Rachel Lewis Hilburn

News Director, All Things Considered Host, CoastLine Host & Producer

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 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 co-produced Stories, Wine, and Cheese - a series of local, live storytelling events which aired on WHQR.  

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New Hanover County

Republican Candidate Woody White is a local attorney who says he’s running for a seat on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners because of what he calls a crisis in leadership.

Rob Zapple is one of four Democratic candidates running for a seat on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. 

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Cape Fear Community College is hosting a free Dental Clinic this Friday and Saturday, April 27th and 28th, at the Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington.

New Hanover County

The Vice Chairman of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners describes himself as a local boy and a second-generation county commissioner -- after his father. 

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Jason Thompson is one of two incumbents running for a seat on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.  The Republican candidate completes his first four-year term this year.  And as he told WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn, he believes in term limits – which means he’s running for what would be his second and final term.   

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UNCW made it official Friday.  As WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, Chancellor Gary Miller took his oath of office at an installation ceremony last week – nearly one year after taking the position.

When candidates running for a seat on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners appeared at a Candidates’ Forum last week, there was one question which elicited answers voters are still talking about. 

If you plan to use the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge between now and the end of May, state transportation officials would advise building in some extra travel time.

The three Republican candidates vying for the chance to face Representative Mike McIntyre in the November election spoke to a packed room inside the New Hanover County Courthouse Tuesday night.

The three Republican candidates vying for the chance to face Representative Mike McIntyre in the November election spoke to a packed room inside the New Hanover County Courthouse last night.

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Leland town officials have re-instated pay for five police officers suspended from the force on Friday.  As WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, the reversal – which came early Monday morning – includes any back pay to which they might be entitled.

Republican candidates Ilario Pantano, David Rouzer, and Randy Crow are in the race for the party’s nomination to represent the 7th Congressional District.   The winner of the May 8th primary faces the incumbent, Democrat Mike McIntyre, in November.  And as WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, all three Republican candidates are set to participate in tonight’s debate at the New Hanover County Courthouse in downtown Wilmington.

The town of Leland has suspended five police officers without pay as of Friday based on information from an investigation that is still underway.

The 2012 North Carolina Azalea Festival is in full swing – and tomorrow, parade-goers will gather in downtown Wilmington to catch a glimpse of the Festival’s crown jewel. 

Republican and Democratic candidates running for New Hanover County Commissioner gathered at UNCW’s McNeil Hall last night for a candidates’ forum hosted by the League of Women Voters and WECT.  

Les Trois Amis, a new show at the Acme Art Studios in downtown Wilmington, will have the three artists on hand Saturday, March 31st from 10 AM to 4 PM to chat with the public, following a lively opening earlier this month. 

Boiling Spring Lakes hosts the third annual Fire In The Lakes Festival Saturday, March 24th from 11 AM to 3 PM.

Once sound came to Hollywood, movie producers faced a dilemma: how to bring popular Broadway musicals to the big screen, without sacrificing realism.  To have actors suddenly bursting into song on screen, at first, just seemed unbelievable. 

WHQR and Thalian Hall are presenting a live performance of Phil Furia’s feature program The Great American Songbook on Friday, March 2nd on Thalian Hall’s main stage. 

Current popular singers like Queen Latifah, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, and even country singer Willie Nelson, are tackling old songs written by the great composers and lyricists from the first half of the 20th century.    

Couplet:  Two Days of Verse kicks off Saturday, February 4th and runs through Sunday the 5th.  It's the first poetry festival of its kind in Wilmington, and organizers say they hope to see it become an annual tradition. 

A UNCW student production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" will run for two performances:  February 16th at 7 PM and February 19th at 2 PM.  Tickets can be purchased online at etix.com or at Sharkey's Box Office in the Fisher Student Center. 

Thalian Association's newest production, "To Kill a Mockingbird", opens Thursday, February 2nd at Thalian Hall and runs one weekend only.

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The 32nd Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival opens Thursday, February 2nd with a special presentation called "Styles of Jazz."  And this year, Patrons of the Festival will have the chance to join a jam session with world-class musicians. 

The Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival is about much more than wine and chocolate.  Set up to resemble a European Street Fair, the Festival will offer sweet and savory gourmet treats, live music, and fine art in the form of jewelry, pottery, textiles, photography, and paintings. 

The first annual Wilmington Theater Awards will honor its brightest stars tonight at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington.  Modeled after the Tony Awards (sans paparazzi and red carpet fashion analysis), this awards show boasts impressive musical numbers, pokes fun at members of the theater community, and stars local luminaries as presenters (hint:  Tony Award-winning Actress Linda Lavin and Mayor Bill Saffo, to name a few). 

A new art exhibition featuring the work of eight local artists spanning a range of mediums opens Friday, January 27th at the Hannah Block Historic USO / Community Arts Center.

Two members of the The Soweto Gospel Choir, winner of two Grammy Awards, stopped by WHQR studios on Tuesday. They spoke with Rachel Lewis Hilburn about singing with a mission, traveling the world, and what it's like to perform with/for internationally-renowned luminaries like U-2's Bono and Nelson Mandela.

Cape Fear River Watch holds its annual Striper Fest 2012 January 13th and 14th.   In Wednesday's midday interview, Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette talked with Rachel Lewis Hilburn about the importance of fisheries restoration and public education.

Rachel Lewis Hilburn sat down with Actor Gray Hawks and Director Justin Smith to discuss CityStage's imminent musical production,  "The Full Monty".      

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