DUBLIN — WECT-TV anchor and Wilmington native Frances Weller will provide the keynote address to attendees of the 2016 Bladen Community College curriculum graduation at 7:30 p.m. on May 17.
Weller graduated in 1981 with a major in speech communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began her television career in 1982 with WECT-TV in Wilmington. She worked as a general assignment reporter for three years before becoming co-anchor of the television station’s 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news programs. Weller now also anchors the WECT News at 5 p.m.
Through the years, Weller has received recognition for her community advocacy. She is a sponsor for Pink Packs, an initiative to help raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of breast self-exams, serves as a board member of the Community Boys & Girls Club, and is a member of the Willie Stargell Foundation, which raises money for local people living with kidney disease.
She has been named the YWCA Woman of the Year in Achievement, has received the North Carolina State Human Relations Achievement Award presented by the governor, has been named the Citizen of the Year by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and was voted Best Newscaster by Encore Magazine readers in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.