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
5:06 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

Business Brief: Madoff scandal highlights need for investor education

Diana B. Henriques, investigator reporter and author of The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust
UNCW

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As a veteran New York Times Financial Reporter, Diana Henriques knew Bernie Madoff as a respected statesman of Wall Street – until December 11th, 2008.

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Local Talk
8:54 am
Sat March 9, 2013

CoastLine: Reporters' Roundtable March 14

Thursday at 3 pm

On this special edition of CoastLine, we featured a Reporters' Roundtable. Host Rachel Lewis Hilburn spoke with two veteran journalists, reporter Kevin Maurer of the StarNews and Scott Pickey, news director of WWAY/TV3. The topic: What are the top stories on the minds of WHQR listeners? Find out what they explored on today's edition of CoastLine.

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CoastLine is part of WHQR News' ongoing effort to promote civil discourse, foster appreciation for differing points of view, and deepen listeners’ understanding of community issues. Hosted by Rachel Lewis Hilburn, the show features in-studio guests and your questions!

Local
5:11 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

NC Homeowners' insurance rates to rise July 1st

Click for NC Homeowners Rate Revision Breakdown by Territory

Homeowners’ insurance rates are going up in North Carolina  effective July 1st.   Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin says the actual increase is less than half of what insurance companies requested. 

And while barrier islands in North Carolina will see the biggest hikes, the Cape Fear region is just slightly above the statewide average.   

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Local
6:07 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Business Brief: Educational institutions can help entrepreneurs increase chances for success

Business analysts have differing opinions on the percentage of small businesses that fail – but conventional wisdom puts the number at 80 percent. 

UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller and Cape Fear Community College President Ted Spring contend their institutions can help entrepreneurs increase their chance of success – thus spurring economic growth.   

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Local
5:32 am
Mon March 4, 2013

College leaders quantify support role for Titan Cement

UNCW, CFCC

When UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller and Cape Fear Community College President Ted Spring get together, they look for mutually beneficial ways to solve what they call their intractable problems.  They also explore avenues of economic growth for the region, which includes preparing students for a constantly evolving workplace. 

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Local
5:29 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Bill to block Medicaid expansion passes state House and Senate

North Carolina lawmakers have approved a measure that blocks the state from expanding Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul.  While supporters of the bill say it’s prudent to avoid an as-yet undefined obligation, opponents – which include hospitals in the state -- now worry that paying for care for the indigent gets more complicated.

States across the country are making decisions on three options under the Affordable Care Act – popularly known as Obamacare.

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Local
6:02 am
Mon February 25, 2013

In spite of distaste, Sen. Goolsby works to distinguish film tax credits from traditional incentives

As lawmakers in Raleigh consider how to approach the mammoth task of tax modernization, business incentives are poised to be at the center of heated debates.  

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Local
5:21 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Goolsby sponsors bill to legalize certified professional midwives in NC

Senator Thom Goolsby (Rep)
http://www.ncleg.net

Editor's Note:  Goolsby's legislative efforts are focused strictly on certified professional midwives which are distinct and separate from nurse midwives. 

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Local
1:22 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

We'd like to hear from you!

Do you see a Titan cement plant as part of a balanced approach to growth in this region? We’d like to hear from you on a special CoastLine talk show.

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Local
6:28 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Investigation uncovers illegal wildlife violations

Bear Trap
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

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An undercover wildlife operation has identified more than 80 poachers in North Carolina and Georgia.  The four-year investigation uncovered as many as 900 wildlife violations in the two states.

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