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
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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Local
10:09 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Close family and friends are best protection against elder abuse

COURTESY: NIH

New Hanover County has designated June as “Elder Abuse Awareness Month.”

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Local
5:47 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Community activist Ruth Funk passes away at 77

Dr. Ruth Funk, a community activist and classical music lover – among many other things – passed away Friday morning at home. 

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Local
9:52 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Hurricane Preparedness Week: Emergency Plan

Today is the first day of the 2012 Hurricane Season; but area residents have already seen two named storms. 

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Local
9:47 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Hurricane Preparedness Week: Forecast Process

Satellite imagery of Tropical Storm Alberto
courtesy: NASA

The early arrivals of Tropical Depression Beryl and Tropical Storm Alberto put their unique emphasis on Hurricane Preparedness Week. 

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Local
5:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Hurricane Preparedness Week: Storm surge and flooding

courtesy: NOAA

Tropical Depression Beryl makes her way through the Cape Fear Region during Hurricane Preparedness Week -- and on a day of particularly salient focus.

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Local
5:00 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Hurricane Preparedness Week: Wind hazards and tornadoes

courtesy: NOAA

Hurricane Preparedness Week focuses on a different aspect of storm hazards and hurricane readiness each day.

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Local
5:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Hurricane Preparedness Week: Getting your plan in place

Hurricane Preparedness Week continues through Saturday.  And organizations like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service are using each day of the week to focus on a specific aspect of disaster readiness.  As WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn discovers, today is about getting your plan in place.

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Local
5:00 am
Fri May 25, 2012

2012 Hurricane season forecast as "near normal"; U.S. could see 9 - 15 named storms

courtesy: NOAA

The 2012 Hurricane Season should be a “near normal” season – according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – or NOAA.

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Local
10:25 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Anti-annexation measures pass House; final vote likely next week

The state House has voted to make it much more difficult for cities to expand by annexing land if property owners object.  And, as WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, another House-approved bill would cancel contentious annexations by nine towns and cities.

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