Rachel Lewis Hilburn

News Director, Host of CoastLine

Rachel Lewis Hilburn came to WHQR in the spring of 2011.  After serving as back-up host for Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Classical Music for a year, she was named News Director in July of 2012. 

She moved to Wilmington in 2003 from Los Angeles, where she worked as a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley.  After joining the local ABC affiliate in Wilmington, she wrote and produced local TV newscasts, a 30-minute special program for the Cape Fear Museum showcasing its renovation and new exhibits, and independently wrote and produced a documentary on the lingering effects of the 1898 coup d'etat in Wilmington.   Before joining the staff, Rachel partnered with New York co-producer Linda Bianchi and produced Stories, Wine, and Cheese - a series of local, live storytelling events which aired on WHQR.  

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3:55 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Wilmington Start-Up Next Glass Launches App to National Buzz

Next Glass is a free app, developed by Wilmington-based entrepreneur Kurt Taylor, that allows users to find new bottles of wine of beer they'll like.
Next Glass

It’s an app that claims to have cracked the code of taste. 

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Local
4:39 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

CoastLine: NHC's Special Use Permit - Environmental Gatekeeper or Economic Liability?

The Special Use Permit is only about three years old in New Hanover County. 

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Local
2:21 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

On the next CoastLine...The Role of the Special Use Permit and Economic Growth

The Special Use Permit has served as New Hanover County’s final word on which businesses can operate in the County…

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Local
3:34 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

CoastLine: The Complicated Psychology Behind Intimate Partner Violence

Cycle of abuse
Center for Family Violence Prevention

Investigations over alleged cases of domestic violence continue to populate newscasts on a near-daily basis. 

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Local
12:10 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Paul Brown and his Band to Play Thalian Hall at Documentary Screening

Paul Brown is coming to Thalian Hall November 8th to play at the documentary screening of Broadcast: A Man and His Dream.

The man who succeeded Carl Kasell as the voice of NPR’s top-of-the-hour morning newscast is coming to Wilmington. 

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Local
2:31 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

CoastLine: Election Epilogue 2014

Republicans effectively walloped Democrats in these mid-term elections – sweeping into power with a majority in both Chambers on Capitol Hill.

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Local
2:10 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Michael Lee Keeps State Senate District 9 in Republican Hands, Beating Redenbaugh by Nearly 11%

Wilmington Business Journal

With an unpopular Democratic president in his second-term, Election Day saw the predictable Republican sweep in southeastern North Carolina.

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Local
2:05 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Watkins, Zapple Win Seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners

(left) Skip Watkins, Republican; (right) Rob Zapple, Democrat

One Democrat and one Republican won the two open seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. 

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Local
7:38 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

NC Board of Elections Holds Emergency Meeting; Extends Voting Hours of 1 Robeson County precinct

The North Carolina State Board of Elections held an emergency meeting at 7 PM tonight, Election Night, to address problems at several precincts around the state.

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Local
4:04 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Election Day Brings Warm Weather, Clear Skies, and Steady Voter Traffic

Cars pack the parking lot at Belville Elementary School on Election Day, 2014.

North Carolina’s Board of Elections reported a larger-than-expected Early Voting turnout this election cycle.  But those high numbers didn’t appear to stem the tide of voters at Belville Elementary School in Brunswick County this Election Day. 

On a clear afternoon with temperatures nearing 70 degrees, cars packed the parking lot at Belville Elementary. 

Rich Leary says he arrived at 6:30 in the morning to hand out campaign literature.  Even at that hour, he says, voter traffic was steady. 

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