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.


Local - October 1
5:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Brunswick County Boosting Manufacturing Job Opportunities

Metal Manufacturing

Brunswick County is rolling out the welcome mat for two new manufacturing outfits this fall. Not only is Lee Controls, a metal manufacturer, moving from New Jersey into a 20,000-square-foot facility in Southport, but RTM Light USA, a surfboard manufacturing operation, will be setting up in a space within Brunswick Community College. This translates to roughly 70 new jobs.

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Local - September 30
5:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Public Interest in Cape Fear Commutes 2035 Project Mounts

Residents of the Cape Fear Region have more to say about their local traffic jams, bike paths and public transportation options than they did four years ago. The Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization, or WMPO--an agency comprised of local officials and state transportation employees--is collecting public input until late November for Cape Fear Commutes 2035. This is a federally funded project that has been underway since 2010.

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5:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Wilmington Welcomes a New Resource for LGBT Seniors

Southeastern North Carolina’s fastest-growing age demographic is seventy-five- to eighty-four-year-olds. And between 2000 and 2010, the number of same-sex couples cohabitating in New Hanover County more than doubled. Which is why this evening, the Frank Harr Foundation, a Wilmington-based human rights nonprofit, is launching its local affiliate of a national foundation called SAGE—which stands for Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders.

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Local - September 20
3:27 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Housing Authority Board Launches Search for New Leader

Courtesy Paul Townsend

The Wilmington Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners will be casting a wide net to land its next leader. This morning, just a week after CEO Michael Krause was fired following his second DWI, the board convened in a special session to discuss the search process for his replacement. The board has voted unanimously to recommend that the Authority itself take on the task—rather than paying any outside consultants to spearhead the search.

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Local - September 19
2:10 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

New Community Campaign Aims to Keep Minors from Accessing Alcohol at Home

The Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug Free Tomorrow advocates cabinet and bottle locks to help prevent minors from accessing alcohol.
Courtesy of the Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug Free Tomorrow

The local hardware store can be a real ally in the fight to curb underage drinking. Which is why the Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug Free Tomorrow is presenting a free workshop this Saturday on how to install locks on home liquor cabinets. The Coalition is partnering with the Wilmington Police Department to provide the community with safety tips and information about the legal consequences of providing alcohol to minors.

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Local - August 19
1:59 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

County May Strip WAVE of its Authority to Implement New Bus Routes

Route maps courtesy of Wave Transit

Citizens who rely on WAVE transit to reach the beach communities, as well as northern New Hanover County destinations such as Cape Fear Community College, Laney High School and the VA facility, will soon know for sure whether they need to make new travel plans. On October third, WAVE’s board of directors will meet with the county commissioners to decide the fate of the two bus routes that stand to be closed as a result of WAVE receiving less county funding this year. In addition, the county may also strip WAVE of its powers to implement new routes moving forward.

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Local - September 19
1:52 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

WAVE Transit Likely to Extend Endangered Bus Routes' Closure Date

WHQR News / Data provided by Wave Transit

Over the summer, New Hanover County cut WAVE Transit’s funding significantly from the previous year, resulting in the likely closures of routes serving northern New Hanover County and Pleasure Island. However, WAVE was granted slightly more state funding this year for its Rural Operating Assistance Program. But since WAVE won’t be able to use that money to help salvage the routes in question, it will likely extend their current closure date—September thirtieth—until after WAVE’s board meets with the New Hanover County Commission to make final decisions in October.

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Local - September 13
2:01 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

New Hanover County's School Superintendent Fears Loss of Good Teachers

Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley
New Hanover County Public Schools

A new school year typically heralds change and with that, plenty to discuss. Which is why last week, Dr. Tim Markley, New Hanover County School District’s superintendent, made appearances at Ashley, Gregory and Laney Schools to host Q&A sessions with parents. Markley also addressed the implications of state cuts to public education head on. The superintendent is urging educators and parents to start viewing public education like a competitive business.

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Local - September 12
2:55 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Wilmington Housing Authority Board Fires CEO Michael Krause

Michael Krause's Mug Shot from Sunday's DWI Arrest

As of this  morning, the Wilmington Housing Authority is in new hands. Following CEO Michael Krause’s arrest Sunday for driving with a blood alcohol level measuring more than four times the legal limit, the Authority’s board of commissioners has terminated him. The charge marked Krause’s second DWI since taking the position in 2008. Vernice Hamilton, the Authority’s director of human resources, will step up as interim CEO.

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Local - September 10
4:04 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Even in the Case of Mental Illness, Americans with Disabilities Act Likely Protects Berger

Commissioner Brian Berger
NHCo. Sheriff's Office

Throughout recent legal battles concerning New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger’s fitness for public office, mental health has been a central topic. At a news conference last week, Commission Chairman Woody White said the commission had heard nothing from Berger regarding whether he needed or had received mental health counseling. White cited Berger’s incoherent emails, conspiracy fixations and erratic behavior as grave concerns that responsible leaders could not ignore.

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