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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11:23 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Candidate Profile: Elizabeth Redenbaugh (D), NC Senate, District 9

Elizabeth Redenbaugh accepting the JFK Profile In Courage Award
Tom Fitzsimmons John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

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The race for North Carolina’s Senate District 9 is changing rapidly. 

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Local
4:06 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Goolsby Announces He Won't Run for Re-election to State Senate

Senator Thom Goolsby, R-New Hanover County
http://www.ncleg.net

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State Senator Thom Goolsby, a Republican from Wilmington, will not seek re-election this year. 

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Local
5:53 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Proposed Change to Special Use Permit Language in NHC Raises Questions Among Stakeholders

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Proposed changes to New Hanover County’s Special Use Permit are the subject of heated discussion among stakeholders on all sides. 

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Local
5:37 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

McIntyre Won't Run Again for U.S. Rep. of NC's 7th Congressional District

U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre, D-NC

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U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre, a Democrat from Lumberton, North Carolina, is stepping down after his term expires.

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Local
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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