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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Local
5:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

NC District 18 candidates near agreement on fracking

Republican Louis Harmati is challenging Democratic Representative Susi Hamilton for the seat in House District 18.  The two candidates came together last night in the WHQR Gallery. As WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, the predictably divisive issue of fracking turned out to be yet another area of near-agreement between candidates.

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Local
5:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

NHCo. candidates talk business and regulation

How to grow the region’s economy in an effective and sustainable manner is a question that comes up frequently in discussions with government leaders.  It was the second question put to candidates running for a seat on the New Hanover County Commission during last night’s Forum at WHQR.  And as WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, it was a push for clarity after a forum last week that yielded little in the way of specifics. 

Last night, WHQR Reporter Sara Wood asked candidates what they would do to lure big industry – and what they see as current examples of extraneous red tape. 

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Local
5:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

NHCo. candidates discuss energy exploration

It was the first in a series of WHQR Candidate Forums.  Last night, the focus was on the six people vying for seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.  Members of a live studio audience in the WHQR Gallery asked questions of the candidates – including – as WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports – whether North Carolina’s coastal waters should be open to alternative energy exploration. 

“What is your opinion of offshore drilling for us in this area?”

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Local
9:25 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Real estate market may have bottomed out; part of discussion at UNCW's Economic Outlook Conference

Why is the unemployment rate in North Carolina so stubborn? 

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Local
2:22 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Cape Fear Economic Development Council: Candidate Forum - New Hanover County Commissioners

Cape Fear Economic Development Council

On Tuesday, September 25, 2012, the Cape Fear Economic Development Council produced a candidates' forum, in the WHQR MC Erny Gallery, with a focus on economic issues facing New Hanover County.  All six candidates for the three open seats on the Board of Commissioners participated.  Julie Martin, producer, organizer, and mistress of ceremonies introduced the evening by contextualizing the current state of the economy. 

Local
5:00 am
Wed September 26, 2012

NHC Candidates talk economic development at candidates' forum

Six candidates hoping to win one of three open seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners gathered in the WHQR Gallery last night to talk about the county’s economy. 

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Local
1:43 am
Wed September 26, 2012

NHCo. Candidates Divided on Film Incentives at CFEDC Forum

The current set of film incentives is set to expire in 2014, and Republican state lawmakers have made no secret that the controversial package could be on the chopping block – as part of tax reform efforts.  At a New Hanover County Commissioner candidate forum last night -- sponsored by the Cape Fear Economic Development Council – the six candidates vying for three seats on the Commission offered distinctly differing views on whether film incentives serve the county.  WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports.

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Local
6:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Coastal Horizons receives $1.6 million federal grant

One point six million dollars in federal money will flow to Coastal Horizons Center in Wilmington over the next four years.

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Local
6:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

World's first laser-based uranium enrichment likely to be a "go" in Castle Hayne

GE-Hitachi’s subsidiary Global Laser Enrichment is poised to receive a license to build and operate the world’s first laser-based uranium enrichment plant. 

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Elections 2012
12:56 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

WHQR's Candidate Forums

WHQR will host and broadcast four candidate forums as part of the 2012 Election Season in the MC Erny Gallery, 254 N. Front Street, #300.

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