Bob Bonner

Bob Bonner

Anchor

Wilmington, NC

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

Awards:

  • 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

Education:

  • UCF - B.A. Psychology

Recent Articles by Bob

  UNCW women’s golf claims fifth CAA championship

No injuries after morning fire at Wilmington home

Tee to Green - Wilmington company helps keep golf eco-friendly

  Former UNCW Seahawk soaring in Hollywood

  Wells Fargo Championship win brings Wilmington sponsor to Harman