Katie O'Reilly

Graduate Fellow -News

Katie is a first-year creative nonfiction student in UNCW's MFA creative writing program. A Chicago native, Katie graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 2007, and has since worked for The Onion/A.V. Club, The Huffington Post, and as an English teacher in the Czech Republic. She most recently spent several years in Los Angeles serving as the managing editor of DAYSPA Magazine. As a long-time fan of the Atlantic Ocean and public radio, she is thrilled to be living in Wilmington and working with WHQR.

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Local - January 2
5:09 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Medical Center to Team with Coastal Horizons to Provide Integrated Emergency Care

Wilmington may be among the first communities nationwide to pioneer a health care program integrating primary and behavioral care. New Hanover Regional Medical Center is working with Wilmington’s Coastal Horizons Center to develop a plan to divert those patients suffering mental health crises from the hospital ER to the nonprofit treatment center. Among other benefits, WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that this partnership could cut down on overcrowded emergency room traffic.

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Local - January 1
5:48 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Surge of Local Companies Fostering Healthier Workplaces in 2014

Wilmington's Gary Shell Cross-City Trail

It’s time to renew those resolutions to eat wisely and move more. Since 2007, five local companies have been helping their employees realize these goals—with help from the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Workplace Program. These worksites receive resources and guidance from the Association to help create a culture of wellness. And 2014 is looking to be an especially healthy year—WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that four additional local employers are jumping on the Fit-Friendly bandwagon.

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Local - December 31
5:50 am
Tue December 31, 2013

State Tax on Entertainment and Nonprofit Events Goes Into Effect

Programming at downtown Wilmington's Thalian Hall will be subject to the new privilege tax.
Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts

Today is the last chance to pay the usual admission to movies, museums and cultural events. Effective New Year’s Day, the State General Assembly is imposing a 4.75% privilege tax on admission to such entertainment—which includes a host of nonprofit events.

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Local - December 16
12:36 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Wilmington Housing Authority Seeks Social Equity-Minded Partners

The CHOICE Neighborhoods Grant is awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

If the Wilmington Housing Authority is to receive a thirty-million-dollar federal CHOICE Neighborhoods Grant to revitalize Hillcrest, they’ll be charged with infrastructure and education improvements to improve not only the housing development--but the surrounding city. To make this happen, they’ll need help from a wide range of community partners. As WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports, the Housing Authority is hoping to secure these partnerships by appealing to investors’ sense of social equity.

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Local
12:45 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Duke Energy Progress Brings Low-Income Energy-Saving Program to Wilmington

Low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, insulated water heaters, new air filters, caulking and door sweeps can all help Duke customers cut their energy bills.

Just as temperatures are plummeting, Duke Energy Progress is launching a free energy-saver program to benefit low-income families in Wilmington’s Brooklyn neighborhood. This week, Duke technicians begin a three-month process of visiting 1,200 homes to perform an “energy makeover.” WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that program residents can expect to save about $95 a year.

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Local - December 12
4:24 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

One Year After the Fact, Man Pleads Guilty to Downtown Wilmington Murder

Former Creekwood resident Quintel Grady received a sentence of life in prison without parole on counts of first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery. He pleaded guilty.

Exactly one year ago, Cape Fear Community College student Joshua Proutey was robbed and fatally shot outside Wilmington’s community arts center. Today, the local man who pulled the trigger was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in a prison cell. Because today’s prosecution transpired from a citizen tip, WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that local law enforcement is working to reverse the stigma of “snitching” in criminal cases.

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Local - December 12
5:55 am
Thu December 12, 2013

WHA Hoping to Build New Low-Income Senior Facility

Wilmington's Robert R. Taylor Senior Development
Wilmington Housing Authority

It’s a busy time of year for most, but especially for the Wilmington Housing Authority. Not only is the Authority gearing up to apply for a massive federal grant to revitalize areas of the city surrounding the Hillcrest community, but it’s also angling for competitive state tax credits to enable new construction. These credits, reports WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly, would provide housing for a burgeoning low-income demographic: senior citizens.

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Local December 11
5:59 am
Wed December 11, 2013

DC Virgo Welcomes Resident Artist

Poet Glenis Redmond

Thanks to a grant secured by UNCW’s Office of Cultural Arts, DC Virgo Middle School has become a hotbed of original poetry. Throughout this week, the sixth- and seventh-graders are work-shopping personal poems under the guidance of a teaching artist from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that New Hanover County Schools are one of only two districts in the state to enjoy such opportunities through the Kennedy Center.  

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Local - December 6
12:57 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Affordable Care Act Info Sessions Sweep Across the Region

Health insurance can be tricky to navigate, what with the difficulty many experience enrolling in care, and North Carolina’s decision not to expand Medicaid in 2014.  And that’s why the Southeast Area Health Education Center, or SEAHEC, and the New Hanover County Health Department are holding free information sessions on the Affordable Care Act—also known as “Obamacare.” WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that until the March 31 deadline to enroll passes, these educators will be hosting these sessions around the region.

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Local - December 5
4:25 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Wilmington Housing Authority Seeking Community Help to Win Huge HUD Grant

Wilmington's Hillcrest Community is a medium-sized public development. WHA

For the first time ever, the Wilmington Housing Authority is applying for a competitive, thirty-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD—and they want to make it a community affair. Today the Housing Authority gathered city and county leaders at the Hillcrest development to strategize on winning a Choice Neighborhood Grant. It’s part of an effort, as WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports, to transform housing projects into areas indistinguishable from the surrounding city.

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