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.  

Pages

Local
3:29 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

SELC Considering Next Move with Duke in Light of State Lawsuit; Sutton Lake Still a Concern

Site of the Duke / Progress Energy Sutton Plant outside of Wilmington
Google Maps

Now that the State of North Carolina is suing Duke / Progress Energy for illegal pollution at all of its coal plants in the state, citizens’ groups are taking stock. 

Read more
Local
4:20 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Entrepreneurs key to Cape Fear Region's Growth, Says Economic Development Coach

Jim Roberts, Executive Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
UNCW

Listen to the story here.

Imagine sitting in a room with the area’s five largest employers on a stage. 

Read more
Local
4:05 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Terminal Groin Opponents Say Figure Eight Process Should be Re-Started, Re-Opened to Public Input

An aerial view of Rich Inlet at Figure Eight Island
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Listen here.

The decision to issue a permit for a terminal groin at the northern end of Figure Eight Island will be closely watched by environmentalists and three other nearby island communities – who are each hoping for their own erosion-control device.

Read more
Local
2:42 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

NOAA updated hurricane outlook less "extreme", but still above-normal storm activity expected

Tropical Storm Dorian on July 24, 2013, from NOAA's GOES East satellite
NOAA

Listen to the story here.

While this hurricane season is shaping up to be above normal, and possibly even very active, the Atlantic Coast is unlikely to see the extreme activity predicted earlier this year by forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

Read more
Local
10:28 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Duke Energy has no plans to adjust compliance boundaries of coal ash ponds at Sutton

Site of the Duke / Progress Energy Sutton Plant outside of Wilmington
Google Maps

Listen to the story here.

Duke Energy says it has no plans to try to expand the compliance boundary on its coal ash ponds at the Sutton Plant near Wilmington. 

Read more
Local
3:14 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Pro- and anti-Titan activists mobilizing supporters for public hearing on air quality permit

A portion of the proposed site on the Northeast Cape Fear River where Titan America is looking to build a cement plant. The existing structures are remnants of the defunct Ideal Cement Plant.

Listen to the story here.

Supporters of a Titan Cement plant and Stop Titan activists are mobilizing their troops to speak out at a public hearing Monday night. 

Read more
Local
4:34 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Duke Energy awards local Arts Council $25,000 for artist grants

Duke Energy gives $25,000 to local Arts Council; from left: Dr. Eric McKeithan, Exec. Dir. Rhonda Bellamy, Duke Energy Spokesman John Elliott
Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County

Listen to the story here.

Today, Duke Energy announced its gift of $25,000 for the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County.  

Read more
Local
5:00 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Regulatory Reform Act could push coal ash compliance boundaries to property line

Duke's Sutton Plant near Wilmington
Google Maps

The Regulatory Reform Act – passed late last week by the North Carolina General Assembly – would alter requirements for coal ash ponds like the ones at Duke Energy’s Sutton Plant – just outside of Wilmington.  If the Governor signs the bill, environmental advocates worry that Duke Energy will have more latitude on groundwater contamination.   

Read more
Local
1:58 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Attorney General fires off letter to McCory urging veto on voter ID bill

Attorney General Roy Cooper
NC Department of Justice

Listen to the story here.

North Carolina’s Attorney General Roy Cooper is publicly urging Governor Pat McCrory to veto the Voter ID bill.

Read more
Local
5:47 am
Wed July 24, 2013

UPDATE: Rep. Susi Hamilton declines job as Town Manager of Carolina Beach

Rep. Susi Hamilton, Democrat, New Hanover & Brunswick Counties

Listen to the story here.
Listen to the updated story here.

North Carolina Representative Susi Hamilton, a Democrat from New Hanover County, is now stepping away from her recently-accepted position as Carolina Beach’s Town Manager. 

A newly-uncovered state statute means Hamilton cannot hold both her seat in the General Assembly and the full-time job as Carolina Beach Town Manager.  Hamilton says she acted on good faith accepting the position – fully expecting to serve both the municipality and District 18.  But what Hamilton calls an “obscure” state law requires her to resign from her seat in the state House if she serves as town manager in a municipality with more than 3-thousand people.

Hamilton says this new information changes her decision.   And because of the November election,  there’s a great deal more that she says she expects to do on behalf of her constituency – which is made up of parts of New Hanover and Brunswick Counties.  Battles involving women, minorities, children, the elderly, the disadvantaged, and teachers are fights that Hamilton says she will continue to fight. 

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

North Carolina Representative Susi Hamilton, a Democrat from New Hanover County, has accepted a new, full-time position. 

Read more

Pages