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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Local
5:00 am
Mon February 16, 2015

From the StoryCorps Archives: Katherine Weller to her Twins on their Remarkable Grandmother

Margaret Weller-Stargell, Katherine Weller, Frances Weller

It was four years ago when twin sisters Frances Weller and Margaret Weller-Stargell came to WHQR to record a conversation while the national StoryCorps project was in Wilmington. 

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Local
6:01 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

CoastLine: Oil and Gas Development off the North Carolina Coast

Offshore oil and gas exploration:  could it come to the North Carolina coast? 

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Local
5:17 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

NC Could See Offshore Oil & Gas Development by 2021; Testing Could Begin Within Months

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The mid-Atlantic region, from Virginia to Georgia, could see offshore oil and gas development by the year 2021. 

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Local
5:48 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

CoastLine: Higher Education in the Cape Fear Region

In less than one year, the Cape Fear region has witnessed the resignations of half a dozen high-profile members of the leadership at UNCW. 

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Local
5:30 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Transition in UNC System Reflects National Trend, says UNCW Int. Chancellor

We’ve reported recently on what has seemed to be unprecedented turnover at UNCW. 

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Local
3:17 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

CoastLine: Unpacking Three Comprehensive Plans - City, County, Tri-County Region

Three Comprehensive Plans are simultaneously taking shape in the Cape Fear region.

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Local
4:05 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Higher Education in Wilmington Sees Rash of Exits in Less than One Year

Top (l-r): Larry Clark (UNCW Cameron School of Business), Rebecca Porterfield (UNCW Cameron School), Charles Maimone (UNCW CFO), Gary Miller (UNCW Chanc.); bottom (l-r): Norman Bemelmans (UNCW), Tom Ross (UNC), Denise Battles (UNCW), Ted Spring (CFCC)

In less than 12 months, a spate of high-profile leaders have left the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. 

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Local
2:47 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

CoastLine: Vertex Rail on Incentives, Why Hometown Hires Will Make Up 10% of Workforce

By this spring, Vertex Rail will begin manufacturing railroad tank cars.

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Local
4:32 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

CFCC Bond Vote Set For Tuesday; Zapple Supportive, Watkins Conflicted

(left) Skip Watkins (R); (right) Rob Zapple (D); New Hanover County Commissioners sworn in December 22, 2014

New Hanover County Commissioners are likely to decide next week whether to green-light the issuance of a $40 million bond to pay for construction and repair projects at Cape Fear Community College. 

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Local
4:18 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

CoastLine: Commissioners Watkins & Zapple on CFCC Bond, Special Use Permits, and Community Policing

Seating the two newest commissioners in New Hanover County has been anything but smooth. 

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