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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5:08 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

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

Listen to the first segment of CoastLine featuring New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon and Program Coordinator Kristy Williams here.

Listen to Segment 2 featuring NAACP President Deborah Dicks Maxwell of the New Hanover County Chapter.

Listen to Segment 3 featuring Frankie Roberts, Executive Director of LINC, Leading Into New Communities here.

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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Local
5:44 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Hamilton: the Fight for Film Incentives Is Not Over

Wilmington Regional Film Commission

Listen to the audio version here.

The film community in North Carolina is holding its collective breath while House leaders consider budget amendments.  

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Local
4:17 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Film Incentive Supporters Focus Lobbying Efforts on "Film Day" in Raleigh

Filming at Wilmington's City Hall
Billy Hathorn

Listen to the story here.

Film incentives are the ticket to keeping more than four-thousand full-time jobs in the state.  That was a central theme Wednesday morning in Raleigh during a press conference where state and city leaders, film industry workers, and industry supporters gathered to celebrate Film Day at the General Assembly. 

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Local
4:29 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Chancellor Gary Miller: "An Educated Society is a Society that Contributes"

UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller
UNCW

Listen to the interview here.

UNCW has announced that Chancellor Gary Miller will be stepping down July 31st to take the top position at University of Wisconsin – Green Bay after current Green Bay Chancellor Tom Harden retires. 

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Local
5:12 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

UNCW Chancellor Miller Accepts Top Post at Univ. of Wisconsin-Green Bay

UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller
UNCW

Listen to the interview here.

UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller is headed to Wisconsin.  

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Local
1:17 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

"Fracking" Bill Heads to Gov. McCrory's Desk for Signature

EPA

Listen to the story here.

Governor Pat McCrory now has a bill on his desk that lifts the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina. 

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