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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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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Local
7:57 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Small business owners worry bridge repair will sound death knell for farm

Rupert the miniature pony
Greenlands Farm Store

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Customers looking for organically-grown fruits and vegetables, freshly-baked breads, cakes and cookies, even a petting zoo with an educational twist – often find their way to Greenlands Farm Store on Midway Road in Bolivia. 

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Local
7:23 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Woody White, Part I: The Berger Problem

Woody White, Chairman, New Hanover County Commission
New Hanover County

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When New Hanover County Board Chairman Woody White took office December 3rd, he had a slew of issues he planned to address as a new community leader. 

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Local
4:02 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Berger's DWI arrest renews hopes for his resignation

New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger
NHCo. Sheriff's Office

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Embattled New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger is facing yet another legal issue after his arrest early this morning on a DWI charge.   

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Local
6:00 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Titan Cement plant would bring jobs, environmentally-friendly business, says Carolinas Cement GM

The old Ideal Cement plant on the Titan Cement site

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Titan America could break ground on a cement plant in Castle Hayne as early as 2015. 

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Local
8:05 am
Tue December 4, 2012

New Chair and Vice Chair promise fresh chapter on NHC Commission

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Jason Thompson and Rick Catlin appeared for the last time as New Hanover County Commissioners at last night’s meeting in downtown Wilmington.

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Local
7:59 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Jason Thompson delivers heartfelt farewell to NHC Commission, family

Jason Thompson
courtesy: New Hanover County

Commissioner Brian Berger rushed in late – about 7 minutes after the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners meeting had started. 

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Local
7:51 am
Tue December 4, 2012

White and Dawson take the reins on the NHC Commission

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Three New Hanover County Commissioners took the oath of office last night in downtown Wilmington. 

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Local
6:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender Counties in top 20 percent of most economically robust in the state

NC Department of Commerce

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New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender Counties are among the most prosperous counties in North Carolina. 

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Local
7:00 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Publisher of Greater Wilmington Business Journal examines local commercial real estate trends

aerial view of Mayfaire

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It could be the second half of 2013 before the commercial real estate market shows signs of recovery – according to national experts.   And any comeback would have to follow an upswing in the residential sector.

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