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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A third shark attack in less than a week has shaken the small beach communities along the Brunswick County Coast. 

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An extended period of near-record heat slammed the southeast over the weekend, and it’s not expected to let up until late this week. 

The term “Ebonics” was coined in the early 1970s as a way of describing language patterns used by some African Americans. 

You know her as NPR’s senior political commentator, joining Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne on Morning Edition most Mondays to discuss politics. 

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

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. 

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. 

Wilmington Downtown Inc.

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 29, 2015. 

There’s good economic news today: unemployment is down slightly, and Wilmington has earned another accolade:  a San Francisco-based financial planning website named it the second-best city in the nation to start a business.

The development of the Cape Fear region – which includes Pender and Brunswick Counties – is all about coordinated strategy.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 22, 2015. 

It was just one week ago that Governor Pat McCrory testified in front of the House subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources about oil and gas exploration off the North Carolina coast. 

Natalie Maynor

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 15, 2015. 

A new culture of foodies and environmentalists has popularized the notion of organic, locally-sourced food. 

And as the foodie community grows in the region, so does the divergence between the people who can afford to make healthier, more sustainable choices, and the people who suffer from food insecurity – which can mean not knowing where the next meal is coming from – or having to choose between paying an electric bill and buying food. 

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