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
4:19 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

CoastLine: Economic Development Strategy in the Cape Fear

Wilmington Riverfront
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.

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Local
2:40 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

CoastLine: Science Panel Weighs in on Potential Impacts of Seismic Testing off NC Coast

North Atlantic Right Whale Mother and Calf
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. 

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Local
4:41 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Most Local Farmers Markets not Equipped for Food Assistance Programs

Joe Mabel

Clarification: 

Dr. Leslie Hossfeld, Executive Director of Feast Down East and Chair of UNCW's Sociology Department, says there are two Feast Down East weekly Fresh Markets in Wilmington which accept EBT cards:

Fresh Market at Rankin Terrace
Fridays, 10 am – 12:00 pm
Open Year Round
Located: Corner of 12th St. & Rankin St., Wilmington

Fresh Market at Hillcrest
Fridays, 1:30pm – 4pm
Open Year Round
Located: Corner of S. 13th St & Meares St.

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North Carolina ranks fifth in the nation for food insecurity. 

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Local
11:25 am
Thu April 16, 2015

CoastLine: Food Deserts, Food Production, and the New View of the American Lawn

produce at a farmers market
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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Local
8:24 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

John Lithgow on His Best Work, Breakthroughs, and his New First Act

John Lithgow in his one-man show, Stories by Heart.

The Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor John Lithgow first performed his original one-man show in 2008 at Lincoln Center -- on the dark nights. 

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Local
3:03 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

John Lithgow on the Duality of a Character, Finding the Sources of Pride and Shame

John Lithgow identifies himself as a theater actor first. 

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Local
6:29 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

North Topsail Working to Remove Rocks on Beach; Requesting Extension on Sand Project

www.coastalreview.org

Finding good quality sand that is also compatible with the existing sand on a beach is an ongoing challenge for beach renourishment projects in North Carolina.  

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Local
6:25 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

CoastLine: Beach Renourishment as Shoreline Protection Tool

Town of North Topsail Beach

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 8, 2015. 

Keeping beautiful beaches beautiful, protecting homes and public infrastructure from an encroaching ocean -- these are the challenges that have faced beach communities since people started building on them. 

One important tool for managing a shoreline is beach renourishment – pumping sand onto a beach that is eroding. 

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Local
2:47 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

CoastLine: Nnenna Freelon, The Clothesline Muse, and Williston's 100th Year

Nnenna Freelon as Grandma Blu in The Clothesline Muse - playing UNCW's Kenan Auditorium March 28th.

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on March 25, 2015. 

The clothesline:  it’s an old-fashioned, even quaint, installation that’s fading from modern culture, but the metaphor it offers is the centerpiece of a new show called The Clothesline Muse playing Kenan Auditorium this Saturday. 

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Local
6:22 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

CoastLine: Third Wave Feminism Still Struggles with Wage Gap, Glass Ceiling

Women Suffragists Picketing in front of the White House in 1917.
Library of Congress

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on March 18, 2015. 

March is Womens’ History Month.  

This month doesn’t share the longevity of, say, Black History Month. 

It wasn’t until 1981 that Congress passed a resolution asking the President to proclaim one week in March as “Women’s History Week."  Over the next five years, Congress passed annual resolutions designating "Women’s History Week." 

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