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WHQR News Department Wins Nine Awards

(From left to right: Vince Winkel, Rachel Lewis Hilburn, Rachel Keith)

The WHQR News Department won FIVE First Place and FOUR Second Place outstanding journalism awards last weekend at the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas/Associated Press Convention and Awards Luncheon in Charlotte.

Health-Medicine: First Place – WHQR – 852-Page Toxicological Profile – Vince Winkel. Second Place – WHQR – Drug Treatments Show Promise – Rachel Keith

Consumer/Economic: First Place – WHQR – CoastLine - Economic Incentives & Their Role in Strategic Growth

Series: First Place – WHQR – Breaking Down the Story of GenX – Vince Winkel

Political: First Place – WHQR – CoastLine - Gerrymandering Threatens Democracy/Municipal Candidates

Special Report: First Place – WHQR – GenX: A Toxic Year– Vince Winkel

Outstanding Radio News Operation: Second Place - WHQR

Use of Sound: Second Place – WHQR – To Drill or Not to Drill – Vince Winkel

Radio Reporter of the Year: Second Place – WHQR – Vince Winkel

WHQR Station Manager Michelle Rhinesmith said, “We are extremely proud of our excellent news department. News Director Rachel Lewis Hilburn, Reporter Vince Winkel and Coastline Producer Rachel Keith are top caliber. Both on CoastLine and through news reports on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, they provide quality in-depth reporting and interviews covering our region and as well as a true culture of civil discourse.”

WHQR Public Media is a non-profit, member-supported, community-based public radio station, broadcasting from Wilmington. A trusted source for NPR and local news, WHQR serves southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina with HQR News at 91.3fm and 98.9fm, and Classical HQR at 92.7fm and 102.3fm. WHQR offers award-winning national and local news, music, entertainment and interaction to expand knowledge, encourage artistic appreciation, engage our community and promote civil discourse.

Interviews with WHQR News staff and board members and additional images are available upon request.


Katelyn Freund is a nonfiction student at UNCW's MFA Creative Writing program. She holds degrees in Spanish and English. In her time not spent working as WHQR's CoastLine Producer, she enjoys shooting pool, humor writing, and snacking.