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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5:18 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Cultural Competence is Core Value for UNCW's Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Kent Guion, UNCW's first Chief Diversity Officer

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has hired its first Chief Diversity Officer. 

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Local
3:10 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

CoastLine: Diversity at UNCW, CFCC, and in the Broader Community

(Left) Dr. Kent Guion, UNCW Chief Diversity Officer; (Right) Travis Corpening, Director of Nixon Male Minority Leaders, CFCC

By the year 2060, the United States will have no clear racial majority. 

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Local
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

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 1, 2015. 

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

Spring is here as we observe greenish-yellow pollen on cars, roadways, and around the edges of local retention ponds. 

April 1st is also the first official day of Ozone Season.  That's when state and local governments begin daily air quality forecasts in metropolitan areas across North Carolina.

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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

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on May 20, 2015.

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

While the reasons for the increase aren’t clear, public officials are taking another look at services for kids who have been removed from their family homes because of abuse or neglect.   There is also legislation on the table that would divert more funding to prevent kids coming out of foster care from heading straight into homelessness. 

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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

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on May 13, 2015. 

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

While the risk of cognitive impairment increases with age, it is not considered a normal part of the aging process. 

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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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