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

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher hopes donors will help surprise her students with Legos for learning

  YWCA hosts “From the Block to the Ballot” curbside registration drive

“I am scared”: Covid-weary teacher prepares will instead of lesson plans

52nd annual Shriners Fish Fry cancelled for the year

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher would like seat pockets for her kindergarten students

  Veterinarians warn of unusual strain of kennel cough in dogs

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants to give students a ’digital window into the world of learning’

  ‘This virus is no joke’: COVID-19 survivor shares story on Facebook after doubting coronavirus

  Suspect wanted in Shawn “Ski Dog” Grady’s murder arrested

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants sports and exercise equipment for fun, healthy learning

FREE school supplies offered this weekend, compliments of Novant Health and WIMA

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Art teacher wants sketchbooks for students to reflect on these unprecedented times

Remembering Chunky Huse: Wilmington film community mourns movie industry icon

“We are prepared to pivot”: UNCW sends letter to students, staff following UNC’s decision to go with online-only instruction

“Nice Mask, Baby”: Pender County teachers produce fun video with serious message

  Famous “Piano Man” writes song for victims of Hurricane Isaias

  Community Classroom returns, helps teachers buy school supplies

  Riverfest 2020 canceled

  “I was watching my newborn breathe like a hawk”: News anchor describes ordeal after entire family diagnosed with COVID-19

Beloved cardiologist remembered as man who touched and healed many lives

Hundreds of masks donated to sheriff’s office by Brunswick County NAACP

State of Emergency not likely for Wilmington until Sunday at the earliest, mayor says

FREE dog grooming tour in Wilmington

Linda Thompson to lead New Hanover County’s new Office of Diversity and Equity

“If a business is allowing people in without masks, they should be fined”: Wilmington pulmonologist adamant companies should require masks

  COVER YOUR NOSE: Wilmington pulmonologist says not covering your nose with a mask is pointless

Columbus County sheriff’s deputies save choking infant

“Racial Justice and the ’Rona”: YWCA to host panel discussion with youth leaders

  Hugh MacRae Park name change to take place immediately, signs removed

  WECT to air 30-minute special on Chief Donny Williams: Rising through the Ranks