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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Midday Interviews / Wine and Chocolate Festival
1:45 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival opens Friday, February 3rd

Marianna Stacy of the Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival

The Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival is about much more than wine and chocolate.  Set up to resemble a European Street Fair, the Festival will offer sweet and savory gourmet treats, live music, and fine art in the form of jewelry, pottery, textiles, photography, and paintings. 

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Midday Interviews / Wilmington Theater Awards
2:00 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

First Annual Wilmington Theater Awards Debuts Thursday Night at Thalian Hall

The first annual Wilmington Theater Awards will honor its brightest stars tonight at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington.  Modeled after the Tony Awards (sans paparazzi and red carpet fashion analysis), this awards show boasts impressive musical numbers, pokes fun at members of the theater community, and stars local luminaries as presenters (hint:  Tony Award-winning Actress Linda Lavin and Mayor Bill Saffo, to name a few). 

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Midday Interviews
4:36 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Emerging and Known Artists Exhibition to open at Hannah Block / Community Arts Center

A new art exhibition featuring the work of eight local artists spanning a range of mediums opens Friday, January 27th at the Hannah Block Historic USO / Community Arts Center.

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Midday Interview - Jan. 24, 2012
2:28 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Two-time Grammy-Winning Soweto Gospel Choir Comes to Wilmington

Members of the Soweto Gospel Choir

Two members of the The Soweto Gospel Choir, winner of two Grammy Awards, stopped by WHQR studios on Tuesday. They spoke with Rachel Lewis Hilburn about singing with a mission, traveling the world, and what it's like to perform with/for internationally-renowned luminaries like U-2's Bono and Nelson Mandela.

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Midday Interview - Jan. 4, 2012
2:48 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Cape Fear River Watch announces Striper Tournament to support fisheries restoration

Cape Fear River Watch holds its annual Striper Fest 2012 January 13th and 14th.   In Wednesday's midday interview, Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette talked with Rachel Lewis Hilburn about the importance of fisheries restoration and public education.

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Midday Interview - Dec. 15, 2011
1:39 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

"The Full Monty" comes to Thalian Hall

Rachel Lewis Hilburn sat down with Actor Gray Hawks and Director Justin Smith to discuss CityStage's imminent musical production,  "The Full Monty".      

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Midday Interviews
2:21 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Rachel Lewis Hilburn talks with Brunswick Ballet Company Artistic Director Haley Hayes

"Nutcracker Under The Sea" tells the traditional story of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" while putting a coastal Carolina spin on the tale. 

Artistic Director Haley Hayes from the Brunswick Ballet Company dropped in to WHQR's studios on Monday, December 12th to explain the unique twist on this iconic Christmas Eve ballet -- which includes a Cape Fear salt marsh setting and a fight with the notorious pirate Blackbeard.

Brunswick Ballet Company will present two performances of Nutcracker Under The Sea:  Sat, Dec. 17 at 7:30pm and Sun, Dec. 18 at 3pm

Midday Interviews
2:21 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Midday Interview: Rachel Lewis Hilburn talks with Sea Notes Choral Society

Rachel Lewis Hilburn sat down with Concert Director Diane Kulp and Accompanist Jane Boberg of the Sea Notes Choral Society to learn about their upcoming Christmas Concerts.

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Midday Interview - Nov. 18, 2011
1:32 pm
Sat November 19, 2011

Rachel Lewis Hilburn Interviews Georgia Mastroieni

Georgia Mastroieni tells us about outsider artist Clyde Jones’ Critter Cresche at the Cameron Art Museum.

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Midday Interviews
12:00 pm
Sat November 12, 2011

Rachel Lewis Hilburn Talks With Nick Basta and Michael Faulkner of CFCC

Rachel Lewis Hilburn talks with Nick Basta, Director, and Michael Faulkner, Stage Manager, of Cape Fear Community College's newest theatrical production, "All In The Timing."

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