Wilmington on Fire", is the guest on the "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast, talking about the story he wants to tell in the follow-up to the 2015 film.
Actress Jen Lilley’s latest project for The Hallmark Channel, "USS Christmas," brought her to Wilmington to shoot during the pandemic. Along with spreading holiday cheer through the movie, Jen also came up with a way to keep COVID-19 from canceling Christmas for families and children in need.
Takayo Siddle, the UNCW Men's Basketball Head Coach, is the guest on this week's episode of the "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast, talking about keeping his team COVID-19 free, his journey to becoming a first-time head coach, and his special relationship with Coach Kevin Keatts.
Dr. Charles Foust, the new superintendent of New Hanover County Schools, is the guest on the new episode of the "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast, talking about his career, what he learned by driving a school bus, and the current challenges facing the school district in and out of the classroom.
Trevor Donovan has been on hiatus since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the actor is getting back in front of the cameras, coming to Wilmington in September to star in another Christmas movie for the Hallmark Channel. Trevor is a guest on the new episode of the "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast.
John Gizdic, President and CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, and Carl Armato, President and CEO of Novant Health, are guests on this week's "1on1 with jon Evans" podcast, discussing Novant's proposed acquisition of NHRMC and what it will mean to healthcare in southeastern NC.
Beck Black grew up in rural North Carolina loving to sing and play music. Little did she know one day, she would be teamed up with one of the most famous musicians in the world. Beck’s new song, “Who’s Gonna Save Rock n’ Roll”, features former Beatle Ringo Starr on drums.
Journalists were attacked while documenting the history-making protests that followed the death of George Floyd. They were shoved to the ground, hit with tear gas, rocks, and other projectiles. Four television news reporters share their experiences after covering demonstrations in the Carolinas.
After handling health crises on Capitol Hill, Dr. Mandy Cohen never anticipated having to help ten million people through a pandemic. As North Carolina's DHHS Secretary, Dr. Cohen is the face of the state's effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, while also being a wife and mom to two little girls.
Few partnerships in radio or television have lasted as long as the one forged by John Isley and Bill James. They met in 1980 and are still together today on the wildly successful “John Boy & Billy Big Show”, waking people up with laughter on radio stations across the country.
NASA astronaut Christina Koch joins this week's "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast, talking about how she'd look up at the stars as a child in Jacksonville, NC, and dream about exploring the heavens. Decades later, she achieved that dream, setting the record for longest single spaceflight by a woman.
The coronavirus pandemic could cost North Carolina’s Community College System $2 billion. NCCCS President Peter Hans joins the "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast, to talk about how the system is working to meet new challenges, while preparing to keep students and employees safe on campuses.
Sanah Sayani had to close her spa business because of the coronavirus pandemic. But once the former WECT News anchor learned about the need for proper equipment in the fight against COVID-19, her space became headquarters for an all-volunteer effort to get free facemasks to anyone in need.
WECT News anchors Frances Weller and Ashlea Kosikowski are delivering vital information during the coronavirus pandemic, but they are not broadcasting live from the TV studio. These award-winning journalists are anchoring newscasts from home, which is not as easy as it sounds.
They’ve covered hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters in their award-winning broadcast news careers. But the deadly coronavirus pandemic that’s gripping the world is a different story for journalists Alex Giles, Kaitlin Stansell and Jasmine Turner.
What’s it like steering a university community through the challenges of the current coronavirus outbreak? UNCW Chancellor Dr. Jose Sartarelli addresses several issues, including rescheduling commence, transitioning to online learning, and his advice to college seniors looking for employment.
As COVID-19 impacts more lives across North Carolina and the United States, rumors about the coronavirus continue to create confusion and uncertainty. Two public health experts answer questions about the virus, looking to separate fact from fiction.
Nearly a half-century after their first meeting, Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford have their pop band Squeeze back on the road for a 2020 U.S. tour. Rising to stardom in the 70s & 80s with songs like “Tempted” and “Hour Glass”, the tour will stop in Wilmington on August 19.
Vanna White grew up along the Carolina coast, wanting to become a TV star. Now, after 37 years and more than 7,000 episodes as co-host of “Wheel of Fortune”, this “normal, down home southern girl” talks about her road to success.
Reggie Shuford has made a career out of fighting for civil rights. As Executive Director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, Reggie now looks back at his childhood in Wilmington and remembers facing many of the same wrongs he has since tried to right in court.
Leslie "Bud" Hollenbeck, now 97 years old, recalls his memories from the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Hollenbeck is believed to be the only survivor of the attack living in the Wilmington area.
It’s the image many people remember from Hurricane Florence. A group of Wilmington firefighters gathered along the street in prayer after saving a father, and learning they could not save his wife and infant son. More than a year later, those men share their memories and emotions from that day,
It was a $20 bet with his cousin that first got Basile Katsikis on stage to tell jokes. Since that night in 1986, ‘Basile the Comedian’ has entertained audiences around the world with his unique brand of humor, often sharing stories of growing up as the son of Greek immigrants.
A Christmas break nearly changed Lacey Suggs’ life. After a stellar basketball career at East Bladen HS, her freshman year at UNC Wilmington brought more bench time than playing time. In December 2016, Lacey thought about giving up basketball. But something told her to stick it out.
As a teenager growing up in California, Ryan Nyquist witnessed the early years of bicycle motorcross, or BMX. He saw riders flying into the air and decided he wanted to be part of it. Now, more than 20 years after turning pro, Nyquist is headed to the 2020 Summer Olympics, coaching the US Team.
Daniel Hargrave is an award-winning stuntman who you've seen in movies including "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Endgame". The UNCW grad has also worked on dozens of television shows. But had Daniel's brother not given him a second chance, his professional stunt career may not have happened.
Some communities have recovered from Hurricane Florence. For others, the recovery may never end. The non-profit group Working Narratives received grant funding to ensure stories are told during the healing process, and the flow of vital information reaches the often forgotten areas of eastern NC.
For two years, Suzanne McCormick knew what it’s like to be ‘different’. The Peace Corps assignment taught her about humility and service to those in need. The Wilmington native has turned that passion into a career of service, leading to her new job as US President for United Way Worldwide.