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 Neflix series ‘Outer Banks’ was wildly popular when it debuted in April of 2020,, however, one North Carolina author is claiming that the story the show is based on was taken from his book - and suspects it happened right here in Wilmington.