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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4:58 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

CoastLine: Will NC's Next Film Incentive Package Keep the Cameras Rolling?

This week's topic:  Film Incentives in North Carolina

Providing tax breaks to the film industry…. statewide, it’s a controversial topic.  In Southeastern North Carolina, there’s no question incentives have injected hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy through the boom in film production here.  But plenty of state leaders from less film-centric areas aren’t convinced the financial benefits of the industry extend statewide.  

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Local
8:27 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

House Passes Budget Amendment to Convert Film Tax Breaks to Grant Fund

North Carolina Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC

The House has passed a budget amendment that includes a provision for the film industry. 

It was the joint effort of Republicans Ted Davis, from New Hanover County, and Ruth Samuelson, from Mecklenburg County.   

This was Davis’ second attempt to include a program for the film industry in the House version of the budget.    And this amendment, says Davis, is aimed at keeping the conversation about film incentives going.

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Local
5:44 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Hamilton: the Fight for Film Incentives Is Not Over

Wilmington Regional Film Commission

The film community in North Carolina is holding its collective breath while House leaders consider budget amendments.  

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Local
4:17 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Film Incentive Supporters Focus Lobbying Efforts on "Film Day" in Raleigh

Filming at Wilmington's City Hall
Billy Hathorn

Film incentives are the ticket to keeping more than four-thousand full-time jobs in the state.  That was a central theme Wednesday morning in Raleigh during a press conference where state and city leaders, film industry workers, and industry supporters gathered to celebrate Film Day at the General Assembly. 

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Local
4:29 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Chancellor Gary Miller: "An Educated Society is a Society that Contributes"

UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller
UNCW

UNCW has announced that Chancellor Gary Miller will be stepping down July 31st to take the top position at University of Wisconsin – Green Bay after current Green Bay Chancellor Tom Harden retires. 

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Local
5:12 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

UNCW Chancellor Miller Accepts Top Post at Univ. of Wisconsin-Green Bay

UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller
UNCW

UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller is headed to Wisconsin.  

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Local
1:17 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

"Fracking" Bill Heads to Gov. McCrory's Desk for Signature

EPA

Governor Pat McCrory now has a bill on his desk that lifts the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina. 

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Local
6:58 am
Fri May 30, 2014

House Passes Hydraulic Fracturing Bill

Update:  The Senate approved the House changes late Thursday.  Senate Bill 786 is now on Governor Pat McCrory's desk awaiting a signature. 

North Carolina is one step closer to allowing hydraulic fracturing in the state. 

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4:08 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Fracking Bill Passes 2nd House Reading

Head of hydraulic fracturing pump
Joshua Doubek

A bill that would allow hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina is racing through Chambers during this short session of the General Assembly. 

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Local
5:24 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Film in Wilmington Part III: Cucalorus Film Festival History and Future Intertwined with Industry

The question of whether competitive film incentives continue in North Carolina will be answered by the end of the current short session of the General Assembly. 

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