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

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

  Hugh MacCrae III meets with organizers of petition pushing to rename namesake park

  Chief physician at NHRMC blames lack of masks wearing on cases tripling in NHC

  Vandalized signs at Hugh MacRae Park taken down for repairs

Shane Fernando named Vice President of Advancement and the Arts at CFCC

  Commissioner Barfield confident Hugh MacRae Park will be renamed

  Pender County NAACP calls for school superintendent to resign

  Hundreds of criminology professors, grad students join nationwide call for UNCW to fire Mike Adams

  Black Lives Matter, NAACP to protest Pender Co. Board of Education meeting amid claims of racism

  Actor Orlando Jones lashes out at UNCW for failing to fire Mike Adams

  Proposal to paint Wilmington street with “Black Lives Matter” sent to city leaders

  Thousands sign petition to change the name of Hugh MacRae Park

UNCW in mourning: Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Pat Leonard dies

  “Is he a 6′8″ black man like me?”: Former UNCW associate athletic director stopped at gunpoint by police while walking with his wife

  Hollywood task force establishes guidelines to get the cameras rolling again

  NAACP leader praises WPD and NHCO Sheriff’s office on how the agencies handled Sunday’s protest

Former NHCO school board member Dorothy DeShields dies

  City leaders to host virtual COVID-19 town hall meeting for minorities

  “He would give you the shirt off his back”: Friends remember shooting victim as well-loved member of the community

American Red Cross launches Virtual Family Assistance Center for families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19

Three people, one with semi-automatic rifle, arrested near shooting victim’s funeral

  “We never expected her not to come home”: Beloved owner of McQueen’s Nursery dies from COVID-19, sons say

Pediatrician says parents should be aware but not panic over mystery illness in children linked to COVID-19

  Mother, son who say they were terrorized by angry white mob to appear on CNN with Don Lemon

Missing Southport teen located

  Southport PD honors South Brunswick High grads with planned “Sea of Blue” graduation ride along Cape Fear River

Events rescheduled due to pandemic could create a calendar traffic jam in the fall

Wilson Center aims to open early summer

  Domestic Violence calls up by 114 percent due to pandemic

Cat and deer become friends through window