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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1:02 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Ira Flatow: Dirty little secrets and his vocal doppelganger

Science Friday Host Ira Flatow

RLH:  I’m embarrassed to ask this, but I have to… Has anyone ever…

IF:  Now you feel like me when I’m on the radio.

RLH:  Okay.  [laughter]  If this is what you feel like, I’m sorry…

IF:  I’m embarrassed to ask a lot of these questions, too!

RLH:  Has anyone ever said to you that Alan Alda is the vocal doppelganger for you?

IF:  Yes.  Yes.

RLH:  Good.

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Local
11:17 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Ira Flatow: "We live in a science-challenged world."

Science Friday Host Ira Flatow

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In this interview excerpt, Science Friday Host Ira Flatow makes the case for why we live in a science-challenged world.

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Local
7:50 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Climate change milestone coincides with shifting paradigm, says Ira Flatow

Ira Flatow, host of NPR's Science Friday

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Global warming is not always accepted as a foregone scientific conclusion.  It still sparks political debate in some circles. 

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Local
4:41 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

CEO of CFPUA accepts job in Florida

Matthew Jordan, CEO, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority
CFPUA

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The Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority could soon be leaving his post.  Matthew Jordan has accepted a position in Tampa Bay, Florida. 

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Local
5:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Coastal Reform Act lifts cap on terminal groins in NC

Wilmington Harbor
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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A new bill that would lift the cap on the number of terminal groins allowed in the state passed the Senate Wednesday. 

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Local
5:08 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

NHC to open Hazardous Household Waste Facility

New Hanover County

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90 percent of New Hanover County residents don’t recycle or properly dispose of household waste. 

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Local
7:32 am
Mon May 13, 2013

UK Considers GE's PRISM Nuclear Reactor Design

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Nuclear energy is nothing if not controversial.  Environmentalists call out the potential for accidents and the question of what to do with the toxic waste.  But proponents of nuclear energy say a new generation of reactors – integral fast reactors – or IFRs – could solve these problems. 

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Local
5:43 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Verizon hosts e-cycle rally on Thursday to boost NHC recycling

commons.wikimedia.org

Even though tossing electronic waste into landfills is illegal in North Carolina, only about ten percent of residents in New Hanover County make the effort to recycle.  County officials say the level of apathy among residents is a head-scratcher. 

But Verizon is expecting broad community participation at the e-waste drive, which takes place on Thursday, May 9th at the Verizon Call Center in Wilmington.

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Local
5:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Business Brief: NHC GOP re-elects Amoroso; Governor appoints her to State Board of Elections

Rhonda Amoroso, Board Member, NC State Board of Elections

It wasn’t until the addition of Sarah Palin to the Republican Presidential ticket in 2008 that Rhonda Amoroso’s desire to create political change in the Cape Fear region re-ignited. 

Several years later, the New Hanover County Republican Party re-elected Rhonda Amoroso to a second two-year term as Party Chair.  Then, almost immediately, Governor Pat McCrory appointed her to the State Board of Elections. 

According to state statute, Amoroso will have to step down from her County position, and the local GOP will select a new Chair. 

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Local
4:18 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Downtown Wilmington to see new hotel from national chain

225 Grace Street
Credit Wilmington Downtown Inc.

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Downtown Wilmington is about to see another new hotel go up. 

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