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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1:17 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

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

EPA

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

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Local
6:58 am
Fri May 30, 2014

House Passes Hydraulic Fracturing Bill

Update:  The Senate approved the House changes late Thursday.  Senate Bill 786 is now on Governor Pat McCrory's desk awaiting a signature. 

North Carolina is one step closer to allowing hydraulic fracturing in the state. 

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Local
4:08 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Fracking Bill Passes 2nd House Reading

Head of hydraulic fracturing pump
Joshua Doubek

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A bill that would allow hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina is racing through Chambers during this short session of the General Assembly. 

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Local
5:24 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Film in Wilmington Part III: Cucalorus Film Festival History and Future Intertwined with Industry

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The question of whether competitive film incentives continue in North Carolina will be answered by the end of the current short session of the General Assembly. 

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Local
5:25 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Thom Goolsby and Partner James Upham Ordered to Cease and Desist Investment Advisory Services

Senator Thom Goolsby (R-New Hanover County)
http://www.ncleg.net

State Senator Thom Goolsby (R-New Hanover County) is no longer permitted to do business in North Carolina as an investment advisor. 

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Local
3:12 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Boating Fatalities Surging in 2014; Officers say Most Deaths Preventable

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

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Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner, and law enforcement agencies are gearing up for what is, historically, a busy time.  

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Local
10:25 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Film in Wilmington Part II: Industry Insiders Expect Competitive Incentives to Continue

Filming at Wilmington's City Hall, July 2012
Billy Hathorn

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North Carolina lawmakers are haggling over how – and whether -- to preserve a now-controversial tax credit for the film industry. 

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Local
4:14 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Film in Wilmington Part I: Local Crew Members Eye Atlanta

EUE Screen Gems in Wilmington, NC
VisitNC.com

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If North Carolina lawmakers don’t renew film incentives during the short session – or if they choose to gut them to the point they’re no longer competitive with other states, some industry insiders are predicting an exodus of long-time film professionals from Wilmington. 

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Local
5:43 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

NPR's Robert Siegel on Interviewing Politicians, "Terribly Discouraging" Former USSR, Mel Brooks

Robert Siegel, Senior Host, All Things Considered
NPR

Robert Siegel talks with Rachel Lewis Hilburn.

Robert Siegel, Senior Host of NPR’s All Things Considered, starts his day with what he regards as indispensable daily reads:  The New York Times and The Washington Post. 

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Local
4:14 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Rouzer Wins 10 of 12 Counties in 7th Congressional District; Barfield, Martin Split Geographically

David Rouzer (left), Jonathan Barfield (right)

The GOP contest for North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District was a three-candidate game – but the real battle played out between front-runners David Rouzer and Woody White.  Rouzer scooped up victories in ten of the twelve counties.   

On the Democratic side of the ticket, Jonathan Barfield captured the nomination but with just six counties. 

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