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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2:31 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

CoastLine: Election Epilogue 2014

Republicans effectively walloped Democrats in these mid-term elections – sweeping into power with a majority in both Chambers on Capitol Hill.

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Local
2:10 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Michael Lee Keeps State Senate District 9 in Republican Hands, Beating Redenbaugh by Nearly 11%

Wilmington Business Journal

With an unpopular Democratic president in his second-term, Election Day saw the predictable Republican sweep in southeastern North Carolina.

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Local
2:05 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Watkins, Zapple Win Seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners

(left) Skip Watkins, Republican; (right) Rob Zapple, Democrat

One Democrat and one Republican won the two open seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. 

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Local
7:38 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

NC Board of Elections Holds Emergency Meeting; Extends Voting Hours of 1 Robeson County precinct

The North Carolina State Board of Elections held an emergency meeting at 7 PM tonight, Election Night, to address problems at several precincts around the state.

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Local
4:04 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Election Day Brings Warm Weather, Clear Skies, and Steady Voter Traffic

Cars pack the parking lot at Belville Elementary School on Election Day, 2014.

North Carolina’s Board of Elections reported a larger-than-expected Early Voting turnout this election cycle.  But those high numbers didn’t appear to stem the tide of voters at Belville Elementary School in Brunswick County this Election Day. 

On a clear afternoon with temperatures nearing 70 degrees, cars packed the parking lot at Belville Elementary. 

Rich Leary says he arrived at 6:30 in the morning to hand out campaign literature.  Even at that hour, he says, voter traffic was steady. 

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Local
10:45 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Paul Brown: "I Still Miss the Newsroom"

Paul Brown, musician, former NPR reporter / anchor

Paul Brown is still crafting stories. 

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Local
1:31 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

CoastLine: New Hanover County Board of Education Candidate Forum (with audio)

upper left to right: Janice Cavenaugh (R), Tom Gale (D), Ed Higgins (R), Don Hayes (R); from lower left to right: Chris Meek (D), Emma Saunders (D), Bruce Shell (R)

On October 27, 2014, WHQR and WWAY Newschannel 3 partnered to produce a Candidate Forum featuring the race for the four open seats on the New Hanover County Board of Education.  

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Oct. 27 @7pm in the MC Erny Gallery
12:36 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Candidate Forum: New Hanover County Board of Education

This Monday, October 27, 2014, the seven candidates running for New Hanover County’s Board of Education will answer YOUR questions.

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Local
11:35 am
Mon October 20, 2014

CoastLine: NC 7th Congressional District Candidate Forum

Two Candidates for North Carolina's 7th Congressional District: (Left) Jonathan Barfield (D-New Hanover County); (Right) Wesley Casteen (L-New Hanover County)

This candidate forum featuring two of three candidates for North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District aired live October 13, 2014.  

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Local
4:03 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

CoastLine: Send in Your Best Jokes, One-Liners, and Puns!

Why U Wanna Censor Me?
Micas.jpg: Carlos Botelho

Do your friends laugh at your one-liners, puns, or jokes?  Do your jokes slay even the most humorless people in your office? 

Do the jokes below make you chuckle?

It’s hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they take things so literally.

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Descartes walks into a bar.

The bartender asks if he wants a drink.

“I think not,” he says. 

Then he disappears.

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