Frances Weller

Frances Weller


Wilmington, NC

Frances Weller is a native of Wilmington, NC. She is the daughter of Katherine Weller and the late Fritz Weller. She is a product of the New Hanover County School system, graduating from John T. Hoggard High School. She graduated in 1981 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in speech communication.

Frances began her television career in 1982 with WECT. For three years she was a general assignment reporter. In 1986 she was named co-anchor of WECT's 6:00 and 11:00 news programs. Frances is also the anchor for WECT News at 5:00. She sponsors Pink Pack to help raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of breast self exams.

She is a board member of the Community Boys & Girls Club and serves as a member of the Willie Stargell Foundation which raises money for local people living with kidney disease.

Frances has a twin sister, Margaret, who also lives in Wilmington. Frances is also the sister-in-law of the late Willie Stargell, a former Pittsburgh Pirate baseball player and member of National Baseball's Hall of Fame.


  • YWCA Woman of the Year in Achievement
  • North Carolina State Human Relations Achievement Award presented by the governor
  • Citizen of the Year, presented by Omega Psi Phi fraternity
  • Voted Best Newscaster by Encore Magazine readers 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Speech Communication

Recent Articles by Frances

Wilmington restaurant in running for highly touted national award

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: ‘Send us to the show!’ Librarian wants to take students to Broadway play in N.Y.

  Wilmington crews investigate Thursday night house fire

  Gov. Cooper delivers furniture, money to Market North residents

  New Hanover commissioners approve $44 million for improvements including airport expansion

  NHC Board of Commissioners makes history by electing female chair and vice-chair

Topsail High to perform in Chicago parade on Thanksgiving Day

1898 descendants divided on George Davis confederate statue

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants books for students to read during holiday break

  1898: A tale of two descendants

  NHRMC employees top priority in potential hospital partnership, CEO says

  Nonprofit organized to stop sale or partnership of NHRMC

ROCAME to celebrate 40-year anniversary

Wilmington church offers free Thanksgiving dinner

  Wilmington non-profit to receive Bank of America’s inaugural Neighborhood Champions grant

  Stargell Invitational celebrities visit dialysis center at NHRMC

  Wrightsville Beach ABC store moves to temporary location

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants bouncy bands for busybodies

  ‘Feel something, do something,’ Young breast cancer survivor encourages women to know their bodies

NHRMC partnership advisory group holds first meeting

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants to take students to Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg

  NC Attorney General, WECT host opioid town hall meeting

  Wilmington dedicates bridge to memory of basketball legend Meadowlark Lemon

  Globetrotters deliver anti-bullying message at the Community Boys and Girls Club

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher needs multi-sensory phonics for young readers

  Commissioners plan to terminate contract with WAVE Transit

  Commissioners postpone a decision on large mixed-use project on Market St.

  Lazy Pirate hosts benefit in memory of Carolina Beach icon

  Playing for a purpose: annual golf tournament benefits NHRMC’s Pink Ribbon Project

  Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Mike Quick, among stars attending 17th annual Willie Stargell Celebrity Invitational