Hannah Breisinger

Reporter, All Things Considered Host

Hannah joined WHQR shortly after graduating Ithaca College, where she studied journalism and served as News Director at her college radio station, WICB. Along with her unconditional love for public radio and nonfiction storytelling, she loves being outside, belting ABBA at karaoke bars, and snuggling with her adorable terror of a cat.

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Wilmington’s last City Council meeting of the year was this week, and featured a jam-packed agenda. WHQR’s Ben Schachtman and Hannah Breisinger discuss what’s new heading into 2021.

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With a national financial forecast appearing increasingly bleak, economic leaders in southeastern North Carolina are sharing input on how this part of the state is faring. A recent webinar focused on the region’s current economic position, and how the area can maintain its resiliency moving ahead.

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This week, Wilmington City Council moved to renew its contract with American Traffic Solutions, the company behind the city’s red light traffic cameras. That’s two years after North Carolina’s engineering board ruled that the company violated state law in its engineering plans. WHQR’s Ben Schachtman and All Things Considered Host Hannah Breisinger discuss how American Traffic Solutions is now planning to reconcile the issue.

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An approved rezoning request for the Riverlights community marked a win for developers this week. Wilmington’s City Council moved to allow more residential units in the neighborhood, despite protests from Riverlights residents. 

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Wave Transit is officially switching gears. Final route recommendations have been accepted by the Wave board, meaning the current system will be reconfigured. But that decision wasn’t made unanimously. WHQR’s Ben Schachtman and Hannah Breisinger have both been checking in on Wave, and discuss the latest developments.

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With the 2020 election now less than a month away, Frank Iler and Tom Simmons are the candidates for NC House District 17. But it isn’t the first time the two have faced off in the race. 

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The City of Wilmington has approved a ten-year contract with Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. to manage the Hugh Morton Amphitheater at Greenfield Lake. That's the latest news from this week’s Tuesday, Oct. 7 City Council meeting.

 

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Pat Sykes and Bill Flythe are the District 3 candidates for the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners. The two have very different perspectives, visions, and ideas.

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David Robinson and Sherrill Jolly are facing off for the Board of Education seat in Brunswick County’s District 2. Both candidates are newcomers to elective office -- but, they’re no strangers to the school system they hope to serve.

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This election season has been a bit chaotic — to say the least. From pandemic complications, inaccurate voting instructions from the White House, absentee ballot disarray — some voters are confused. And marginalized communities, especially, may feel left out of the loop. 

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At this week’s City Council meeting, Wilmington leaders approved allocating COVID-19 Relief Funds to Good Shepherd, as well as an agreement for the long-anticipated development at Castle Street. But it was proposed Riverwalk improvements and WAVE’s redevelopment that drew the most debate from council. 

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With no clear end to the pandemic in sight, food insecurity is skyrocketing. And local organizations in the Cape Fear region are bracing for the long haul. 

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Wilmington’s Downtown Alive project has been extended through mid-October. That’s the initiative that opened downtown streets for expanded restaurant seating during the pandemic. City leaders approved the extension unanimously -- but reluctantly. 

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 As the 2020 presidential election looms, North Carolina has received a grade of “D” in women’s political participation.

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After missing a meeting due to the recent hurricane, Wilmington City Council was back in session Tuesday, Aug. 18 -- with CARES funding, WAVE Transit, and Downtown Alive on the agenda.

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North Carolina’s moratorium on evictions expired in late June. The federal moratorium ended a month later. As a result, housing advocates are bracing for a wave of evictions in the upcoming months -- and local governments and non-profits are stepping in to help.

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Impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias remain in the Cape Fear Region, including the City of Wilmington. Natosha Tew is Wilmington's Emergency Management Coordinator. She spoke with WHQR about storm recovery efforts in the city. 

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Tropical Storm Isaias has left the Cape Fear Region -- but damage remains. At least two people were killed and several more are missing after one of numerous tornadoes spawned by Isaias flattened a mobile home park in Windsor.

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As calls for racial justice continue, the removal of confederate symbols continues to be a hot topic in Wilmington. But street name changes, in particular, probably won’t be happening anytime soon.

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It’s been 122 years since a mob of white supremacists took to the streets of Wilmington, burning down Black-owned businesses and murdering dozens of Black citizens. The aftermath of that event still lingers -- in city street names, in racist language uttered by police officers, in voter suppression and racial health disparities. Now, a new movement of racial justice is forcing city leaders and citizens to confront Wilmington’s past -- and visualize a more equitable future.

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Wilmington leaders have passed a resolution authorizing the city manager to apply for a COVID-19 pandemic-related grant. The funds -- nearly $235,000 -- would be used by the Wilmington Police Department to buy equipment: ultraviolet lights for sterilization, first aid kits, and eight drones.

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Kevin Spears was born and raised in Wilmington and is on the ballot for Wilmington City Council. As a community activist, he works to combat youth gang violence. He's concerned about council’s priorities.

 

Kevin Spears says he’s been to a lot of city council meetings. Now he’s hoping to attend those meetings from the other side of the desk. He says Wilmington politicians favor the wealthy.

 

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As Covid-19 spreads, scientists and healthcare providers are worried about more than the physical health of Americans. Experts warn that people need to take care of themselves mentally, as well -- now more than ever. 

Social isolation, a troubled economy, and an uncertain future make for more than abandoned airports and empty grocery shelves. Fear, anxiety, stress, and loneliness are all side effects of the pandemic and the social distancing measures that come with it. 

 

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In October, Governor Roy Cooper released his Clean Energy Plan for North Carolina. The plan has two central pledges: a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 – and the state becoming carbon neutral by 2050. WHQR reports on what’s happening locally.

Blake Fleming, an organizer for environmental advocacy group the Sierra Club, tracks which counties and municipalities have passed resolutions aiming for a carbon-free future:

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It was a tense City Council meeting in Wilmington this week, with Black Lives Matter protesters in attendance, demanding changes to police procedures and the city budget.

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Wilmington City Council has voted to adopt its 2020-2021 fiscal year budget. The $206 million financial plan does not include a tax increase. Other aspects of the budget stirred controversy at the council meeting.

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It’s been a tough year in the world of municipal finance -- with the pandemic making it difficult if not impossible to predict how the economic crisis will affect localities. Nonetheless, the Wilmington City Council will vote Tuesday, June 16 on whether or not to adopt its proposed 2020-2021 fiscal year budget.

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Kevin Spears focused his campaign for city council on the priorities of Wilmington’s underserved citizens. Now, six months in office, he spoke with WHQR’s Hannah Breisinger about the biggest issues facing the city’s black community. 

 

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020 marked nine days since the death of George Floyd -- an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kneeled on his neck for more than 8 minutes.

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