Rachel Lewis Hilburn

News Director

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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3:56 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Candidate Profile: David Rouzer (R), 7th Congressional District

David Rouzer (R), Candidate for North Carolina's 7th Congressional District
David Rouzer

David Rouzer, a native of Johnston County and former State Senator, is battling Woody White, also a former State Senator and current county commission chair, for the Republican nomination in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District. 

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Local
3:35 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

New Hanover County Seeks Public Participation for Comprehensive Plan Launch Thursday

Talk of regional branding, what to do about gang violence, how to re-write New Hanover County’s special use permit… it’s all part of the current public dialogue.
 

NHC Planning

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Local
11:14 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Election Law Changes: One Stop Voting

Smithsonian Institute

Voters heading to the polls to vote in the May primary are going to encounter some new procedures.  For example, the ability to register and vote on the same day has been eliminated. 

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Local
4:19 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Election Law Changes: Photo ID Not Required this Year, But Poll Workers Will Ask the Question

Smithsonian Institute

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When voters go to the polls in the upcoming May primary, they will encounter a new process. 

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Local
1:49 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Next Round of Winter Weather Moves into the Cape Fear Region; Hazardous Roads Expected Wednesday AM

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The winter weather sweeping through southeastern North Carolina over the next 24 hours is actually two distinct storm systems. 

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Local
5:02 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Castle Hayne Residents Ask For More Public Discussion on Sand Mine Project

A sand mine in Castle Hayne could soon be a step closer to becoming a reality.

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Local
2:57 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Brunswick County Sees Spike in Traffic Accidents; Emergency Response Resources Stretched Thin

Ice covers this Brunswick County road on January 30, 2014
Rachel Lewis Hilburn

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Treacherous roadways are proving to be the serious hazards that officials predicted. 

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Local
5:04 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Black Ice on Roads and Bridges to Pose Danger through Friday Morning

Hard-packed snow and ice covering Front Street in downtown Wilmington, January 29, 2014
Rachel Lewis Hilburn

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning that remains in effect until 9 this evening.

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Local
10:17 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Wintry Mix Tapering Off; Officials Warn of Extremely Hazardous Roadways, Potential Power Outages

Sleet Covers Cars on N. Front Street after 5 PM Tuesday, Jan. 28th in downtown Wilmington
Rachel Lewis Hilburn

As the Cape Fear region wakes up Wednesday morning, residents will see a light blanket of snow covering a serious sheet of ice.  There are very few power outages to report, but the area is not out of the woods yet.  

The wintry mix tapered off in the morning, but New Hanover County Spokesperson Charles Smith says there won’t be a chance for the ice and snow accumulation to melt until sometime on Thursday.

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4:11 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

National Weather Service Warns that Major Impacts of Storm Will Become Apparent Tuesday Night

Sleet Covers Cars on N. Front Street after 5 PM Tuesday, Jan. 28th in downtown Wilmington
Rachel Lewis Hilburn

The timeline for the current winter storm has shifted slightly.  As one meteorologist at the National Weather Service tells WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn, the warnings are still valid and experts say this is an extremely rare – and serious – storm.

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