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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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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9:16 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Stark differences in Gale and Catlin's approach to environmental issues

Candidates for State House District 20: Rick Catlin (R), Tom Gale (D)

The environment took center stage during last night’s State House District 20 Candidate Forum in the WHQR Gallery. 

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Local
1:52 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

WHQR and WWAY Newschannel 3 co-host Baseball Forum October 25th

October 25th Forum on taxpayer-funded baseball stadium
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WWAY NewsChannel 3 and WHQR-FM 91.3 are excited to announce that we will be co-hosting Wilmington's only "OFFICIAL" baseball stadium debate featuring Mayor Bill Saffo and City Councilman Kevin O'Grady along with "Vote No Stadium Tax Referendum" spokesperson Scott Harry and Jim Rafferty, who is also with the group.

This will be the only debate featuring both the mayor and the anti-tax funded stadium group.

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Local
1:29 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Candidate Forum THURSDAY night featuring House Districts 19 & 20 at WHQR

Join us this Thursday, October 18th for the live broadcast of our Candidate Forum with a focus on House Districts 19 and 20, featuring Representative Ted Davis, Jr., Democratic Challenger Emilie Swearingen, and Tom Gale (D) and Rick Catlin (R). 

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Local
9:51 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge overnight and weekend closures

The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge will close overnight October 10 & 11. The Bridge closes again Friday, October 12 at 8 PM and remains closed through the weekend.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will close all lanes on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge in Wilmington this weekend from 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, until 5 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 15.

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Local
5:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Senator Kay Hagan sees economic growth in Bladen County, but farmers still worry about Farm Bill

Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown
Town of Elizabethtown

During a two-stop trip to Columbus and Bladen Counties yesterday, Senator Kay Hagan learned a few things about the efforts of her constituents to support small business, grow the local economy, and promote local food. 

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Local
5:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

NC Senate District 9 candidates on politics as usual

At the North Carolina Senate District 9 Candidates’ Forum at WHQR last night, Republican Senator Thom Goolsby and his Democratic opponent Deb Butler accused one another of hypocrisy, lying, mud-slinging, and complaining.  So when panelist Cacky Catlett asked how they would talk to families who aren’t interested in politics as usual, the answer, as WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, quickly turned into -- well, politics as usual.

It started with an acknowledgment from the candidates: 

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5:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

NC Senate District 9 candidates debate regulatory reform

Although subtle differences exist in some races this election season, that is not the case with Senate District 9.  In a Candidates’ Forum in the WHQR Gallery last night, WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports that Republican Senator Thom Goolsby and Democratic Candidate Deb Butler went to the mat over regulatory reform. 

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Local
5:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

New nonprofit seeks to connect marine biotech research; help innovators bring products to market

Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation
MBCOI

For years, universities and other research institutions have worked individually on research and development. 

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Local
5:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Attorneys General join forces to fight new bill that would lift consumer protections on payday loans

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A new House Bill would lift consumer protections and allow predatory lenders – such as payday loan companies – more freedom to operate in North Carolina.

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