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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5:20 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

NC Attorney General Investigates PA Company Offering Fracking Leases

Illustration of hydraulic fracturing
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Now that hydraulic fracturing is legal in North Carolina, oil and gas companies are soliciting property owners for land leases. 

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Local
7:17 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

CoastLine: Is Public Policy on Sea Level Rise Keeping up with Coastal Planning Needs?

What does sea level rise, now widely-accepted by the scientific community, mean for coastal areas in North Carolina?  How concerned do we really need to be?   

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Local
9:36 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

CoastLine: Arts & the Economy - What Will CFCC's Fine Arts Center Mean for Competing Venues?

Arts and the local economy:  will a new performing arts venue, the largest in the region, edge out smaller theater companies in the competition for ticket buyers? 

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Local
9:01 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

CFCC's Performing Arts Center Projected to Keep More Entertainment Dollars in Local Economy

Artist's Illustration of Cape Fear Community College's Humanities and Fine Arts Center. The building is slated to open in 2015.
Cape Fear Community College

Construction of southeastern North Carolina’s newest performing arts venue is well underway in downtown Wilmington.

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Local
5:05 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

CoastLine: Charter Schools in NC -- What Role Do They Play within the Public School System?

Charter Schools in North Carolina:  What role should they play within the public school system and how is that role changing? 

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Local
5:08 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

CoastLine: Gang Violence - After all the Community Conversations, What Have We Learned?

Gang violence in our region:  After all the community conversations, what have we learned?  Are there new, best practices that we're implementing?  What's already working that we might expand?  How can we improve and refine our approach? 

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Local
4:01 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur's Main Rain Bands Buffeting Cape Fear Region

Hurricane Arthur - Projected Path as of 2 PM Thursday, July 3
NOAA

The main core of Hurricane Arthur’s rain bands are now buffeting the Cape Fear region.  Sustained winds have ramped up – as predicted – and forecasters are now concerned about isolated tornadoes.

Arthur’s closest approach to the Cape Fear region is expected around 6 o’clock tonight – give or take an hour.  That’s according to Steven Pfaff, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.  And while Arthur could intensify to a Category 2 hurricane, Pfaff says that’s more likely to happen when the storm passes out of the area – leaving those Category 2 winds to blow offshore. 

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Local
5:01 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

CoastLine: Coal Ash Management -- Why and How Should NC Regulate It?

This week's topic:  Coal ash in North Carolina -- What is it?  Why and how should we regulate it?  And how soon will we will see coal ash cleaned up? 

Coal ash grabbed the national spotlight back in February – when a wastewater pipe burst at Duke Energy’s Eden Plant  -- spilling an estimated 39,000 tons into the Dan River.   What many news media outlets are commonly calling toxic sludge coated about 70 miles of that waterway – which winds along the North Carolina – Virginia border. 

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Local
4:58 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

CoastLine: Will NC's Next Film Incentive Package Keep the Cameras Rolling?

This week's topic:  Film Incentives in North Carolina

Providing tax breaks to the film industry…. statewide, it’s a controversial topic.  In Southeastern North Carolina, there’s no question incentives have injected hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy through the boom in film production here.  But plenty of state leaders from less film-centric areas aren’t convinced the financial benefits of the industry extend statewide.  

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Local
8:27 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

House Passes Budget Amendment to Convert Film Tax Breaks to Grant Fund

North Carolina Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC

The House has passed a budget amendment that includes a provision for the film industry. 

It was the joint effort of Republicans Ted Davis, from New Hanover County, and Ruth Samuelson, from Mecklenburg County.   

This was Davis’ second attempt to include a program for the film industry in the House version of the budget.    And this amendment, says Davis, is aimed at keeping the conversation about film incentives going.

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