Rachel Lewis Hilburn

News Director, All Things Considered Host, CoastLine Host & Producer

Rachel Lewis Hilburn came to WHQR in the spring of 2011.  She was named News Director in July of 2012. 

She moved to Wilmington 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 co-produced Stories, Wine, and Cheese - a series of local, live storytelling events which aired on WHQR.  

Ways to Connect

A conference to discuss illegal immigration brought dozens of people to the Cape Fear Community College Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington on Saturday.

courtesy: NOAA

An above-average hurricane season – meaning more intense storms – and more of them – is likely. 

Tourism in North Carolina is up all over the state – to the tune of 18-billion dollars in spending last year. 

WilmingtonCity officials are still working on the details of a final agreement with Mandalay and the Atlanta Braves on building a minor league baseball stadium at the riverfront. 

More money is coming down the pike for the North Carolina Coastal Federation.

Paul Robinson

North Carolina’s 10th annual tax-free shopping weekend is almost here. 

The good news:  it’s rare.  The bad news:  there’s no vaccine, no cure, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis can be fatal.  People catch it from mosquitoes – and with the recent rains, mosquitoes are plentiful.  WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports that authorities in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties are urging residents to take simple steps to protect themselves. 

Mosquitoes pass encephalitis to humans – usually after biting an infected wild bird – which make great hosts for the disease. 

Courtesy: NOAA

The number of sea turtles caught in the Progress Energy nuclear plant’s cooling water system has reached the allowable limit for 2012. 

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Titan Cement achieved a small victory earlier this week in its quest to construct and operate a cement plant in Castle Hayne.

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Film production in North Carolina this year alone has already outpaced last year’s record-setting numbers. 

Dept. of Justice

What started out as an environmental crime has turned into a one-million-dollar award that will allow the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust to preserve a large swath of land near the Waccamaw River.

When many people think of the arts, they think of creative geniuses, bohemian characters – perhaps even flightiness or fluff.

South Carolina is suing the Department of Justice in a Washington, D.C. district court over its recent rejection of the state’s newly-passed voter ID law. 

While obesity rates are not increasing nationwide, they’re not decreasing either.  The picture is even bleaker on the local level.

This Saturday marks the 13th Annual Boat Show for Cape Fear Community College – and the final show for one of CFCC’s master craftsmen.

The United States Department of Energy is injecting nearly 13 million dollars into nuclear energy technology. 

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North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has signed 11 more bills into law. 

Photograph taken by Dori (dori@merr.info) / Wikimedia Commons

The levels of toxic mercury floating around in North Carolina’s air have taken a stunning nosedive over the last ten years. 

Earlier this year, a Wilmington, North Carolina man donated bone marrow to save the life of a person he’d never met.  His recipient was one of the lucky ones.

The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County has a new Executive Director. 

Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office is launching a probe into Duke Energy’s sudden and controversial management change the day of the merger with Progress Energy. 

GE-Hitachi’s subsidiary, Global Laser Enrichment, is facing the last regulatory hurdle before a 40-year license is granted to enrich uranium in Castle Hayne – just outside of Wilmington.   Judges with the Atomic Safety Licensing Board have closed the final hearing to the public in its entirety.  But as WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, one nuclear watchdog group is urging officials to reconsider that closed-door decision.

General Electric

One of the final regulatory hurdles before GE-Hitachi receives a 40-year license to enrich uranium in Castle Hayne will happen behind closed doors. 

Last year in North Carolina, fire departments responded to more than 111 fireworks-related calls with property damage estimates of a quarter-million dollars.   As WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, many people falsely believe that because sparklers and similar fireworks are legal and readily available, they are safe.

City of Wilmington officials say people planning to attend the fireworks show should be prepared for delays coming and going.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission delivered its annual performance assessment of Progress Energy’s Southport nuclear power plant last night.

A report from the state auditor's office says the North Carolina Education Lottery violated state law by failing to collect damages from its primary vendor.

A Robeson County manufactured home dealer cannot take new orders or accept payments until all previous orders have been filled – or consumers get their money back.

EPA

As GE-Hitachi considers whether to build a laser-based uranium enrichment plant on its campus in Castle Hayne, members of the surrounding community are generally in the dark when it comes to what – exactly -- the industrial giant might be creating in their backyards.

Residents and businesses in the unincorporated portions of New Hanover County could soon see a sizable drop in their homeowner’s insurance premiums. 

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