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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Severe Weather
3:53 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Andrea "surprising opening to hurricane season," opportunity to practice preparedness

Tropical Storm Andrea is expected to make her way through the Coastal Carolinas Friday morning. And while emergency officials aren’t sounding any alarms, they are telling people to monitor the situation.

Anthony Marzano, Director of Emergency Management for Brunswick County:

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Local
2:20 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

Do incentives spur economic growth?

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Business incentives can come in several forms – tax breaks, direct grants, the building of infrastructure – such as roadways or utilities.  

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Local
4:04 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Hackers breach Thalian Hall's online ticket vendor; 6800 patrons could be affected

Jarrod Drake Wikimedia Commons

Approximately 68-hundred patrons of  Thalian Hall could have their credit card information in the hands of hackers.

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Local
2:51 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Ira Flatow: The cost of ignorance / Congress doesn't know science

Ira Flatow, Host of Science Friday
Kevin McCoy

  

  RLH:  So you mentioned that 400 parts per million milestone that we’ve reached.  What can we do?  Or is it just going to be over at some point?  I’ve heard about some scientists predicting the 6.4 degree Celsius temperature increase – and that’s going to make the earth uninhabitable.  Really?

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Local
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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