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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12:29 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Voter Information

Wave Transit

The polls open on Election Day at 6:30 AM and close at 7:30 PM.  

To see a sample ballot or find out where to vote, click on this link:

https://www.ncsbe.gov/voterlookup.aspx

Need a ride to the polls?  Wave Transit is offering free rides all day on Election Day.

Local
6:15 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Wilmington minority voting bloc part of SD 8; experts weigh opportunity or disenfranchisement

As New Hanover County residents head to the polls this election season, a small percentage of them will be choosing a different state senator.  WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn takes a closer look at how the latest round of redistricting could affect one small Wilmington neighborhood that now has Brunswick, Bladen and Pender County residents as fellow constituents. 

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Local
7:57 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Site Selection magazine names NC as state with "top business climate"

The Vue, Charlotte, NC

North Carolina ranks as the nation’s “Top Business Climate,” according to a prominent real estate and economic development magazine.  It’s the tenth time in 12 years the state has taken the top honor in the annual ranking by Site Selection

The publication's ranking is based partly on a survey of corporate site selectors — who named Texas their No. 1 choice, followed by North Carolina. 

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Local
5:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Hurricane Sandy aftermath likely to spawn giving scams

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Natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy routinely spawn scams to collect money that never reaches disaster victims. 

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Local
4:57 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Halloween poll finds chocolate bars, zombies, and Friday the 13th to be favorites

Jeremy Keith

A new poll finds that 62% of voters have a favorable opinion of Halloween.  And, as WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, 26% say they’ll be dressing up this year.

More Democrats than Republicans say they’ll be donning costumes this year, but among those -- more Republicans than Democrats had decided on their costume at the time they were polled.   That’s according to the latest data from Public Policy Polling. 

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Local
12:48 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

WHQR / WWAY Baseball Forum: Full Audio

October 25, 2012 Baseball Forum, co-sponsored by WWAY and WHQR

Is a publicly-funded baseball stadium a good idea for Wilmington?  That was the question debated in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery Thursday, October 25th. 

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Local
5:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Wilmington City officials say baseball stadium deal is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

A crowd packed WHQR’s MC Erny Gallery last night to hear a debate on whether a publicly-funded baseball stadium is a good idea for Wilmington. 

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Local
4:47 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Danny Hefner, Democratic challenger of Senator Rabon, talks incentives, biofuel, jobs for veterans

Danny Hefner, Democratic candidate for State Senate District 8
dannyhefner.com

Democratic Candidate Danny Hefner is hoping to beat Incumbent State Senator Bill Rabon, a Republican, in the race for the seat in District 8. 

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Baseball in Wilmington
12:11 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Senior Economist at UNCW examines prospect of baseball stadium in Wilmington

On November 6th, voters in the City of Wilmington will decide whether to approve a 37 million dollar bond to pay for a baseball stadium.  Both supporters and opponents of the project are campaigning hard.  WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn asked Senior Economist Dr. Woody Hall of UNCW’s Swain Center for Business and Economic Services to take a closer look at the issue.

WHQR and WWAY are co-hosting a Town Hall-style meeting this Thursday at 7 PM on a taxpayer-funded stadium.  For more information on how to reserve a seat, follow this link.

Local
9:17 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Davis, Swearingen diverge on energy policy, toll roads

Candidates for State House District 19: Representative Ted Davis (R) and Emilie Swearingen (D)

During last night’s State House District 19 Candidate Forum at WHQR, Republican Candidate and Incumbent Ted Davis and Democratic Candidate Emilie Swearingen agreed on a handful of issues. 

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