Jon Evans

Jon Evans

Anchor/Assistant News Director

Wilmington, NC

Jon Evans is marking his 38th year in television news in 2021 and his 44th year in broadcasting. He anchors “WECT News at 5:30”, co-anchors “WECT News at 6pm” and “WECT News at 11pm” with Frances Weller, and co-anchors “WECT News at 10” on Fox Wilmington with Ashlea Kosikowski. Jon also hosts and produces the award-winning “1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast, available on all major podcast apps.

Jon came to WECT as an anchor/reporter in 2008 after working at the ABC affiliate in Wilmington starting in 1992. He was named WECT’s Assistant News Director in 2016. He also leads the station’s political coverage and oversees the newsroom’s student internship program.

Jon’s awards include being a five-time TV News Anchor of the Year from Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013) in Division II. He has also won several first-place awards, including Best Podcast and Best Hard News Feature in 2020 for his story “Hurricane Florence: Memories of Mercer Avenue”.

In the community, Jon has donated his time to several service organizations as an emcee or event host, including JDRF, Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Communities in Schools and The Willie Stargell Foundation and others. He is currently on the board of the Purple Heart Foundation of North Carolina.

Jon and his wife Sheila have been married since 1985. They have three adult children, Jonathan, Monica and Abby, and their grandson Jack will turn two years old in 2021. Jon and Sheila share the house now with Henry, their 12-year-old chocolate lab who keeps Jon busy during the morning hours and Sheila busy at night.

You can get in touch with Jon several ways:

Email: jevans@wect.com

Facebook: JonEvansWECT

Twitter: JonEvansWECT

YouTube: JonEvansTV

Awards:

  • 4-time 1st Place RTDNAC ""TV News Anchor of the Year"" (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)
  • 1st Place 2012 RTDNAC General News ""Eugenics""
  • 1st Place 2013 RTDNAC Health & Medicine ""Cara's case: The Adult Home Care Crisis""
  • 1st Place 2013 RTDNAC Investigative ""Dereliction of Duty""
  • 1st Place 2014 RTDNAC General News ""The Fort Hood Fight""
  • 1st Place 2017 RTDNAC Political ""Trump campaigns in Wilmington"" "

Education:

  • King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Communications major, minor in English

Recent Articles by Jon

  Bill in NC senate proposes new process for releasing law enforcement video

UNCW Men’s Basketball team welcomes two transfers, including former Seahawk Fornes

Senate Republicans sponsor bill to expand NC Opportunity Scholarship program

  Alex Highsmith: How the chip on his shoulder helped him make the NFL (“1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

  NC Treasurer Folwell criticizes hospitals over new federal transparency rule

  ‘We’re thrilled’: NCAA picks UNCW as site for Division 1 Soccer Championship matches

UNCW Men’s Soccer team climbs into top-10 after fourth straight shutout victory

Wilmington Downtown Inc. offering new microloans for small businesses

Sen. Michael Lee among lawmakers sponsoring bill to improve reading literacy in state’s youngest students

  Private investment fuels new innovative approach to create more affordable housing

  Project Grace planning, financing on agenda for New Hanover County commissioners

  Patrick Brien: CEO of CFC is investing in staff, stuff, space and systems (“1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

  New details on pending release of 3,500 people from NC prison system

  Greta Van Susteren: How a toga party helped her become an accidental anchor (“1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

  School systems working to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations for employees

Bill introduced in NC House to address growing litter problem along state roads

  Brunswick County to receive additional 400 doses of COVID-19 vaccine

  Procession turnout helped Spec. Antonio Moore’s family through the darkest days

  Family of Spec. Antonio Moore expresses thanks for those who lined the procession route

  Cliff Cash: Comedian who says he’s Half Way There reaches #1 on iTunes (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

SENC lawmakers receive committee leadership positions for 2021 General Assembly session

  Trevor Donovan talks about his new Hallmark movie, and the chances of returning to Wilmington

Rouzer, Tillis are on opposite sides of certifying electoral votes

  Thalian Association Community Theatre receives unclaimed property check from NC Treasurer Folwell

  Chris Everett: Filmmaker working on the follow-up to his award-winning ‘Wilmington on Fire’ documentary (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

Seahawks’ comeback earns Siddle his first win as UNCW hoops head coach

  Emergency crews have responded to a house fire off Town Creek Road NE in Leland

  Jen Lilley: Star of ‘USS Christmas’ is making sure Christmas is not cancelled by COVID-19 (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

Bladen County Commissioner David Gooden alleges illegal votes in general election

  Robin Moffitt nominated to fill open seat on Brunswick County Board of Education