Bob Bonner

Bob Bonner


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


  • 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


  • UCF - B.A. Psychology

Recent Articles by Bob

  “One Tree Hill” alum all grown up, using name to help charities

  ‘We just want him home’ Reward of up to $10K now offered in Bladen County man’s disappearance

  Suspects sought after fraud, larceny at Porter’s Neck businesses

  UPDATE: missing teen found safe

  Local airports receive funding from State for improvements

  Elizabethtown police investigating pair of break-ins

  Leland teen lands recording deal after winning national contest

  Camera catches suspects, Sheriff’s Office hoping to do the same

  North Topsail Beach approves paid parking

  Southport Fire Department mourning unexpected loss

  Not funny - WPD searching for suspect after comic book store theft

  Man allegedly connected to identity theft wanted by NHCSO

  NHCSO turns to public for help identifying fraud suspect

  Leland Police searching for larceny suspect

Southport Police Chief Todd Coring named American Legion Officer of the Year

Do’s and Don’ts for pets on Thanksgiving

  Columbus County Manager resigns, retirement effective November 30

  UPDATE: Southport-Ft. Fisher Ferry back on two-boat schedule Friday afternoon

  Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office searching for missing man

  CFCC retires Carly Baron’s Number 24

Lane to be closed two weeks on Dan Cameron Bridge

Construction of new PK-8 school in Cerro Gordo unanimously approved

  Drugs, handgun found during Brunswick County traffic stop

  Topsail Beach, Surf City not allowing beach driving

  Surf City Police warning about phone scam

  NHRMC to host medication drop off event

WPD searching for man after hit and run

Local startup receives funding grant

Wilmington set to become America’s first World War II Heritage City

Wilmington startup invited to RIoT Accelerator Program