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

Documentary on LGBTQ woman disemboweled 30 years ago to premiere in February

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: “Let’s have a moment of science” Teacher wants tools for students to compete in Science Olympiad

‘Turtleman’ spotted at busy intersection in Wilmington

UNCW women’s basketball team to host Pink Day for Kay Yow Cancer Fund

Rally planned for Ebonee Spears on anniversary of disappearance

Rep. Deb Butler named in top 50 women changing the world by InStyle magazine

  Red Cross offers chance to win Super Bowl tickets in exchange for blood

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Food Bank of CENC in Wilmington

Military expert says Iranian missile attacks might have been an intentional miss

Amanda Knox, acquitted in roommate’s murder in Italy, coming to Wilmington

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants memoirs by noted author for students

Maj. Gen. Joseph McNeil Commemorative Way signs now up on 3rd St.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher still needs $11,000 to take students to arts festival in Scotland

  Famous Wilmington dog raises money to help other animals

  Over 900 bikes donated for Weller’s Wheels

Calling all polar plungers: 2020 Wrightsville Plunge registration open now

  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.

  Cooking to blame for late 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