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

Two members of the The Soweto Gospel Choir, winner of two Grammy Awards, stopped by WHQR studios on Tuesday. They spoke with Rachel Lewis Hilburn about singing with a mission, traveling the world, and what it's like to perform with/for internationally-renowned luminaries like U-2's Bono and Nelson Mandela.

Cape Fear River Watch holds its annual Striper Fest 2012 January 13th and 14th.   In Wednesday's midday interview, Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette talked with Rachel Lewis Hilburn about the importance of fisheries restoration and public education.

Rachel Lewis Hilburn sat down with Actor Gray Hawks and Director Justin Smith to discuss CityStage's imminent musical production,  "The Full Monty".      

"Nutcracker Under The Sea" tells the traditional story of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" while putting a coastal Carolina spin on the tale. 

Artistic Director Haley Hayes from the Brunswick Ballet Company dropped in to WHQR's studios on Monday, December 12th to explain the unique twist on this iconic Christmas Eve ballet -- which includes a Cape Fear salt marsh setting and a fight with the notorious pirate Blackbeard.

Brunswick Ballet Company will present two performances of Nutcracker Under The Sea:  Sat, Dec. 17 at 7:30pm and Sun, Dec. 18 at 3pm

Rachel Lewis Hilburn sat down with Concert Director Diane Kulp and Accompanist Jane Boberg of the Sea Notes Choral Society to learn about their upcoming Christmas Concerts.

Georgia Mastroieni tells us about outsider artist Clyde Jones’ Critter Cresche at the Cameron Art Museum.

Rachel Lewis Hilburn talks with Nick Basta, Director, and Michael Faulkner, Stage Manager, of Cape Fear Community College's newest theatrical production, "All In The Timing."

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