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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2:57 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Brunswick County Sees Spike in Traffic Accidents; Emergency Response Resources Stretched Thin

Ice covers this Brunswick County road on January 30, 2014
Rachel Lewis Hilburn

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Treacherous roadways are proving to be the serious hazards that officials predicted. 

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5:04 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Black Ice on Roads and Bridges to Pose Danger through Friday Morning

Hard-packed snow and ice covering Front Street in downtown Wilmington, January 29, 2014
Rachel Lewis Hilburn

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning that remains in effect until 9 this evening.

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10:17 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Wintry Mix Tapering Off; Officials Warn of Extremely Hazardous Roadways, Potential Power Outages

Sleet Covers Cars on N. Front Street after 5 PM Tuesday, Jan. 28th in downtown Wilmington
Rachel Lewis Hilburn

As the Cape Fear region wakes up Wednesday morning, residents will see a light blanket of snow covering a serious sheet of ice.  There are very few power outages to report, but the area is not out of the woods yet.  

The wintry mix tapered off in the morning, but New Hanover County Spokesperson Charles Smith says there won’t be a chance for the ice and snow accumulation to melt until sometime on Thursday.

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4:11 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

National Weather Service Warns that Major Impacts of Storm Will Become Apparent Tuesday Night

Sleet Covers Cars on N. Front Street after 5 PM Tuesday, Jan. 28th in downtown Wilmington
Rachel Lewis Hilburn

The timeline for the current winter storm has shifted slightly.  As one meteorologist at the National Weather Service tells WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn, the warnings are still valid and experts say this is an extremely rare – and serious – storm.

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2:32 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Winter Storm on the Way; NWS Warns Residents to Prepare For Power Outages, Hazardous Road Conditions

Driving on slippery roads is unpredictable. Try to avoid travel when roads are snowy or icy, and if you must get out, be extra cautious.

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Most people have heard about the serious winter storm making its way to the Cape Fear region.  But what many people may not know: 

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7:27 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Public Meeting on Flemington Water Project Set for Feb. 4th

Duke Energy Progress Sutton Plant
Google Maps

A new water line connecting homes and businesses in the Flemington Community to the area’s main water supply is now in the works. 

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Local
3:59 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

GE Hitachi To Pay $2.7 Million To Settle Allegations of False Claims Regarding ESBWR Reactor Design

Economic Simplified Boiling-Water Reactor (ESBWR)
Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy will pay $2.7 million to resolve allegations it made false claims about one of its nuclear reactor designs.  

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Local
5:05 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Conservation Boundary in Brunswick County Expands by 10 Square Miles

Fence Cove Pond, Orton Plantation
Coastal Land Trust

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More than 10 square miles of natural wildlife habitat in Brunswick County are now protected from development. 

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Local
11:10 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Candidate Profile: Woody White (R), 7th Congressional District

Woody White, Candidate for 7th Congressional District
New Hanover County

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Woody White is hoping to represent North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District in Washington. 

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7:45 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Waste Part 2: Managing the New Commodity

Dumping recyclables at the defunct Wastec facility
WHQR

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New Hanover County is on the verge of out-sourcing its trash operations.  

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