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

Florists see sharp decline in business the week before Easter

‘Don’t cut your own bangs, cover the gray.' Stylists share tips for hair maintenance while salons are closed​

  Chief physician at NHRMC says wear a cloth mask even when walking the dog

  VIDEO: SABLE aviation unit welcomes first female pilot

  Chief physician at NHRMC warns against ‘unproven therapies’ that claim cure for coronavirus

  VIDEO: West Brunswick High seniors receive caps and gowns in special drive-thru

Additional restrictions issued for New Hanover County residents

YWCA offers childcare to employees of essential businesses, state opens hotline to help

WECT’s Kellie McGlynn says uncle tests positive for COVID-19, two other family members likely

‘It is absolutely the sound thing to do:’ Chief physician at NHRMC says shelter in place order is necessary

TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods stores closed globally due to coronavirus

  Bladen County NAACP to host community call on COVID-19

Verizon Call Center in Wilmington closes after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Wilmington dentist stripped of license by NC dental board

Casey’s restaurant to hand out free boxes of food Friday

Support the Port offers free downloadable coloring books for children home because of the coronavirus pandemic

  Jimbo’s owner worried after closing restaurant to in-house diners for first time in 43 years

  UPDATE: Quarantined cruise ship passenger with Wilmington ties heading home

“It’s not a hard virus to kill”: Chief epidemiologist at NHRMC says coronavirus can be controlled if everyone follows guidelines

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: A game of chess improves cognitive research

  ‘It’s like we’re in a prison:’ Quarantined cruise passenger with Wilmington ties describes confinement

Most jury trials postponed in Cape Fear region next week

CFCC’s Wilson Center closed through April 5

State Rep. calls for bipartisan compassion during coronavirus pandemic

Diana Ross postpones tour two weeks after performing in Wilmington

Cameron Art Museum postpones United States Colored Troops Sculpture event

U.S. Census Bureau disputes claims of ‘white’ and ‘male’ default

  County leaders question ‘troubling’ decision regarding race, gender questions on Census count survey

NHRMC’s Pink Ribbon luncheon cancelled

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: A Multicultural Music Journey