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.  


8:56 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Five Leland Police Officers Suspended Without Pay

The town of Leland has suspended five police officers without pay as of Friday based on information from an investigation that is still underway.

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4:02 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Azalea Festival Parade Saturday, April 14th at 9:30 AM

The 2012 North Carolina Azalea Festival is in full swing – and tomorrow, parade-goers will gather in downtown Wilmington to catch a glimpse of the Festival’s crown jewel. 

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12:22 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

NHCo. Commission Candidates Attend Debate Forum

Republican and Democratic candidates running for New Hanover County Commissioner gathered at UNCW’s McNeil Hall last night for a candidates’ forum hosted by the League of Women Voters and WECT.  

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Midday Interviews - Friday, March 30, 2012
2:31 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Les Trois Amis art exhibition opens at Acme Art Studios

Les Trois Amis, a new show at the Acme Art Studios in downtown Wilmington, will have the three artists on hand Saturday, March 31st from 10 AM to 4 PM to chat with the public, following a lively opening earlier this month. 

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Midday Interview - March 15, 2012
3:11 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

3rd Annual Fire In The Lakes Festival March 24th

From left: Brian Council, NC Forest Service; Angie Carl, The Nature Conservancy

Boiling Spring Lakes hosts the third annual Fire In The Lakes Festival Saturday, March 24th from 11 AM to 3 PM.

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5:21 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Great American Songbook Part Three: Did Hollywood Welcome the Musical?

Once sound came to Hollywood, movie producers faced a dilemma: how to bring popular Broadway musicals to the big screen, without sacrificing realism.  To have actors suddenly bursting into song on screen, at first, just seemed unbelievable. 

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1:27 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Great American Songbook Part Two: Lyrics or Poetry?

WHQR and Thalian Hall are presenting a live performance of Phil Furia’s feature program The Great American Songbook on Friday, March 2nd on Thalian Hall’s main stage. 

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4:52 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Great American Songbook Part One: What Makes a Song Last?

Current popular singers like Queen Latifah, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, and even country singer Willie Nelson, are tackling old songs written by the great composers and lyricists from the first half of the 20th century.    

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Midday Interviews / Poetry Festival
9:00 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Old Books on Front Street holds First Annual Poetry Festival

Old Books on Front Street in downtown Wilmington

Couplet:  Two Days of Verse kicks off Saturday, February 4th and runs through Sunday the 5th.  It's the first poetry festival of its kind in Wilmington, and organizers say they hope to see it become an annual tradition. 

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Midday Interviews / The Vagina Monologues
5:06 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

"The Vagina Monologues" at UNCW to benefit Rape Crisis Center

Dr. Michelle Scatton-Tessier, Director of Women's Studies and Resource Center and graduate student Autumn Beam in the WHQR Studio to talk about their 2012 production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues".

A UNCW student production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" will run for two performances:  February 16th at 7 PM and February 19th at 2 PM.  Tickets can be purchased online at etix.com or at Sharkey's Box Office in the Fisher Student Center. 

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