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
3:51 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

CoastLine: Are Terminal Groins Key to the Expensive Problem of Shoreline Management?

Terminal groins are hardened structures designed to control the movement of sand and slow erosion on beaches. 

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Local
6:14 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Websites with Adult Ads Contribute to Sex Trafficking of Kids; Law Officers Call the Sites Helpful

Websites that advertise adult services facilitate the sexual exploitation of children and other forms of human trafficking. 

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Local
4:24 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

CoastLine: Bringing Human Trafficking out of the Shadows

This January, a jury convicted a Wilmington man of two counts of transporting young women across state lines with the intent to force them into prostitution. 

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Local
3:45 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Fighting Crime by Fighting Poverty; Experimental Program about a Year Old

Jamir Jumoke in his rap video "Trendsetter"; Jumoke is Program Manager of Hometown Hires and the first Hometown Hire.

The first two inalienable rights, according to the Declaration of Independence, are life and liberty. 

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Local
5:50 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Local County Commissioners Visit DC for National Legislative Agenda, Meet with SE NC Delegation

U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.
Wikimedia Commons

Commissioners from Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover Counties just returned from a four-day trip to Washington, D.C.

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Local
5:33 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

CoastLine: Black History Month II - How Treatment of History Informs Current Cultural Conversation

The "Doll Test" from the video "American Denial"
PBS.org

It’s the last week of Black History Month in 2015.

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Local
12:30 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

After Sleet and Freezing Rain Move Out, Black Ice Hazards Move In

City of Wilmington crews hit the roads early Tuesday morning to spread salt. Black ice could still be a hazard, though, until midday Wednesday, according to the NWS.
City of Wilmington

Light sleet and freezing drizzle are now blanketing southeastern North Carolina and northeast South Carolina. 

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Local
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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