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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Local
5:30 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Transition in UNC System Reflects National Trend, says UNCW Int. Chancellor

We’ve reported recently on what has seemed to be unprecedented turnover at UNCW. 

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Local
3:17 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

CoastLine: Unpacking Three Comprehensive Plans - City, County, Tri-County Region

Three Comprehensive Plans are simultaneously taking shape in the Cape Fear region.

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Local
4:05 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Higher Education in Wilmington Sees Rash of Exits in Less than One Year

Top (l-r): Larry Clark (UNCW Cameron School of Business), Rebecca Porterfield (UNCW Cameron School), Charles Maimone (UNCW CFO), Gary Miller (UNCW Chanc.); bottom (l-r): Norman Bemelmans (UNCW), Tom Ross (UNC), Denise Battles (UNCW), Ted Spring (CFCC)

In less than 12 months, a spate of high-profile leaders have left the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. 

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Local
2:47 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

CoastLine: Vertex Rail on Incentives, Why Hometown Hires Will Make Up 10% of Workforce

By this spring, Vertex Rail will begin manufacturing railroad tank cars.

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Local
4:32 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

CFCC Bond Vote Set For Tuesday; Zapple Supportive, Watkins Conflicted

(left) Skip Watkins (R); (right) Rob Zapple (D); New Hanover County Commissioners sworn in December 22, 2014

New Hanover County Commissioners are likely to decide next week whether to green-light the issuance of a $40 million bond to pay for construction and repair projects at Cape Fear Community College. 

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Local
4:18 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

CoastLine: Commissioners Watkins & Zapple on CFCC Bond, Special Use Permits, and Community Policing

Seating the two newest commissioners in New Hanover County has been anything but smooth. 

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Local
2:38 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Freezing Rain Advisory for Inland Areas Could Mean Hazardous Roadways Wednesday AM

Black ice on roadways can be nearly invisible.
Jonathan Billinger

Winter weather is once again making its way into the Cape Fear region. 

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Local
4:55 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

NC Reps. Hamilton and Davis Circumspect on Economic & Film Incentive Traction in Raleigh

North Carolina House of Representatives
www.ncleg.net

As North Carolina legislators gear up for a new session, Governor Pat McCrory says economic incentives are his Number One priority.   

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Local
4:31 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

CoastLine: Legislative Look-Ahead with Reps. Ted Davis and Susi Hamilton

North Carolina lawmakers head back to Raleigh January 14th to elect House and Senate leaders. 

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Local
10:32 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

NHC Commissioners Consider Approving $40-plus million for CFCC's Planned Tech Building

CFCC's Plan for new Advanced and Emerging Technologies Building
Cape Fear Community College

Does this region need a new facility on the Cape Fear Community College campus – built courtesy of New Hanover County taxpayers? 

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