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
4:54 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

McKeithan To Hand Over Arts Council Chairmanship To Edgerton

Clyde Edgerton

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The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County is about to see a transition at the top of its ranks. 

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Local
11:09 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Zapple Announces 2014 Candidacy for New Hanover County Commission

Rob Zapple, 2014 New Hanover County Commission Candidate

The elections for New Hanover County Commissioner don’t happen until next year, and the filing period for candidates doesn’t open until February, but the race is already getting underway. 

In a Facebook posting over the Labor Day weekend, Democratic Candidate Rob Zapple announced his candidacy and updated his campaign website. 

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Local
3:38 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

DAQ Approves Revised Air Quality Permit for Titan Cement

A portion of the proposed site on the Northeast Cape Fear River where Titan America is looking to build a cement plant. The existing structures are remnants of the defunct Ideal Cement Plant.

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Titan Cement is one step closer to building and operating a plant in New Hanover County. 

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Local
7:50 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Conservation Groups File To Intervene In State Lawsuit Against Duke Over Coal Ash Pollution

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A coalition of local conservation groups could soon be part of North Carolina’s lawsuit against Duke / Progress Energy. 

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Local
2:34 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Miracle Field Sees Heavy Use Just Weeks After Opening; 1st League Season Gets Underway Sep. 21st

Miracle League of Wilmington

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It was 1990 when President George Herbert Walker Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law.  Twenty-three years later, the Brax Stadium PPD Miracle Field opens in Wilmington. 

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Local
9:50 am
Fri August 23, 2013

UPDATE: Boil Water Advisory for Parts of Market Street Lifted

Officials at the CFPUA say the Precautionary Boil Water Advisory is lifted as of the morning of Friday, August 23rd. 

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) will issue a precautionary boil water advisory for customers living and working on the 1800 and 1900 blocks of Market Street.  CFPUA will be installing system improvements in the area between 9 AM and 3 PM, requiring water service to be affected those blocks of Market Street.  

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Local
3:29 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

SELC Considering Next Move with Duke in Light of State Lawsuit; Sutton Lake Still a Concern

Site of the Duke / Progress Energy Sutton Plant outside of Wilmington
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Now that the State of North Carolina is suing Duke / Progress Energy for illegal pollution at all of its coal plants in the state, citizens’ groups are taking stock. 

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Local
4:20 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Entrepreneurs key to Cape Fear Region's Growth, Says Economic Development Coach

Jim Roberts, Executive Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
UNCW

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Imagine sitting in a room with the area’s five largest employers on a stage. 

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Local
4:05 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Terminal Groin Opponents Say Figure Eight Process Should be Re-Started, Re-Opened to Public Input

An aerial view of Rich Inlet at Figure Eight Island
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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The decision to issue a permit for a terminal groin at the northern end of Figure Eight Island will be closely watched by environmentalists and three other nearby island communities – who are each hoping for their own erosion-control device.

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Local
2:42 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

NOAA updated hurricane outlook less "extreme", but still above-normal storm activity expected

Tropical Storm Dorian on July 24, 2013, from NOAA's GOES East satellite
NOAA

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While this hurricane season is shaping up to be above normal, and possibly even very active, the Atlantic Coast is unlikely to see the extreme activity predicted earlier this year by forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

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