Rachel Lewis Hilburn

News Director, Host of CoastLine

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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4:32 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Candidate Forum: NC's 7th Congressional District; 2 of 3 Candidates to Participate

Two of three candidates for North Carolina's 7th Congressional District: Jonathan Barfield (left; D-New Hanover), Wesley Casteen (right; L-New Hanover)

Tune in to HQR News 91.3 FM Monday, October 13th at 7 PM (or stream the video live on WWAYTV3.com) to hear from Democrat Jonathan Barfield and Libertarian Wesley Casteen on why they think they should represent North Carolina's 7th District on Capitol Hill.

Republican David Rouzer has chosen not to participate citing two other events in October.  

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Local
4:37 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

CoastLine: New Hanover County Commission Candidate Forum

Candidates for New Hanover County Board of Commissioners clockwise from top left: Derrick Hickey (R), Rob Zapple (D), Skip Watkins (R), Patricia Spear (D)

FORUM AUDIO POSTED:  The four candidates vying for two open seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners came together Monday, October 6th in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery to distinguish themselves from their opponents. 

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Local
3:38 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

NHC Commission Candidates on the Special Use Permit

Candidates for New Hanover County's Board of Commissionersleft to right: Derrick Hickey (R), Patricia Spear (D), Skip Watkins (R), Rob Zapple (D)

Four candidates competing for two seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners met Monday night in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery to distinguish themselves from their opponents. 

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Monday, October 6 at 7PM
4:46 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Candidate Forum: New Hanover County Commissioners

The four candidates vying for two open seats on New Hanover County's Board of Commissioners will answer questions from reporters, listeners, and members of a live studio audience.

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Local
3:36 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

CoastLine: NC House District 20 Candidate Forum

Republican Representative Rick Catlin (left); Democratic Challenger Betsy Jordan (right)

At a Candidate Forum in WHQR’s M.C. Erny Gallery Monday night, a partnership of HQR News and WWAY Newschannel 3, Republican Incumbent Rick Catlin and Democratic Challenger Betsy Jordan told voters that they both value public education, the environment, and the film industry. 

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Local
3:57 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

North Carolina House District 20 Candidate Forum: Monday, September 29th

Republican Incumbent Rick Catlin (left) and Democratic Challenger Betsy Jordan (right) will appear Monday, September 29th at 7 PM in the WHQR MC Erny Gallery for a Candidate Forum.

Monday, September 29th, at 7:00 PM, Republican Representative Rick Catlin and Democratic Challenger Betsy Jordan will participate in a Candidate Forum at in WHQR's M.C. Erny Gallery at 254 North Front Street, 3rd Floor.

The candidates for North Carolina House District 20 will answer questions from WWAY's Chris Brown, WHQR's Rachel Lewis Hilburn, questions submitted via email to Coastline@whqr.org, and questions from a live studio audience.

You can participate in one of three ways:

Be part of our live studio audience in the WHQR M.C. Erny Gallery.

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Local
6:19 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Interview: NHC Commission Chair Woody White on School Bond -- Part Two

One new public elementary school is going up near Porters Neck in northern New Hanover County. 

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Local
6:24 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

CoastLine: New Hanover County School Bond and the Potential Tax Impact

How will a $160 million general obligation bond issue impact the New Hanover County Public School System, and what impact would its passage have on property owners?    

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Local
4:16 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Interview: County Commission Chair Woody White on his Opposition to the NHC School Bond

New Hanover County voters will decide in November whether to approve a $160 million school bond. 

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Local
9:48 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

DNA Evidence Exonerates Men after 30 Years; Justice Scalia's Death Penalty Example is Innocent

(L) Henry McCollum, (R) Leon Brown, half-brothers exonerated by new DNA evidence produced by the NC Innocence Inquiry Commission

Two innocent men, wrongly convicted thirty years ago, walked out of prison as free men earlier this week.

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