Rachel Lewis Hilburn

News Director, Host of CoastLine

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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This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on February 11, 2015. 

Offshore oil and gas exploration:  could it come to the North Carolina coast? 

Waters along the eastern seaboard from Virginia to Georgia are included in a draft plan released by the Obama Administration at the end of last month.  If the area is not, at some point, excluded from the proposal,  lease sales could happen by 2021. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on February 4, 2015. 

In less than one year, the Cape Fear region has witnessed the resignations of half a dozen high-profile members of the leadership at UNCW.  

Less than two weeks ago, the President of Cape Fear Community College, Ted Spring, suddenly announced his resignation.  No reason has been given by either Spring or CFCC's Board of Trustees for the unexpected development. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on January 28, 2015. 

Three Comprehensive Plans are simultaneously taking shape in the Cape Fear region.

The tri-county region, made up of Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender County, is widely expected to undergo a steep upward trend in population over the next 25 years.  Some estimates put the number at more than a quarter of a million new residents. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on January 21, 2015. 

By this spring, Vertex Rail will begin manufacturing railroad tank cars.

Company officials will spend the next several months up-fitting the Wilmington plant, which was once an old crane production facility, for its highly-specialized operations. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on January 14, 2015. 

Seating the two newest commissioners in New Hanover County has been anything but smooth. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on January 7, 2015. 

North Carolina lawmakers head back to Raleigh January 14th to elect House and Senate leaders.  

Governor Pat McCrory is already naming economic incentives as his number one priority this session -- just as Mercedes-Benz announces plans to locate in Atlanta thanks to millions of dollars in incentives from Georgia.

On this edition of CoastLine, Representatives Ted Davis and Susi Hamilton of New Hanover County join us to shine a light on this year’s agenda.

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on December 17, 2014.

When it's time to prepare for the holiday season, one of the richest and most inspiring elements can be holiday food.

For home cooks, the feelings around cooking for loved ones – and crowds at that -- can span the spectrum from excitement about creating new seasonal culinary traditions to dread over satisfying the always-finicky, less-than-adventurous in-laws. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on December 10, 2014.

The debate over film incentives in North Carolina erupted on the public stage last year when two state RepresentativesRick Catlin from New Hanover County and Chris Millis of Pender Countysponsored a bill that would fundamentally change the structure of the tax rebate.  

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on December 3, 2014.

As the populations of Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover Counties continue to swell, accommodating the movement of people and goods requires much more creativity and innovation than just widening roads or building more of them.  

In this edition of CoastLine, we explore how some transportation policy makers envision the future… and how the funding game is changingat both the state and federal levels.

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on November 19, 2014.

The Special Use Permit is only about three years old in New Hanover County. 

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