Michael Praats

Michael Praats

Multimedia Journalist

Wilmington, NC

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.

Recent Articles by Michael

Michael Jordan gifts $10 million to Novant to open two medical clinics in New Hanover County

Former Marine who went viral for rescuing dogs during Hurricane Florence arrested for role in Capitol riot

  North Carolina author claims show creators plundered idea for ‘Outer Banks’ from his book