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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5:14 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Job creation to become an important focus of NCDOT

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The new leader of the State Department of Transportation, Anthony (Tony) Tata, says a project’s potential for job creation will now play a larger role in setting priorities. 

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Local
4:20 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

New DOT Secretary plans to open DMV offices on Saturday

Tony Tata, Secretary, NC DOT

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North Carolina is open for business. 

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Local
5:10 am
Thu February 14, 2013

New Hanover County in compliance with air quality standards for sulfur dioxide

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All air quality monitors in North Carolina now comply with the new, more stringent federal standard for sulfur dioxide, or SO2.

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Local
4:26 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Business Brief: State Rep. Susi Hamilton prepares to make case for film incentives

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North Carolina’s tax code is nearly a century old and state lawmakers are looking hard at options to bring the system up-to-date without triggering unintended and potentially negative consequences. 

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Local
4:11 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Hamilton confident Eugenics compensation will pass with strong bi-partisan support

Representative Susi H. Hamilton

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A bill to compensate victims of North Carolina’s Eugenics Program – or forced sterilization -- passed the state House last year but failed to come up for a vote in the Senate.  The effort made national news because North Carolina was the first state to consider restitution.  In this new legislative session in Raleigh, Representative Susi Hamilton says she’s committed to helping House Speaker Thom Tillis address the damage.

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Local
4:21 am
Thu February 7, 2013

UNCW launches new initiative to improve athletics programs

University of North Carolina, Wilmington

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UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller is launching a new initiative to strengthen the University’s athletic program. An Intercollegiate Review Committee (IARC) is now charged with taking a hard look at the strengths and weaknesses of UNCW sports.

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Local
3:56 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Overnight work scheduled for public utilities project

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A water valve replacement project will resume Tuesday night in Wilmington along a portion of 16th Street between Castle and Ann Streets. 

The work will take place overnight – from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.  But the project could cause some modest traffic delays according to CFPUA authorities. 

Officials are asking drivers in those areas to give the crews a break and slow down.
 

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Local
5:09 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Business Brief: Wind farms off NC could be boon for Cape Fear economy

Wind farms just a few miles off the coast of North Carolina could be a reality within the decade.  After tax incentives for these projects were renewed in the recent “fiscal cliff” deal, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management came to Wilmington to hear what area residents and stakeholders think.  That’s because two of three projects planned for North Carolina coastal waters are in the Cape Fear region.

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Developing
4:07 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Shooting suspect in custody; school lockdowns lifted

On Tuesday, a suspect fired shots near Barclay Hills Drive in Wilmington after police officers attempted to serve the person with a warrant.

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Local
4:47 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Cape Fear Economic Development Council: January 2013 meeting audio

These audio files are the raw, unedited tape from the January 22, 2013 meeting of the Cape Fear Economic Development Council in the WHQR Gallery.

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