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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10:34 am
Mon January 6, 2014

With a Severe Cold Snap on the Way, CFPUA Offers Tips to Prevent Water Pipes from Freezing

above-ground water pipe
Tom W. Sulcer

With temperatures predicted to be well below freezing for several days in the region, water pipes in area homes have a greater chance of freezing and possibly bursting.  

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is offering a few reminders that could prevent the record-breaking cold from becoming an expensive ordeal.

From CFPUA

Preventive measures:

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Local
11:00 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Professional Fundraisers Take Larger Bite from Charitable Donations than Years Past

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Charitable giving in North Carolina is down compared to last year. 

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Local
7:49 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Sales Tax Expansion to Impact Cost of Food On Campus

UNCW Cafeteria
UNCW

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College students will fork over a little more money for food on campus in 2014.  Starting January 1st, one school exemption for institutions of higher education goes away.

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Local
7:40 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Holiday trash can be recyclable

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Even though City of Wilmington offices are closed until December 27th, trash service will run on a regular schedule.   Here are a few useful reminders for that post-holiday trash.

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Local
11:00 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Sales Tax Expansion to Impact Donations to Some Nonprofits

Thalian Hall's mainstage theater
Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts

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Nonprofits around the region are grappling with the meaning of changes to state tax laws that go into effect January 1st. 

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Local
10:10 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Nonprofits Struggling to Interpret Sales Tax Expansion To Tickets

Thalian Hall's mainstage theater
Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts

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Non-profits in the Cape Fear region are scrambling to figure out what changes to state tax laws will mean for them. 

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Local
2:54 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

First Attempt to Re-float Grounded BHI Ferry Fails; Investigation of Accident Underway

BHI Ferry "Adventure" grounded on sand bar
U.S. Coast Guard

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The first attempt to recover the Bald Head Island ferry that slammed into a sand bar yesterday has failed.  At 10:30 AM, which was high tide Wednesday morning, crews tried to re-float the 64-foot passenger vessel “Adventure”.   

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Local
4:45 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Bald Head Island Ferry runs aground near Battery Island; 13 people injured

Bald Head Island Ferry "Adventure" grounded off the coast of Southeastern North Carolina
U.S. Coast Guard

It was just after 9 AM Tuesday morning when the Bald Head Island Ferry "Adventure" traveling to Bald Head Island from Southport ran aground near Battery Island. 

The impact of the grounding injured thirteen people – one potentially seriously.  That person was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  Eleven others went to nearby Dosher Hospital in Southport for treatment.  

WWAY’s Sarah Murphy was on the scene and spoke to some deeply-shaken passengers.

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Local
5:27 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Waste Part I: Managing the New Commodity

Compressed aluminum cans for recycling

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Legions of local residents could intelligently articulate the importance of recycling. 

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Local
5:00 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Cyber Monday Shoppers At Risk Of Online Scammers

The Monday after Thanksgiving, also known as Cyber Monday, is rapidly becoming as ubiquitous as Black Friday. 

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