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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Local
3:02 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Figure Eight Island awaits state decision on terminal groin requirements

northern end of Figure Eight Island from Rich Inlet
Dr. Robert Parr

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Update: The Coastal Policy Reform Act of 2013 has passed its second reading in the House.

This article was modified to reflect a correction.  The cap on the number of terminal groins allowed in the state, according to the most recent version of the Coastal Policy Reform Act of 2013, is four.

Today, state leaders in the House could consider a bill that would ease financial requirements for beach communities looking to install a terminal groin.

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Local
2:45 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

State Senate passes terminal groin bill 28 to 5

northern end of Figure Eight Island from Rich Inlet
Dr. Robert Parr

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The Coastal Policy Reform Act of 2013 has now passed both Chambers of the General Assembly and is headed to the Governor’s desk. 

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Local
5:56 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Coastal Policy Reform Act of 2013 passes 2nd House vote

This article was modified to correct the terminal groins cap retained in the most recent version of the bill.

The Coastal Policy Reform Act of 2013 has passed its second reading in the North Carolina House.

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local
5:51 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

"60 Minutes" producer laments the rise of punditry, fall of storytelling in news reporting

Jeff Newton, 60 Minutes producer
CBS News

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Covering war zones as a journalist can be exciting.  It’s certainly risky.  But it’s only by going to those war-torn areas and spending time with the people on the ground that a journalist can get the multi-dimensional story. 

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Local
4:11 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

DAQ to hold public hearing on Titan's request to modify 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.

An air quality permit is at the center of a challenge to Titan America’s plans to build and operate a cement plant in New Hanover County. 

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Local
7:38 am
Tue June 25, 2013

No Boundaries Art Colony welcomes new leadership, international artists

nbiac.org

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This year, artists from all over the world – including Rwanda and Indonesia – will travel to Bald Head Island in November for the 16th annual No Boundaries Art Colony

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local
7:23 am
Mon June 24, 2013

NHC Chair Woody White on state of the county

Woody White, Commission Chair
New Hanover County

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The future of New Hanover County is bright says Commission Chairman Woody White.  Unemployment is declining, collaboration with the City of Wilmington and the beach towns is expanding, and the County just landed a coveted triple-A bond rating.  

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Local
5:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

State incentives for alternative energy companies might do more for China than NC

Solar panel field
U.S. Department of Agriculture via Flickr Creative Commons

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As New Hanover County and City of Wilmington officials hand out financial incentives to companies they hope to keep in the Cape Fear region, the state is also considering the effectiveness of incentives. 

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Local
9:26 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Tropical Storm Andrea could dump heavy rain on Cape Fear region

Tropical Storm Andrea at 8 AM Friday, June 7
NOAA

A tropical storm warning and a flood watch are in effect for our area – as the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season prepares to make landfall near the Florida panhandle tonight.

The National Weather Service says the flood watch extends from Florida to Virginia.

And the storm is expected to move over Georgia and South Carolina tonight.  Heavy rain will also push into North Carolina tonight, and we could see Tropical Storm conditions by Friday.

Our coastal areas can expect up to 4 inches of rain through tomorrow.  We could also see some gusty winds. 

There’s an increased risk of rip currents and high tides.  And tornadoes are could be a threat tomorrow – depending on Andrea's path.

The weather service is urging people to review their preparedness plans and be ready to implement them.

We’ll be tracking the storm throughout, so stay tuned to WHQR for the latest information as it becomes available.

This afternoon we'll bring you updates beginning at 4 PM on All Things Considered.  Updates will continue through George Scheibner's Smooth Landings until 7 PM.  

Then tune in Friday morning at 5 AM.  We're going on the air one hour earlier during Morning Edition to keep you updated on the progress of Tropical Storm Andrea. 

To see a current track of Tropical Storm Andrea, visit this link: 

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at1.shtml?5-daynl?large#contents

To see WWAYTV3's latest forecast, follow this link:  http://www.wwaytv3.com/

Severe Weather
1:48 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Tropical Storm Andrea leaves behind minor flooding, a few downed trees

NOAA

Tropical Storm Andrea: the first named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane season left very little damage behind.

Minor flooding in predictable areas, a few downed trees blocking roads, and some early-morning tornadoes with no confirmed reports of damage – that’s all the Cape Fear region has to show for its brief visit with Tropical Storm Andrea.

Reid Hawkins is with the National Weather Service:

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