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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3:01 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

State Senator David Rouzer takes the stage at Republican National Convention

State Senator David Rouzer

At the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, North Carolina Senator David Rouzer took the stage to talk about what he calls the stark contrast in candidate choices in both the Presidential race -- and the contest for the 7th Congressional District of North Carolina. 

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Local
5:10 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Isaac won't visit NC in the next few days, but tropical weather is here

Hurricane Isaac as a Category 1 storm heading towards the Gulf Coast on August 28, 2012
NASA

As Hurricane Isaac churns towards New Orleans, residents along the Gulf Coast are hunkering down and preparing for what will likely be a mid-range Category 1 storm.  

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Local
7:12 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Pender County Board of Elections raises concerns about identity theft

Pauljoffe at en.wikipedia [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A press release from Pender County’s Board of Elections warns that a voter registration form in the wrong hands could lead to identify theft.

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Local
1:12 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

UNCW doubles economic impact on local economy since early 90s

Just south of one-point-one billion dollars:  that’s the total economic impact the University of North Carolina – Wilmington has on the surrounding community – according to a newly-released study. 

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Local
9:00 am
Fri August 24, 2012

UNCW contributes nearly $1.1 billion to local economy

University of North Carolina Wilmington is announcing results of a new study on the economic impact of the University on the surrounding area. 

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Local
5:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Castle Branch CEO considers expansion in Wilmington -- or California

Castle Branch, a Wilmington-based employment screening company, is getting ready for another growth spurt.

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Local
5:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Email urges voters to call NHC Board of Elections for Early Voting site on UNCW Campus

An email making the rounds is urging voters to call the New Hanover County Board of Elections and ask for an Early Voting Site on the UNCW campus. 

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Local
5:36 am
Fri August 17, 2012

As EPA considers looser regulations on cement kilns, some locals worry about implications for Titan

www.titanamerica.com

Just as environmental groups expected to see stricter requirements for emissions from cement plants, the Environmental Protection Agency is now considering a proposal to relax the rules. 

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Local
3:03 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Congressman Mike McIntyre speaks at iiImpact conference on effects of illegal immigration

Congressman Mike McIntyre speaks at weekend conference on illegal immigration at Cape Fear Community College Schwartz Center Aug. 11, 2012

At a weekend conference to discuss the impact of illegal immigration, politicians, candidates, and activists came to talk, share ideas, and show support for immigration reform.

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Local
2:55 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Illegal Immigration conference downtown draws a crowd; Pantano talks lobbying for lax enforcement

Attendees of the iiImpact Conference on illegal immigration at Cape Fear Community College Schwartz Center; August 11, 2012

A conference to discuss illegal immigration brought dozens of people to the Cape Fear Community College Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington on Saturday.

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