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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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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Local
7:22 am
Fri September 14, 2012

City reaches agreement on baseball stadium

A deal on a baseball stadium is set to go before Wilmington’s  City Council at its next meeting on Tuesday night. 

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Local
7:16 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Offshore wind energy tax credits expire at year-end; NC one of leading candidates for wind farms

Offshore wind farm
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement

A coalition of environmental groups, small businesses, and elected officials in the state say offshore wind energy is a portal to good jobs, renewable, clean energy.  And it's dramatically under-planned and underfunded in North Carolina. 

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Local
7:53 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Debate over whether local uranium enrichment plant could lead to nuclear proliferation intensifies

Typical uranium enrichment facility
Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Global Laser Enrichment, a subsidiary of GE-Hitachi, will wait a few more weeks for a decision on a 40-year license to build and operate the first laser-based uranium enrichment plant in the world. 

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Local
5:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Governor Perdue declares Sept. 11th Day of Service and Remembrance; asks public to serve community

State of NC

Governor Bev Perdue has ordered that all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today.   The order is in recognition of Patriot Day, which President Obama is expected to declare as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.   WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports on how the Governor is asking the public’s help in honoring military families and veterans.

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Local
6:06 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

GE-Hitachi in Castle Hayne certified as National Wildlife Habitat

Canadian Geese at the entrance to GE-Hitachi Nuclear in Castle Hayne
Christopher White, GE-Hitachi

Alligators, red-cockaded woodpeckers, and coyotes don’t have much in common – except that they all happen to share living quarters on GE-Hitachi’s Castle Hayne campus.  As WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, the site, just outside of Wilmington, was recently certified as a National Wildlife Habitat.

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Local
3:06 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Memorial will honor multiple heroes: September 11th firefighters and fallen Wilmington firefighters

artist's rendering of Empie Park Fire Station Memorial to honor fallen Wilmington firefighters and September 11th heroes
City of Wilmington

343 firefighters lost their lives on September 11, 2001.   Seven firefighters from Wilmington, North Carolina have died in the line of duty.   WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports that construction begins soon on one new memorial designed to honor to multiple acts of heroism – on 9-11 --- and right here in the Port City. 

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Local
4:02 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

North Carolina Board of Ed approves 25 new charter schools

students at Wilmington Preparatory Academy, a charter school in Wilmington, NC
Wilmington Preparatory Academy

Earlier today, North Carolina’s Board of Education cleared the way to open 25 new charter schools by August of next year.  WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports while about 30-thousand children are on wait lists, the number of newly-approved charter schools is the biggest increase since the cap was lifted in 2010.

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Local
4:57 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Actor Kal Penn campaigns for Obama but says he's still independent

The Democratic National Convention heads toward its climax this evening – when President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden accept the nomination.

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Local
5:00 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Attorney General offers safety tips to parents for schoolkids

NC Department of Justice

As kids go back to school, North Carolina’s State Attorney General says parents should consider potential safety risks facing their children – and the fact that some of those risks come with evolving technology. WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn has counsel from Roy Cooper on simple steps parents can take to safeguard their kids.

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