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
10:17 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Coastal Land Trust receives $1 million restitution award to preserve Waccamaw River corridor

Illegally released hog waste in Browders Branch and Wetland at Silver Spoon Road in Columbus County
Dept. of Justice

What started out as an environmental crime has turned into a one-million-dollar award that will allow the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust to preserve a large swath of land near the Waccamaw River.

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Local
9:30 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Arts Council Executive Director sees cultural landscape as key economic driver

Rhonda Bellamy, Executive Director of the Wilmington and New Hanover County Arts Council

When many people think of the arts, they think of creative geniuses, bohemian characters – perhaps even flightiness or fluff.

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Local
6:04 am
Mon July 23, 2012

New study says South Carolina voter ID law could prevent thousands from voting in November

South Carolina Legislature

South Carolina is suing the Department of Justice in a Washington, D.C. district court over its recent rejection of the state’s newly-passed voter ID law. 

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Local
7:30 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Childhood obesity triples in Brunswick County since 2007

While obesity rates are not increasing nationwide, they’re not decreasing either.  The picture is even bleaker on the local level.

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Local
11:36 am
Thu July 19, 2012

CFCC Boat-Building Instructor participates in last boat show before retiring

Lead Boat-Building Instructor Ed Verge in the CFCC boat building shop

This Saturday marks the 13th Annual Boat Show for Cape Fear Community College – and the final show for one of CFCC’s master craftsmen.

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Local
9:54 am
Wed July 18, 2012

U.S. Dept. of Energy to invest $13 million in nuclear energy

The United States Department of Energy is injecting nearly 13 million dollars into nuclear energy technology. 

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Local
9:49 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Governor Perdue signs more bills into law -- including Regulatory Reform Act

http://www.ncdps.gov

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has signed 11 more bills into law. 

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Local
7:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Mercury emissions down significantly in North Carolina

Photograph taken by Dori (dori@merr.info) Wikimedia Commons

The levels of toxic mercury floating around in North Carolina’s air have taken a stunning nosedive over the last ten years. 

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Local
7:04 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Wilmington man donates bone marrow to save a life

Earlier this year, a Wilmington, North Carolina man donated bone marrow to save the life of a person he’d never met.  His recipient was one of the lucky ones.

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Local
6:09 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Arts Council Names Rhonda Bellamy Executive Director

Rhonda Bellamy, Executive Director of Wilmington and New Hanover County Arts Council

The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County has a new Executive Director. 

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