FRANK FRABONI anchors the evening news at 5:30, 6 and 11 p. m. on News 13 and the 6:30 and 10 p.m. news on My 40. He's also an award winning reporter responsible for the station's "Ask 13" segments that get answers to viewer questions. He spent years as the primary investigator for News 13's Reality Check, stories that tackle tough issues and hold government and elected officials accountable. He’s also a lead reporter on political issues and elections with live coverage experience on numerous local, state and national election campaigns, including the most recent election of President Donald Trump. Frank was one of only a handful of reporters who were granted one on one interviews with candidate Trump during a campaign stop in Fletcher. He also provided live campaign coverage of his primary victory in South Carolina. You’ll also find Frank tackling tough community issues during our “Your Voice, Your Future” town hall meetings.
Frank joined WLOS in 2007 after moving from sister stations, WXLV and WUPN in Winston Salem where he anchored the evening newscasts. He began his broadcast career as a radio announcer in his home town of Watkins Glen, New York. In 1983 he moved to North Carolina as a reporter and anchor at Park Broadcasting's legendary WNCT-TV in Greenville. His story assignments included President Ronald Reagan's visit to Camp LeJeune after the Beirut bombing, deadly hurricanes and tornado's and the annual ritual of the tobacco market. He then moved to Winston-Salem as a bureau chief for WXII-TV, covering everything from wildfires in the mountains to KKR's $31 billion takeover of RJR Nabisco, the largest commercial buyout in American history at the time.
His career then took him to Tampa, Florida where he anchored weekends for WFLA-TV before moving to anchor mornings at WFTS-TV also in Tampa. After 8 years in the sunshine state, Frank returned to North Carolina to anchor the evening newscasts at WFMY-TV before joining Sinclair Broadcasting in Winston-Salem.
Frank's award winning career spans more than 30 years with honors for his reporting and anchoring. He studied broadcasting and journalism at SUNY College in Buffalo. During an internship, Frank worked undercover with an investigative reporter at WIVB-TV in Buffalo. Their work resulted in several honors, including UPI's Best Investigation Award for a story that captured New York Telephone workers routinely drinking on the job. Frank went on to receive awards for Emmy nominations in Asheville, Best Newscast from the Associated Press in Greenville and Best Feature from The Society of Professional Journalists in Tampa where he documented the plight of the homeless by living for three days on Tampa's city streets.
Frank and wife Sara are the parents of 4 grown children and love traveling and spending time with family in Eastern North Carolina. Frank is an avid outdoors man who enjoys boating, skiing, fishing, kayaking and camping and all that the mountains of Western North Carolina have to offer.
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