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 charging cart for classroom

On your mark, get set, GO!: Willie Stargell 5K Road Race taking place Saturday

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants egg incubator for classroom

Coastal Horizons hosts Pfizer vaccine clinic on Tuesday; no appointment needed

HAPPENING NOW: Telethon at Cameron Art Museum to raise money for USCT sculpture

  “I’m relentless in making sure that students are safe”: NHCS superintendent talks exclusively with WECT on teacher sex abuse

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher hopes to get piano keyboards for her kids

  PANDEMIC PRAYERS: Keeping the faith through a crisis

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher hopes to help students become investigators

  UPDATE: Police release names of victims in Wilmington mass shooting

  ‘I don’t know how to swim’: Chief diversity officer for Novant Health faces fear & enrolls in swimming lessons

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants to “Pump Up the Volume”

  UPDATE: Animal Control Director released from jail

  PAY UP: Lawmaker wants Chemours to buy equipment to rid drinking water of toxic chemicals

  Beloved coach for One Love Tennis suffers stroke

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants charging stations for students’ Chromebooks

  City Club of Wilmington mourns sudden passing of beloved general manager

  COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington Woman’s Club

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants to give students their own copies of “The Odyssey”

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Bird feeders needed for school courtyard

  Blue Ribbon Run back on track, set for end of March

  FREE: N.C. lawyers offer legal resources at no charge during 4LL Statewide Service Day

SMILE billboard created to bring a “recharge” during a pandemic

  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