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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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.

courtesy: NC Jazz Festival

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".      

"Nutcracker Under The Sea" tells the traditional story of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" while putting a coastal Carolina spin on the tale. 

Artistic Director Haley Hayes from the Brunswick Ballet Company dropped in to WHQR's studios on Monday, December 12th to explain the unique twist on this iconic Christmas Eve ballet -- which includes a Cape Fear salt marsh setting and a fight with the notorious pirate Blackbeard.

Brunswick Ballet Company will present two performances of Nutcracker Under The Sea:  Sat, Dec. 17 at 7:30pm and Sun, Dec. 18 at 3pm

Rachel Lewis Hilburn sat down with Concert Director Diane Kulp and Accompanist Jane Boberg of the Sea Notes Choral Society to learn about their upcoming Christmas Concerts.

Georgia Mastroieni tells us about outsider artist Clyde Jones’ Critter Cresche at the Cameron Art Museum.

Rachel Lewis Hilburn talks with Nick Basta, Director, and Michael Faulkner, Stage Manager, of Cape Fear Community College's newest theatrical production, "All In The Timing."