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 multi-sensory phonics for young readers

  Commissioners plan to terminate contract with WAVE Transit

  Commissioners postpone a decision on large mixed-use project on Market St.

  Lazy Pirate hosts benefit in memory of Carolina Beach icon

  Playing for a purpose: annual golf tournament benefits NHRMC’s Pink Ribbon Project

  Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Mike Quick, among stars attending 17th annual Willie Stargell Celebrity Invitational

  Moderate turnout for public hearing on future of NHRMC

Wilmington bridge to be officially named after basketball legend Meadowlark Lemon

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants cozy carpet for classroom

  MISSING: Pender County man last seen two weeks ago

  Members of advisory group in possible hospital sale selected; names to be released next week

Hundreds of student runners compete in New Hanover County Cross Country Championship

  Rep. Deb Butler wins international Tammy Baldwin Breakout award

  Porter’s Neck hosts fundraiser to help pay for mammograms

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Help needed to teach children about farm life

Franklin Graham comes to Wilmington

‘Clarence Thomas’ rescued from tree after being stuck for over a week

  ‘This is not something that is specific to the military’: Medal of Honor recipient talks about PTSD at Coastal Horizons luncheon

  Laney High School student accused in campus sexual assault appears in court

Run for the Ta Ta’s on track for this weekend

NC Attorney General, WECT to host opioid town hall meeting

Wilmington company wins spot in Google for Startups’ Black Founders Exchange

  Future options for NHRMC could include medical school, partnership or no sale

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants Chromebooks for students

  GLOW Academy grand opening rescheduled for next week

  Medal of Honor recipient, Dakota Meyer, to speak at Coastal Horizons’ annual luncheon

  Free concerts at Wrightsville Beach Brewery to benefit Hurricane Dorian survivors in the Bahamas

DONATION DAY: How to help victims of Hurricane Dorian

  Man wanted for questioning in Columbus County triple murder in custody

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants headphones and storage center for classroom