Jon Evans

Jon Evans

Anchor/Assistant News Director

Wilmington, NC

Jon Evans is marking his 35th year in television news in 2018. He anchors “WECT News at 5:30”, co-anchors “WECT News at 6pm” and “WECT News at 11pm” with Frances Weller, and also co-anchors “Fox Wilmington News at 10” with Ashlea Kosikowski. Jon also hosts and produces the “1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast, which is a free download on sites including iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher and YouTube. It can also be seen on wect.com, the WECT News mobile app and on the WECT News channel on ROKU.

Jon’s broadcasting career began with a summer job during his high school years at a radio station near his hometown in Pennsylvania. That work continued during his years at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where he worked as a disc jockey and sports play-by-play commentator for basketball and baseball games. It was an internship at the local television station during the summer between his junior and senior years (1983) that began Jon’s television career.

After stops in Gainesville, Florida and New Bern, North Carolina, Jon took a job as News Director and Anchor in Wilmington. After 14 years at the local ABC station, he moved to WECT/Fox Wilmington. In addition to his daily co-anchoring and reporting responsibilities, Jon is also the Assistant News Director at WECT/Fox Wilmington, he leads the political coverage for both stations, organizing and moderating candidate debates and forums on the national, state and local levels. Those duties have sent Jon to cover some of the biggest political events in the country, including national party conventions in Charlotte and Boston, presidential campaign rallies, and a presidential debate in Winston-Salem.

Jon has recently been recognized by industry peers for the quality of his work. He was named “Anchor of the Year” for the fourth time in 2017 (in addition to 2013, 2014 & 2016) for Division 2 by the Radio-Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas. He has also won first place awards from the RTDNAC for Special Reports on several issues, including spotlighting the effort to award Purple Hearts to victims of the Fort Hood attack, uncovering victims of the backlog of Veterans’ benefits claims at the VA, assisting local victims of North Carolina’s Eugenics Program, and profiling patients caught up in changes happening inside the state’s Medicaid system.

In the community, Jon works with many service organizations and non-profit groups to assist those in need. He was recently nominated to serve on the Purple Heart Foundation of North Carolina. Jon is the honorary Chair of the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in Wilmington, having accepted that role after losing his father to complications of diabetes in 2001. Jon has served as Honorary Chair for Relay for Life events in both Brunswick and Pender Counties. In 2009, Jon accepted the challenge to be Campaign Chairman for the United Way of the Cape Fear Are, helping to raise more than $2.1 million for local agencies. Jon also served on advisory boards for the Boy Scouts, Salvation Army and Carolina Canines for Service. He has volunteered his time to help many other local groups including the Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Communities in Schools, Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars, Chords for a Cause and the Willie Stargell Foundation, by emceeing and hosting fundraising events.

Jon considers himself blessed to have a wonderful family. He married Sheila Meyer in 1985 and they have three children: Jonathan is 29 and a Resource Prosecutor with the Administrative Office of the Courts in Raleigh; Monica is 28 and working in the environmental field; and Abby is 24 and currently in the second year of a two-year teaching fellowship. Jon and Sheila share the house now with Henry, their 9-year old chocolate lab who keeps Jon busy during the morning hours and Sheila busy at night.

Away from the television station, Jon loves to play golf, exercise, read novels from his favorite authors, work around the house and play guitar.

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

  Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on importance of $16 million grant to Wilmington port

  Candidates for New Hanover County Commissioner speak at Power Breakfast event

New Hanover County lists wait times for early voting locations

  Turnout tops 330,000 on first day of One-Stop early voting across North Carolina

  Tillis, Cunningham take part in virtual Q & A at Wilmington Biz Conference and Expo

  One-stop early voting dates, times and locations in southeastern North Carolina counties for 2020 General Elections

  Sen. Danny Earl Britt is the republican incumbent running for a third term in the NC Senate District 13 race

  Barbara Yates-Lockamy is the democratic nominee running in the NC Senate District 13 race

  Cunningham won’t offer additional details on personal indiscretions, Tillis criticizes

On eve of voter registration deadline, a look at submitted absentee ballots in southeastern NC counties

  Rep. Brenden Jones is the republican incumbent running for reelection in the District 46 seat in the NC House

  Rep. Ted Davis is the republican nominee running for the District 20 seat in the NC House of Representatives

  Tim Heath is the democratic nominee running for the District 46 seat in the NC House

  Adam Ericson is the democratic nominee running for the District 20 seat in the NC House of Representatives

  David Sink is the democratic nominee running for the District 8 seat in the NC Senate

  Warren Kennedy is the republican candidate running for the District 18 seat in the NC House of Representatives

  Rep. Deb Butler is running for reelection as the democratic candidate in the NC House District 18 race

  Tom Simmons is democratic nominee running in the NC House District 17 race

  Rep. Frank Iler is the republican incumbent seeking reelection to the District 17 seat in the NC House of Representatives

  Debbi Fintak is the democratic nominee running in the NC House District 16 race

  Rep. Carson Smith is running for reelection as the republican candidate in the NC House District 16 race

  Marcia Morgan is the democratic candidate for NC House in District 19

  Charlie Miller is the republican candidate for NC House in District 19

  Sen. Harper Peterson is running for reelection as the democratic candidate for NC Senate in District 9

  Michael Lee is the republican candidate for NC Senate in District 9

Candidates for New Hanover County Board of Education take part in virtual forum

  Ivanka Trump campaigns for her father in Wilmington

  NC officials say no lesions, markings on dead fish found at Ocean Isle Beach

  Dr. Charles Foust: Taking over New Hanover County Schools at a turbulent time (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

  Tourism Development Authority among industry groups looking to Congress for relief