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

  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

  Leland teen lands recording deal after winning national contest

  Winnie’s Tavern closes temporarily

Seven year old raises more than $19,000 for MDA

Area teachers anxious, excited as first day of school nears

  School bus drivers to wear many hats under COVID-19 restrictions

  NHCS meal program hitting its stride during pandemic

Sheriff John Ingram ends term as Sheriff’s Association President

Brunswick County woman located safely

Part of West Columbus HS roof gives way after heavy rains

Leland Police searching for men after counterfeit money used

South Brunswick names Justin Garza as Athletic Director

WPD: Missing woman last seen walking to store has been located

  Woman from Southport last seen on Sunday reported missing

  WPD looking for breaking and entering suspect

Beach parking, short-term rentals set to open in North Topsail Beach

  TRAFFIC ALERT: Early morning accident closes lanes on Oleander Drive in Wilmington

  Missing Pender County teen found safe in New Hanover County, deputies say.

  American Airlines suspends New York flights, other changes at ILM due to Covid-19

  Yes, your internet speed is slowing down

  Wilmington book store delivering for free to stay in business

Games are over, but NCAA coaches and players continue routines

Financial options are available as small businesses face dire times

  Wilmington startup using technology assisted therapy to tackle opioid epidemic

  House fire in New Hanover County likely storm-related