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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5:22 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Jones votes against raising the debt ceiling; McIntyre supports the deal

Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC)

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The House approved a bill Wednesday that temporarily raises the federal debt limit. 

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5:09 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

NHC Commissioners develop legislative agenda

Legislative leaders caucus, January 3, 2013, in downtown Wilmington

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Representatives Rick Catlin, Susi Hamilton, Ted Davis and State Senator Thom Goolsby have asked officials from New Hanover and Brunswick Counties, the City of Wilmington, and surrounding beach towns for input as the General Assembly prepares to reconvene at the end of January. 

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4:49 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Flamenco guitarist William "Paco" Strickland passes away at 60

Paco Strickland

Flamenco guitarist William “Paco” Strickland passed away Monday afternoon after battling multiple myeloma – a form of blood cancer – for years. 

In the early 90s, Strickland launched what became a nationally-syndicated flamenco guitar show called “Flamenco Café” on WHQR.  The station carried his show for more than 15 years. 

He also continued to play flamenco music in venues around the area.  Exactly four years ago today, he performed on the program Soup to Nuts Live in the WHQR Gallery.  And he talked with WHQR’s George Scheibner about his struggle with cancer.

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5:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Business Brief: NHC Commission Chair Woody White Part II: economic growth strategy

After proving to be an especially hot topic during election season,  economic development now tops the agendas for national, state, and local leaders. 

Spirited public debates on the issue recently centered on whether a baseball stadium would revitalize downtown Wilmington or if Titan Cement should operate a facility in Castle Hayne.

In a recent interview, Woody White, newly-appointed as Chairman of New Hanover County’s Commission, offered his strategy for growing the local economy. 

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12:04 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Rep. Walter Jones says he's appalled at NEH grant for local community college

Representative Walter Jones, 3rd Congressional District

Congressman Walter Jones is announcing his recent “NO” vote against a National Endowment for the Humanities’ grant for Craven Community College.

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11:04 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

School resource officers to protect every NHC elementary school through this school year

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The December massacre at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shook the nation – and caused school boards across the country to re-think elementary school security. 

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10:57 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Port enhancement zones could expand tax incentives for business in NHC

New Hanover County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution last night to request port enhancement zones in the county.  If approved by the Secretary of Commerce, the three zones would provide higher tax incentives to businesses willing to expand or relocate in those areas. 

One potential zone is near the Port of Wilmington, one is in Castle Hayne, and the third is near U.S. Highway 421 – east of Castle Hayne.

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7:49 am
Mon January 7, 2013

State tax reform has bi-partisan support; legislators could explore consumption-based plan

Representative Rick Catlin, Senator Thom Goolsby, Representative Susi Hamilton discuss keeping open dialogue with local leaders; January 3, 2013, Wilmington City Hall

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Tax modernization:  it’s close to the top of the agenda for legislators when the General Assembly reconvenes in Raleigh at the end of January. 

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4:48 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

McIntyre votes for fellow Blue Dog for Speaker of the House

Congressman Mike McIntyre (D-NC)

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While Ohio Congressman John Boehner retains his title as Speaker of the House, it’s no surprise that most Democrats voted for Nancy Pelosi – with the notable exception of members of the Blue Dog Coalition.

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3:46 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Local officials join state leaders to represent New Hanover County interests in Raleigh

L to R: Rep. Rick Catlin (R), Sen. Thom Goolsby (R), Rep. Susi Hamilton (D)

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On Thursday, local leaders from beach towns, the City of Wilmington, UNCW and Cape Fear Community College joined New Hanover County Commissioners and newly-elected state leaders for the first meeting of the local officials’ caucus. 

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