Bob Bonner came to WECT in the Summer of 2000 after he was named Sports Director anchoring the weekday 6 and 11 o'clock sports segments. In his 13 years leading the office the department broke several significant sports stories including Jerry Wainwright's departure from the UNCW men's basketball team to the Wilmington Waves (Los Angeles Dodgers minor league affiliate) pulling out of town. The department was also on site for events including the NCAA basketball tournament, Super Bowl, Daytona 500, Stanley Cup Finals, U.S. Open, The Masters, PGA Championship, and countless high school state championship games.
In 2013 Bob stepped away from his duties to join the crew of Carolina in the Morning as well as WECT News at Midday. The change came as his twin daughters Madison and Kaitlyn began Elementary School - nighttime hours would have greatly reduced Bob's time at home with family.
A 1994 graduate of the University of Central Florida Bob's career in Television began in Toledo, Ohio at WTVG where he made the transition from intern to sports Photographer/Reporter. After 18 months Bob accepted the Weekend Sports Anchor position at WAGT in Augusta, Georgia (the offer to play Augusta National was too good to pass up). After two-and-a-half years Bob moved to Wilmington.
Soon after arriving in the Port City Bob met his future wife Kelli (a UNCW graduate) while covering the Wilmington Hammerheads. They were married in 2005 and welcome their daughters in 2007. It's no secret that the family can often be found at Walt Disney World (Bob proposed to Kelli at Cinderella's Castle), on the golf course, tennis court, beach or mountains
2014 Best Photography – Radio Television News Directors Association
2013 Best Sports Special – Radio Television News Directors Association
2012 Best Sports Reporting – Radio Television News Directors Association
2009 Best Sportscaster – Radio Television News Directors Association
2009 Best Sports Feature – Radio Television News Directors Association
2009 Best Sports Special – Radio Television News Directors Association
2007 Best Sportscaster – Radio Television News Directors Association
2006 Best Sportscaster – Radio Television News Directors Association
2006 Best Sports Special – Radio Television News Directors Association
In 2004 Evolve Golf burst on to the scene with the first significant change to the golf tee in more than 80 years. The Epoch tee wasn't made of wood, instead it was formed using a biodegradable, compostable material to make it environmentally friendly – but it was designed to more than the earth.
Daniel Hargrave had a flair for the dramatic when he was playing baseball for UNCW. He's among the program's all-time record holders sitting second in runs scored and third in slugging percentage, so it's no surprise that he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. It may be more of a surprise that Hargrave has more success with a different franchise – The Avengers.
When the PGA Tour made it's return to Wilmington for last years Wells Fargo Championship, Brian Harman cashed in. A birdie on his final hole of the weekend earned him his second PGA Tour win and a nice paycheck for his efforts. That win was just the start to Wilmington becoming a lucrative stop for this Georgia native.