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
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Beth Forbes, the In Class Support (ICS) teacher at Snipes Academy of Arts and Design believes wobble chairs will improve her students' focus. All of her eight students are autistic. She would also like reading comprehension task cards and basic classroom organizational supplies.
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