Rachel Lewis Hilburn

All Things Considered Host, CoastLine Host / Producer

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 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 c0-produced Stories, Wine, and Cheese - a series of local, live storytelling events which aired on WHQR.  

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The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor stretches from its northernmost point near Wilmington, North Carolina all the way south to Jacksonville, Florida. Created by an Act of Congress in 2006, the ten-year-old Corridor is a work in progress. Gullah Geechee culture originates from West Africans brought to the United States as slaves and many of their traditions, including the language, continue through later generations. On this edition of CoastLine , we learn more about the corridor...

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Dogs and people — it's a profoundly deep connection that has evolved over millennia, and it's one that scientists are still studying. According to a report in National Geographic , researchers have found that dogs can read facial expressions, communicate jealousy, display empathy, and watch TV. Experts estimate these traits have evolved over the course of 11,000 to 16,000 years. Kyria Henry and her father, Terry Henry, recognized the power of dogs to not only assist people with illnesses or...

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A little more than a century ago, Jewish people around the world faced decisions that have proved critical in shaping the past century. On this edition of CoastLine, we look at those decisions through the eyes of two historians who are launching a lecture series in January at the Temple of Israel’s Reibman Center in Wilmington. Guests: Carole Fink , Humanities Distinguished Professor of History Emerita, The Ohio State University;
Professor of History Emerita, University of North...

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A federal court ruled earlier this year that two of North Carolina’s congressional districts, drawn in 2011, were unconstitutional because they were racially gerrymandered. That case is to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court next week. Earlier this week in a separate ruling, a federal court ordered North Carolina to hold special legislative elections next year – for the state House and Senate – after 28 state districts are redrawn to comply with a gerrymandering ruling. All of those maps...

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Economic development is the way municipalities, counties, states, and nations improve the quality of life for its citizens. Economic growth is one element and can be a metric for measuring that. In pursuit that growth, communities often lay out a blueprint – a vision – that details how they would like to see that growth unfold. New Hanover County, in service of defining its vision, has been working on a revision of its Special Use Permit, a gatekeeper, essentially, that allows county...

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Did you vote for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, or Jill Stein? Are you pro-life or pro-choice? How do you feel about immigration? Do you refer to people living in the United States illegally as illegal aliens or people who are undocumented? Do you think the United States should close its borders to refugees from war-torn parts of the world to keep its own citizens safe, or do you believe the country should more widely share its legacy of welcoming the poor and the oppressed to...

Throughout election season, Donald Trump referred to the media as "dishonest and crooked." But that assessment is not limited to the President-elect. According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans' trust and confidence in the mass media "to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly" has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history. 32% of those polled say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. That's down eight percentage points from last year. And it's fallen...

North Carolina’s House District 18 – which includes New Hanover and Brunswick Counties – is one of the few regional races with a Democratic winner. Incumbent Susi Hamilton will serve her district for a fourth term. Susi Hamilton has managed to keep her seat for four consecutive terms and beat her latest Republican challenger, Gerald Benton, by about 22 points. Benton has never held elected office before. But the support for Hamilton is decidedly in New Hanover County where she won by a...

New Hanover County’s Board of Commissioners race was one of the more fiercely fought local races. At the end of the night on Tuesday, it appeared as though the two incumbents, Republican Woody White and Democrat Jonathan Barfield, will keep their seats. Patricia Kusek, who has served on the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Board, is the newcomer and the second-highest vote-getter. White took the most votes, garnering more than 18%, with Kusek coming in at nearly 17% and Jonathan Barfield...

Brunswick County Boards Remain Republican

Nov 9, 2016

Board of Commissioners Brunswick County’s Board of Commissioners had three out of five seats in play. The county is made up of five districts, and all county residents vote for all districts. Brunswick County is majority Republican. With unaffiliated voters making up the second largest voting bloc, any Democratic candidate has a steep mountain to climb. And last night’s vote kept Brunswick County Commissioners reliably – and 100% Republican. Republican incumbents Pat Sykes and Frank Williams...

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