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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2:09 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

CoastLine: Spring Planting along the Southeastern Coast

Vitex agnus-castus, Lamiaceae, Vitex, Chaste Tree, Chasteberry, Monk's Pepper, flowers.
H. Bell

Will lilacs or peonies grow in the Cape Fear region?  Is Pampas Grass a good landscaping idea? 

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Local
4:44 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Aging Out of Foster Care Brings High Risk of Homelessness; HB 424 Seeks to Raise Emancipation Age

Aging out of the foster care system instead of finding a permanent home dramatically increases risk of homelessness in the first year of emancipation.
www.ifsnj.org

Children raised in households with intact families often have the luxury of growing into independence. 

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Local
4:26 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

CoastLine: Foster Care in New Hanover County

New Hanover County is seeing a rise in the number of children in need of foster homes. 

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Local
4:54 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

CFCC's Humanities and Fine Arts Center Partnering with DPAC, Carolina Theatre, and Local Arts Venues

artist rendering of CFCC's Humanities and Fine Arts Center
Cape Fear Community College

Cape Fear Community College opens the inaugural season of its Humanities and Fine Arts Center in October with a performance by the North Carolina Symphony. 

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Local
4:29 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

CoastLine: New Science Reinforces Alzheimer's Risk Can be Mitigated through Lifestyle Changes

National Institute on Aging

The onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can be one of the more terrifying aspects of growing older. 

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Local
3:03 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Subtropical Storm Ana Meandering toward Cape Fear region, bringing Wet, Messy Weekend

Subtropical Storm Ana as of 2 PM Friday, May 8, 2015
NWS National Hurricane Center

The official start to Hurricane Season is still three weeks away, but Subtropical Storm Ana is alive and well and drifting slowly toward the Cape Fear region. 

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Local
4:52 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Top BOEM Official Addresses Scientists' Concerns about Potential for Redundancy in Seismic Surveying

North Atlantic Right Whale Mother and Calf
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries

Officials with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management are reviewing ten permit applications from eight companies seeking to conduct seismic testing off the coast of North Carolina. 

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Local
3:53 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

BOEM says Shrinking Buffer Zone for Offshore Oil and Gas Not Possible

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is a vocal supporter of offshore exploration for oil and gas and its necessary precursor, seismic testing. 

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Local
4:19 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

CoastLine: Economic Development Strategy in the Cape Fear

Wilmington Riverfront
Wilmington Downtown Inc.

There’s good economic news today: unemployment is down slightly, and Wilmington has earned another accolade:  a San Francisco-based financial planning website named it the second-best city in the nation to start a business.

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Local
2:40 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

CoastLine: Science Panel Weighs in on Potential Impacts of Seismic Testing off NC Coast

North Atlantic Right Whale Mother and Calf
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries

It was just one week ago that Governor Pat McCrory testified in front of the House subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources about oil and gas exploration off the North Carolina coast. 

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