Isabelle Shepherd

News Graduate Fellow

Isabelle is a second-year poetry student in UNCW’s MFA creative writing program. Raised in the Mountain State, she received dual degrees in Political Science and English at West Virginia University. She's often assisted in her newsroom duties by her trusty sidekick and (news)hound, Lavender. 

Top 5 Music Beds

When you’re driving along in your car, getting your local and national news from your public radio station, you might hear a song in the background that strikes your fancy. It may serve as a break between news stories, or it might be under an underwriting message. Before you can get out of your phone to Spotify the selection, it’s gone.

North Carolina Senate District 8 includes Brunswick, Bladen, and Pender Counties – as well as a very small segment of western New Hanover County. 

Remi Mathis

Microbreweries are pouring into the Cape Fear region.  

Brunswick County

Brunswick County will not house illegal immigrants, including minors.  That’s the County Commissioners’ official response to the recent border surge.

City of Wilmington

It’s taken eight years of planning, but within the next twelve months, work could begin on a new permanent supportive housing facility near Greenfield Lake. WHQR’s Isabelle Shepherd reports the space would provide affordable housing for 40 disabled people. 

Permanent supportive housing resembles ordinary rental agreements. The difference: It is geared towards the disabled, including veterans and the elderly.

Betsy Jordan / Rick Catlin

Betsy Jordan, who is Rick Catlin’s Democratic opponent for the North Carolina House of Representatives, has already identified her signature issue: film. WHQR’s Isabelle Shepherd reports.

District 20’s Republican incumbent, Rick Catlin, has voted to convert the film tax rebate to a grant program. But his challenger, Betsy Jordan, says this isn’t enough to keep North Carolina competitive in the film industry.