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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10:02 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Nuclear watchdog group requests ASLB open final GE-Hitachi review to public

The Forrestal Building, United States Department of Energy headquarters

GE-Hitachi’s subsidiary, Global Laser Enrichment, is facing the last regulatory hurdle before a 40-year license is granted to enrich uranium in Castle Hayne – just outside of Wilmington.   Judges with the Atomic Safety Licensing Board have closed the final hearing to the public in its entirety.  But as WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, one nuclear watchdog group is urging officials to reconsider that closed-door decision.

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6:33 am
Fri July 6, 2012

GE-Hitachi uranium enrichment final license review to be private meeting

General Electric

One of the final regulatory hurdles before GE-Hitachi receives a 40-year license to enrich uranium in Castle Hayne will happen behind closed doors. 

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Local
7:24 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Fireworks safety risks concern public officials this year

Last year in North Carolina, fire departments responded to more than 111 fireworks-related calls with property damage estimates of a quarter-million dollars.   As WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, many people falsely believe that because sparklers and similar fireworks are legal and readily available, they are safe.

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Local
11:34 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Independence Day Fireworks begin at 9:05 PM in downtown Wilmington

City of Wilmington officials say people planning to attend the fireworks show should be prepared for delays coming and going.

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Local
10:07 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

NRC delivers annual performance review of Brunswick Nuclear Plant

Progress Energy's Nuclear Power Plant in Southport

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission delivered its annual performance assessment of Progress Energy’s Southport nuclear power plant last night.

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Local
4:56 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

NC State Auditor investigates North Carolina Education Lottery

A report from the state auditor's office says the North Carolina Education Lottery violated state law by failing to collect damages from its primary vendor.

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Local
6:15 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Attorney General files suit against Robeson County manufactured home dealer

A Robeson County manufactured home dealer cannot take new orders or accept payments until all previous orders have been filled – or consumers get their money back.

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Local
7:18 am
Fri June 15, 2012

EPA points to Castle Hayne as Environmental Justice area

EPA

As GE-Hitachi considers whether to build a laser-based uranium enrichment plant on its campus in Castle Hayne, members of the surrounding community are generally in the dark when it comes to what – exactly -- the industrial giant might be creating in their backyards.

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Local
5:00 am
Mon June 11, 2012

NHC residents and businesses could see insurance premium drop

Residents and businesses in the unincorporated portions of New Hanover County could soon see a sizable drop in their homeowner’s insurance premiums. 

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Local
7:14 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Uranium enrichment possibility at GE-Hitachi in Castle Hayne worries some nuclear scientists

General Electric

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will decide by August whether to grant a 40-year license allowing GE-Hitachi to enrich uranium at a new facility in Castle Hayne.

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