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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10:48 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Bridges and Overpasses Icing Up; Road Conditions Deteriorating

A garbage truck makes its way down Front Street in downtown Wilmington at 7 AM.
Rachel Lewis Hilburn

As the frozen precipitation continues in the Cape Fear region, more wrecks are being reported.

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Local
5:56 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Snow, Freezing Rain, Sleet an All-Day Event for the Eastern Carolinas

Front Street in Downtown Wilmington, February 24, 2015 at 7 AM
Rachel Lewis Hilburn

Frozen precipitation is falling around southeastern North Carolina. 

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Local
3:57 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Mayor Bill Saffo, Local Leaders Announce New Push for Bigger Film Grant Fund and Focus on TV

Billy Hathorn

At the beginning of this year, North Carolina’s film incentive switched from a competitive tax rebate to a very small grant fund – holding just $10 million.

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Local
3:05 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

CoastLine: Do We Still Need Black History Month?

Alex Manly historical marker
Dilemma-X

It’s February.  And that means that it’s Black History Month.

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Local
1:25 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

McCrory Declares State of Emergency in Preparation for Winter Storm

Ice covers a road in Brunswick County after one of two ice storms in early 2014.
Rachel Lewis Hilburn

A winter storm making its way through North Carolina has put emergency crews on alert.

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Local
11:10 am
Mon February 16, 2015

With Cold Blast on the Way, Take Precautions to Avoid Frozen Water Pipes

Dripping water faucet
Angelsharum

This was originally posted in January.  The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is once again warning customers to take precautions, so we have re-published the information.

With the impending blast of cold weather on tap later this week, officials with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority are advising water customers to take precautions to avoid frozen or bursting water pipes.

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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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