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 needs new chairs for reading space

‘Suicide Bridge’ survivor says simply asking someone if they’re okay could save a life

  Community mourns passing of Jeremy Owens, captain of Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue

  ‘It was instant regret’: Golden Gate Bridge suicide survivor to share story in virtual event in Wilmington

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants art supplies for “extra special artists”

  COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Brandon’s Battle, a non-profit group that helps families of children with cancer

Three cases of COVID-19 confirmed at NHC elementary school

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher seeks subscription to national book club for students

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Climb-N-Crawl Caterpillar wanted for K-2 students

  Cape Fear Heart Walk goes virtual this weekend

  Wilmington police identify 19-year-old woman killed in Thursday night shooting

  “Our next peak is somewhere during election week”: Chief physician at NHRMC expects another rise in COVID-19 cases

Over 3,700 gallons of untreated wastewater spills into tributary of Pages Creek

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants charging cart for students’ Chromebooks

WPD to host “Drive-Thru Demo Day”

  End of an era: Azalea Belles no longer a part of the Azalea Festival

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Smart oven needed for food sciences class at elementary school

  ‘Anybody can get the virus’: NHRMC’s chief physician says President Trump proves COVID-19 can strike anywhere

  Run for the Ta Tas takes a virtual turn this weekend

Chief Justice of NC Supreme Court to visit Bladen County

  Longtime community leader, activist dies

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher needs help purchasing scholastic magazines for science studies

  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