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

  Trooper shot seven times re-lives brush with death as shooter faces possible parole

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher asks for donations for headphones for students

  Dog sucked out of home in tornado, returns hours later

  “How could that sister have gotten to be 117 without it” : Nuns weigh in on reasons behind their longevity

  John Gizdic, former CEO at NHRMC, named to new role with Novant Health

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher seeks charging station for students’ Chromebooks

  R.C. Soles, longtime N.C. Senator, dead at 86

  Are you afraid of the COVID-19 vaccine? WECT hosts Q&A online

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Exceptional children’s teacher wants flexible seating for individualized learning stations

Wilmington coloring book selected by NC museum as part of an African American cultural celebration

  Wilmington coloring book selected by N.C. museum as part of an African American cultural celebration

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher seeks donations for books for budding artists

  A rape crisis in NC: Shortage of nurses specially trained to examine victims of sexual assault

  No New Years Resolution? Red Cross asks that you resolve to volunteer

  “You can certainly get COVID- 19 on the day of your vaccination”: Doctors warn first vaccine does not protect you from the virus

  COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Non-profit finds jobs for people looking for employment

  NHRMC opens new location for vaccine distribution inside movie theater at The Pointe

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants educational kits for students

  Beloved priest at St. Therese Catholic Church dies after battle with COVID

Family of woman who died from COVID-19 shares heartbreaking seven-day journey

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher seeks crayons and colored pencils with ‘Color Me Happy’ project

  ‘Stop the Killing’: Short film depicts reality of deadly gun violence as Wilmington homicides rise

  Wilmington 10 member to be laid to rest Saturday

  Blood drive to be held in memory of the late Judge Gilbert Burnett, free antibodies tests offered

  Parents of young woman murdered Halloween night asks community to light a candle in her memory

  DA Ben David tests positive for COVID-19 following meeting with Charlotte group

  Father of missing teen makes emotional plea for son’s return

  Owner of Paul’s Place Famous Hot Dogs dies

  Community Classroom: Teacher needs storage cabinets for classroom

  Ruth’s Chris restaurant at Hotel Ballast to relocate