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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2:57 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

CoastLine: Feed at the Holiday Trough!

When it's time to prepare for the holiday season, one of the richest and most inspiring elements can be holiday food.

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Local
1:12 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Outgoing Secretary of Commerce: Film Workers Should Stay Engaged in the Political Process

Billy Hathorn

It didn’t take long for local film workers to see a drop in production after North Carolina legislators re-structured the incentive – changing it from a tax rebate to a fixed grant fund. 

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Local
1:05 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

CoastLine: Film Incentive Change Slowing 2015 Production

The debate over film incentives in North Carolina erupted on the public stage last year when two state Representatives – Rick Catlin from New Hanover County and Chris Millis of Pender County – sponsored a bill that would fundamentally change the structure of the tax rebate. 

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Local
4:37 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Citizens demonstrating they value mass transit more than officials understand, says WMPO Chair

The entrance to Brunswick Forest in Leland, one of three Park and Ride locations slated to open within several weeks.
Carolina Plantations Real Estate

Brunswick County is likely to see the largest population surge in southeastern North Carolina over the next several decades. 

In preparation for this growth, policy makers from the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the regional transportation planning agency with representatives from New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender Counties, are developing a modernized transportation plan to address congestion and what they're calling "enticing" options for the next generation of commuters.

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Local
4:21 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

CoastLine: Modernizing Transportation in the Cape Fear

As the populations of Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover Counties continue to swell, accommodating the movement of people and goods requires much more creativity and innovation than just widening roads or building more of them. 

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Local
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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