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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Local
6:42 am
Thu October 3, 2013

UNC Center for Civil Rights Study Highlights Racial Disparities in Public Education

The Inclusion Project
UNC Center for Civil Rights

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A staggeringly high number of minority students in New Hanover and Pender Counties live near high-poverty elementary schools. 

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Local
4:02 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

2013 Fall Election Dates

Here are a few important election-related dates to keep in mind:

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Local
11:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Candidate Profile: Bill Saffo, Mayor of Wilmington

Mayor Bill Saffo
City of Wilmington

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Mayor Bill Saffo is running unopposed this season for what will be his fifth term serving the City of Wilmington. 

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Local
9:41 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Local Filmmaker Brian Grimm Opens "Racial Taboo", A New Documentary On Racism In America

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A new documentary produced by local filmmaker Brian Grimm is opening at City Stage for a two-night run this weekend. 

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Local
5:36 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Live Oak Bank Seals Five-Year Incentive Deal with New Hanover County

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Live Oak Bancshares opened its corporate headquarters in Wilmington five years ago. 

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Local
4:57 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Board Sets Up Rules For Brian Berger To Follow For Remainder Of His Term

Re-instated Commissioner Brian Berger
New Hanover County

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Brian Berger will be left to serve out his term on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners with no further effort to oust him. 

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Local
9:12 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Conservation Groups File Federal Lawsuit Against Duke / Progress Over Sutton Lake Pollution

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Duke / Progress Energy is facing yet another lawsuit over coal ash pollution from its Sutton Energy Plant just outside of Wilmington. 

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Local
5:03 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Changes to Emissions Requirements For Cars and Trucks Subject of Public Hearing September 18th

Smart Car
By User:Alicegop (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Owners of newer cars and light-duty trucks might be able to skip the annual emissions check next year. 

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Local
5:58 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Stop Titan is Dealt a Blow, but Organizers Say the Fight Goes On

Stop Titan

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Now that Titan America has a revised air quality permit in hand, the company can take up to eighteen months to begin construction of a cement plant in New Hanover County. 

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Midday Interviews
4:07 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Midday Interview: Cape Fear Literacy Council to Host Spelling Bee

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The Cape Fear Literacy Council, in partnership with Bee Keeper Sponsor Dr. Kavita Persaud, is hosting the 26th Annual Spelling Bee for Literacy on September 19, 2013 at 7 PM at the Pine Valley United Methodist Church.

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